God’s Eraser

by Katy Kauffman

Each child’s heart is like a journal. The adults, teachers, and peers in a child’s life write on it. Kind words, playful words, or hurtful ones. Their actions jot down notes about the child’s worth and identity—you’re valuable or you won’t amount to anything, you’re needed or I don’t want you around, you can do great things with God’s help or you’re a failure before you start.

If we have negative words and actions written on the journals of our hearts, we may think that there’s no reversing it. No eraser can eliminate the stain. But God can.

words, criticism, Pain, healing, hope, the character of God, Delighting in God’s Goodness series, God’s Eraser, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Door Post Verses: Forgiveness

by Lauren Craft

Have you ever tried carrying a week’s worth of groceries from your car to your house? If you can shoulder the bags all at once, you’ll avoid making multiple trips, right? Not quite. When I’ve tried this, something is usually dropped. A potato slips out of my hands, an apple rolls under my car, or a milk carton lands on my front lawn.

More than anything, though, carrying too much is exhausting. My muscles ache and my breaths become labored. This reminds me of how it feels when resentment weighs me down. Its heaviness sucks joy and peace out of me, leaving unpleasant, sinful thoughts in their place.

Recently, I was upset with several people in my life. They’d made comments that seared like an electrical shock to the heart. I tried to clear the resentment on my own, telling myself, “I’ve made mistakes too” and “They probably didn’t mean to hurt me.” 

 

 

forgiveness, healing, freedom, grace, Lauren Craft, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Breaking the Chains: 9 Ways to Overcome Depression

A nagging at the heart. A heavy fog. A stabbing pain. Although spiritual depression comes in different forms, its effects are usually the same—lost zeal and sense of purpose, subdued energy, sadness, a weakened desire to do routine things, and even doubts about our usefulness to God and His plan.

Identify the Source

Whether I have sudden feelings of depression or they come on so gradually I don’t notice till I’m caught in a “fog,” I have to identify the cause of the depression. Sometimes it’s a prolonged, personal struggle. Sometimes it’s Satan trying to hinder me from living for God and serving Him. But as long as I don’t identify what’s going on, the fog, the nagging, the pain—it continues. 

 

 

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The Healing

The ache I’ve felt in my soul
The desire to be made whole
The longings that have gone unmet
The pain I want to forget

A Healer I’ve needed and prayed for
The Calmer of the stormy roar
My Hero in difficult battles
The Releaser of chains and shackles

 

 

Pain, anguish, depression, adversity, healing, The Healing, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Don’t Be a Mad Monkey on a Light Pole

by Ron Gallagher

Katy here. This post on overcoming anger is our 11th post in the Breaking the Chains series. Ron Gallagher uses humor and Scripture to show the affects of anger and its causes. This is the first time he has guest written for me, and I believe you will be inspired to give anger a second thought.

Among the many things that this contentious political season has revealed is the uniquely bi-partisan nature of anger. Voters are angry, politicians are angry, party leaders are angry, and even pundits and news commentators are angry. A news story earlier this week about rescuing an escaped Chimpanzee fit in perfectly. It followed a report about a political rally featuring clips of angry people inside an arena making speeches, while a crowd of angry protesters outside were holding signs, chanting, and shouting their disapproval of everything supported by the people inside. Next up, the chimp—screaming from the top of a power pole, showing his teeth, waving his arms, and shaking his head. I couldn’t help but wonder, “Now, is he a Republican outsider, or a liberal Democrat?”

 

 

anger, Pain, healing, Ron Gallagher, Breaking the Chains, Don’t Be a Mad Monkey on a Light Pole

Breaking the Chains: Breaking Free from Unforgiveness

by Leigh Powers

Loving your enemies sounds easy until you have one. Early in our ministry my husband and I had to deal with an individual who slandered us and sought to do us harm. Walking through the process of forgiveness was tough, but it was also necessary. The cost of not forgiving is our emotional and spiritual health. Unforgiveness leads to spiritual bondage.

 

 

unforgiveness, past hurts, healing, Leigh Powers, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Out of the Darkness into the Light: A Way Out of Depression

by Jan Willis

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks.
Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities
and the powers of this world’s darkness,
against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.
That is why you need to put on God’s full armor.
Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong.
And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.”
Ephesians 6:11-13, NCV

Several components contributed to my spinning into the pit of depression. Physical, emotional, and spiritual weaknesses made me an easy target. Despair, defeat, and deception drowned me in hopelessness. Physically I unknowingly suffered from low thyroid, anemia, and exhaustion—all factors in mental health. Emotionally I experienced the trauma of being the target of work place abuse, having a daughter sexually assaulted, and watching cancer take the life of my mother. Spiritually I no longer met alone with God, reading His Word and talking to Him in prayer.

I believed every fiery deceptive missile the enemy shot at me. Satan bombed me with whispers of twisted or partial truth. He attacked through those around me by channeling his deception through them. Abusive supervisors and clients verbally crushed me. He twisted God’s words to convince me I was not perfect or good enough for Christ’s love. I believed my family would be better off without me. Bound by the enemy’s lies and stripped naked of all hope, I lay curled in a fetal position awaiting the death I believed I deserved.

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Talitha, Cumi

The third blogger in our “What Easter Means to Me” series is Carol Akin, a dear writer friend from Virginia. She shares about something precious that is possible because of Jesus’ power and resurrection—healing and new life.

 

After Jesus confronted the woman who touched the hem of His garment and received healing because she believed, the ruler of the synagogue received news that there was no longer a need to trouble the Master for his daughter was now dead.  Jesus looked at him and said, “Do not be afraid;  only believe” (Mark 5:36, NKJV).  Jesus was sending a clear message. There is power in believing in Him. 

 

 

Easter, Jesus’ resurrection, healing, Talitha cumi, Carol Akin

Two Beautiful Names, One Beautiful Purpose

Repairer. Restorer. Those names can be attributed to God. He rebuilds people’s lives and restores their souls. He has the perfect power and love to do it. But did you know that He has given those names to us?

 

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