"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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 40:28-31
Webster's defines the word weary to mean:
1: exhausted in strength, endurance, vigor, or freshness
2: expressing or characteristic of weariness
3: having one's patience, tolerance, or pleasure exhausted
Have you ever felt weary? Recently, this topic has been near and dear to me. Sometimes I think we get busy "doing" that we forget to just "be". I love the passage in Isaiah and I have been reflecting on it a lot lately. What I love the most is that the Lord NEVER grows weary. Even though I may grow weary, He does not. What comfort that brings to me.
It has been a great but tiring month. We held an Initial Equipping in Maryland that was focused on Corrections.I went from Maryland to Philadelphia where I was able to attend the Community of Practice for the first time. The goal of the Community of Practice is to bring facilitators, mental health professionals, and advocates from organizations and churches that work with trauma survivors for networking, collaboration, professional development, encouragement, and prayer. It was really cool to hear what is going on with Trauma Healing around the world, especially in places like the Middle East. I loved my time there and look forward to attending again next year. In the brief time I was back in Indiana, I was thankful to attend a 10 year celebration of Hope for His Children, a ministry I have partnered with in Ethiopia. Finally, we held a dual track Equipping for the first time in Mississippi. This is where both an Initial and Advanced Equipping is running concurrently. I believe strongly that Trauma Healing has such a place in churches and ministries as we all need to learn to walk alongside those hurting.
As I am thankful for the ability to "pick up and go", I am also recognizing the value in making sure I am taking my own time for rest and most importantly, continuing to develop deep roots in my walk with the Lord. My hope in Him is what shall renew my strength!
At the Community of Practice in Philadelphia, we had a chance to do a community lament. Our table chose to focus on the word 'Hopeless' as we see the trauma around us and that is what comes to mind. We each drew a picture focusing on different aspects of what we see in hopeless situations: war, refugees, abuse, generational trauma, etc. We then built a quilt so to speak from these pictures.
A testimony from a participant in Mississippi:
Being here set me free in an area of my own life and finding healing. I do feel that I can better help others as I continue to study and use the training material. I am so grateful that God put this need into those who developed this training and made it available to us. We were so blessed with the expertise and passionate caring of our facilitators that I feel this was perfectly done. Thank you so much!!!
Prayer requests and praises:
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Misty Bodkins has a Master's degree in clinical psychology. She has worked both stateside and internationally doing counseling, training, teaching, and research. Her passion is working with people who are in crisis.