“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
As a mom of two young children, I have seen both of them fall down many times. Usually after they fall, they run over to me, with tears in their eyes, pointing to where their “ouchie” is. The next part is my favorite, because usually, all I have to do is simply kiss the “ouchie” and say two magic words: “All better!" Then all the pain seems to magically be forgotten, the tears disappear, and the playing resumes.
There are times in life when our children fall and a simple kiss helps them feel better. However, there are also times when it does take more than a kiss and a few simple words to help ease the pain. We might need to use a cloth to clean up the dirt and blood, maybe even use some antibacterial cream, and then seal it with a bandage to let it heal. Occasionally, a doctor’s visit might be necessary. In these healing processes, it may cause more pain to our children when we have to clean the wound, or do something even more extensive. However, as loving parents, we know that we can’t let our children stay untreated. In that moment, they may be begging us to just leave it alone, out of fear of more pain. But we know that avoiding temporal pain now would result in even more severe pain later.
As followers of Christ, God is our loving Abba Father and He sees the many wounds of His children. Some of those wounds might be minor ones that we run to Him and ask Him to heal quickly. Some, however, are wounds we have allowed to remain untreated for way too long, out of fear of more pain we might experience from Him cleaning up the wound. When we’ve been hurt by someone or gone through a severe trial, it can seem easier to just bury that pain down deep, choosing to remain sad or angry. Like our children do with us, we might beg God to just leave our wound alone so we don’t have to deal with it or relive the pain. However, once we allow God to clean out our infected wounds, we can experience freedom from that anger and hurt. He can bring about forgiveness and joy in our hearts that we never thought possible. Psalm 147:3 tells us, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” God is more than capable to heal our wounds, however, we have to be willing to let Him. The healing process can involve pain and time, but if we continue to leave it buried and not dealt with, the pain will be so much worse, like an untreated wound. Only God can “turn my lament into dancing…and clothe me with gladness” (Psalm 30:11).
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, have five children, one son-in-law, one soon to be daughter-in-law, and one wonderful grandson. Donna and Bryan have recently moved back to their home state of Arkansas after livingin southeast Alabama the past 23 years. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.