I love this pic! My son-in-law, Nathan, captured the shot in Sri Lanka. I cherish this picture so much that I printed it off my computer, framed it, and hung it over our kitchen table, along with the verse: Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth (Ps. 46:10). God gave me that verse while sitting in the woods one morning as a fifteen-year-old camp counselor. Little did I know it would follow me all these years and become a theme verse for my life.
This picture, with its many layers, nourishes my soul. It calls me away to spend time with the Lord, quietly listening for His voice. Allowing His gentle touch to calm my heart and heal my wounds. As I sit at His feet, like David, I ask: Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way (Ps. 139:23-24).
In the process of talking with the Lord, reading His Word, and listening for His voice, I pull out my journal and begin to record the insights He gives me. I have found over the years, that journaling can be quite therapeutic! I write about my struggles, my heartaches, my joys and victories. I record Scriptures He places on my heart, paraphrase what they mean, and then apply them to my own situation. I breathe deeply and allow the stress to flow from my body and soul. Sometimes I play soft music in the background to further nourish my soul.
One of the keys in writing to heal, according to James Pennebaker, specialist in journaling for trauma recovery is to acknowledge the bad and look for the good. The degree to which you can do this in your writing is one factor that correlates with improved health.
My hope is to add more entries about WRITING AS A THERAPEUTIC TOOL, so check back often as I delve deeper into this fascinating topic.