These Little Wounds

Recently our Pastor at church spoke of the little wounds we all endure. The ones we rarely give much thought to once the sting goes away, much like those little paper cuts we’ve all gotten a time or two. But these tiny and seemingly insignificant wounds may not be as forgotten and forgiven as we believe.

Think about those little “paper cuts”, no big deal, no worries. But get hundreds of them, that don’t heal and become infected and festering, and now we have a problem. You could lose a lot of blood, strength or even “bleed” to death!

If we think about what we know from reading and believing the Word, our hearts are the well from which all of God’s love flows through.

We are to love God with all our heart. We are to guard our heart because everything flows from it. It is the condition of our heart that determines whether we have spiritual ears that can hear and eyes that can see. The spiritual heart is the center of our being, where we relate and grow closer to God. And, it is what comes out of the heart that defiles a person.

Hurt people hurt people. We know this. There are no perfect parents, friends, siblings, or spouses. We live in an imperfect world with imperfect humans. We lash out and hurt others when we are broken and need of healing. Those little cuts that we brush off, forgive and forget; they may not be gone. As each little personal “cut” we simply live through in our best possible way, we forget that without showing these little wounds to the Healer they could be draining our strength and joy.

Jesus came to heal our wounded and broken hearts. To bind up our wounds so that we wouldn’t act and react from them and hurt others. Whether we know it or not, whether we have ever acknowledged it or not, these wounds change us. It is critical that we allow God to heal our past wounds and guide us to a lifestyle of forgiving present scars. Without the inner working of the Holy Spirit, we will live in continual suffering from our sins and the sins of others.

These little wounds cause us to lose our joy. We lose our sense of wonder, awe and we no longer celebrate the goodness of life. The spontaneous joy of life.

The little wounds drain us and keep us from reaching out to others. Instead of loving others we only want to avoid others.

These little wounds keep us from spending time alone with the Lord. They keep us from being completely open, because we can still feel the sadness, pain and fear from these tiny hurts.

These little wounds cause us to be more easily hurt, defensive and reactive because we no longer have a reservoir of a full heart to draw from. Pain, anger, frustration; these are the symptoms that these little wounds have begun to fester inside of our hearts. These little wounds weaken us to the point we believe the lies of the evil one. “You aren’t good enough.” “God isn’t hearing your prayers anymore.” These little wounds will ultimately rob us of the ability to love people. People have hurt us and we still feel those hurts, so we are unable to love others, becoming vulnerable to being hurt again. Receiving the healing from the Lord is a constant process. There will always be more for Him to heal. Understanding this and opening ourselves completely to the Lord allows us to experience the joy of an abundant life and the overwhelming love of our heavenly Father. Scriptures for Those Little Wounds

And We Are Never Alone

Never Alone is that real life place inside us all where we store and cultivate the wisdom of living.  The hardest and most painful times in our lives, the ones that scar us the deepest are the ones that we endure and survive alone. But we never really are alone.

Loneliness is one of the hardest feelings to bare. More painful than an unending physical pain, more crushing than heartbreak.

Never Alone, is the joy of the certainty in sharing the burdens we carry. Spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally; we are Never Alone. Never Alone is the greatest truth of any life fully lived.


I may not know you, and I may never know your story, but I do know that no one should ever have to walk in the dark alone. I may not know you, but I would be damn proud to walk with you, right beside you, until the darkness fades into the light

Nicole Lyons

Never Alone is the beginning of a new day, fresh and spread ahead untouched and waiting for the daily challenges, laughter, tears, successes and failures to create the memories and wisdom I will someday look back on like the rest.

Our lives have changed so completely over the last few years that it is like remembering a book I once read, about characters I enjoyed, cried and laughed with, dreamed I dreamed of, friends I still miss occasionally.

The truth behind the reminder of Never Alone is knowing the untroubled place of peace, of understanding, of hard truths, of being alone joyfully grateful, of failing again and inevitable success.  

