34. How do You Survive Trauma and Become Stronger Through It?
Do you recall horror movies from long ago? Any memories which remained? I once walked in to a home (work) and noticed a toddler and a young child watching a particularly cruel scene in a adult horror show, Saw. These children were conditioned to watch this program which I had difficulty even watching due to its graphic and cruel violence. Knowing their background gave me awareness, mixed with huge sadness, over what they have grown used to in their young ages. These children's background was through countless adverse childhood experiences, ACEs. This moment occurred before the awareness or even the research of it occurred, the knowledge obtained or the acronym even created. If unfamiliar with the subject, please read my previous blogs about it (written in September 2017). Maybe you were once there or are there now.
You are given a choice on how to deal with present or past trauma. You can ignore it, rehearse it silently or with others, experience and re-experience it, mediate on it, - or heal it through support and/or counselling. The choice you make has defining consequences for your future. Kenneth Copeland wrote, in one of his blogs for Elijah list, about wisdom to"speak words of wisdom and fear will depart." What does this mean? Words of wisdom are given through the Creator, which are ready and available through the Bible. Fear, bitterness and reactions to others will depart when you choose to use the inner power, confidence and awareness to order them to leave. Its, once again, about the choices you make. This depends on you own self-acceptance and your love of self.
How can you become compassionate and love yourself? Jesus modeled this in many instances; 1 John 2:6 "love your neighbor as yourself," John 13:34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love another." As I have loved you ... These two verses are about showing the love you are given to others, for only what's inside of you can be demonstrated to others! When you are loved by the Lord, then you can demonstrate this great love to others who need it.
John 14:27 NIV assures "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." Those words seem impossible in the midst of trauma or after living through it. In the first words you are promised peace. It's not the peace in your environment. It is the peace, deep inside you, that you receive through the Lord. The Lord assured of where you are receiving this peace in Genesis 22:14 NKJV "...in the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided." He will provide His peace that flows through you, in the Mount of the Lord - when you ask for it.
Let's discuss your love for yourself. It is what Jesus modeled in His life and love for others. Love for yourself involves acceptance of who you are as a child of the Creator. There's invaluable joy in it! Peace, love, hope and serenity come to you when you allow the King to be your husband. Empathy, generosity, truth and compassion are able to flow through you when you are loved by the great King! Faith is the outcome of the abundant love. These all are the fruits of the spirit. Peace I leave with you. ...
I invite you to please connect if you need confidential counselling to complete the circle of healing for yourself. Blessings!
Philippians 4:19 NKJV "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." There's help and support when you ask for it.