Healing for the Addicted

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An addiction could be your heart screaming, “Pay attention to me! I am hurt and wounded.” Yet you refuse to deal with the memories and emotions from the past because they seem too painful to handle. Good news! You don’t have to handle your emotions….just hand them over to our loving Father.

What memories have you buried? Take a second to ask God to remind you of pain you have hidden away from God and yourself. As He brings them to your mind, ask Him to take them for you. Ask Him to heal you of that pain. If necessary, ask God to forgive you or someone else.

This is a process. It may take several times, or the help of a family member, or even the services of a Christian counselor. The important thing is that you trust God with your pain and stop trying to bear the burden of it in your heart. Your heart cannot handle it and was never meant to carry that weight. That could be the reason your physical body constantly desires the soothing of something other than God…something that has now become an addiction.

When Peter saw Jesus walking on the water in Matt. 14:28 Peter said, “Tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come.” And Peter went. Now it’s your turn. Make things right with your heart and the rest of your physical body will eventually realize it has been SET FREE.

Feel alone in your struggle? Your’e not! Click here to read a poem called “Just One More.”

© 2015 Kim Bond

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Perseverance for the Addicted

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If you struggle with addiction, you have probably prayed several times for God to help you resist the urges and deliver you from your addiction. Yet you still find yourself addicted or have fallen back into addiction. You may be thinking…Why won’t God help me?.…I have failed so many times. Should I give up trying?…..Has God given up on me?

If you are Christian, then you have the Holy Spirit inside of you. God’s Spirit continually helps you to live a life that is increasingly marked by holiness and blamelessness. Even when you backslide into sin, God does not give up on you or abandon you.

In Mark 9:43, Jesus says, “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands.” If you are a Christian, there is no need for you to fear hell or cut off your sinning hands. (If you are not a Christian, still don’t cut off your hand! Just accept Jesus as Your Savior.) However when we read this verse, we realize how serious Christ was in His attitude against sin. Keep trying to fight against the addiction over and over again and try different ways to stop it. Don’t give up!

There is no formula for how God delivers, but sometimes you just need to keep trying to stop your addiction until your heart and soul are broken. In your tears and brokenness, He may deliver you then. God may be allowing your addiction to continue until you finally acknowledge deep hidden emotions that need healing. Together, we’ll investigate ways you can draw nearer to God’s deliverance from this addictive behavior in the next blog series.

Lord, I pray for the person reading this to know You as a God with the power to deliver. We trust in Your Word that You came to proclaim freedom for prisoners in Luke 4:18. We trust that You will do this for us even though we do not deserve Your mercy, we receive it. Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy and power. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Click here to watch my poem video “Adored” about the life journey of someone who struggled with addiction but now has a wonderful relationship with God.

Need some encouragement to fight your own addictions? Click here to listen to Mandisa’s song called Overcomer.

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!

Forget Suicide

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It’s time to choose life and happiness over suicide. Let go and trust God with your depression, worries, and pain. I am reminded of the story in Matthew 14 about Peter. The disciples sat in a boat and watched Jesus walking on the water. Peter walked out to Jesus, but then he saw the wind and began to sink. He called out, “Lord, save me.” Then Jesus reached out His hand to save him.

You may feel all alone—as if you are sinking into depression and your soul is giving up. Call out to the Lord today (just like Peter) to save you from depression. Ask Him to give You hope for a better future.

Art reaches our soul in ways our mind cannot. Take a moment to consider this video of artistic images set to a song called “Don’t Give Up” by Calling Glory. Click here: http://youtu.be/pBzCNAZm5mw.

Dear Lord, Give us the strength to hold on until You have given us new people to love and be loved by. Rescue us from our enemies, provided new ways for us to prosper, and heal us of our depression. Thank You, Lord, that You faithfully save Your children when they reach out to You. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

God loves you and we love you! Don’t give up! 

God inspired Third Day to write this awesome song, and maybe He did it just for you! Click here to listen to “I Need A Miracle” on GodTube.

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!

Truths for the Suicidal

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Everyone would mourn you and miss you if you chose to take your life. Your family would be devastated for the rest of their lives. Old friends would wish for you to be alive another day. Your neighbors would mourn you. Everyone who hears about your death would be sorrowful. Don’t listen to the depression that is telling you that no one will miss you or that they’ll just get over it. The truth is some people would be haunted by grief for the rest of their lives by your death.

Your courage is displayed by your continued life. Persevering through depression shows valor. Battling suicidal thoughts and letting go of emotional pain require a lot more bravery than taking your own life. Don’t listen to that suicidal spirit daring you to go through with it. It is tricking you. God gave you life because He loves you. Hold on tight to this precious gift.

You will stop feeling this way one day. I can’t say how it will happen, but one day you are going to feel happy again. It might be as you close the cover of an inspirational self-help book, as you finish talking to a loved one or counselor, or after you wake up tomorrow morning. Don’t listen to the voice that is telling you that you will feel like this forever. It’s a lie. What you are now feeling is temporary. Just hang in there!

