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Joys of the healing journey: The tenderness of the Lord


December 9, 2012
Isaiah 41:10  Don’t be afraid, because I am with you. Don’t be intimidated; I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will support you with my victorious right hand.



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·       Injury.
·       Hospitalization.
·       Incapacitation.
·       Loss of independence.
·       Long and painful rehabilitation.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed when we tumble into deep, unexpected valleys and find ourselves with interrupted lives.

Why not write?
The journey has been interesting for me because I didn't let go of the hand of God. I screamed out in pain, I never doubted God was with me through my trauma. So why did I stop blogging and writing about the journey?  

I had not been able to put into words what God revealed to me during my most painful times.

The tenderness of Jesus
I learned that Jesus wanted me to hold Him – to hold on to His strength and tenderness. When we hold on to a tender God, his strength gives us the strength to go forward. 

Honestly, it surprised me. 

After all these years of seeing and knowing many of the tangible results of my relationship with the Lord, this specific revelation left me…well…surprised? 

I felt the Lord’s transfer of vulnerability to me…there are no better words to describe it.

We have to care
I realized that I was trying to stay strong for myself. But if the Lord of the universe counted on other humans – His disciples, family and friends – then I needed to move past Blanca’s own strength. 

It made me realize that Jesus had those same feelings of needing to be cared for and encouraged. I wanted to be his Mary in my Martha world -- always wanting to get things done. This was a life-changing revelation for me because I saw the tenderness of God. I felt the tenderness of God.

I saw His desire for me to understand His heart.

I will never be the same. Never ever.

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