Announcement: Before I get to the blog post, I want to tell you that my book, Peace After Divorce was just recognized by the Illumination Book Awards as an Exemplary Christian Book in the Self-Help/Recovery category of the 2013 awards. We’ve seen the book work in the lives of individuals and are so grateful for this official endorsement of its value. We pray it will help you as well. Below is a short excerpt from this Christian divorce recovery book.
That you are not powerless is probably the most important concept to wrap your brain around as you deal with divorce. You can’t control all circumstances, but you can work within your reality to make your life better. You can exercise the power of choice to move in a positive direction. Furthermore, you can draw on the healing power of God to support and guide you along the way.
When you renew your spirit by yielding your life to God, you enhance your ability to take charge of your life and to recover from divorce. This may seem contradictory at first, but it really isn’t. Choosing to seek God’s guidance and to make prayerfully considered decisions in faith is divinely empowering. For this reason, each section in this book reflects on scriptures, provides questions for applying content, and encourages prayer.
The Bible is full of stories of people who take charge of their choices and find recovery in God. In Acts 14:8-10 Paul claims God’s healing for a man who has never been able to walk his whole life. The man not only shows faith in God’s power, but also chooses to risk trying to stand up and walk. He could say, “Stand on these feet? You must be kidding!” However, he believes enough to follow through on his faith with action. “…the man jumped up and began to walk.” The man believes God can heal him and then makes the choice to act in accordance with that faith by risking standing on his own feet.
Your choices will determine the degree to which you do the following:
• Allow God to help you renew your life after divorce.
• Stand on your own feet as a single person.
• Walk through life in victory.
Your past does not have to dictate your future. You have the God-given power to make your life better and to heal from divorce. Whether your divorce is pending, or occurred many years ago, you have just made a step forward by deciding to address related issues head-on.
God will empower you to do the work of recovering from divorce. “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength,” says Philippians 4:13. God provides the strength, but you must be willing to reflect on your situation and to take action.
Taking charge of your life with God’s guidance can move you to a place where your divorce no longer has an unsettling emotional influence in your life. God has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” You will find it when you seek him “with all of your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
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“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”