The Aching Heart

The Aching Heart

I don’t have many words lately. When I sit to write, I think about people near to me, and my heart twists and aches. I think about the number of people around me who are hurting by life, and I ache for them.

My heart just aches. Words escape me.

So many people are hurting. 

The answer isn’t simply introducing them to Jesus. Most of them have a relationship with Jesus.

But life has brought pain: grief, divorce, depression, adultery, abuse, neglect, anxiety, and fear.

Their hurt is deep.

I find that my words just won’t work. I can’t fix it.

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So, I have been praying a lot for those who are hurting. Because God knows how to heal and bring them to wholeness. He will never leave them.

God is there

For those of you who are deeply hurting: Be encouraged today, friend, that you are not alone. The journey you are on right now might be tough. You might be wondering when the road will get smooth again. You might be hurting today, feeling like you will never heal.

You will. God won’t let you stay broken and hurt. Give God your hurt, so He can begin to heal your heart. I encourage you to reach out to others to find support and encouragement as well.

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Through social media, I have been challenging people to act outside their comfort zones. I call it Daring Monday. (#daringmonday) I have dared people to do things like call a friend, write a letter, or buy a drink for a stranger at lunch. This week, I dared people to pray for someone. It isn’t hard or super daring, but sometimes we just need a reminder that someone is hurting and needs prayer.

I’ll extend the dare to you. I dare you to pray for someone. It doesn’t have to be a long, flowery prayer. But pray for REAL. Then (here’s the daring part) tell that person you are praying for them today. Send a text, call them, stop by their house and actually pray WITH them, write them a letter, send a telegram, or send smoke signals.
I dare you to be that awesome today, because it would make a big difference to someone.

Remind them that God is there. Because maybe they have forgotten. And we all need that reminder sometimes, even when we know it.

May God bring you great peace this week, dear friend, as you rest in Him.

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This week, I’m linking up with some cool friends. Check it out and connect with some really amazing bloggers out there. They have great things to say and wonderful encouragement!
Linking up:
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19 Comments

  1. I’m going to take you up on your dare. I’m going to pray for someone today who I don’t normally pray for. And I’m going to do what a mentor of mine used to tell me to do. I’m going to let them know how I’m praying for them. You’re so right. There are so many hurting people all around us who feel alone and forgotten. I’ll take your dare and let them know that I haven’t forgotten them and I care. Better still, God hasn’t forgotten them and He cares more than they can imagine. Thank you for your inspirint post!

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    • Thank you for accepting the challenge! May God give you direction as you take His message of HOPE to someone!

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  2. I love the dare to pray for someone else, and then actually to pray with them. I will be thinking and praying for someone today! Visiting from #raralinkup :-)

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    • Thanks, Kortney! I’m glad you’re accepting the challenge!

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  3. Thank you Dana. I will pray. Sometimes when we hurt, it helps to pray for someone else who hurts. Our perspective changes and we know aren’t alone in dealing with pain.

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    • Absolutely true, Marcy! It is amazing that when I give (prayer, encouragement, love), I am filled with whatever I give. Thank you for reading!

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  4. Dana, I so love your heart for this! Your words are so encouraging and inspiring. You are a wonderful lady. I will definitely accept your challenge in praying for the hearts of others. Infinite blessing to you, Love! :-)

    #RaRaLinkup 😉

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    • Thank you, Tai! I’m glad you are accepting the challenge. I think praying for others is important! I hope you are blessed today!

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  5. Dana, I agree that sometimes there are no words. Simply being present with those who are hurting is often the best thing you can do. Thank you for your dare this week. I am going to be praying for friends I know who are dealing with some tough situations throughout my day. Blessings to you, friend.

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    • Thank you, Abby. I’m glad this inspired you to pray. When we’re not in the middle of something tough, we forget that others are facing some hard things and need support. I feel like one thing I can always do to help is pray! Thank you for joining me in praying for others!

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  6. I love your social media dare! I’ll be keeping watch for that! And you’re so right, sometimes we don’t have ways to help… but taking those facing the insurmountable, to the throne, can be the best thing we can do. I am going to be letting someone know today, that they’re on my heart and in my prayers! Thanks for the inspiration, Dana :)

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  7. Dana, This is such a thoughtful and beautiful post…Thank you for the encouragement to simply BE with friends who are hurting…and the dare to pray and let them know you are praying. Also the beautiful graphic from Psalm 18…perfect! Thanks for bringing your encouragement to #RaRaLinkup today!

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  8. We ALL need reminders sometimes that He is real and He is with us. No. Matter. What. And I hear your heart, Dana, there are people I love who ache, most of which ache even deeper perhaps because their primary ache has never been filled with God. And I want to fix and heal them. But I can’t. So all I can do is let go, let go, let go and pray without ceasing. And then I thank God for how well He is taking care of them, how He loves them so much more than I do and how He sees the big pic that I cannot. Trusting. Waiting. Every hoping. Thanks for sharing your sweet heart! And Easter blessings to you and yours…

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  9. Thank you, Dana – there can be a feeling of helplessness when those around us are hurting. We feel called to move, when really being still beside them, or being still for them can truly be more productive. Thank you for the call to pray – sometimes it MORE than enough.

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  10. Dana, It’s so hard when we see others hurting, and we just want to fix everything for them. But sometimes, the best thing we can do is pray for them and with them! Thank you for this reminder! #dancewithJesus

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  11. You are right friend, our compadres need prayer and i know because I’m one of them. Thank you for an encouraging post. The choice of scriptures and even the graphics were uplifting. May God return double Grace for calling hearts to pray.

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    • Thanks, Tyra!

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