Secretly Hurting

24 Feb

Julia said she could feel her parents’ love reaching out to her when she was back home during spring break. Although her mom and dad didn’t realize it, their hugs and kisses were helping to heal hurts she was hiding inside.

Have you ever been around someone who’s secretly hurting on the inside? Have you ever been that person yourself?

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23a (NLT)

Never underestimate the impact of a smile, kind word, or an embrace. Don’t undervalue those little kindnesses.

If the Holy Spirit prompts you to call or text a friend to see how she is doing, that may seem trivial to you, but to her, it could mean everything. In fact, your acts of Christ-like love may be healing wounds you cannot see!

Journal to the Lord and ask Him to make you sensitive to the needs of others. Ask Him to help you show the kindness that will bring healing to hurting hearts. If you have hurts that others cannot see, ask God to begin healing you. Then tell a trusted adult so they can support you as you heal.

The above is an excerpt from The Journal (workbook for novel 1).

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