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(photo: Hannah Hope Photography)

The year two wave of grief hit and it caught me a bit off guard. I found myself crying more than I had intended. The intense heartache returned with a vengeance.

Grief is never an enjoyable experience but it does change. The heartache did not last as long this time but it reminded me how long I had lived feeling that way every day, all day for months. If you are still going through that cycle of grief, please know that it does lesson ever so slowly.

Just the other day, I had been weeping over so many different things that made my heart ache. I was struggling with not only my Mom but also so many family details and seeing the solution without any way of being able to change one thing. So much of being a Step Mom has shown me how true love is a love that has grit. I want to be a woman that has grit but the process hurts!

As I was weeping I opened my Bible to Luke 19 and read verse 41, “And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it”.

This post is by no means an exegetical description of this chapter. But this spoke volumes to me that Jesus wept over the hearts of people in the city of Jerusalem. He knew the answer to all of their heart issues. He knew everything about them, their pain, and the depravity of their hearts. Jesus wept. Jesus knew grief.

As I listened in the quiet, allowing tears to fall rather than get stuck, God spoke such tender words. He said, “My own Son felt strongly. He wept. He loved deeply. Why should you feel wrong for feeling so strongly for people, for weeping? This is one of my favorite things about you. I made you this way!”

In that moment, in the acceptance of my Lord, I experienced healing. Inner turmoil I experienced for years for feeling wrong for how I felt so deeply and often ached for others began to release. Did you know that the very things that you may dislike about yourself could very well be Gods favorite things about you? When you realize this truth you will find yourself closer to Father God. You will realize that you do not need to do things to protect yourself from getting hurt because you will realize that God continually heals your heart and soul. God desires freedom for you. He wants to help you conquer everything that distances you from him. He loves you!

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(Hannah Hope Photography)

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Heart Made Whole

Heart Made Whole

Heart Made Whole is such a treasure of a book. If you do not want to have open-heart surgery with your inner being then I would advise you to pass this one on by. But if you want to begin a journey where you start to turn your unhealed pain into your greatest strength, read Heart Made Whole. With Christa’s raw openness about her own journey combined with the truth in Gods word, our precious Healer uses the power of His love in our lives as we witness Christa’s testimony unfold. If we are ready to run to God rather than someone or something else to help with the pain you will finally be ready for your heart to begin healing.

Maybe you have already been on this journey and think that you do not need to read a book about it. Can I tell you that at first I thought the same thing? I was surprised to find that this book was like pouring gasoline onto my own heart healing. Because Christa was so open and wrote in such a way that spoke to my artistic and visual heart, I related to her story. I had many “aha” moments and sweet revelations in my own personal journey of healing. For this reason I took my time reading the book as I allowed God to reveal deep things in my heart that He longs to restore and strengthen.

Besides my own personal opinion that this book is by far one of my favorites it has other great assets to it as well. To end each chapter, Christa has written “personal workbook sections” that allow the reader to apply the journey of healing into their lives. Heart Made Whole would be an excellent book for small groups, ladies groups, and recovery programs. Christa is not afraid to get into the nitty gritty details and dig deep which challenges each of us as readers to allow God into every area of our heart. When we do that, each of us finds exactly what our hearts have longed for. Healing. Wholeness. To find a safe place in Gods arms to be exactly who he designed us to be.

Heart Made Whole: Turning Your Unhealed Pain Into Your Greatest Strength.

I received this book for free from booklookbloggers.com and these opinions are my own.