Rising Strong by Brené Brown
Brené describes herself as a storyteller and researcher. A great combination. Especially when so many of her stories are firsthand experiences.
Isn’t that the way it is? Those we learn the most from are those who share their stories with vulnerability.
I’m not quite sure why God has put it on my heart to start sharing deeply personal details about my past – and present. But, I do know my heart has always been to share my struggles in hopes of helping others avoid—or heal from—pain.
The above quote by Brené is one I am processing deeply. I’m trying to allow the truth sink deep into my heart…that yes, my birth family may have abandoned me, but that does not make me unlovable. By God, my husband, our children, and myself.
As I parent my youngest daughter who joined our family through adoption, my healing in this area is especially critical. As her mother, I have the privilege and responsibility to mirror to her the delicate process of healing and receiving love.
I certainly don’t have all the answers. And, clearly, I am still very much a work in progress. But, I am very much in-process. I’m pressing in, and I’m doing the work. No matter how stuck I feel or how much my heart grieves the losses of the past, I continue to press on.
Friend, I’m not sure where you are in your life. But, if you are struggling like me, I pray you find the courage you need.
Maybe it’s to share your story with a trusted friend.
Maybe it’s to press into the pain, rather than self-medicate or avoid it.
Maybe, it’s simply to allow yourself to come humbly before the Lord and surrender your pain, your trials, your addiction…whatever burden you are carrying.
Trust Him. He’s got this. And, more importantly, He’s got you.
Today may have ended in tears of sorrow, or in tears of hopeless frustration.
Regardless, tomorrow is a new day.
God’s got you.
There is healing to be found.
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