It’s time my heart became fireproof. It’s time I recognize the burn is for my good, not my ruin. Tough times are for refinement not destruction. Stinking thinking is the enemy, not people.
When I change my thought life I change my whole life.
In the hands of the Master Craftsman
My son likes a new reality show called “Forged in Fire.” I wasn’t thrilled at first because of the overload of workroom testosterone. Then suddenly I see God everywhere and I’m hooked.
I strongly recommend watching at least one episode, which is available online.
I’m not in the fire pit of hell. I’m in the Refiner’s Forge. He’s burning off the dross or imperfections so I look more and more like Him. He’s placed me in a forge that’s hot enough to make the rough places smooth.
My “mettle” is being tested and made stronger by the Master Craftsman or Bladesmith. He takes solid-state wrought iron or steel, aka lil’ ol’ me, and places it into a forge superheated to about 2,500ºF.
Once the steel changes from a solid to liquid state He places me on the anvil. He takes the hammer and begins to mold and shape me. If there is an imperfection it’s back into the fiery forge.
This wounded, battle-weary warrior is softening. I get to stay there for as long as it takes to to reshape me into the weapon of His choosing. It’s not an overnight process. I love quickies but that’s not what this is. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.
I’m looking more and more like Him and He’s equipped me with a weapon specially created for me.
You’ve never been here before
Feeling lost? Then you are in the hands of the Master Craftsman. The new who of you has never been before. Old things pass by the wayside. All things are brand new. The new you is stronger, more capable and beautiful.
You are being shaped into an instrument of peace. Where there is hatred, injury, doubt, despair, darkness and sadness, it’s becoming easier for you to sow love, pardon, faith, hope, light and joy respectively. You’ll find you have a deeper desire to console, understand and love because you’re learning it’s in giving you receive, pardoning you are pardoned and dying you are born to eternal life.
If you’ve given your whole self to an inner healing process, the abovementioned is a promise you can count on.
There is a solution, help, support
There are “hope hospitals” with “emergency room staff” who receive the soul sick and afflicted. “Staff” are people like you and me who have been where we are today. Here’s a list of worldwide “hope hospitals” that can help.
- Al-Anon, for relatives and friends of alcoholics, drug addicts*
- Alcoholics Anonymous, for alcoholics, drug addicts*
- Sozo, a unique inner healing and deliverance experience aimed at getting to the root of things hindering your personal connection to God
- Heart Sync, intentionally synchronizing the most core parts of our heart to God in a short period of time (U.S. only)
- Find a psychotherapist or psychologist, regular counseling in addition to the abovementioned, is absolutely critical
- Identify a psychiatrist who can help you manage medication, if necessary
If you have posttraumatic stress disorder and want to be a better parent then the abovementioned resources are not an option. They are required, mission critical.
Let the lover of your soul heal you everywhere it hurts. Let the healing begin.
* Addiction is addiction whether it’s alcohol or drugs
Posts in this series
Parenting with posttraumatic stress disorder
Discipline requires training, love spelled t-i-m-e
Beatings/Spankings are abuse: plain and simple
Parenting, like marriage, requires work
Parenting is a lifelong-learning proposition
Stop, look, listen and ask yourself questions
The high art of juggling
Downtime: the golden goose of PTSD
Worldwide parenting with PTSD Awareness Day
Parenting is a high call no matter your lot
The drought before the drought
Being misunderstood is a symptom
You are being forged in fire
Awakenings podcast: Parenting with PTSD
For single parents
A tribute to single parents