Time moves so quickly, even during the most painful trials. Every minute is beyond precious to hold onto and focus deeply into, so that not one aspect can go un-examined. To feel everything the world has to offer and learn from it in a way that leads to growth and wisdom.

There is a need that is so real to me, it is as if I am formed of that need. To make a real difference to others. To share what I have experienced and learned. To ease someone in some small sense of any of the worry, trials, pain or loneliness that I have felt and come out the other side of.

Oh, looking into our lives, others might shake their heads, feel some kind of sadness or pity for our circumstances. Looking over these last few years, loved ones might gasp and others may sneer in some misplaced satisfaction. But the truth? The truth is we are, and always have been so incredibly and amazingly blessed and protected that we are living a real life thrill, each and every day.

Every heart ache, every difficulty and disappointment – they all hurt, most even tempted me to simply curl up in a tight ball in a dark room and stay there. They were horrible! LOL, but seriously, when the tears dry and breath comes easy and slow again, looking over each instance, I can see clearly the moment I was in with a protected distance and examine the details, looking for the lesson I needed to fully grasp so that we could come out on the other side of it.

My weakness wants to fuss and worry, but I have learned way too much over the years not to see and know how beautiful and blessed our lives are. To focus with the wisdom inside me leading, simple, overflowing joy makes the laughter burst out of me and lights my eyes with the smile that can’t stop.

Beginning Again

It is the beginning of a new chapter, each day, full of new possibilities and promise. It is fresh and spread ahead untouched and waiting for the daily challenges, laughter, tears, successes and failures to create the memories and wisdom I will someday look back on like the rest.
 
Our lives have changed so completely over the last few years that it is like remembering a book I once read, about characters I enjoyed, cried and laughed with, dreamed I dreamed of, friends I still miss occasionally.
 
Time moves so quickly, even during the most painful trials. To feel everything that God has put out into the world and what it has to offer and teach us, to learn from it in a way that leads to growth and to see God’s wisdom in it and the lessons I need.
 
There is a need that is so real; it is as if I am formed of that need. I feel a positive need to make a real difference to others; to share what I have experienced and learned. To ease someone in some small sense of any of the worry, trials, pain or loneliness that I have felt and come out the other side of.
 
Oh, looking into our lives, others might shake their heads; feel some kind of sadness or pity for our circumstances. Looking over these last few years, loved ones might gasp and others may sneer in some misplaced satisfaction. But the truth what it really is? The truth is we are, and always have been so incredibly and amazingly blessed and protected that we are living with hope and joy, each and every day.
 
Every heart ache, every difficulty and disappointment – they all hurt, most even tempted me to simply curl up in a tight ball in a dark room and stay there. They were that horrible.  Then, when the tears dry and breath comes easy and slow again, I can see clearly the moment I was in with a protected distance and examine the details, looking for the lesson I was needed to fully grasp so that I could be ready for whatever came next.
 
My weakness wants to fuss and worry, but I have learned too much over the years not to see and know how beautiful and blessed our lives are. To focus with the wisdom inside me leading, simple, overflowing joy makes the laughter burst out of me and lights my eyes with the smile that can’t stop.
 
So. I am building a new website. I have a fabulous job and career I couldn’t have even imagined only a few years ago and a home that is slowly taking the shape of our dreams again. I hope you will be part of this next step of the journey that is ahead.

Scriptures for Beginning Again

Everything Starts with God

The feelings are huge: Relief, shame, awe, heartache, healing, joy, calmness, understanding, peace, excitement, purpose, strength, perspective, confidence, and so many more.

All of this and so much more as I spend every moment focused on Jesus, connected with God, immersed in the Word.

Life just seems better, smoother, happier and calmer when I invite Jesus to share my day, so that He too may enjoy and take pleasure in moments of my day as they happen according to His plan and to guide me through the tougher moments.

