Heart of Refuge

Unveiling The Hidden Beauty Of Your Heart

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Taking Back Who You Are!

During periods of life you can give ourself away in the belief that the person you give yourself to will not take you for granted. When you give the best of yourself to someone and you have not taken the time to qualify the relationship, hurt and pain is inevitable.

I want to share with you three things that you may need to consider so you can take back who you are and start living the life that you were born to live. These three things are just to give you the push you may need to start this important process.

1. Learn to say no without feeling guilty.

2. Start investing in YOU ( take a course, start reading books that will empower you to make a change).

3. Use your failures and past mistakes to propel you forward.

Each of these points can take a life time to work out but the most important thing is for you to start working on yourself and for you to become the best person that you can be.

Life’s Unanswered Questions 

  

I was reading my daily devotional by Joyce Meyer a few days ago and she was sharing on life’s unanswered questions. 

I am sure each person has a series of unanswered questions about their life or situations. Why did I have to go through that pain? I thought that person was my friend? I trusted that person why did they turn around and betray me? The list goes on.

I have a series of unanswered questions about a situation I faced over many years and I still have no answers and maybe I will never get an answer. But what I have done is taken the lessons I have learnt through it and used it for good to better myself and encourage others. I have refused to allow it to cast a shadow over who God created me to be or on my journey to living a great life. Yes I have been asking God questions about it but after sometime time I stopped asking because it was eroding my life journey and I was becoming bitter. I have one life to live and I intend to enjoy it.

What unanswered questions do you have? Is the situation still casting a shadow over your life? What steps are you planning to take to let it go and move on? I am not judging anyone here I just want to encourage you to change the path of your life by choosing to be happy and to not allow what happened to you to chain you to a painful past.

Choose today dear heart to let the questions go and start living! 

Religion  ~ Take The Mask Off

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I have heard this topic preached on so many times in the past but as I look back over my Christian walk over many years, I began to realise  some years ago that I substituted a relationship with Jesus Christ for religious activity during periods of my Christian walk. My religious activity covered personal pain and there was no true relationship where I could be totally honest in the place of prayer regarding how I felt about my life and the direction it was taking.

I thought the more religious activity I did the more I was pleasing God. But it was so far from the truth. I decided you know what, I am taking the religious mask off so what was underneath was exposed. 

I said God I am a mess, please come and heal my heart and all the bruising, cuts and infected wounds. It was a long process and I am still on that road. I took the first step and God honoured it. I realised that painful periods of my past had infected my relationship with my Heavenly Father and I needed healing.

A skilled surgeon knows where and how to cut with a scalpel in order to get to the root of a wound. He knows how deep to go and how much to take out. he also know how to stitch up the wound so only a hairline scare would be evident of the wound you once had. Jesus dear one, is the great physician of your soul.

God is faithful as he knows my weakness. He gave and is continuing to give me beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for morning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

I shared this to encourage you dear heart to not be afraid to take the mask off. Do not let pride convince you to keep the mask on. Expose what is underneath and let the Lord heal you. Be honest and open before him in the place of prayer. Let your healing begin.

🙏 Lord Jesus I lift up this precious reader to you. As they have read these words touch them in the place of their heart where they need healing. Help them Lord to take the mask off to begin the healing process with you. Wash them with the water of your word in Jesus name. Amen .

Unveil Your Heart

Life can throw so many things at us that it can cause us to veil or close our heart. People hurt us, people tell lies on us, we experience the pain of broken relationships and the list goes on and on.

When we close our heart we lock in the pain and lock out healing, restoration and love. The thing that we want is on the outside and the thing we do not want is inside of us. A switch needs to take place.

Unveiling your heart can be a difficult thing because you become afraid of getting hurt again or trusting again. But we have to take that step so that the pain in our heart does not lead to an emotional infection and damage every relationship we have.

I had trouble unveiling my heart to anyone. I was too afraid to release what was inside even though it was infecting me. I went to church and said and did all the right things but my heart was still hurting. Church is a good place to hide, just smile and say “Praise The Lord” or you go to work and pretend that your whole life is great. How many of us do this? I know it’s not just me. How many of us can be honest with ourself and just say I am tired of pretending, I just want to unveil my heart.

Having an outlet to release your pain is important. Beside your personal devotion or prayer time, Do you have a trusted friend that you can start the unveiling process with? Have you considered counselling? The pain you carry in your heart can hinder you from becoming all that God wants you to be because the plans that he has for you are good ones and the love he has for you is beautiful. Do not let your past rob you of a bright future. You do not have to pretend anymore. Seek help and support and let go.

There is so much beauty in you but the world cannot see it because it is hidden behind your pain. Your beauty has been eclipsed. You have a God given gift that the world needs. Your smile is needed, your touch is needed, your encouragements are needed, your friendship is needed, your love is needed. Do not deny the world of your gift, we need it, we need you!

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