Hello Pastor Deborah here again with another Blog Post for you. Come and learn, read and watch Blog#2 on Spiritual Care, The Concepts ofRestoration and Recovery connected to This wonderful Blog, Together We Can Heal of The National Association Of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. In this Blog, I begin to introduce the concepts of restoration and recovery in Spiritual care. Click here to link to Pastor Deborah’s Web Site to read, listen to and watch the Blog Post#2. The Audio is also now on several Podcast Platforms to listen to or it can be watched on YouTube on the Church’s Channel entitled, The Hidden Kingdoms. The Video will also be in the web sites video library to watch.
Also, I will be uploading a Featured Article for the NAASCA homepage. The article is entitled, Spiritual Care, The Hidden Realm of Restoration and Recovery. This article will also be uploaded as a Podcast, and on the website to listen to.
Begin to ponder these new concepts of spiritual care and it’s role in restoration and recovery. Feel free to comment on these concepts that are introduced in this Blog and other ones to come as well as on the Featured Articles.
Hello, this is Pastor Deborah of Agape Love, Love Is Here Church ( www.agapeloveishere.org ) from Pensacola, Florida. I have joined together With Together We Can Heal, The Blog of NAASCA as a Blog contributor. This Blog is to introduce myself to you as a Spiritual Care Professional, A Pastor who had been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Nationally Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor as well as a State of Florida Certified Victims Advocate with The State Attorney General, but am now a non-denominational Pastor that provides personal spiritual ministry to bring about spiritual restoration, recovery and healing of the spirit, spiritual teaching, spiritual words of encouragement, spiritual crisis intervention, and many other areas that abuse of any kind has touched and affected.
This blog is written to present to all a new concept that maybe familiar to you or brand new. There are many different terms/names for some of the terms I will be writing about here in this blog, Spiritual Care and It’s Role in Restoration, Recovery, Healing and Support.
In the fields of Restoration and Recovery of Substance Abuse and other “Addictions” Support groups, recovery and restoration, Spiritual Care has been accepted and included as an vital part of a person’s recovery. Faith based ministry and programs from all faiths have provided community support and are very integral in the recovery and restoration of a person who is healing from an substance abuse or addiction to anything. The support groups which go by many names and are usually housed in churches, houses of worship and other places of faith. These groups may go by Celebrate Recovery, Most Excellent Way, The 12 Step Programs, Teen Challenge, and Other Faith Based Programs that have successfully combined Spirituality and Treatment.
Most national Alcohol and Drug Associations as Well As those in Mental Health Areas, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking have been successful in intergrading Spiritual Care and Treatment, Restoration and Recovery.
Faith and It’s Connection To A Higher Power has been apart of many support systems for those who are seeking healing, restoration, recovery from addictions. But Spiritual Care and It’s Focus of inclusion of A Higher Power to aid and assist in the treatment, restoration and recovery of a Mental Health Diagnosis of an Mental Health Illness has not yet been accepted as an equal partner and just as vital as the Psychicatrist, The Clinical Social Worker, The Psychologist, The Trauma Informed Care Expert, The Licensed Mental Health Counselor, And The Other Professions that provide treatment for a mental health disease are.
This Blog is to help you, the reader to begin to see the value of adding this profession/ministry into your own recovery and restoration from child abuse of any kind. There are many well trained Faith Based Professional that are available to you and the fellowship and support that is given freely is vital to restoration and recovery. Spiritual Care does come from a deep level of understanding of the effects childhood abuse has on the spirit and it’s heart. To help you begin to see the value of this level of Restoration and Recovery that can be added to all the other forms is what this blog is about.
To begin with, Pastor Deborah ministers from the concept that all humans are A 3 PART BEING. Every human consists of
A Physical Body
A Soul – That has 2 parts
The Conscious Mind with all it’s components
The Sub-Conscious Mind , Which spiritually is called
-The Hidden Man of The Heart with all of it’s components
A Spirit, The Real You
That Also Has It’s Own Body and Mind, Yet it lives in another realm, the unseen spiritual realm.
There are other names for these 3 different parts and some debate if there are 3 or just 2. In spiritual care, that involves helping people with the spiritual part of the 3 part being. Some Faith Based Ministers as I am, have been trained in another area. I have much former training in the area of the soul and some in the physical body. Each profession studies and provides knowledge and treatment in one or two of the areas. A Psychiatrist has really studied the Physical Body and The Biological Brain. Some of these wonderful Drs. have also studied and are experienced in the area of the Soul, the Conscious and Sub-Conscious Mind. Then most of the Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors have studied the Soul area and it’s components and seek to bring healing, restoration and recovery in this area.
But Spiritual Care Provides Treatment, Knowledge and Healing, Restoration and Recovery in the area of The Spirit and it’s components.
