Finding Healing for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (plus a great book review of Until We All Come Home)

Do you ever have one of those days when you pick up a book to read and can’t put it down?  I did yesterday, when I read my friend and fellow author Kim de Blecourt’s new book, Until We All Come Home. I was up to midnight finishing it, spellbound!!

Mt. Hermon Conference Center

I had been looking forward to reading her story since meeting Kim at Mt. Hermon’s Christian Writers Conference two years ago.  We discovered we both had been through trauma abroad, hers while doing an international adoption and mine while on the mission field in England. We felt an instant kinship when we realized we both suffered  from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). We were able to share how this illness had impacted our lives in similar ways.

Kim’s book, Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother’s Courage, a Race to Freedom tells her story of adopting her son from the Ukraine. It is a page turner, with bureaucratic corruption, a vindictive prosecutor, and a race against the clock to freedom. Kim was forced to stay in the Ukraine for a year, in a state of culture shock, fighting to get her son out of the country and home to the United States.

As I read her story, I emphasized with the trauma that led up to her despair, depression,  insomnia and ‘fight or flight’ reaction that is so prevalent with PTSD.  I cried when she spoke to the judge on behalf of her orphaned son, who was rejected and abandoned by society, of his need for a loving family, one she and her husband could provide.

I cheered when God was faithful and showed up through all kinds of battles. I admired Kim’s perseverance to fight for her son no matter what the cost. And finally, my own heart was touched by God’s heart for the orphan. It reinforced my own desire to adopt a child one day.

I highly recommend Kim’s book to you as a great Christian suspense story. You can purchase it on her website nourishedhearts.com and see the work she is doing on behalf of orphans everywhere.

A Word about PTSD:

PTSD develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. A “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in PTSD this reaction is damaged. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.  Flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety and hyper-vigilance are coommon symptoms.

I was traumatized by people in the occult while on a furlough in England. I was terrorized for over a year, at times being held against my will. When I returned home, I suffered from clinical depression and PTSD, and was put on medication.  I felt horror, helplessness and extreme fear as I relived the terror I had experienced.

Thirteen years later, I am happy to say the Lord has healed me of most of the illness, even though I was told I would never recover. I believe one day I will be totally healed for the Bible says  “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37) and “Perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.” (1 John 4:18). I write about my experiences in my soon to be published book, Finding God in the Midst of My Mess:  My Love Story with Jesus.

Do you need to trust God for healing from PTSD today?

Please pray:  Dear Lord, I ask you through the power of your Holy Spirit to come and heal those dark and fearful places in my mind, soul and body.  Only you know the terror I feel and can heal me.  Please lead me to the people and resources that will be an instrument of your healing light and touch. I trust you today and thank you in advance for what you are going to do.  Amen.

What to do now?  Read and claim the promises in the Bible on healing.  Contact a local church for healing prayer. Explore EMDR therapy which was very successful for me. Look into medications, such as antidepressants and tranquilizers that will calm your mind and emotions. Pursue talk therapy with a licensed Christian psychiatrist or therapist. God is waiting to heal you.  He loves you.

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My New Creation: Scripture Art Greeting Cards!

It has been one of those weeks, you know when the Lord is testing you faith and the devil

is trying to destroy it?  Yes, besides a heat wave (and i can’t tolerate the heat), I found out I had Intermediate Uveitis, an inflammation in the middle part of my eye which is quite serious, causing floaters and diminished eyesight. This is in addition to the jelly part detaching.  (See Lord Open My Eyes)

My top doctors at Stanford are running blood tests for some pretty scary diseases, like Cancer, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis, which can all cause inflammation. Treatment:  Chemotherapy.  Oh no.  Never Lord.  I can’t go through that. How will I see to write and paint? I implored of Him. On top of all this my internet went out today. Can anyone say Devil?

In spite of all this, I did manage to create my first samples of my art greeting cards:  Christian greeting cards featuring my paintings with Scripture. The Lord gave me a vision to combine my paintings with verses I write, and pitch them as a new greeting card line to publishing companies.

I was amazed I figured out how to print them right side up, not down, and get the inside verses on the right page.  They looked beautiful when I was done.  See for yourself!  God has been faithful with my art and writing ministries and it is very special to be able to combine both in one new creative form to give Him glory.

I spent yesterday in the cool air conditioned library researching publishing companies to send to. Later at home I took pictures of my samples turning them into jpeg files so I could submit them via email to the editors.  Some I mailed out via snail mail, feeling like I was turning my babies over to the US Postal Service, hoping they would arrive safely into the editors hands.

With a prayer and a wish, I now leave the outcome in the Lord’s hands as to if and when they will be published.  But one thing I know, His Word will not return to Him void, and the Scripture embossed on each card will touch hearts and deposit seeds of faith as only God’s Word can do. (Isaiah 55:11)

Would you pray for me my readers? 

I have placed my eye in the Lord’s hands and ask you to pray for His healing power to heal the inflammation in my eye and restore my eyesight to normal.

For peace for me as I wait for the test results.

For favor with the editors as they view my sample greeting cards.

For boldness as I volunteer with Jews for Jesus in their online chat room the month of July.

And for protection from the Devil and his schemes as I step out in faith to further the Kingdom of God.

Whew that is a lot to pray for!  It comforts me to think of you all around the world lifting me up to the Father. Thank you, my friends. (smile)

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