Dear Father, Deliver your people from emotional pain and depression. Help them to accept these truths and the truth of Christ’s everlasting love. Let them feel Your embrace. Thank You, Lord, that care so deeply for us. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

When you are feeling low, it is hard to imagine a bright new start. Maybe this poem will help: click here to read “Unlived Things.”

Many people leave suicide notes to communicate their last thoughts. It’s ironic that no one can ever read their loved ones’ replies because it is just too late. I will bet a reply to your suicide note would go something like a poem I wrote. Click here to read it.

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!

Changes for the Suicidal

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Get rid of the weapons. If you own guns, drop them off at the local police station. Remove everything in your home that could be used as a weapon against yourself.

Stand up to negative thoughts. Take control of your brain. Chase negative thoughts away so you can achieve joy and happiness. Focus on pure and noble thoughts as it says in Phil. 4:8. What pure thing makes you smile? In Ephesians 6:12, we are made aware that we are at battle against evil spiritual forces. It’s time to fight back. Start by claiming your claiming your life.

Analyze your medications. If you have noticed that your suicidal thoughts increased after you began taking a medicine, read the side effects to see if that is listed. Talk to your doctor and be persistent about changing the medicine.Ignore (and defy) feelings inspired by depression. Don’t let your feelings control you. Here are some feelings and ways to ignore and rebel against them:

  • “I feel like staying in bed all day.” Instead, get up and exercise.
  • “I don’t want to face anyone today.” Instead, walk through your neighborhood and wave to people.
  • “I don’t want to eat.” Ignore the feeling and defy it by eating something healthy (like fruit).

Love God and people. Pray daily and bless others regularly. This might mean helping your neighbor or serving in church or volunteering at a local animal shelter. You are a masterpiece that God has made for a purpose. Ecclesiastes 9:10 tells us, “…For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.” Love knowledge! Love wisdom! This is your time on Earth. Dear Lord, We praise You and thank You for giving us life and breath. Give us courage to make our lives healthier. Help us to see how beautifully and wonderfully You have created us. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Click here to ready my poem about embracing “Today.” I am praying for you to draw closer to God, fight those negative thoughts and focus on happy ones, and do the right thing.

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!

Help For the Suicidal

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If someone broke into your house, pursued you, and made it clear they intended to kill you—what would you do? Call 911, right? If you are contemplating suicide, then someone is in your house, pursuing you with the intent to kill. It is yourself. CALL the emergency phone number in your area!!! Call 911 in the US!!!

Supposing you are not contemplating suicide right now, but the idea is a tempting “solution” to overwhelming problems. That kind of thinking is not healthy. It is your body’s cry for help. You cannot face this alone. Get some help sorting out your problems while finding positive ways to solve them instead. Here are some ideas to contact someone for help:

Schedule a session with a local Christian counselor.

  • Call Focus On The Family’s counseling department: 1-855-771-HELP (4357).
  • Call a suicide hotline. In the US, call 1-800-273-8255. Find one outside the US by clicking here: http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres
  • Talk to a trusted family member or friend.
  • Join a suicide support group in your area. (Look in newspapers for announcements of place and time.)
  • Join a small group at church and confide in them how you are struggling.
  • Schedule an appointment with your pastor.

Commit to doing one or more of the above within 48 hours. God has a plan for your life. Live to let it unfold before your eyes. Greatness will happen and happiness is possible. As our brother or sister in Christ, we love you and want you to live. I pray you will receive godly help in your time of need.

I think Manafest really captured this kind of feeling with their song. Click “Edge of My Life”  to listen to it on YouTube.

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!

For Victims of Child Sex Abuse

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There are many types of sexual abuse and all are devastating. One of the most difficult types of sexual abuse occurs when the victim is a child. Oftentimes, the abuser takes advantage of a child’s trust, their desire to please, and their innocence. If you are the victim of sexual abuse, you know the pain is much deeper than a physical pain. Somehow the wounds made by sexual abuse scar the victims in ways that overflow into every aspect of their lives. Do not underestimate the damage done by sexual abuse.

Victims may suffer from any of the following: sleeplessness, nightmares, depression, a desire to cut or harm yourself, desires to numb yourself with alcohol and drugs, paralyzing fear, inability to trust or maintain good relationships, guilt, regret, shame, unhealthy sex relationships, avoiding life, overly concerned with control, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, stress, headaches…

If you are the victim of sexual abuse, God wants to help you restore your life. He wants to empower you to overcome the pain of your past and begin anew. The key to moving on is forgiveness. As hard as it may seem, you must forgive your abuser. I strongly recommend Christian counseling to sort through the emotions that are causing problems in your life. If you know someone who has been sexually abused, offer them lots of patience, understanding, and a listening ear. Urge them to get help from a professional so they can embrace all of the wonderful God has planned for their future.

Lord, I pray for you would open the door for the victims of sex abuse to get real help. I pray you would completely and totally heal them of all the emotional pain they experience. I pray for deliverance from all of the harmful ways in which they have learned to cope. Thank You, Lord, for your healing power and ability to restore. Thank You that You have placed so many caring people in the paths of Your people. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

You are not alone. Click here to watch a powerful YouTube video on from Gospel Rapper Json. He and his wife speak out about the affects of sexual abuse.

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!