Hope & healing

Quote from the book, “Sacred Rest”, by Saundra Dalton Smith, M.D., founder of “I Choose My Best Life”:

“Brokenness is a journey everyone must take. To be born is to be broken. We cannot enter the earth without the breaking of water. The same water that sustains us for nine months becomes the very thing we must break through. Life is filled with pregnant moments. Periods of deep darkness through which we must break through. Periods of brokenness from which we seek to be whole. The body experiences physical in the form of physical trauma, disease, and injury. The mind/soul experiences brokenness in the form of emotional trauma, stress, personal loss, and a feeling of disconnectedness from the self or others. The spirit experiences brokenness in the form of spiritual trauma, anger toward God, a lack of belief in God, and feeling a disconnectedness from God. When any one of these three experience brokenness, it affects the function of the other areas. Spiritual rest is where the broken places mend. Rest holds up the fragments, naked and unashamed, before God.”

“Why God Allows Suffering” – 3.5 minute video clip from Greg Laurie (check out his story), pastor, author, founder of “Harvest Crusades” and “Harvest TV”.

Video clip on “Hope” from donation-supported “The Bible Project”, free downloadable video clips with animated artwork to explain Bible books and themes & words used.

“5 INTERESTING Hebrew Names for God that Reveal His Character!” – 12-minute video that explains how God meets us in our pain to give us hope, healing, & His peace; by Allen Parr, one of his video teachings in “The Beat”.

“The Lord is righteous in all His ways and faithful in all He does. The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.”

Psalm 145:17-18

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”

Psalm 40:2

“If we study the lives of great men and women carefully and unemotionally we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested and revealed through the darker periods of their lives. One of the largest tributaries of the RIVER OF GREATNESS is always the STREAM OF ADVERSITY.”

Cavett Roberts

ABORTION RECOVERY – articles (also see Sanctity of human life page under Apologetics):

“Healing the Guilt and Pain of Abortion: The Bible study ‘Surrendering the Secret’ helps women who’ve had abortions find healing” – by Pat Layton for “Lifeway”.

“Hope and Healing after Abortion” – by “Focus on the Family”.

ABORTION RECOVERY – books (also see Sanctity of human life page under Apologetics):

“My Unknown Child” – by Noreen Riols; a story of God’s amazing grace, mercy, & redemption after abortion.

“Ramah International”“offering the hope of healing to abortion’s wounded around the world”; abortion’s PTSD symptoms, offers “Her Choice to Heal” online Bible study (site founder strongly recommends attending a healing study in person if at all possible – found that being part of a group is hugely beneficial).

“SaveOne: A Guide to Emotional Healing After Abortion” – by Sheila Harper; joining a small group through a local pregnancy center is highly recommended: Find a local Pregnancy Center.

ABORTION RECOVERY – websites:

“Care-Net” “Care-Net is dedicated to partnering with independent pregnancy centers and providing them with the resources they need to serve their local communities”; offers articles; Find a local Pregnancy Center.

“SaveOne” “helping men, women, and families recover after an abortion”; founded by Sheila Harper; offers referrals to local chapter or online study, and books/articles; find a U.S. or international chapter.

ADDICTION RECOVERY – books:

“Recovered: How an Accident, Alcohol, and Addiction Led Me to God” – by Robby Gallaty, pastor, speaker, author, & founder of “Replicate Ministries”.

CANCER – articles:

“8 Lessons God Is Teaching Me through Cancer” – by Dave Hall for “The Gospel Coalition” (TGC).

“Cancer and God’s Sovereignty” – by Marissa Henley for “Tabletalk Magazine”.

“God Is Bigger Than My Cancer: Learning Joy in the Darkness” – by J. Todd Billings for “Desiring God”.

DYSFUNCTIONAL CHILDHOOD – books:

LIFE’S TRIALS – articles:

“10 Bible Verses to Inspire Godly Courage When Fear Attacks” – In “Find Answers” by “Biblica” staff.

“What are the 7 “I Am” Statements and 7 “I Will” Statements from Jesus?”: “While the ‘I Am’ statements reveal to us the Person of Jesus, the ‘I Will’ statements tell of His purpose for us, His love and grace given to us, and the hope we have in Him.  They are precious promises that give us confidence in our God and Saviour, and joy, rest, and assurance in our salvation.” – by Shari Abbott for “Reasons for Hope* Jesus”.

