Where do you go when life is hard? How do you seek peace when heartache invades the corners of your heart? What brings you hope when the horizon of life looks fuzzy and uncertain?

My answers to these questions may not look like yours, but one thing is for certain-we need restoration when life throws us curveballs. We need a healing place as a source of comfort, hope, peace and renewal. I find that it is in God’s beautiful gardens where I am most at peace and ready for Him to begin the process of healing. My healing place looks like…

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Tree-lined pathways welcoming me in an invitation of renewal and rest. Bold colors providing a pop against the blue sky. Leaves transforming in color and descending in a swirl to the ground. Many paths stretching out and beckoning me to explore and find my way. Peace enters as my footsteps match the easy exhale and inhale of my breath. The garden sanctuary invites me into the healing place – where hurt’s cracks and crevices are allowed to heal.

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Anxiety disrupts our newsfeed with story after story of devastation, hurt, dissonance and doubt. Faster than we clear away the mess more is sure to follow on its heals. If that isn’t enough, many people experience their own form of anxiety when life’s plans change quickly. Where do you find your peace and how do you create the space to fit the broken pieces?

Life’s healing places are found wherever your broken heart opens up. It is where you let go of the anxiousness and find the best parts of who you are. Healing is sitting in a place of tension as the world swirls around you knowing that this is exactly where you need to be.

The last year has been a journey of seeking, uncertainty and more recently healing. When life started to begin its uphill descent, I learned the downhill slide was sure to follow. This is not meant to be a frustration point but a reality check. My roller coaster ride, with its bumps and sharp turns has finally begun to slow down and make its way back to home base. But my life is not yours and I know for a fact that your bumpy ride is far from over or maybe just beginning.

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When I stepped out of the way and allowed God to walk alongside me in this journey, the life lessons began. God is so gracious to meet us right where we are and sit with us. God taught me:

~To let go of the mess and move out of the way.

In our brokenness, God loves nothing more than to step in and do what He does best.

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
Isaiah 58:9

~How holding on to Him with trust leads to brave faith as He draws us closer to Him. He promises…

No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Joshua 1:5

~That healing only happens when you make the space and time for God to fill in the gaps with His love and grace.

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 29:12-14

My roller coaster ride is manageable when God is sitting with me through the bumps, steep ascents and death-defying descents.  Considering I do not like roller coasters, I am thankful for the strength and courage I receive from God’s presence.

May your healing place embrace your brokenness and remind you God’s presence will lead you to something more than you ever  imagined.

Embracing the journey!

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