Diary of a Prodigal Daughter: A Time to Heal

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A Time to Heal

by Christine Carter

There is a time for everything under heaven, and there is a time to heal. Maybe you have spent years in physical, emotional, or spiritual pain. Yes, there are some things we pray for and hope for that may be holding up our healing process, but we don't have to let them anymore. While you are waiting, heal. Go ahead and dip your toes in the fountain of cleansing waters.

I know a Christian mother who has been battling cancer for 11 years. She continues to forge ahead with whatever treatment options remain available. Recently she was told treatments aren't working. I, and many other people, have been praying for her for years. But she has a fighting spirit, which is really inspiring. She simply dips her feet in the water, and lives her best life. She is gonna do her part regardless of the overwhelming circumstances.

Now maybe you can relate to this physical struggle, or you may have a different struggle that is uniquely your own. I get it completely. I can't tell you how many years I have languished near the edge of the water praying for God's healing hand to touch me. At some point in the cycle of trauma, you begin to feel there is no way out of it. You feel you are in the eye of a hurricane and there you will stay.

Yes, life has some fierce storms, but to be resilient means that we don't have to stay in them, we can move through them and out of them. And we have a heavenly father who can provide calm in the midst of the storm.

One small step can have you viewing life a little differently and allowing the process of healing to begin.

You can heal in your spirit, and in your soul. You can take a step into a healthier mindset and lifestyle. You no longer have to carry that heavy burden or be weighed down by circumstances. 'To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.' So, I encourage you, no matter what the circumstances, even while you are waiting, give yourself permission to live, and allow yourself to heal.

John 5:1-9
'Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.'

About the Author

Christine Carter at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Christine Carter is a working mom of a 12-year-old active son Marquis and has been married to her best friend Brent Carter for almost 15 years.

She attends Bethel: the Church at Philadelphia Mills, where she has been attending for almost 12 years.

She is currently a Quality Assurance Specialist at Gate 1 Travel in Fort Washington, PA. She resides in Levittown, PA, where she has lived for most of her life.

She is currently attending John Brown University’s online program where she is working on finishing a Psychology Degree which she began at JBU in NW Arkansas in the 1990s. She expects to graduate in May 2021.

She has always enjoyed writing, and poetry has been her method of choice. She believes that if you have a talent or a gift from God, or a desire to be used for His kingdom, He will make a way. You simply need to be willing.

You can read Christine’s Diary of a Prodigal Daughter column on the 3rd Friday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.