"Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and God saved them from their distress."
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."
"In all your ways be mindful of God,
and God will make straight your paths."
There seems to be anxiety in the air these days. From the pandemic to politics, there is a sense of uncertainty about the future. At the same time, our future has always been in our hands and in God's hands. Together with God, we pray and take action to help build the kin-dom.
This month, consider what you can do--even in a small way-- to help create a future that is in line with God's vision. Perhaps you talk with a friend about the upcoming election or make a donation to a campaign whose values align with yours. Or perhaps you take extra time for prayer to settle your heart and trust in God. Ask God to bless your plans for this month and be with you as you live them out.
If you need some extra support, try calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, or other resources that can be found here.