Do you believe in God with your head, but not your heart? You know He exists but you don’t have a strong connection or personal relationship with Jesus. You believe, but you don’t enjoy a deep sense of joy, faith, and peace.
Maybe your faith is lukewarm. Maybe you’re unfulfilled and unhappy, unprepared and unequipped to handle painful problems. Maybe you even feel jealous of other people’s faith, joy, and peace. You want their hope, security and love…but you don’t know how to get it.
How do you find more peace, joy, and light in your life? How do you move your faith from your head to your heart?
See Jane Run
The first time Jane smoked pot was at a party. Then a friend said she could hear colors if she tried LSD. A few weeks later she discovered cocaine—an instant hit! Then heroin, and she was hooked. She stole her grandma’s engagement ring, emptied her brother’s bank account. They kicked her out. She didn’t care. Her friends would take care of her.
After seven years of living on the street, overdosing on crack, stealing from friends and strangers, getting beat up, spending nights in jail and days in dumpsters, Jane wanted to go home. She wanted her life back. She wanted her mom. She sent a message, praying for a miracle.
“I’ll take the train past the house tomorrow,” she wrote. “If you want to talk, leave a white towel on the clothesline.”
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Long before the train reached the house, Jane saw white. The backyard was covered in white towels, sheets, blankets, clothes, flags—an ocean of whiteness. Jane saw her mom standing in the middle of all that white, eagerly waving at every train that passed.
Jane’s mom waited night and day for her…just like Jesus is waiting for you. All you have to do is Jane’s mom waited night and day for her…just like Jesus is waiting for you. All you have to do is reach out.
Bridging the gap between you and God
Go for a walk without your phone, dog, or responsibilities. Talk to God about the secrets hidden in your heart. Yes, He already knows everything — but He wants you to talk to Him. He is waiting for you. Our Father is loving and forgiving.
The Lord God is also just, holy, and sacred. He is not to be taken lightly. He is to be feared, approached with humility, gratitude, and reverence. You may find Jesus or the Holy Spirit easier than the Lord God to approach if you feel overwhelmed with guilt, sin, or shame.
Jesus is safe, warm, and eager. Like Jane’s mom, Jesus is waving you home.
Take a step closer to Jesus, and He will meet you where you are.
Remind yourself of your relationship with Him! My Ruach tattoo — which you can see in My Broken Arm and New Tattoo — is how I remember that the Holy Spirit is always flowing in and through me.
Find something white that you see often: a bracelet, purse, handkerchief. Carry it with you as a visual reminder of the freedom, forgiveness, and peace you have in Jesus. He washes you daily, white as snow.
Jesus surrendered His life so you could be free. Don’t waste His sacrifice. Go home.
With His love,
P.S. Good news! This is the first morning in two weeks that I haven’t taken painkillers because of my broken arm and surgery. It’s been rough, but hallelujah for healing! If you’re broken – or curious about how I broke my arm – read 4 Keys to Healing Your Brokenness – Blossom Tip 54.
New on She Blossoms
When God Doesn’t Restore a Broken Relationship – A broken relationship is one of life’s most painful experiences. Whether it’s a breakup, divorce, or even death – losing someone you love breaks your heart. A natural reaction is to ask God to restore your relationship, especially if the breakup or separation was unexpected.
6 Signs You Should Give Up on a Relationship – When you’re getting mixed signals in a relationship, it’s hard to know if you should give up on your boyfriend or keep going. Sometimes giving up on a relationship is a mistake – and you don’t want to call it quits too soon! These tips will help you decide if you should move forward or start detaching from your boyfriend.
Laurie's "She Blossoms" Books
Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back offers hope, encouragement, and strength for women walking through loss. My Blossom Tips are fresh and practical - they stem from my own experiences with a schizophrenic mother, foster homes, a devastating family estrangement, and infertility.
How to Let Go of Someone You Love: Powerful Secrets (and Practical Tips!) for Healing Your Heart is filled with comforting and healthy breakup advice. The Blossom Tips will help you loosen unhealthy attachments to the past, seal your heart with peace, and move forward with joy.
When You Miss Him Like Crazy: 25 Lessons to Move You From Broken to Blossoming After a Breakup will help you refocus your life, re-create yourself, and start living fully again! Your spirit will rise and you'll blossom into who you were created to be.