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There is a yearning deep within all of us that is searching for something more.
That yearning has been the Lord wooing us.
Jeremiah 31:3 says, .."I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving kindness."
If we feel that yearning we try to fill it with the external world.
In like manner, if we don't feel this yearning it is because
we are too involved with the external world.

Another reason we haven't heard the yearning is arrows that we'll call afflictions have wounded our hearts. Perhaps a word has been harshly spoken or you've suffered severe treatment, emotionally or physically. These wounds have hardened our hearts. They have even formed our personality. We may have made a vow that may have said, "I'll never let that happen to me again no matter what it costs me!"

God has a way of bringing to the surface these broken parts of our hearts with the different circumstances of life we go through. Often times they repeat themselves until we hear what he is saying.

Don't be afraid to look at them. He'll bring you to victory as you open your heart to Him. David is a perfect example. He cried out to the Lord and the Lord heard. Psalm 107:19-20 says: "They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the pit."

Unresolved wounds create spiritual strongholds in our lives. It affects our relationships with one another. It also hinders us from becoming all God has created us to be.

As you look over what these wounds have cost you, let your grief happen. What do I mean by cost you? I remember a time as a child I was taunted by a little boy on the playground. "Fatty, fatty, 2x4, can't get through the kitchen door." This left me with a feeling of being unlovely and unloved. Another incident was with my mother and brother. We had both brought to her something we made. She only acknowledged my brother. This left me with the feeling that I'm never quite good enough.

Ask the Lord to heal. Invite Him into that part of your heart to cleanse, heal, and restore. Isaiah 61:1-3 is speaking of Jesus. This is the reason for which He has come.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to preach the good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion-
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and the garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."

Replace these lies with the truth of God's Word.

I am unlovely and unloved - "I have love you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness." Jeremiah 31:3 Not quite good enough - "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139

Prayer: Jesus, deep inside my heart there are wounds within me. I am afraid to open up these places yet I want to be free. So take me by the hand and lead me into those places in my heart. Lead me to a place of joy and peace. Amen

That good work God has begun in you when you invited Him into your heart, He is faithful to complete it. He is in the everyday of our lives creating a miracle. By His stripes we are healed - spirit, soul, and body. He has nothing but good for us - to have a future and a hope. Truly we are a new Creation in Him. Our lives will change. We'll become the beautiful women of God He created us to be.

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