Grace, Hope, Prayer, Words of Endurance
Triage For a Shattered Perspective
A healthy spirit conquers adversity,
but what can you do when the spirit is crushed?
PROVERBS 18:14 (THE MESSAGE)
Sometimes our perspective shatters so violently when adversity hits that we are deeply wounded and our spirit is crushed. And when our spirit is crushed it may seem like we will never conquer that adversity but that is when we need the help of others to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. The following suggestions are steps you can take when your spirit is crushed and your perspective is shattered.
SEE YOUR DOCTOR if you think you may be depressed. Whenever we experience adversity and the stress from that adversity – it affects our emotions that in turn will affect us physically in a negative way. You may experience insomnia or sleep all the time. You may experience weight gain or weight loss. You may feel overwhelmed, numb and unable to experience the joy that you once felt before the adversity. Both of us experienced a season of clinical depression and we went to see our physician who developed a treatment plan for the both of us. He helped us heal physically.
FIND A COUNSELOR. We also needed objective Godly wisdom from a person who was trained in dealing with physical, emotional and spiritual wounds. Our counselors helped us understand what had happened to us and why. They also led us to God’s truth and we learned new and better ways to respond to our adversity. They helped us heal emotionally.
CONNECT WITH PEOPLE WHO CAN PROVIDE SPIRITUAL SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT. It is so healing to be a part of a Christian community who loves and supports you without judgment. We were part of grace-filled church community who loved us through the ugliness of our journey. The emotional support, spiritual wisdom and prayers we received were like a breath of fresh air – a refreshing wind from God! They helped us heal spiritually.
AND BE ASSURED …
And this same God who takes care of me
will supply all your needs from his glorious riches,
which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
PHILLIPPIANS 4:19 (NLT)
On the Journey with You,
Dave & Jan Dravecky