Sunday, June 24, 2012

Looking For Independence?

"You do You, and I'm gonna do Me!" Mr./Ms. Independent. Most of us have been raised in an atmosphere of "look out for #1". Society has been teaching for years to be independent, to learn living on your own. After all, it's the American way. How is that working for you?

Let's ask ourselves, "What has living life my way gotten me?" If we are brave enough, bold enough, and honest enough to search out the answer to that question we may find a common answer. NOTHING! Nothing good anyway. If you are reading this blog, chances are it's because you have chosen to attempt living your way. Sure, you may have some good times, but at what cost? How much pain are you willing to take before you TURN from your independence and depend on SomeOne more powerful then you? When?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Embrace

I could hardly comprehend it. Me? You don't understand what I have done. Who I have hurt. Where I have been. Everything I have been given is wasted. All of my bridges burned. No one is at home waiting for me to come back. No one cares. I have been disowned, forgotten. I am a stain upon my family name. The talk of the town. I could never be accepted back into loving arms. Never know the release from the burden I have caused. I am good for nothing. I am worthless! I am Hopeless!

Sound familiar?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Dim

Dimly lit, a life of pain is shrouded in darkness. Feeling alone and exhausted, what spark of hope left may be about to extinguish. Coming out of denial and into the knowledge of needing help, fight or flight kicks in. "Am I so far gone that I keep going because help feels so far out of reach?" Or, "do I fight with every fiber of my being to get through this?"

Only the insane would choose to keep going and not fight. But who really deals with hurt sanely? Not many of us. Think about this common definition of insanity... "Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results". If your reading this blog, I bet this statement rings true to you (as it does to me).

So we fight! And we fight! And we fight... only to find more exhaustion and frustration, feeling as if our bulb grows dimmer. What's wrong?



Tuesday, June 5, 2012

First Step in Getting Help

Getting help even for adults, much less youth, isn't any easy task. A lot of barriers can get in the way before we come to grips with the idea of stepping out of our comfort zone. Fear, pride and anxiety are just a few of the obstacles we face. Yet the largest hurdle we have to get over is DENIAL. Let's face it, who really wants to admit that they are struggling? Who really wants to appear weak? Who really wants to open their suitcase of flaws in front of others? Not many! Not many want help either.

Realizing we have a problem and asking for help is the first sign of strength. This is the point where we are ready and willing to stop covering up and hiding. Tired of the endless struggles and feelings of absolute loneliness help is what we seek. We put on our game face and get ready to stand toe to toe, Mano e Mano with the "banana" in our lives.

Jeremiah 6:14 (NCV)    
"They tried to heal my people’s serious injuries as if they were small wounds.
They said, ‘It’s all right, it’s all right.’ But really, it is not all right."

In other words... you can't heal a wound by saying it's not there. Knowing our banana isn't an apple, we can begin to peel away and see what lies beneath the surface. Getting to the root of our issues and facing them head on we will begin to see healing by simply admitting the problem exists. Yet it all boils down to "are you ready to call a banana a banana and not insist it's an apple. If your answer is yes, then you are ready to get help.

Living in denial is exhausting. Check out some of these easy to remember symptoms and see if you are experiencing them. If so, chances are that you are operating in denial.

Disregards our feelings
   Exhausts us                 
Never lets us grow      
Isolates us from God  
   Alienates us from people
Lengthens our pain     

Are you ready for help? You are not alone. Life Hurts, God Heals is a safe place for you to gain the tools needed for life change. We are here to walk with you through this process if you are willing and wanting to walk with us. I leave you with this thought until next week; a family member told me many years ago... "You don't have to live this way anymore... if you don't want to.


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