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 Living from a Healed Heart                 Jerry and Denise's Blog

February 14, 2019

It was the day after I (Denise) had lost our only child to a miscarriage, and I was in the first stages of grief: numb, questioning God, and not believing what had just happened. The phone rang and I answered it. On the other end was a woman, sobbing. After several minutes, I realized it was my oldest sister. She couldn’t even talk—she just wept. And I...

February 2, 2019

One of the dilemmas in the healing process is this: We desperately need God to come into our places of woundedness and heal what was lost or damaged in our hearts. Yet those same wounds cause us to protect our hearts and our emotions from trusting others—especially God. You may have some very real, significant issues with God for allowing you to experi...

January 8, 2019

Lois, a forty-five-year-old woman, had been a Christian for over twenty years. She came to us struggling with depression and a terrible self-image. When she experienced conflict, particularly with her husband, she blamed herself. Sometimes she would physically hurt herself out of self-directed hatred and anger.

A committed Christian for most of her adul...

February 14, 2018

This is a very powerful teaching that should not be missed. We asked a client who had been abused as a child to personalize the lyrics from “Because of You” by Kelly Clarkson. What she wrote is raw and hopeful at the same time.

Note: We have also included links here to the music video, song lyrics, and “Letters from an Abused Daughter.” When you read th...

February 13, 2018

Jerry and I normally pray God’s armor of defense and protection around us every day (see Eph. 6:10-17). Now here is where it may get tricky. What if when we pray we think we are putting God’s armor directly on us, when in fact we are placing it on top of our own self-protective shields?

Check out the video clip below, and when you are ready, pray t...

February 8, 2018

Our walls of protection that we learned growing up place our trust in our own power rather than in God to be our defense, our protection, and our strength. These self-built walls become fortified over the years and result in our hearts growing hardened or detached from God. The Lord asks us to love him with all of our heart (Luke 10:27)....

October 30, 2017

We remember asking a client to tell us which defense mechanisms he used in his life. All of a sudden, he started singing the lyrics to Simon and Garfunkel’s famous song, I Am a Rock (Used by paid permission). “I am a rock; I am an island. And a rock feels no pain; and an island never cries.”  Whoa!

We all have many reasons why we learned to hide our hea...

October 13, 2017

We all experience storms in our lives—storms that are unexpected, damaging, out of our control, costly. As we recently watched the fury of Hurricane Irma devastating the Florida Keys, we never dreamed that her destructive power would lash out at us in Georgia—the first tropical storm in history

to hit the North Georgia Mountains. As the sheets of rain...

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