What Lies Beneath

Over Thanksgiving I ventured to Dallas to see my son and his family and my car was rear ended as I was sitting at a stop light waiting for the green light. I was hit hard enough to hit my head against the head rest rather forcefully, but when I got out and looked at the bumper of my car I was pleasantly surprised that it did not seem so bad. The car that hit me did not fare quite as well and had to be towed because the radiator was rapidly losing coolant.

On Monday I took my car to the repair shop anticipating being able to pick it up in a few days. Today I called and was dismayed to hear that there was way more damage to the car than initially estimated. When they took the bumper cover off, the damage was easily seen. I knew the trunk had big gaps on both sides, but the trunk and the steel body on both back panels had significant bends in them. So I wait while the insurance adjuster comes to take a look at the final damage and negotiates a new price for the repairs.

After I hung up from talking with the owner of the body shop, I thought how much like life this incident was. We sometimes we do not recognize the untreated wounds that are lying beneath the outside facade, until we peel back the protective layers we have used. It is easy to throw out harsh words, to make heavy judgments and to hurt others. We often do not realize the results because it is hidden behind what is only seen on the outside.

We have so many walking wounded among us. We have survivors of physical, sexual, and verbal abuse. There are those who have been told they are of no value, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not ___________ enough. Most of you can fill in the blanks from your own wounds.

Like the master mechanic, God can see beneath the surface of our lives to the real wounds that lie beneath. He can heal the brokenhearted. He can set captives free. If you feel like you have been let down, abused, damaged, and only have the broken pieces left–have hope.  If you feel like people can only see what is on the surface, be assured, God can see the inside. He can restore you even when you think you are beyond restoring. He loves you, wounds and all.

Have faith and put yourself in the hands of the Master.

Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

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A Little Kindness

It was December of 1991 and I was one stressed out Mom that Christmas season. I had four children, ages 8, 7, 5, and a newborn infant. I remember needing to make a Target run and loading up all four kids in the car, getting them corralled to go in the store, and shopping for the items I needed. My stress must have been showing for sure! As we were shopping and I was telling my children for the umpteenth time that no they could not have a toy, a lady approached me in the aisle.

She was very kind and said, “I remember what it was like to have kids and try to go shopping.” She held out her hand and offered me a small box. Continue reading “A Little Kindness”

The Holidays Are Coming

holiday_stress_shutterstock_62603809I love the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of my favorites. For many people the holidays are a joyous time to be around family and friends, however, for some individuals it is a time of stress and turmoil. For the perfectionist, unrealistic expectations of the perfect house, perfect gifts, and perfect entertainments can take a toll. For the lonely and those who have recently lost loved ones, the holidays can accentuate their very aloneness. For others, the thought of being with certain family members makes them cringe. The reasons for holiday stress are many and varied, but most of us experience it to some degree.

One of the hardest things I have learned is to Let Go of Unreasonable Expectations. Here are some expectations that contribute to stress during the holidays. Continue reading “The Holidays Are Coming”