Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Little Girl Within -- An (Open) End to the Series

It’s been over a month now since I started posting the rich and tender stories of women who chose to share  about the Little Girl Within – not holding on to the pain, but openly and honestly seeing the truths that that the Lord is revealing to them about themselves and Him.  I am touched by the stories of heartache and comforted and strengthened by His love.  I hope you are, too. 
My desire is for women to embrace the Lord in whatever story He is writing in their lives.  Carol, a reader and contributor to this series, sent me a precious note expressing how the series helped her. Thank you, Carol. I am humbled by your words and challenged to think about the “closed doors” that may be present in my own life.  
She writes --
     It has been awesome to see how God used your blog to inspire, encourage, and remind us that He IS there through the good and difficult situations we may face.  The testimonies women shared - what a blessing they were.  There is such comfort in knowing that you are not alone.  Everyone has a story - and if we allow God in, He can work wonders!!  I think we all need to be reminded of that sometimes.  Life can get so busy and it's so easy to think we can do things on our own.  What a relief that we don't have to. God is there to help carry our burdens.  Praise God!! 
     Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.  I don't quite know how to describe it, but I'll just say it changed my heart and opened up a door of healing that I didn't know was closed.  It opened the door and allowed God in.  Does that make any sense?  I just feel like God has touched a part of my heart that was hurting.  I think I was holding on to the hurt because I always feel like I "deserve" it.  I feel like I am finally letting God in so that He can start healing that part.  I don't want the hurt anymore.  The funny thing is, I didn't even realize I had this "closed door".  Thank you for giving me a safe place to start this phase of my healing process. 
For now, I am returning to my usual postings, but will remain open to posting your stories. If you would like to share, you may e-mail here. 
A final note to those who contributed -- your courage and willingness to be real and to seek the Lord amidst difficulty is a gift that God is using to help draw others to Him.  Thank you for sharing your heart and your Hope.


Juanita said...

Andrea....I did not share my story, but your invitation to write about "The Little Girl Within" opened my heart to the Holy Spirit's call of forgiveness. I have made some very significant committments to God in this area. Another healing journey began when you started this series. I am continuing on this road with the guidance of a Spiritual Director.
Thank you...

Andrea @ Unfailingly Loved said...

Dear Juanita:

Thank you for sharing how these posts have helped you. I commend you for committing your story to the healing touch of God and seeking help. So many are fearful of taking this step -- God can and does use others in our journey. I am proud of you! Also proud of you for allowing forgiveness in. May the Lord strengthen you and comfort you with His love as you seek Him above all things -- through all things.


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