“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30
Today’s post is in memory of Chenoa Marie Lucero and in honor of her mother, father, sister, son, and many more who loved her more than she could comprehend. All of whom miss her very much.
Today is the first anniversary of Chenoa leaving this earth for her heavenly home. Like many, Chenoa found herself with an addiction which ultimately ended her life just a few days short of her 32nd birthday.
Chenoa was one of those people you meet and just know there is something special about them. She was bright, beautiful, and full of hope and promise. Yet, like countless others, she didn’t know how special she was and what a bright future she could have. Something deep inside kept her from seeing what we saw: a precious child of God, gifted to bring light into dark places.
Addiction is a tool Satan uses to lure us away from who God created us to be. No matter your “medicine” of choice – drugs, alcohol, sex, food and so on – he uses it to mask the greatness God sees in us so we do not see anything of value to preserve. Internal emotional wounds no one can see need a healing balm, so we reach for whatever it is that will make us feel better. A temporary fix until the pain wells up again.
For those who have lost a loved one due to addiction, I want to give a special message to you. It’s not your fault. Internal wounds cannot be healed unless the Wounded express the desire for help. Please do not blame yourself for something you had no control over. Satan alone wants you to feel sad, discouraged, and somehow at fault so you will be useless in furthering the Kingdom of God. Please allow the healing balm from the One who loves you so very much to heal your broken heart. Jesus loves you so much! Please rest in knowing that. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
There are many forms of addiction. Some will kill, while others will dismantle a life and distort the beautiful image God has created. If this is a refection of you, please know you are more valuable than anything of temporary comfort. Each time you reach for whatever it is that brings you a momentary reprieve from stress or pain, please remember, you are more valuable and precious than any temporary fix. The God of the universe, the One who created you, wants you to know how precious and beautiful you are! He wants to comfort away your stress and pain. Please let Him! You are a child of the King and He has very special plans for you. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Psalm 62:6-7
If you know Jesus as your Savior already, then you know what to do now. Hit your knees and ask Him to heal whatever brokenness is inside you. If you let Him, He will. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
If however, you are reading this and are unsure of how you feel about God, salvation, and the ability of Jesus to truly save and heal you, then please read my “Do you know Him” page on the website. I promise it won’t hurt, but could possibly help change your life. Knowing Jesus changes everything for the better. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
May the Lord of all creation shower His great love on you this very minute.
Father God, I thank You for Your healing touch on our lives. Thank You for being the Great Healer of my life and for taking away hurt and worries from my heart. You alone are the One I reach for in times of stress and pain. Thank You Jesus, thank You Jesus, thank You Jesus.
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In His embrace,