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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Frnka

Lean into PTSD - Day 7 of Prayer

If you have experienced the peace and warmth that settles into your soul when you witness a sunset in all of its glorious colors of orange and yellow, purple and red as it sets on the horizon, then you have experienced a small moment of what it feels like to have a part of your spirit restored.


Our lives can be unpleasant at times, so staying grounded in prayer makes it easier to cope with those difficult moments. When we are able to see the beauty more clearly it helps to bring peace to a place that might not always be comfortable or pleasant, we are able to appreciate the experience more. Much like our physical health requires proper nourishment, so does our spirit. Cultivating a life that  nourishes and enriches you and the lives of those around you helps not only you to flourish, but others too. 


But how can we cultivate a beautiful life when there is so little time?


  1. Change your perspective - life can be busy at points. Notice when you have moments of seat time. Maybe it’s driving the kids back and forth to school, maybe it’s on your way to and from work, maybe in the evening when you are watching TV or sitting at your computer. Consider how you might give some of that time to God. Call Him in and ask Him to be with you.  As you do this, be open to the promptings that come to your mind. God will use these moments in ways you never imagined.

  2. Create a sanctuary filled with love, laughter, and growth. This space doesn’t have to be big. Consider adding a few plants to the space. Ask God to provide the resources that you need to grow this space and watch the incredible work that He does. You never know what He might find.

  3. Create a safe space that you can go to in your mind. Prayers already written out, favorite Bible verses, words of affirmation, and flipping over a negative experience to God again and again helps clear your mind and gives your heart space to collect your breath.

  4. Breathe in deeply and feel yourself leaning into God. Just sit there, be with Him. Let Him love you. Let Him hold onto you. Feel his deep, deep love.

  5. Allow yourself time. 

  6. Be thoughtful and deliberate about your actions.


Restoring your spirit and finding peace won’t happen overnight. It is not meant to. What is meant to be is leaning into God again and again. It’s like building a house. You can’t lay the foundation and expect the house to pop up on its own. You need to lay the bricks, lay the mortar, and build the walls one layer at a time. You can certainly do the work by yourself, but in most instances you need the help of a team of builders. It takes time and dedication, but the end result will be something beautiful and sturdy that can withstand the test of time.


Post-traumatic stress was never meant to be dealt with alone. Leaning into and dancing with Our Father shifts the weight of the trauma and provides more space for peace, trust, strength, and discipline to be restored. It takes a team of builders to construct the physical structure of a house, but it also takes a team to build a life that is able to withstand the storms of life. Members of your team may change from time to time and it may grow in ways that you have never imagined. Your team should be a source of strength, faith, hope, and love always striving to help one another reach their goals and dreams.


“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9.


Heavenly Father, thank you so much for giving us the space to lean into you. Your ways are so much higher than ours. Lord, teach us your way and help us to walk with more peace, trust, strength, and discipline in this lifetime. Help us to breathe in and smile more. Thank you for restoring our souls. Thank you for all the gifts that you have given to us. We are forever yours. Amen.


Thank you so much for joining us in prayer. Ya’ll have a beautiful day!


All My Love,

Jen


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