Spiritually Speaking: SURVIVORS 

I wish that I could tell you that it was going to be easy. That your process of survival, renewal and healing would happen overnight or that it would be in a blink! But that is not the case. It is not easy to bounce back from a place that has caused severe wounds such as breaking ungodly soul ties, overcoming a divorce, unemployment, experiencing lack, the loss of a loved one in any capacity, overcoming sickness and abandonment, betrayal, addiction, depression, co-dependencies, or any other experiences that have taken up deep places in your soul.

Unfortunately, the process of healing is actually long, stressful and sometimes very painful. I could tell you what everyone needs to hear, that you will experience a rebirth and a point of peace that you never thought would be possible.

You have survived. You are not alone. There are people to help, those assigned to you as leaders, mentors & supporters. This can primarily be found within a body of believers in what we call “Church”.  In Church we have an opportunity to fellowship and connect with others especially through the darkest times –we never want to put ourselves in a position where we isolate.  That alone can set us up for failure if we are always running away in silos.

Today we find ourselves living through the most adverse times in our world especially now in the state of a global pandemic! We have to connect!!!

The roles the church would always be a means in helping us as women in dangerous times like this.  There will be members that pray first and with you. They can provide comfort, an ear and words of encouragement along the way. They can also step in and guide you should there ever be a serious threat in any capacity.  God is always with you, but He will point you in the right direction of others to assist.

Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 11:14

Through God, certainly you will overcome. It just takes a whole lot of trust and surrender. It takes disciplined time and a pace that will get you to a steady journey on your way to health and wholeness.  The church can be such a means for us to learn and practice this. It takes being a part of a body of believers –even if it means we are doing it remotely.

We also have to submit to a regular lifestyle of prayer, fasting, study of the word, worship, healthy relationships, counseling, listening to godly and spirit filled music, sermons, hobbies, work, travel, exercise and so many other rich and positive activities that will take you to a higher and stronger walk with God. Whatever it takes for you, just understand that it will most probably be unique for you.

Every case is different. Some people don’t require all that and they have strong coping mechanisms but for others that have passed through heavy storms will definitely need a lot of help and encouragement along the way. Just understand that this is your unique process. Be patient.  Whatever you have to do to receive healing and wholeness has got to be done regardless of the opinions and thoughts of others on how you decide to connect for support. Be free in that! At this point in your life, it is about pleasing God and getting to a place where you are stronger and able to stand valiantly.

Trust your process! You are a strong survivor –especially if you are reading this now. God will take you out of any storm. It will happen for you! You didn’t come this far to give up now. You can walk again. You can run again. You can laugh again. You can love again. You can work again. And lastly… you can and will succeed again & again & again!

Just keep walking toward the goal. You are a survivor.  Keep telling yourself that.  Keep your head up high. Even to the point where it will encourage other’s when they get to see and experience God’s strength through you.  This is your time. The obstacles only arrived for you to embrace the many opportunities available to you. This is your season. This is a GREAT season for you to flourish! You survived for a reason! Be blessed my sweet sisters.

“But those who trust in the Lord
will renew their strength;
they will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31

Written by Pastor Christina Cruz-Mendez
MUI Church & JusChrist4 Ministry

About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

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