Here is another beautiful devotion from my sweet friend, Roz Turner. May you be blessed.
"No more Potshots and Band-Aids! ... I'm tired of them! ... what's REALLY going
on here?" Similar words I'd heard from my husband, Steve more than once when
I was (to him) 'majoring on the minors.' Making a BIG ADO about something that
was a BOLDER to me but only a pebble to him. I felt like he trivialized the monumental
~ while ~ he thought I overstated the obvious! Yes, opposites attract! He's only had to
use the words 'Potshots and Band-Aids' once, but that's all it took. They are profound
words with fallow-ground-plowing results. OUCH!
… Years of being content to lop off bad fruit from our lives without ever getting to the
roots of the tree from which the poison flows. Woman Warrior willing to defend and
protect family, friends and all she held dear ... through painful life experiences ...
became a Wounded Warrior. With little to no understanding and comfort Wounded
Warrior becomes a Restless Rebeller.
As life happens and we are offended, neglected, taken advantage of in many
form, emotionally tromped on, misunderstood, continually 'one-upped,' controlled,
thrown under the bus, taken from, suffering losses, forced to sacrifice, betrayed ...
and all those other painful experiences we've had that no one else can FULLY
comprehend ... we are WOUNDED!!!!!!
No one knows the sorrows of my heart ... but only the soul within me. I just want
SOMEONE on this earth to UNDERSTAND how I feel. I’m beginning to see
that ... when that's the deep longing of my heart ... I’m setting myself up for
painful disappointment. That's God's domain. Roz, take comfort that HE
KNOWS – UNDERSTANDS, COMFORTS and TRANSFORMS. Lord, You
planted the desire to be understood within me in order to draw me to Yourself ...
the Sovereign Understander, Comforter, Transformer. I’m beginning to get this …
Mourning, Weeping and Wailing from our depths
Deep, Painful Sorrow and Suffering
Cocooning with Self-Pity/Depression/Despair/Hopelessness
Withdrawing, Inward Isolation
Agitating and/or Aggressive Anger
Salty, Vindictive Sarcasm
Contentious, Judgmental Condemnation
REPENTANCE from my unholy reactions and responses
FORGIVENESS to set us both free
ENTRUSTING my life to the Eternal Overseer of my soul
Living the SURRENDERED-Life-to-Jesus daily
LEANING heavily on You, Lord
Confidently COMMITTED to the Shepherd of my life
Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT
"Get rid of all bitterness, rage anger harsh words, and slander, as well as all
types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving
one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you."