Just in Case No One's Told You...

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I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! - Jesus

Hello there.  I’m Juni and I’m so glad that after all you’ve been through, and all you’re going through - you found the courage to read this blog and take a first tiny step in your Quest for Joy.

The heartache that you woke up with this morning, that pain in your soul that makes even the task of receiving hope for the day exhausting, that heartache is not who you are. 

The abuses, losses and betrayals you suffered do not have to define you and they can’t tell you who you are.  Your situation is not your destiny and sorrow is not your permanent address. 

Trauma recovery has nothing to do with a lack of faith. You have faith, that’s why you’re reading this.  It’s not about lack of faith, or failure to pray the right prayers and do all the right things. Trauma recovery has everything to do with your willingness to commit to a healing journey. 

Just in case no one’s ever said this to you before: I’m so sorry for what you’ve been through. It wasn’t right, it wasn’t fair and you didn’t deserve it. What happened to you matters because you matter. There are some things that happen to us that no one can make right, but I promise you ,  you can be made new.

You’ve already come this far, that’s how I know you can do this. Recovery from trauma of any kind is like facing a giant and requires courage and faith like you’ve never known.

If you want to make it to the other side of your sorrow, you have to armor up, train hard, learn your gifts, trust your allies and do the work. But if you’re unwilling, I’m sorry, you’re not going to make it. And I really want you to make it. That’s why I came back for you.

So, if you’re ready, and you’re willing, let’s go. Let’s journey together with joy!

Special thanks to Annie Spratt for this beautiful photo!