“When It Feels Like God Is Far Away, What Can I Do?” – by Shari Abbott for “Reasons for Hope* Jesus”.

“When You’re Disappointed by God” – by Dr. Jim Denison, founder of “Denison Forum”.

“Why Does God Allow Suffering?” – article by Ray Comfort from “Living Waters.

LIFE’S TRIALS – books:

Age 7 year Rhema Marvanne (a teen now; not presently in limelight) singing “The Lord’s Prayer” – always gives me goosebumps.

LOSS – articles:

“Dealing with the sorrow of miscarriage” – by Emily Wierenga for “Focus on the Family”

“Do’s and Don’ts for Comforting Grieving Families After a Suicide” – by Dawn Anderson for “The Christian Post”.

“What Do We Say to Grieving People?” – by Nancy Guthrie for “Desiring God”.

LOSS – books:

“Miscarriage Hurts” “a team of men and women who understand that miscarriage is a painful experience, and that there are few places to go to find healing and support. Each of us has been touched by miscarriage in one way or another, and we have recognized the need for a place of healing. Miscarriage Hurts is meant to offer a safe place to share your story, help you better understand your own personal experience, and connect you to resources that can provide support for your specific needs.”

LOSS – books (for kids):

“It’s Okay to Cry: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children Through the Losses of Life” – by H. Norman Wright.

LOSS – websites:

“Griefshare” – “friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone”; “Find a group; offers online 6-week study, “Help for the Journey”; “Surviving the Holidays” seminar, Leader resources, & more.

“The Compassionate Friends” – support organization for those who have lost children; offers regional chapters, online groups, private Facebook groups, & annual worldwide candlelight event (Dec); site includes sections for the newly bereaved, subscription to “We Need Not Walk Alone” magazine, “Find a Local Chapter”, & more: “There are some people who could hear you speak a thousand words and still not understand you. And there are other who will understand without you even speaking a word.” – Yasmin Mogahed.

PRISON MINISTRY – books:

“Be Transformed” – by Sharon Dutra, founder of “Be Transformed Ministries”; workbook of “14 individual studies that relate to some of the real, hard life issues that all of us face”; life-changing resource helpful for prison ministry, those desiring freedom from addiction, past pain, regret, or who want to live in victory; used internationally.

“New Beginnings: Understanding the Basic Principles of the Christian Faith” – by Sharon Dutra, founder of “Be Transformed Ministries”; can be used for individual or group study; “12 chapters, which include subjects such as ‘What is Sin?’, ‘Who is God?’; ‘What is Communion’, ‘What is Baptism’ and ‘What is Faith?'”; written for those who desire to build a solid biblical foundation in their Christian faith”; used for prison ministry as well.

PRISON MINISTRY – websites:

“Awana Lifeline” – “Children desperately need their fathers and mothers to lead and direct them. And Awana Lifeline is inspiring and equipping men, women, families, churches and communities to develop godly fathers and mothers regardless of their circumstances”; programs for prison inmates & their families include “Malachi Dads”, “Hannah’s Gift”, “Returning Hearts”, & the “Guardian Program”.

“Prison Fellowship” “Through an amazing awakening to new hope and life purpose, those who once broke the law are transformed and mobilized to serve their neighbors, and the cycle of crime is replaced by a cycle of renewal”; offers “Angel Tree” Christmas gifts for children of inmates, “Prison Fellowship Academy” holistic life-transformation, prepare prisoners for reentry & more.

PTSD – articles:

Police-turned-Psychologist Reveals Bible-Based Insights on PTSD, How Veterans Can Find Healing” – article and 5-minute interview by Leah Marianne Klett for “The Christian Post”; article sponsored by “Liberty University online programs.

RELATIONSHIPS: – books:

“Boundaries” – by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend, founders of “Boundaries Books”; excellent book on creating and maintaining healthy relationships.

“Boundaries with Kids” – by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend, founders of “Boundaries Books”; excellent book on creating and maintaining healthy relationships with kids.

“Boundaries with Teens” – by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend, founders of “Boundaries Books”; excellent book on creating and maintaining healthy relationships with teens.

SEXUAL ABUSE – articles:

“Healing from the Tragedies of Molestation and Rape” – by Allen Atzbi of “Living Waters”; “caution: this article contains personal stories, which may trigger traumatic memories”.

