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New Beginning – Hello July 1st!

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July is here, the beginning of the second half of 2016. Even though I’m a day late posting for July 1st (since it’s now July 2nd), I hope you will pardon me when I explain what’s been happening around here. If you have read any recent past posts, you know my brother-in-law passed away on June 15th. The past couple of weeks have been very difficult for my husband and his side of the family, as you can imagine. On top of all that, I had to have a medical procedure done on July 1st, so I was in the hospital for about 3 hours; then when I went home, I had to sleep for a few hours to recover, so my first day of July was about over before  I could accomplish anything. I also didn’t have time to work on a post ahead of time, due to the family situation.

BUT…today is a new day and a new beginning…

 

So onto this inspirational thought…

“The best healer is often the wounded healer,

because he knows what he is dealing with

since he has suffered it himself.

If you have suffered through

some hard times in your life,

you are going to be even more successful

in ministering to those who are going through

the same kind of suffering in their lives.

Though you may have had

a rough time in your life,

God can use what you have been through

for His glory–

if you will allow Him to do so!

No matter where you may be today

or what you may be going through,

God can turn your situation around

and use it to further  His kingdom

and bring blessings to you and to many others.”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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My reflections:

I have experienced this myself–both in having others minister to me who understand exactly what I’m going through, and in being able to reach out to others going through similar situations. I also believe, however, that people who are  blessed with the gift of compassion can also minister to others, even if they have not gone through the same or a similar situation.

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you believe this is true? Are “wounded healers” the best healers?

Have you experienced this yourself, either as a giver or receiver of healing?

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25 Comments

  1. Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

    Sorry to hear you’re having such a rough time of it Karen, love the top quote. A wounded healer can be a great help and often, it can be a great help to both parties.

    03 . Jul . 2016
  2. Michele

    Prayers for you and your family. I think that there are those who have great empathy and compassion, regardless of whether they’ve been through something similar, and others who, despite having gone through something similar, are unable to show empathy or compassion. I tend to have friends who are really good healers!

    03 . Jul . 2016
  3. Honey Lansdowne

    I’m sorry to hear about your brother in law. I believe that wounded healers have a deeper level of compassion yes. But there are very few people that haven’t been wounded. x

    03 . Jul . 2016
  4. anna nuttall

    Where have the past 7 months gone? Seriously it has flown by…

    03 . Jul . 2016
  5. Enricoh Alfonzo

    sorry about your procedure but so glad you’re on the mend now. Yes pain demands to be felt and I do believe the wounded ones are the best healers.

    03 . Jul . 2016
  6. tina

    Please accept my most sincere condolences on your recent loss. I lost my brother at the end of February, so I know the pain you are feeling. People say time heals all wounds, but I believe it never goes away. It slightens, and doesn’t hound you as much, but I don’t think you ever recover from the loss. May his memory be a blessing.

    03 . Jul . 2016
  7. Bibi Van Heerden

    Beautiful poem. Yes, the Wounded Healer role is wonderful – I’ve experienced this IRL.

    03 . Jul . 2016
  8. Sarah Bailey

    I am so sorry to hear about your brother in law – I hope July brings you some bright times. x

    03 . Jul . 2016
  9. Elizabeth O.

    I love that most people think of the 1st day of the month as a fresh start, a new beginning. That’s the best way to look at it and whatever it is that you are going through it’s always nice to be able to help people because you’ve gone through the experience yourself.

    03 . Jul . 2016
  10. Lexie Lane

    I love the last quote best. I do believe wounded healers can be good healers because they know exactly what pain is and can relate.

    04 . Jul . 2016
  11. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    This is definitely a challenging time. Virtual hugs to you. I know that no words can soothe your wounds.

    04 . Jul . 2016
  12. Rosey

    I have heard that too, about being wounded allowing you to be able to help others in the future. I’m sorry about your BIL. 🙁

    04 . Jul . 2016
  13. Stefan - The Millennial Budget

    My condolences to you and hope you have a good healing process, never forget him.

    04 . Jul . 2016
  14. LIz Mays

    I agree that it does lend itself to extraordinary compassion in some cases. So sorry to hear about the family loss though.

    04 . Jul . 2016
  15. Echo

    I believe that healing is done in different ways and at different times for everyone. Healing can be difficult.

    04 . Jul . 2016
  16. Chrishelle

    So sorry for your family’s loss. I truly do believe in the power of wounded healers. Experience breeds compassion.

    04 . Jul . 2016
  17. Doran @ Haute Beauty Guide

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

    05 . Jul . 2016
  18. Roxanne Jones

    My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your brother-in-law. When my grandfather died in 1981, I remember the pastor saying how losing someone we love gives us the capacity to empathize when someone else experiences such a loss. I didn’t get it at the time, but life–and other losses–have helped me understand and be there for others in a way I may not have been able to otherwise. Wishing you and your family peace.

    05 . Jul . 2016
  19. Cathy Lawdanski

    Yes, I believe that the wounded healer can be a great friend in the hard times. I know that I try to be compassionate when someone is hurting, yet when I have experienced exactly what someone else is going through, it opens up a whole new level of understanding. In God’s economy, our pain is never wasted. I’m sorry that you lost a beloved family member.

    05 . Jul . 2016
  20. Ayesha Heart

    Always keep the faith and hope to God. He controls everything!

    05 . Jul . 2016
  21. Jeanne Melanson

    Sorry to hear of your trying times. You’ll get through it. I love the concept of the “wounded healer.” I would consider myself one, in fact. What better way to get help than from someone who’s gone through it before you. Thanks for sharing!

    05 . Jul . 2016
  22. Delaine

    Beautiful quotes to not only kick start a new month but to bare in mind each day

    05 . Jul . 2016
  23. Marielle Altenor

    Hope July will be great. Sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. Prayers to you and your husband’s family.

    05 . Jul . 2016
  24. Leigh Anne Borders

    I do believe that as wounded individuals we do have something to offer others. What we go through can be inspirations for others. We are praying for you!

    06 . Jul . 2016
  25. Helen Collier

    Interesting post – got me thinking about the wounded healer and compassion. Compassion I believe is the key. Simply being wounded doesn’t always mean compassion is present.

    Sounds like times were tough when you wrote the post a few weeks ago, wish you all well wherever you are now

    21 . Jul . 2016

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