Comfort and Relief
Each of the injured love styles is a learned method for coping with stress.
Avoiders attempt to soothe themselves by moving away from the irritation and problem solving.
Pleasers find relief by staying close and seeking reassurance.
So how can we use this comfort circle in our prayer life to have a more vibrant and intimate relationship with God?
The Lord describes Himself as a God of comfort (II Corinthians 1:3-7) and invites us to boldly bring ourselves before Him in prayer that we might find help in a time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16).
As I mentioned in last week’s letter, my mother passed away and we are having her memorial service this Sunday.
Additionally, my open-heart surgery is in three weeks at UCLA hospital.
Needless to say, I have many thoughts and emotions that are banging around inside my mind and heart.
Here is a prayer that I am praying this morning asking Him for comfort and strength.
Thank you that I can come before you and bring all of myself without shame or embarrassment.
I am distressed today. I feel irritable and overwhelmed at the amount of stress that I am carrying around inside of me.
I am finding that I am impatient with everyone, including my family. I can tell my pressure tank is full and that that I am not coping well.
Finally, the ongoing saga of my Mom’s declining health and death, will come to an end this Sunday. I’m grateful that she is with you in your loving care and comfort.
Thank you for being there for me, grant me peace and endurance. Help me to be less irritable with others. They do not deserve my impatience.
Thank you that you are bigger than me an able to contain all my agitated feelings and emotions. You said that life under “The Fall” would be difficult, and it is! I know you see my every step and care what happens to me. I know that you are sad as well. I’m grateful that you know me well and care so much..
You know what I need?
I need an extra measure of peace, grace and comfort for my soul to just to get me through the day. I’ll worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.
Also, help me be bold to share with my closest family and friends, my levels of stress so that they can comfort me as well.
Sometimes I’m not good at sharing and just hold it all inside… just like I used to do when I was a kid. Now I know better, and people do provide relief to my soul. Thanks for the support.
My praise and honor to you Lord.
Thanks for listening!
Love and blessings,
Milan & Kay