In order to attain abundant wholeness, we must experience many peaks and valleys. Until we walk through our dark times, we can’t experience true light. (Watch my video Help for Dark Times.)

So, when you are faced with sadness, doubts and fears, be prayerful and examine these feelings to address a buried issue that may have never come to the surface. My favorite way of dealing with feelings is to journal and get it all “out” and down on paper. It can be a healing, transforming act.

When I start thinking about what I want to share with you, so many times scripture will pop into my head. On this subject of seeking and finding abundant wholeness, these two verses bubbled up (an expression my pastor uses a lot).

John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Jude: 2 – “Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”

Yes, we are meant to live a life full of abundant wholeness. However, people and circumstances (thieves) come to steal that from us. Many times our deepest wounds happen when we are children and we are defenseless. We stuff the hurts down so deep that we build a literal fortress around our hearts. Denial and avoiding pain are the bricks that we build up over time, one by one, to keep out the hurt.

As of this writing, I have come out of one of my darkest valleys, and it feels great to be moving in a positive direction and feel abundant wholeness. Getting in touch with these buried feelings is a key to spiritual growth. If we are not growing, we are lifeless.  To be continued…..