SEXUAL ABUSE – books:

“We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis” – by Mary deMuth; “The church should be the safest place for sexual abuse survivors. Sadly, it’s not always been a haven. But we want to see the momentum gloriously shift.”; offers articles, resources, info for churches, info for survivors, & more.

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SEXUALITY – articles:

“Doctors Admit They don’t Know Which Kids Should Gender Transition but Do it to Them Anyway”: “anyone playing this ‘select-a-gender’ game with children is complicit in turning young psyches against themselves and the truth of who they are” – by former transgender and founder of “Sex Change Regret”, Walt Heyer, for “The Federalist”.

“Do People Change from Homosexuality? Hundreds of Stories of Hope and Transformation (Part I)” – by “Focus on the Family”.

“Do People Change from Homosexuality? Hundreds of Stories of Hope and Transformation (Part II)” – by “Focus on the Family”.

“He Was a Drag Queen for 20 Years, Then He Found Jesus: ‘I Was Set Free’” – by Michael Foust for “Christian Headlines”.

SEXUALITY – books:

“Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality” – by professor, scholar, speaker, and former agnostic, Nancy Pearsey; “to counter the hostility toward the human body and the biological facts of life that drives many of today’s heart-wrenching headline stories”.

SEXUALITY – websites:

“Changed” “We believe changed is possible – a community of friends who once identified as LGBTQ+. Today, we celebrate the love of Jesus and His freedom in our lives.”.

“Equipped to Love”“God is pursuing our generation with hope and mercy amidst pop-culture’s confusing messages on sexual identity. He never intended for His children to anxiously question their sexuality or gender, or hide in shame. We’ve seen Him move over and over to meet men and women right where they are – no matter their life’s experiences – to know His love…”; offers resources, events, & “Changed” stories of healing & freedom through the love of Jesus.

“Love & Truth Network”“equipping to restore relational and sexual wholeness”; founders, Garry and Melissa Ingraham, offer articles, resources for church leaders, speakers, small group DVD study, & more; Garry grew up in a legalistic Christian family while struggling with same sex attraction.

Ruth Institute” – quote from founder, Dr. Jennifer Morse: “The Sexual Revolution has been going on for my entire lifetime. Millions of people have been harmed by its empty promises”; offers “Are you a Survivor?”, Resource Center, Book club for families, workshops for healing family breakdown, events, & “Make a Difference”; also has a YouTube channel.

“Sex Change Regret”: “Giving hope to those who want help to go back” – founded by former transgender, Walt Heyer; interesting panel discussion on “The Medical Harms of Hormonal and Surgical Interventions for Gender Dysphoric Children” on his site [his testimony on Outreach video page under Outreach].

VERSES:

“Blessed be the Lord. Because He has heard the voice of my supplications! The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him. The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed.”

Psalm 28:6-8

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Matthew 11:29-30

“Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Romans 5:2-7

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”

1 Peter 1:3-6

“And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

1 Peter 5:10

VIDEOS:

“His Mercy is More” – Matt Boswell, founder of “Doxology & Theology”, & Boyce College Choir

WEBSITES – hope & healing (inspirational; informational):

“100 Huntley Street” – website in Canada that “brings you the amazing stories of people – whether they be world leaders, celebrities, sports figures, or everyday people – who have had life-changing encounters with God.”; 24 hour, 7 day a week prayer line.

“Anchored North”“A small but mighty team. Sharing the gospel through media”; offers “video tracts”, powerful, short testimonies of lives transformed and healed by Jesus; crowdfunded ministry.

“Focus on the Family” – multiple resources for life’s trials, emotional health, & much more.

“Foster Care and Adoption: Do you feel called to adoption? Is it right for you? Find books and broadcasts that discuss the joys and difficulties of adoption”.

“Reasons for Hope*Jesus”“exists to glorify God by equipping you with apologetics answers, biblical reasoning, and encouraging hope so you will know Jesus better, love Him more, and share your faith”; biblical questions answered by Shari Abbott and “Ask Alex Online” by Alex McFarland, “Power of Hope”, “Bible Fun Stuff”, “Who Said That?” sayings for the Bible, Charlie Brown Theology”, Facebook page, and a YouTube channel.

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