🌹PRAYERS FOR YOUR TRAUMA HEALING JOURNEY -PART 1
One prayer I often pray is: “Father - make the crooked places straight in my heart”
I get this prayer from the metaphor often found in Scripture of “preparing the way of the Lord”
In the Old Covenant before Jesus came, Prophets would proclaim His coming and they would declare that One was coming who would make things right with humanity. Who would “level the playing field” against sin, corruption and evil.
One who would heal and restore and repair. One who would light the way both in the world and in our hearts.
I love this metaphor because it is so profoundly true in the context of trauma.
Sin & Trauma creates so much confusion, dysregulation and disruption in our hearts and minds.
As a result, we can see things from distorted lenses.
👉🏾What is safe seems unsafe & what is unsafe can seem safe.
👉🏾We can be reactive or easily shut-down as a result of our nervous system’s sensitivity.
👉🏾We can get stuck and ruminate in patterns of toxic shame and sabotage.
👉🏾We can put up walls when we need connection and intimacy the most.
The Gospel of Christ is the true light for trauma because when Jesus comes into our lives - He doesn’t just ask for surface-level relationship with us. He doesn’t save us and then we just continue in our old bent-up, crooked coping mechanisms and habits and flawed ways of thinking and being.
He wants to repair us at the deepest level. He wants to touch the wounds within us and sanctify them. So that where we were once broken, His love, truth and light now shines in those deep dark places.
He seeks to redeem the things that make us want to check-out, isolate, put up walls, or hurt ourselves.
He seeks to uncoil us from the painful generational patterns of dysfunction in our relationships and families.
Before I knew the Lord - I worked hard on many unhealthy habits and patterns. I was able to change and rearrange much of the dysfunction in my nervous system. And heal from many distorted ways of thinking that I inherited from the dysfunction in my family.
But When Christ saved me last year He showed me something deeper - He revealed to me the crooked places in my Spirit. Places that I couldn’t have seen without His light that brought the Spirit of truth into my heart.
He touched me with His loving hand and showed me that He would teach me a better way.
Since then I have been praying:
🌹Lord Jesus - Make the Crooked Things Straight Within My Heart
And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.
Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.
A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the Lord[a];
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.[b]
Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
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