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One Layer at a Time
Thursday, May 17, 2012 by Barb

When being interviewed about how she handled her teen son’s accidental death, Kelly Preston said she often felt like she was drowning–”like a sea of wet blankets. And I just peeled them off, layer by layer … I want to live. I love life.”

Unhappiness, anger, and bitterness form in heavy layers. They, too, must be addressed one at a time–acknowledging, rejecting, and destroying the damaging emotions that control our thoughts, words, and behavior. How do we begin?

Psalm 139:23-24 says: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

We must pray that God will show us the outermost layer of grief in our hearts. Ask Him to reveal the lies that Satan is feeding us. Offer forgiveness for others. Repent, seek and receive forgiveness for ourselves. Refuse to walk in self-condemnation once God has forgiven us.

The last step may very well be the toughest of all. How have you been able to deal with this?

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