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"Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and God saved them from their distress."

Psalm 107:19


Prayer can be a grace-filled aid on your healing journey. It helps you to center when you are feeling overwhelmed by memories of abuse or by the stress of everyday triggers. It allows your body to relax so that your physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds may heal. Perhaps most importantly, it is a reminder that you are not on this journey alone. God is with you. 


Here is a helpful prayer practice for anytime of day:


If you have just a few moments, bring your attention to your body. Feel your feet on the ground. Notice your breath. In and out. Breathe from your belly. In...and out. Take time to breathe, knowing you don't have to rush. In...and out. Choose a prayer phrase that brings you comfort or affirms your healing such as "The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want." or "God is with me. I feel safe." Say this prayer phrase ten times as you breath. Pray the first line as you breathe in. Pray the second line as you breathe out. When you are done, take notice of any gentle shifts in your body. Do you feel a little more relaxed, focused, or peaceful? Thank God for being with you and close your prayer with an "Amen" or "Blessed be."

Monthly Reflection

MARCH 2023

"But to the Lord, our God, belong compassion and forgiveness!" - Daniel 9:9


Who is God to you? Scipture helps us remember that God is merciful, kind, loving. The Book of Daniel says to God "belong[s] compassion and forgiveness."

This is our God who is ready to be with you at every step of your healing journey and to show you love and goodness, something that you may not have seen in a long time. Consider taking some time this month to sit in silence - even for a few minutes on the bus or in the kitchen or wherever you may have a few moments on your own - and ask God for what you need in your healing journey. Is it love? Is it compassion? Is it joy? God is eager to be with you and extend to you the goodness and compassion you need and deserve.

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Along the healing journey, consider talking with a trusted friend, family member, minister, or counselor. You are not alone. In moments of despair, remember to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800.273.8255 or go to your nearest emergency room.

If you need other support, consider calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, or other resources that can be found here.

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