I sent this letter to a girl this morning, but while writing it, I thought of many girls I knew that would say they struggle with this too. I have modified a few things to help the initial receiver remain anonymous, but wanted to paste it here just in case any of you needed encouragement as well:
I was studying this morning, and had some things that speak to me that I wanted to share with you cause I think they would apply to you too.
I talk to the Lord all the time about the things I feel like I can’t change, patterns that I hate in myself, and things that I think I’m stuck with. And sometimes I get angry. I know everyone has wounds, but most of the time I feel discouraged, like mine are beyond repair… like I have tried for years and years to change and just end up feeling hopeless.
This morning doing a word study on “hope” I found these verses:
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
HOPE in God;
for I shall yet praise him,
who is the HEALTH of my countenance,
and my God.
And when Jesus heard it,
he said to them,
“Those who are well have no need of a physician,
but those who are sick.
I came not to call the righteous,
And finally this one:
He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
These are the translations for those words:
heals: to heal, make healthful; also to sew together, mend
broken: to break, rend violently, wreck, crush, maimed, crippled, shattered
heart: inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding, soul, reflection, memory, conscience, a seat of emotions, passions, courage
bind up: to bind up ;)
wounds: pain, hurt, injury, sorrow, wound, also translated: he binds up their pains, “the wounds of their minds”
I feel like God used this verse to remind me there is hope in him. That my “shattered, crushed, and maimed” mind and sorrows can be healed. That there will still be scars just like any wound, but that he is the Master Physician and I NEED him every day.
I know you go through alot in your lives everyday too. I hope this bit from God’s word can encourage you that he is and always will be working in us to make us WHOLE. That he wants us to experience health. That the things we have gone through can be used to bind us to him. I know this is simple stuff for those of you who do in-depth Bible study all the time, but sometimes it is the simple things I need to be reminded of.