"Healing is a lifelong process...maybe it was too emotionally overwhelming at the time it happened for us to deal with it all at once, and now we have the strength to process even more. Like a shard of shrapnel that's been stuck beneath our skin - sitting there for years and never surfacing - until finally, one day our bodies expel them. Perhaps it's the same with our minds and hearts. Old wounds surface when it's time! As part of the natural healing process, when we are ready." - Dr. Ken Druck

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I’ve learned that when ‘we are ready' always happens when we least expect it to. If you’re like me, then today is a day where you are dealing with resurfaced ‘shrapnel.’

I pray that you will be compassionate and patient with yourself. Healing from trauma has nothing to do with a lack of faith, but everything to do with your commitment to a healing journey.

“Of course there are people who say progress is dangerous, but then I bet none of those idiots ever had to live with a chest full of shrapnel. And now, neither will I.” - Tony Stark

I love this line from Iron Man 3 because for me, it’s a reminder that every tiny step we take toward recovery requires a recommitment to this very difficult process.

I hope that you’ll choose to accept the strength you’ll need to face and process the message that your sorrow is sending you through the situation that pushed the shrapnel to the surface.

Please don’t apply pressure and force it back down - it’s time to let God remove that shard until you’re strong enough and ready to let him remove the next.

As I encourage my sons every day, I pray that you will

Be brave , Be present, Be faithful, Be wise & Be kind to yourself and others.

"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” - Psalm 34:18

P.S. Brace yourself, if you say ‘Yes,’ to God’s healing shrapnel removal work - I think it’s like having surgery with little to no anesthesia, with your eyes open. But as one of my mentors often says, ‘Make sure you don’t climb off the operating table before He’s finished the procedure, or you’ll have to keep coming back.’

*Thank you @samuelmartins7 for your beautiful work and gifting.