Peace in Times of Pain

Peace in Times of Pain

I sit in my hotel room reflecting on my decision to remove myself from our home and say no to the accusations spoken. I sense God’s presence and peace.  I reflect on a couple verses.

Jon16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Pain often brings isolation. It is during times of pain that we often feel alone. The joy we sensed prior to our sorrow now eludes us. Why is this?

Pain can consume us. Physical pain causes us to focus on the source. If we are unable to treat the pain or return to joy, we may feel helpless which often leads to hopelessness and despair. Emotional pain draws our attention to what we perceive is causing our pain. Now our focus is on the problem. Our brain works to resolve the issue. Often this is not possible leaving us feeling inadequate.

The enemy loves us to focus on problems that can not be fixed by us alone. He will consume us with helplessness and despair which leads to isolation and hopelessness. This is a pattern that I witnessed in my life for many years. 

Over a year ago I read, Joyful Journey Listening to Immanuel by E. James Wilder, Anna Kang, John Loppnow, Sungshim Loppnow.  I higly recommend this book. It introduced me to the practice of Immanuel Journaling. Immanuel Journaling is interaction between us and God. It is during the times of pain, sorrow and uncertainty that God is with us. We often are unaware of His presence. Immanuel Journaling is a tool used to connect us with Him. 

It is not through the absence of pain that we experience healing but through the knowledge that we are not alone. Knowing that God is with us even when we are in pain enables us to connect to Him through gratitude. Reflecting on something that we are grateful for brings us into communication with Him. We are now able to listen to God in our pain. God sees us, He hears us, He understands how big our circumstances are. Allow God to validate how big this is. Allow your body to feel His compassion and love for you. We notice our body and how His presence feels in our bellies, in our shoulders. We are not alone. We sense God’s joy to be with us. We feel his power and hear Him say He is doing something about our pain. 

Journaling our interaction with God is a powerful tool. It allows us to read aloud and share with a trusted friend. This practice is our weapon against despair, anger, sadness, fear, anxiety and shame.

I’d like to share with you my Immanuel journal for today.

Immanuel, I thank you for safety and financial provisions, and your promise to always be with me. 

Immanuel replies, my daughter I see you sitting at the table, I hear you crying out to me and I understand how big this is for you. Joanna, I want you to know I am so happy to have this time with you. Thank you, my beautiful daughter, for trusting me with your weakness. I want you to know I treat you tenderly. I am the God of healing, hope and restoration. I am working all things for good on your behalf. I am so delighted that you have chosen to walk though this valley with me. I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Heb. 13:5) Joanna, nothing can penetrate the blood of Jesus. You are covered. I’ve got this.

Psalm 42:1 As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. (NLT)

What are you thankful for today? What does Immanuel, God with us mean to you?

14 thoughts on “Peace in Times of Pain

  1. I love how many times that God has told me “Rachel, I’ve got this.” And He always does! What a blessing it is to live in relationship with Jesus! And though the struggles are awful sometimes, I’m thankful they bring me closer to Him.

  2. Immanuel is knowing I’m never alone. Immanuel is knowing that I always have somewhere to turn. Immanuel is knowing I belong. Immanuel is knowing I am loved. The relationship I have with God is the example of the relationship I desire to give to others. The vulnerability, transparency, faithfulness, love and kindness I receive and give to God is what I intend to give to others without expectation of receiving the same in return. For I know the seeds I plant in relationship will reap a harvest in God’s timing.

    1. Amen, Stacey. You have been used in a mighty way in our life. God’s seeds continue to produce great fruit. I appreciate you and your love and dedication to God and others.

  3. This was very beautiful. God told me to come to your page as I just finished work for the day. Even though I couldnt get much of anything done dwelling on negativity . Understanding the reason abba sent me here allowed me to start my immanual writtings so that I can freely express myself a little bit more about my pain, my thoughts , my fears , my weaknesses, my strengths , and everything in between. I just wanted to let you that this REALLY helped me emotionally right now . You have no idea , I thank you for the positive words God allowed you to punch onto this website. May God bless and keep you my wonderful sister in Christ! I love you and your family unconditionally .

    1. Dear Bryce,
      You are so loved. I am sorry you are in so much pain. The loss of a brother is tragic. Our prayers are with you and your family.
      I’m am so glad God used these words that I penned in my own pain to comfort you. The realization that joy is not the absence of pain but rather the knowledge that we are not alone in our pain brings healing to our broken hearts.
      You are not alone as you mourn. We cry with you. We also rejoice with you. God celebrates your life. You are a beautiful human being. Love you.

  4. After meeting you several hours earlier, I came to your page and read your writings. I felt an instant spirituality upon our meeting and your words verify that. I, as many others, find myself at a confusing and lonely point in my life. But I am putting my life in God’s hands, confident that His love and guidance will be there for me. Thank you for today Joanna ❤️

    1. It was so wonderful to see you again today. I know God led Lanny and I up to your place and enabled us to visit. Your words of encouragement mean so much to me. Thank you.
      I look forward to our return visit in August. It will be great to get together and share more.
      I’m so thankful that you have put your life in God’s hands and are confident of His love and guidance. He will not let you down. Blessings to you Diana.

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