For a long time, I was really good at hiding my pain.
I spent decades of my life in survival mode and shoved it all down – the traumatic memories, physical pain, fears, distressing emotions, failures, insecurities, my own wants and needs – way down into the recesses of my soul. I put on a smiling face and told myself I was fine.
And it worked for awhile. Until one day, it didn’t.
Two years into marriage, my health broke down at a rapid pace. I temporarily lost my ability to walk. 5 months, 15 doctors, and a dozen tests later revealed my worst fear – an autoimmune disease. A few years later, I was diagnosed with digestive issues and PTSD.
The childhood trauma I’d been running from had finally caught up with me.
If you’re reading this, you already know how overwhelming life can be. You know what it’s like to be in pain every day. You may be familiar with the cycles of anxiety, depression or negativity. Maybe you struggle developing healthy relationships or have given up on them altogether. Either way, you’re tired of feeling stuck, alone, or like life is harder than it should be.
But here’s the good news – change is possible.
No matter your situation, you can heal from whatever is hurting you. You can learn to think differently and manage challenges in a healthier way. You can live with a sense of purpose, peace, and hope in every season.
this blog is devoted to helping you find hope and healing when life hurts
My goal is to help you:
- Understand the truth about pain and suffering
- Become aware of how your past is influencing the present
- Develop a healthier way of viewing and handling emotion
- Unlearn old dynamics and embrace new ones
- Utilize practical, biblical tools on difficult days
- Increase your well-being as you experience personal, relational, and spiritual growth
I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t tell you that true healing and wholeness are found in a relationship with source of life Himself. God made you on purpose, for a purpose. Jesus redeems and restores the whole person – body, mind, heart, and soul. The path of healing will often include awareness of truth, setting aside what easily entangles you, and learning a new way to live as God transforms you from the inside out.
Real life-change will happen when you combine awareness (truth) with action (steps of faith) over time.
You don’t have to handle this hard stuff alone. Life is better when we tackle it together.
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Hi! I’m Rachel
I live up north where the air hurts my face. When I’m not writing, you’ll find me exploring the outdoors, drinking coffee, or lost in a good book. My greatest joy is providing help and hope in the messy spaces of life.
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