What can we do to promote healing of the hole in our spirits? The first thing would be to reach out to a God that took onto himself all of our pain, suffering, abuse and illness on the cross. Yes, we can wonder why He didn't intervene in our personal suffering or the suffering of the world. The thing is He did, but not in the way we would have if we were in His position. He created us with a certain amount of resiliency. Some have more, some have less. However He left us needing a little more than what we have....or a lot more. That gap, the hole, needs to be filled by Him. That can happen in many different ways.
Spiritually we need His supernatural healing and filling of love. Following Him and His words are essential to fully receiving that. Spiritual growth can be promoted through bible study, listening to and singing worship music, prayer, receiving prayer, etc. This can not be done in isolation however! Other believers are necessary for spiritual growth.
We need people. Not just to be around people although sometimes that helps, but being around people that support us and care about us. We need to be touched in healthy ways. While many survivors of sexual abuse may be afraid of touch, it has healing benefits. Allow a hand on the shoulder or a quick squeeze of the hand. Sharing our burden; the fears, the hopes, the hurt, the anger. Don't let it become a volcano inside of you!
Other activities might include journaling, drawing, watching a favorite movie, going to a concert, going to the zoo, taking a bubble bath, lighting a fragrant candle, buying fresh flowers, watching children on the playground at a park, wrapping up in a blanket on a cold night, walking or exercising....the list can go on. What are things you do to love yourself? Leave a comment!
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.