Creating this image opened my eyes and heart to the importance of how we, as survivors guard our hearts and how important it is to guard it with wisdom but open it up with love. As I find myself in the middle of so many layers of grief, which forces me to open my heart to more pain, anger, and rage. I find myself battling with these feelings thinking that if I don't feel them then I won't 'appear' vulnerable. A protective measure I have utilized is to guard my heart, afraid of others seeing my vulnerability, labeling me as damaged or messed up, and I find myself guarding my heart out of fear rather than wisdom. The world gives us a wrong message that pain, mental illness, and being less than perfect are signs of weaknesses and that there is something wrong with us. I find myself struggling with this lie and believing it at times. But when I no longer guard my heart from a patient God, I find myself being okay with being vulnerable because it gives me the grace to accept myself for all the beautiful weaknesses and imperfections that I carry. Therefore, allowing me to extend more grace to others because God loves me no less especially when I am a hot mess.
Don't get me wrong. I still have challenges. I still struggle with ptsd, triggers, and fears. But I know I am growing because I am learning to trust God as He begins to change me. Learning to take it a day at a time and learning to fix my eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).
In Jesus' Heart.
"Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life." (Proverbs 4:23)
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