Friday, May 3, 2013

These Are the Brave Ones



Courageous they are.

These women who pick up the phone and make an appointment.

Brave.

For they are ready to unpack their bags.

The heavy ones that they have borne way too long.

The burdens tired and cumbersome, draining energy and zeal for living.

They are tentative at first. 

What to expect?

Will this counselor be safe?

And will this first or second or tenth attempt to get to the bottom of the pain really work?

And what would it look like to be free, to run, to dance, to soar on wings like eagles?

To shed the heavy mantle of sadness and despair, shame and grief.

To trade it for hope and healing, joy and peace.

And fresh new beginnings.



 

Five Minute Friday

32 comments:

  1. Linda, Thank you so much for the work you do in helping others! God has given you a true gift of compassion and love. Many blessings to you as you continue to serve!!!

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    1. April ... to share His compassion and love ... that I live to do. Thank you for your encouraging words!

      Linda

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  2. Hi Linda, I just wanted to thank you for your post! It is wonderful that you can see and encourage the women coming to you, but you are also an inspiration in your bravery. For meeting them exactly where they are and being courageous enough to hear their hearts and walk with them towards healing. YOU are brave too, friend!

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    1. To meet another right where they are ... yes, Heather, yes!

      Linda

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  3. I love this...it takes bravery to take those steps toward healing. What a difference you are making in so many lives...I agree. YOU are brave, too! Blessings! :)

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    1. I haven't thought of this work as brave ... just simply being present. Appreciate it when you stop by, Mel!

      Linda

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  4. Oh yes unpacking those heavy bags does take such bravery and a lot of encouragement. Thank you for the love and support you offer.

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    1. Oh, to lighten the load ... what joy for those who are eager to unpack their stuff. Thank You, Lord, for what You do! And thank you, Amy, for dropping by ...

      Linda

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  5. Excellent and telling! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Such bravery for sure. Vulnerability is so hard, but so essential.

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    1. To be vulnerable is a huge step, a monumental task for a wounded soul. My role is to be safe for her, to inspire trust, to hear her well ... or to simply be gently still and present. Alene - these women are my heros!

      Thank you for stopping by ...
      Linda

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  7. You summed up well how I feel about counseling...as a SA survivor that is an ongoing challenge. Praying to write more about that myself. Thanks for your perspective. It is hope filled...and real.

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    1. Dawn - you are brave! And you are welcome here. May you find a safe harbour that leads you to healing and freedom, dear friend ...

      Linda

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  8. Blessings and love to you dear.

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    1. Always love when you pop in, my online friend ... always!

      Linda

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  9. "Fresh new beginnings." Who wouldn't love this? Beautiful!

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    1. mmm ... yes, that's what Jesus came to give us, yes? Thank you for taking the time to leave a few words, my friend!

      Linda

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    2. No one is safer than you, my friend. What a privilege it is to be your ministry coleague and see the obvious results from the great work you do. You are a wonderful healer of wounded people. You have taught me so much about being brave to go where our clients are and gently bring them to the place where they need to be through the power of Jesus. You are indeed a role model.

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    3. Thank you, Bob. You are too kind. Thank you for the privilege of partnering with you in this ministry ...

      Linda

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  10. Dear Linda
    It is certainly not easy to hear all the sorrow of your brave clients. I am glad they have an ear like yours to listen and a generous heart to share their burden of sorrow.
    Blessings from FMF
    Mia

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  11. I just popped over here after reading your sweet comment on my "Five Minute Friday" post and WHAM! I was hit with the power of your text...and the urge to gab your ear off over coffee. So much in common! The New York connection, as you pointed out, and my sister is currently in grad school at Westminster Seminary for counseling, so immediately, your text resonated with some of her stories. I'll definitely be passing this post along to her so she can read it. And I love how you took a poetic approach to it. This was my first Five Minute Friday, but definitely not my last. Thank you for the inspiration here today!

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    1. Hey Lauren ~ a serendipitous connection for sure! Welcome, welcome!

      Linda

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  12. Yes! So true... making the choice to seek help is a brave choice.

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    1. Thank you, Eileen ... love that you've popped in this evening!

      Linda

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  13. so very informative and beautiful and inspirational and God-honoring

    {via email}

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  14. So grateful for the courage that only God can give . . . and for the gift of special encouragers like you, Linda, who gently steady us with each bold and scary step, patiently training our eyes to focus on the anchor of God's grace. The burdens, the failed attempts, even the fears of actually shedding that "heavy mantle" once and for all (not knowing what it would "look like to be free, to run, to dance, to soar on wings like eagles," as you so beautifully say): I'm learning to put these things more and more into Christ's healing hands, and along the way I marvel to see Him tranforming what was meant for my harm into something good, giving me beauty for my ashes . . . just as He promised so long ago (Gen. 50:20; Isa. 61:3). What an amazing God we serve.

    May God bless you, Linda . . . and Creekside,
    A

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    1. Welcome to Creekside online, A! May your musings here be healing balm to your soul ... and may you find fellowship with like minded travelers in the process!

      Praying ~
      Linda

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  15. A very beautiful post. I pray for bravery for all your clients, so they can face what needs facing and go forward under the banner of the Lord.

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    1. For those prayers, I am so very thankful, my friend ...

      Linda

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l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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