Hope, Help and Healing: Week 2

Day 1
Healing and restoration

In the Bible

“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,” declares the LORD, “because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares …
“Who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?” declares the LORD. “So you will be my people, and I will be your God.” Jeremiah 30:17, 21–22

1. You may think you’ll never feel whole again. What does God promise in the verses above?

2. What is your part in the healing process, according to the above verses?

In your life

1. When have you felt like an outcast?

2. In a relationship, what actions do you take when you devote yourself to being close to someone?

3. What can you do to devote yourself to being close to God each day?

Day 2
Promises for the brokenhearted

In the Bible

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

1. Describe what it feels like to be “brokenhearted” or “crushed in spirit”?

2. If you are brokenhearted or crushed in spirit, what four things does God promise you in the verses above?

3. Why is the “Great Physician” a good name for God?

In your life

1. If you had a broken bone, what steps would you take to help it heal?

2. What similar steps could you apply to the brokenness of your life as a result of separation or divorce?

Day 3
You are attractive and valuable

In the Bible

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well … How precious concerning me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Psalm 139:14, 17

1. After reading the above verse, what conclusions can you make about God’s love for you?

2. In Psalm 139 what words does God use to describe you?

In your life

1. How has the separation or divorce affected your feelings of self-worth or desirability?

2. Read all of Psalm 139 to discover how well God knows you, how perfectly He created you and how He can be trusted to keep His promises. Then write a brief thank you note to Him here.

Day 4
True recovery

In the Bible

In all their suffering he [Jesus] also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years. Isaiah 63:9 NLT

1. Who suffers with you? How is this comforting to know?

2. Who will personally rescue you?

3. To “redeem” means “to free from captivity by payment of ransom.” Why does Jesus offer to redeem you?

In your life

1. What worries do you have about the future?

2. Release your worries to Jesus in a short prayer here.

Recovery is only complete through Jesus Christ, who gave His life on the cross to save you. Receiving God’s comfort and restoration begins with turning to Him and turning away from your sins. Visit The Foundation for Healing for details.

Day 5
Divorce recovery groups

In the Bible

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

1. Divorce can result in painful, overwhelming emotions and decisions. According to the verse above, why should you not try to “tough it out” on your own?

2. What time of the day or in what situations are your emotions most likely to feel overpowering?

In your life

1. Name some people who have been a strength to you during your separation and/or divorce.

2. Have you considered participating in a DivorceCare support group? What thoughts do you have about divorce recovery support groups?*

* You may have concerns about attending a divorce recovery support group, but we highly recommend you try it anyway. Make a commitment to visit a nearby DivorceCare group for three weeks. After three weeks, the decision to continue is yours.

You may also be interested in finding help for your children. Many DivorceCare programs also sponsor DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K), a group for children ages 5–12 who are dealing with the divorce of their parents.

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