Enfolded in God’s Arms

Two Sample Chapters

Table of Contents

The Journey Begins

A Time to Heal

1 – The Phone Call

2 – Dismount

3 – Reality Shows

4 – Mr. Fix-It

5 – The Caged Bird Returns

6 – Monkey Business

7 – When You Can’t Go Home

8 – Pulled Away

9 – At the End of the Day

10 – Overboard

A Time to Change

11 – Dumpster Diving

12 – Last Year’s Crops

13 – Open a Window

14 -Turning Corners

15 – In the Zone

16 – Behind the Mask

17 – Missing the Boat

18 – Breaking Free

19 – Who’s Watching

20 – Moving In

A Time with Jesus

21 – The Porch Swing

22 -Peeling Onions

23 – Keeping the Clay

24 – Give Me Your Hand

25 – Tossing Pinecones

26 – Shall We Dance

27 – At the Core

28 – Cut Off the Label

29 – Picture This

30 – Unshackled

A Time to Grow

31 – Barnacles

32 – Plowing Around the Stumps

33 – The Donkey

34 – Sucking Lemons

35 – Making Peace With Reality

36 – Living the Wounds

37 – Worth the Struggle

38 – Stay the Course

39 – Now Departing at Gate One

40 – A Life of Light

The Journey Continues

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Enfolded in God's Arms - Sample Chapters

The Journey Begins

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV

The rhythm of creation flows through seasons. We know them well – spring, summer, fall, and winter. They revisit us year after year. Many of us have our favorites and also those we don’t particularly like.

We find the rhythm of seasons in our own lives too. Various seasons repeat. Some intensely happy or difficult seasons appear only once. Today, we may walk in a period of deep satisfaction and joy. Later, our days may be filled with struggle and sorrow. There is a season for every activity under heaven.

The season of healing is especially tender. It is a time of flux and searching, pain and growth. It may feel as if we are making progress, only to find ourselves stepping back into a prior struggle. But we’re not floundering. Rather, this may be how God choses to work in our lives during this season.

Enfolded in God’s Arms: 40 Reflections to Embrace Your Inner Healing is part of the Silent Moments with God series addressing key areas in the lives of those seeking God. This book contains forty devotionals, gathered into four categories:

A Time to Heal
A Time to Change
A Time with Jesus
A Time to Grow

Each reflection begins with a scripture verse, followed by a short devotional and a few questions to ponder. An excerpt from a Psalm and a brief prayer are also included. As the reflection ends, take a moment to journal the truth of your own life experience.

Don’t miss the special section in every chapter called, “A Silent Moment with God.” It’s important to pause during each reflection and sit quietly. Open your mind to hear what God may say to you.

Embarking on a healing journey may take courage – lots of courage. But where will it come from? Can you summon it up from the depths of your being? You may find this type of courage simply arises from holding tightly to God’s hand. As each of us travels our sometimes smooth and sometimes rocky path, Jesus is our constant companion – a friend who never wavers, who always guides and encourages us.

As you begin your journey, hold these words of Scripture in your heart:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the
Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…”
Isaiah 43:1b-3a NIV

I wish you a journey filled with healing, hope, and happiness.

Reflection 21

The Porch Swing

I — yes, I alone — will blot out your sins
for my own sake
and will never think of them again.
Isaiah 43:25 NLT

It’s so easy to get bogged down by our mistakes. No matter how hard we try, we can’t do everything perfectly. A blunder here, an error of judgment there, and pretty soon our record is full of transgressions that we can never erase. It sometimes seems like God himself will never overlook our past.

Imagine you are sitting in an old, white porch swing overlooking a lovely garden. Jesus walks by and asks if he can join you. Since the swing will easily hold two, you beckon him to sit with you.

But there’s a problem. A big, heavy garbage bag sits right in the middle, between you and Jesus. It’s full of everything you’ve ever done wrong. Try as you might, you just can’t get comfortable because the bag is squishing you.

Jesus notices and says kindly, “Let me take care of this.” He hoists the bag onto his shoulder and carries it behind the house, where he tosses it into an incinerator. Soon the contents of the bag are obliterated. He returns and the two of you sit close and slowly swing as the tranquil afternoon passes into evening.

Often our feelings about ourselves and our problems get in the way of our relationship with God. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Jesus is ready and willing to help. So call him!

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:11-12 NIV

Be Still For
A Silent Moment with God

Digging Deeper

What is separating you from God today?

In what ways could Jesus help?

How could removing the “garbage” affect your life?

Prayer for Today

I feel so weighed down by all that’s happened in my life. It seems like nothing will ever get better. But, God, I know you don’t want the two of us to be separated. Please help me to put everything behind me. Then let’s sit together and happily swing for the rest of the day and into eternity. Amen!

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