Day 3 – Busy Day & Binding Up Wounds

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3

Last week, old wounds in my heart were split wide open once again. Although I’ve done my best to give those hurts to the Lord, there are times when they creep back in and attempt to steal my joy. As believers, we’re commanded to “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (Colossians 3:13, NLT).” Even when we’ve forgiven, we cannot possibly forget what has been done to us. The painful memories are still there. However, what we CAN do is turn to the only One who can bind up those wounds, Jehovah-raphe, our Healer.

Are you still struggling with some offense from the past? Do you find it difficult to forgive? It’s time to release it to the Lord. The pain, the shame, the devastation – all of it. You are safe in the arms of your Savior. He will never reject you or betray you. His love is pure and faithful. Trust the Lord with your most painful emotions and find rest in His promises.

6:00am
Good morning! The Lord DID answer my prayer last night for a refreshing sleep. I only woke up twice and wasn’t too cold during the night. It was hard to get out of bed, though. My body feel very achy and “heavy.” I haven’t had headaches during this fast, which is great. The physical battle for me is the constant feeling of coldness. However, we’re supposed to have sunshine today with temperatures in the 50s, so that will help. I also have a tightening sensation along my sides, which I imagine has something to do with my stomach shrinking. I get this every time, but it’s still uncomfortable.

Today will be a busy day. After I drop my daughters off at school, I’m going to the women’s Bible study at my church, James River Assembly. I had to miss last week, so I’m looking forward to being there. Now, though, it’s time to get into the Word to see what God has for me today….

12:45pm
I’ve had a great morning. Bible study was so encouraging. I love getting into the Word and finding treasures that I can apply to my life. This morning we talked about the atttributes of God. We began listing them from various verses in the Bible, and we didn’t even scratch the surface of all that God is. He is so far above us, yet He understands and loves us in spite of our weaknesses. After I left the church, I stopped at a friend’s house. She and I haven’t seen each other in nearly a year. It was good to reconnect. Now, I’m getting ready to sit down with my youngest daughter, Jocelyn, for lunch. Well, she is eating, and I am drinking water. 🙂 My stomach is demanding food, but other than that (and being cold), I’m doing well. God is helping me. I may go ahead and start juicing today. Still praying about that one. Thanks for your prayers!

9:05pm
I just returned from our Wednesday night prayer service. What an amazing time in the presence of the Lord. Our pastor spoke on God’s invitation to come to Him from Isaiah 55:1-3. God loves us and wants relationship with us. He wants us to trust Him to provide all that we need. Through fasting and prayer, we may truly enter in and know the God of all creation as Father and Friend. My mind can’t even conceive how that is possible, but it is! Why would anyone not want that kind of intimacy with God? Why would anyone choose not to fast a few meals when the reward is so great? The physical discomforts of fasting are worth the reward of being closer to the Lord.