"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."
"I raise my eyes to the mountains.
From whence shall come my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.”
It can be hard to hear God's voice in the midst of life's busy tasks and concerns. As such, sometimes God speaks to us not in the quiet spaces--because there can be few--but will speak to us in what we see or encounter in the midst of our busy lives.
This scripture passage reminds us that sometimes we have simply to look around us to find God's presence with us. This month, if you have a hard time finding quiet moments for prayer, consider looking for God in the visuals around you. Lift your eyes to the mountains, or the plains, or the city streets....and ask God to help you see God wherever you happen to be.
Here is a song that may speak to you on the journey:
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If you need extra support, consider calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, or other resources that can be found here.