He sees all of my sins, knows all of my shortcomings and weaknesses. He sees all that I am; and still yet, He loves me, He forgives me and He comforts me. He makes His presence in my life and circumstances known to me, even at my most self-centered. He loves me and has plans for me and where I am heading.

We understand as people, both the written word and the spoken language in a certain way. We understand in a certain way, but certainly not in all the same ways. Intellectually, we know this but to deeply understand it is a revelation.

This revelation began in me as a child. My siblings and I were raised as Catholics. Baptized, given First Communion, schooled and Confirmed in the church. We were absolutely expected, with very few exceptions, to attend church weekly.

My Mom did things a bit different, however. We lived and grew up in a small farming community with a church of every flavor and belief available to us and as long as we went to church, worshiped with a fellowship, prayed with others, then all was good in our home.

This was a beautiful gift; Mom gave all of us, really. The knowing, belief so deep, that it like breathing and was nothing to even ponder, it just was. It was the truth of One great and Almighty King, one God.

What has occurred to me so often and yet I have had so few opportunities to share is that I have fallen in love with God’s Word.

This too, was a beautiful gift in my life. Given to me by a treasured and respected friend. The Parallel Study Bible: a Bible, that includes in 4 columns, side by side; the King James Version, the New Century Version, The Message and Comprehensive Study Notes. It helped the Bible come to life for me.

I love reading, studying and surrounding my thoughts and self with the Word. It just seems to smooth out all of the restlessness and confusions that seem to roll and twist inside of me. The Word has been my direction, my comfort and my protection.

I have a fantastic library in my home. In that library I also have a fantastic collection of Bibles of different versions and interpretations, books of reference, bible studies and devotionals. The conclusion I have come to over the years I have become closer, time and again, to the Father and Jesus through the Word?

“It all starts with God”, Rick Warren said in A Purpose Driven Life. I love that. Every direction, every piece of advice, words of guidance, every answer to every question is found in the Word. Truth and love, written down and found in the Word; given to us to study and understand more and come ever closer to and of our precious and Holy God.

Trust and faith are a battle I fight continuously within myself. ~ He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  ~Psalm 46:10.  Even knowing deeply that God watches over me, hears me and loves me; I worry still, if I am not diligent with my thoughts.

I have come to understand that the only way for me to be accepting of not understanding what is happening around me sometimes is turning to the Word. The answer is there for me. It is the assurance that I am loved, treasured, watched over, and guided towards something wonderful. God answers, but sometimes I tend to be hardheaded, so learning to immediately turn to the Word along with my prayers has helped me hear His words clearly.

It all starts with God. This is such a huge truth and so obvious to me now that it boggles my mind how I ignored it for so long. He has been with me throughout my life. Guiding and adjusting my path, leading me towards this place and time of hope and joy.

Scriptures to Start with God

Spring Cleaning

We do this every year. Spring cleaning typically means you are finally able to open the windows and breeze away the winter blues as well as the dust. Looking forward to the spring flowers popping out and little baby wild animals making appearances; all the new, fresh blessings that come with springtime each year.

But how often do we do the spring cleaning that counts? The cleaning that lightens our hearts as well as our souls. The cleaning that only God can do for us. The true release of all we have stored up; worries, hurts, shames, questions and uncertainties.

Small things that we keep to ourselves, believing that truly “we can deal with this.” Very much like those Little Wounds we’ve talked about. These things are the dust on all of our hidden corners and stacks of winter gear and clothing that washing clean and packing away we have gradually pushed to the back of the closets and overstuffed our dresser drawers with.

My friends, this is surrender. Our Father in heaven wants us to love Him, to trust Him and to obey Him. Surrender is all of that. In return we find the pure joy of children and see the glorious beauty and blessings that He rains down upon and around us. We can only see and fully experience this if we allow Him to clean the dust and smudges of life away from us.

So this spring, instead of focusing completely on our physical surroundings, let us look to the inside with God. Maybe there is an apology to be made, a wound to bleed and air out or a question buried in our hearts.