Week 1 is down in the books or should I say my calendar for my media detox. I’ve learned so much that I feel as if my head is going to explode.
I’ve been reading a lot. I currently have 5 books in Kindle that I’m shuffling daily. I found my self-help book accidentally by reading an article in a magazine. It was an interview with Lisa Miller, Ph.D., clinical scientist, professor at Columbia University. She has a newly released book called “The Awakened Brain” and it’s what I have fallen in love with for my self-help book.
In the article, she describes the details of her early career and what it was like to be a clinical internist. She says the following:
I read that over and over again. And then I was reading another book and came across this scripture.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
I Peter 5:10
And then it clicked that if we depend on people we are not always given a chance to renew ourselves. We are only looked at for our past, our wounds, our trauma. However, if we allow ourselves to suffer and acknowledge it, we can gain insight so that our spirit can be restored and renewed. That’s how it is supposed to be according to the Bible. The issue is the lack of forgiveness not only from others but ourselves and the lack of freedom due to harsh judgments.
God expects us to suffer so we can be renewed as we were created to be. We have to dig out our painful memories and have discomfort to heal and experience awareness and a new awakening. It’s the only way to restore our spirit.
To those who are suffering today, please know that it will not last. You will be okay. Embrace where you are and know that you’re doing your best. Forgive yourself for what you had to do to survive. Be free of shame. Acknowledge your past and move on. Pray, meditate, and keep the faith that your spirit won’t always be suffering. You will be restored, strong, and steadfast. That’s God’s promise!