By Annettee Budzban
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."
-- Romans 8:38 (NIV)
Today, many people are hurting for various reasons. Most people have experienced emotional hurt. The pain and trauma, the tears and crushing feelings from an emotional wound are as real and as serious as physical pain.
So what do you do when you hurt?
Understanding where the hurts originate can be a good place to start.
Satan is the one who authorizes evil. He works in our lives through situations and people to try and destroy our faith and the blessings God desires to provide for us.
He works through our emotions to tempt us to respond to certain situations. If he can get us to act out according to how we feel, we can become a victim to our circumstance rather than a victor.
The truth of life is that we will never avoid hurt and pain. Somewhere in our lives we will experience a loss or devastation of some type that will cause us to hurt. Some emotional hurts may be on a smaller scale than others, however, no matter how overwhelming the sting is, we can learn to stay in control of our actions.
Taking our hurts, pains and tragedies to the Holy Spirit is a great place to start. Expressing how we feel to God can help us unload the burden we carry.
Forgiving the person or circumstance that hurt us is an important step in the healing process, as well.
Remaining strong and stable is important to keep from reacting from hurt feelings and helps us to become proactive and think our decisions through.
The shedding of tears can bring healing. As a nurse, I learned that when we cry it helps release the endorphin hormones that are known to make us feel good. The shedding of tears can bring some relief from our pain.
Praying and remaining close to God can bring comfort and enlightenment to our situation. God is also our vindicator. We need to trust him to repay us for our hurt and loss.
Getting support from friends, mentors, counselors and others can help us put things into perspective. In addition, reading Christian books on the subject at hand can bring insight and comfort.
Scriptures say we are conquerors. With time and God's help, we can conquer our wounded emotions and find the joy of living again.
• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, speaker, life coach and nurse. She can be contacted @ Annetteebudzban@aol.com