“As long as you run from where you are and distract yourself, you cannot fully let yourself be healed. A seed only flourishes by staying in the ground in which it is sown.” Henri Nouwen
One of the most common issues I discuss with young women is how disconnected they feel from themselves. In the midst of work, school, relationships with family and friends and a variety of everyday stresses and pressures, there is a part of them that can close off to survive. And while this may go unnoticed at first, the gap created will eventually make itself known through feelings of emptiness, chronic stress and even depression.
It has been an honor to walk with these women as they begin the process of rediscovering who they are as God’s beloved daughters. So much rests on the shifting of perspective and focus, no matter how small: from daily burdens to daily victories, from disabilities to abilities, from frustration with others to seeking understanding, from hiding away to speaking personal truth. It is a slow process, and brings them face-to-face with the wounds that closed them off in the first place. But as they recognize their strength and capacity to persevere in difficult situations, new joy emerges. They relax a little more and shake off one fear at a time. They acknowledge their imperfections and struggles with a sense of forward movement and an embrace of Grace. They are willing to try new things and allow themselves to be beautifully vulnerable, staying open even when it’s painful in order to receive the healing He wants to give. It is a privilege to witness these transformations in process, and to give God the glory for His Power in our lives!
Annie Slabach, Mentor and Certified Biblical Counselor