Bruised Soul

Today my soul feels bruised.

It is as though someone punched me in the core of me, and the breath is knocked out of me, and I don’t quite know how to get back on track. There is a bunch of blood pooled together deeper than I can express, and the hurt is unbearable.

And the pain from the bruise, it seeks to control all of my thoughts, down to the tiniest ones.

And the pain from the bruise, it tells me that I should never, ever hope again, and that trust is overrated, and that I should just make myself really tough so that no one can reach me. So that no one can bruise me ever again.

And the pain from the bruise, it shouts that there’s no use trying anymore. I might as well let the life bleed out and extinguish it all. The pain of the bruise, it becomes a decree that my life is over. Finished. The end.

But then, God’s gentle hand reaches out and touches my bruised soul. He delicately takes my crushed soul and places it in His very hand.

And He tells me that the pain of the bruise ushered a skewed decree. He tells me that His decree for me is life, and hope and joy forever more. He says that He never breaks a bruised reed, and He never extinguishes a dimly burning wick. (Isaiah 42:3)

And then He promises that the pain of the bruise will fade and the bruise itself will even disappear.  He says that His plan for my life is delicious, and it’s worth hanging on.

He says that His love will carry me through.

And I believe Him.

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  1. Too often I’ve believed that “skewed decree”—that I have been damaged beyond repair. I’m so thankful for my Father who reminds me that He is in charge of me, and watches carefully over everything that touches me. I can trust Him completely! Thank you, Barbara!


  2. Dear Barbara
    Amen to this one. This is all we need to do; allowing Him to heal all the bruises of our hearts! And He does that with so much gentle love.
    Much love XX


  3. Always come back to believing. Yes, no matter how many times we are bruised. Beautiful sentiments, Barbara.

    Love this:
    “He says that His plan for my life is delicious, and it’s worth hanging on. He says that His love will carry me through.” Amen!


  4. Betrayal is common to man, but oh how it hurts when it happens to ME (or you.)
    Jesus was betrayed by those closest to him, yet he forgave and seemed to understand UNTIL – – the sky darkened and His Father God turned his back and could not look at his only begotten son. Oh how that must have hurt because it broke his heart and then He died. Thank you for sharing a topic that we need to remind us to also watch our step and not to bruise our loved ones. Thank you for sharing at Tell Me a Story.


  5. God heals, God Loves, this is a wonderful post. Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo


  6. Oh, Beautiful One. He does understand. May your healing always be, and feel, complete. Isaiah 53:5 ~ But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.


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