Awareness, Acceptance, and Action:
The 3 A’s to true Healing and Hope.
There can be no change without AWARENESS.
AWARENESS is understanding and reflecting on a situation, person, or feeling with openness and curiosity (as defined by peopleleaders.com.au).
For me that day was when I started a new journal and called it, “Why are my relationships to those closest to me toxic?”
Kind of an interesting name for a journal, but I had awareness that something was terribly wrong with my relationship with several people closest to me.
I was the common denominator, what was I doing to encourage or enable this unhealthy behavior?
I believe God gives us awareness as we pray and ask Him to remove blindness and to show us our sins, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and our character defects.
The Holy Spirit, is referred to as the Spirit of Truth, who gives us wisdom and reveals truth. (John 16:13)
ACCEPTANCE is recognizing this is where I am right now in my life.
I recognized that my relationships with those closest to me were fear-driven; my fear of rejection and abandonment caused me to become a people pleaser.
My need for love and acceptance had plunged me deep into drinking and drugs in my early teen years, in order to find some kind of relief from the emptiness I felt.
I also was not able to communicate how I was feeling, which would cause me to enable all kinds of unhealthy and emotionally abusive treatment from others.
I had no voice and no boundaries and as a result of my destructive lifestyle, I hated myself more and more as the years went by.
The nail in the proverbial coffin for me was when I found myself with an unplanned pregnancy at 21. There was no way I could tell my parents; they would be so hurt and disappointed in me.
I was fearful. I panicked like so many of us do; I needed to take care of this quickly.
How many of you can relate to that statement? I want you to know you are in the right place. There is no judgment here just love, encouragement and the forgiveness that God offers everyone through faith in Jesus Christ.
Action; I realized I needed to get my life right with God.
I confessed my sins to God, I recognized and professed that Jesus is the Son of God, and He died on the cross for my sins and was buried and on the third day, rose from the dead, and is in Heaven seated at the Father’s right hand.
(Romans 10:9-10,13, 1 st Corinthians 15:3-4, Hebrews 10:12)
Once I had this relationship with Jesus, I was given the gift of the Holy Spirit, which is given to all of who believe.
My relationship with Jesus began on 2/6/1994, and I have never been the same. He has given a new purpose, a new hope, and a new song.
I have been made alive as one that was plucked out of the depths of despair and darkness and being tormented by the evil one, who wanted me to end my life, but God had a better more beautiful plan for my life that I never imagined I could have.
He has turned my ashes, my darkest moments, and has made something beautiful out of them for my good and His glory. (Isaiah 61:3)
It was my relationship with Jesus that gave me the courage to get the help I needed so that this dysfunction would stop with me and not be perpetuated to the next generation. I pray God gives you courage too.
In His love and service,