October 19, 2016

DAY NINETEEN - When It's Your Soul That Needs Healing...


How are you doing, sweet readers?

Here we are already halfway through the month, and halfway through our week focused on Healing, and I just wanted to check in. 

Listen, I know. 

I know this stuff is hard and often times we have more questions than we do answers. I know that sometimes talking about the supernatural or the unexplainable makes us a little uncomfortable or queasy.  

We like all our ducks in a row.

Maybe it is the Western culture in us, but we have a thirst for knowledge... and yet knowing things doesn't always shed the Light that is needed.


No. Sometimes embracing the mystery of not knowing while choosing to trust God anyway is what actually opens the door to the inner healing that we are longing for!

Sometimes, as we let our
list of demands fall to the floor, 
we find God is closing old wounds
and opening new doors.

We find that the healing we needed most
was not the one we were wanting...
--that God, who knows our needs
better than we do, is well able and willing
to heal the hurt and sweep away the dirt...
to loose the ties that bind
and erase the lies that rob us blind.



But other times we know all about
the heartache and pain.
We are well aware of our past
and well-versed in our shame. 

We know our desperate need to be
set free and be forgiven... 
--our need to let go, to let God
and to be freed from prison. 

See, we're all in need of a little healing.
Life Happens to all of us...and so we pray!
We ask for His divine touch to make us whole,
and for His Spirit to take the hurt away.

We have all been wounded... 
Words have been thrown, if not fists,
and pieces of ourselves have been stolen
or pushed down deep into darkness.

We have all questioned our worth or doubted our value.
We have scars on the inside, if not on the outside, too.

But our God who loves us -loves ALL of us... from the inside out. 

Our God, who is a good, good Father... oh my goodness, how He gets all riled up when someone hurts one of His own. (Hint: We are all His own.)

Healing is for today. We talked about that a bit on Monday. I believe it with all of my heart.

The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  It also says that God is a good father and He won't give us a stone when we ask for bread!

In fact, Jesus came from heaven, walked this earth, died on a Cross, and rose from the dead in order that we could be made whole.

In Romans 10:9, the Word says: "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

The original word for 'saved' there is Sozo

That word is used 110 times in the New Testament and it means to save, make well or whole, deliver, heal and preserve.

I think Jesus meant it when He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.”

The original word for 'well'? You guessed it: Sozo.

Here's the thing that I can tell you about Inner Healing: God desires to restore and redeem ALL of you.  He desires to heal your body, yes... but also your heart, soul, and strength!



The best way to lean in to the emotional and spiritual healing that God has available for you is to cultivate the personal, intimate relationship that He desires to have with you.

For me personally, my healing has come slowly, over time, as I fell more in love with the Lover of my soul.  

Some wounds, His healing balm caused to vanish immediately... no scars in sight.  

But others have slowly been diminishing over time as I let His love wash over me.

My healing happened mostly one on One, during times of worship and listening prayer... during conversations I had with God when I was bold enough to ask Him the hard questions without demanding an answer. 

Questions like, Where were you? (He was right there... broken hearted, too!) or  How did this happen? (Free will. Often times, it comes back to that. Maybe not ours... but someones.)

I also benefited from the Sozo Ministry (an inner healing prayer ministry.) as well as several books on tearing down strongholds, on laying down shame, on setting healthy boundaries, and on forgiveness... always forgiveness.

But we'll get into that one a little bit later this week!

Mostly, for today, I want you know that if there is anything holding you back from God... if there is any wall built up around your heart for self-protection, any insecurities or fears that bind you up, any old scar that begs for your attention that is wrapped around bitterness or unforgiveness... God desires to make you well, to heal you completely, from the inside out!

He wants to make you Sozo --saved, delivered, healed, and preserved.  


In fact, He's already done all the work that needs to be done on His part.  And He is willing and able to equip you with tools and skills to partner with Him in bringing about the healing your heart and soul desire!


Please note that Self-Care is a real thing, and learning to be self aware and in tune to what you need will help tremendously in pursuing inner peace and health.

And this: Counseling is often a vital piece that brings wholeness and healing, so don't think you have to go it alone. 

Just as in physical healing where God can use medicine and doctors as well as touching supernaturally, He can also use counselors and friends to minister and release the answers to your prayers.

Again, I will include a list of several books that are great resources in pressing in and going after wholeness!


Tomorrow... Lord help us... we will dive into praying for the Healing of our Nation! 


I hope you will come back and pray with us!


* Great books on Inner Healing:
SOZO Saved Healed Delivered: A Journey into Freedom with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit by Teresa Liebscher and Dawna DeSilva 
The Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson
Healing the Hurts of Your Past: A Guide to Overcoming the Pain of Shame by F. Remy Diederich
Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health
 by Dr. Caroline Leaf
Experiencing the Father's Embrace by Jack Frost 
Heart Made Whole: Turning Your Unhealed Pain into Your Greatest Strength by Christa Black Gifford and Lisa Bevere 
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Beauty for Ashes by Joyce Meyer  
Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness: Being Christian in a Non-Christian World by Jerry Cook and Stanley C. Baldwin 
Breaking Free by Beth Moore 

I'm also linking up with the lovely writer community linked below:


Beth Steffaniak for #FromMessestoMessages













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10 comments :

  1. Your words are refreshing to me, Karrilee. Thank you for your ministry and for reminding us of the healing that God brings into our wounded and broken lives. Hugs to you, my friend, for your heart and ministry!

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    1. Thanks so much, Beth! I'm so glad you stopped by and found some refreshing here!

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  2. Oh, this is some tough stuff, but so so so good. Thanks for digging even deeper.

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    1. Thanks for braving the deep with me, my friend! xoxo

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  3. So so good friend! Self care is so importantl we all need to remember to take time for that in our lives.

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    1. Yes and Amen! Nothin' like preaching to the choir sometimes! ;)

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  4. Speaking of self-care; how are you and Dave feeling?

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    1. Better... not quite all the way - but SO MUCH better! xoxo (And yes... good point! We must actually PRACTICE what we preach, yes?) ;) Thanks for checking in on us, sweet friend!

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  5. Thank you so much for this word Karrilee! <3

    Jolene

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    1. Thanks for reading along, Jolene! xoxo

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~Karrilee~

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