When Abuse occurs to any one at any age, even in the womb, all 3 areas of a human are affected! All three areas are abused, and each area responds differently and must all be helped to heal, be restored and recover. All areas must have help, become knowledgeable, feel loved and safe, be attended to in different ways and then be allowed to slowly find the way to healing and recovery.
This first Blog post is just to introduce yourself to a new concept that needs to be pondered, discussed and learned about. When a new concept is introduced it takes awhile to understand it and to believe it and then to walk in it. There are many stories in movies that can help and many testimonies that others can give to attest to this idea that there are 3 parts of a human, the Physical Body, the Soul and The Spirit and all are effected by abuse and all 3 need to be healed, to be restored and find a path to recovery.
Thank you for reading and getting to know me, Pastor Deborah. You can look me up in more detail at agaploveishere.org – the website, on Youtube, The Hidden Kingdoms Channel, on Twitter Pastor Deborah@agapelove on Linked In At Pastor Deborah Schleich at agapeloveishere and on ITunes, Goggle Play, TuneIn for Podcasts and soon maybe on Google Play for free downloadable E-Books. I will also will writing Featured Articles for NAASCA and continue to Blog here a couple time a month.
It was a pleasure to speak to you and to introduce myself and the ROLE OF SPIRITUAL CARE in Restoration and Recovery.
I would Like to Leave you with some words of encouragement.
Words Of Encouragement For Your Heart
JUST BREATHE THE AIR OF HOPE AND AGAPE LOVE! To Walk Each Day Begins With Just One Step Out Of A Dark Place That Has Unseen Chains Of Heaviness. But Before One Can Take One Step, First One Has To Take A Deep Breath Of HOPE. Hope Is New Every Day Just As The Sun Rises In The East And Vanquishes The Night, One Breath Of Hope Vanquishes The Darkness Of The Long Night HOPE Is Full Of Fresh Life For One’s Heart As The Spring Rains Refresh The Earth And Help Bring Forth A New Season Of Life. HOPE Brings Forth A New Season Of Life Even Though The Darkness Has Held Your Heart For Too Long. No Matter The Road One Is On With A Mental Health Illness, The Road Always Has Others On It Looking Back To See You Getting On. See, They Are Coming Back For You, For They Will Walk This Road With You And As Spring Rains Bring Forth New Life, Allow The HOPE That Others Bring To Your Heart To Shower You With It’s Rays Of Hope And Agape Love Unconditional Love For Your Heart. Your Heart Is Not Alone Any Longer. Just Breathe The Air Of Hope And Agape Love!
Pastor Deborah Volunteer Spiritual Care Department Lakeview Center, Inc.
Looking With The Eyes Of One’s Heart
The Journey You Are On Will Require You To Look With The Eyes Of Your Heart. You Must Be Able To See Past The Storms Of Darkness And The Winds Of The Tempest. One Must Be Able To Look Beyond The Present And Into The Vastness Of The Future That Is Just On The Horizen. If One Is Looking Out From The Center Of A Storm, You Must Look Out With The Eyes Of Your Heart For Only The Eyes Of The Heart Can See Beyond The Present, Beyond The Clouds And The Winds Of The Storm And Believe For The Future Believing That This Storm Too, Will Pass And The Rays Of Sunshine Will Shine Again On The Heart Bringing New Life, New Hope And New Days To Be Lived.
The Eyes Of The Heart Everyone Has Them And Yet Many Can Not See With Them. The Eyes Of The Heart Can Be Blind To Many Things When One Is Only Looking With The Eyes Of The Soul.
My prose, was made into a song by my friend George Robertson, and Paintings by my good friend, artist Michal Madison, and the video was put together by my good friend the late Debbie Naylor Cox. We are all being a voice for child abuse…Please share to get the word out there.
Child Abuse Awareness and Sexual Assault Prevention video to show how we must speak out **Not all of these paintings of children are abused children, happy to be able to say. There are a few that are very happy, well taken care of and loved children. We do all we can to protect the privacy of those who are being abused.” All the beautiful Artwork belong to my friend Michal Madison..www.MichalMadisonArt.net/galleries.html… Words by Mary Graziano copyrighted Music and song sung by George Robertson. video put together by Debbie Naylor Cox I do own the rights to the Video and the Song
Flashbacks take us back to the past. It takes us to a place where we feel trapped. We envision the trauma that affected us so much that to us it feels so very real, as if we are reliving the abuse all over again. Visually, we see the abuse happening, we feel it in every fiber of our being, we hurt all over again.
The demons have woken up, taking over our minds again, recapturing us, removing us from the present and again taking away our self-esteem that we had started to build up.
Scared, and defeated, we often feel that sometimes we can’t come back to the present quick enough. We stay frozen, reliving over and over all the abuse that stole our innocence, or in the case of Domestic Abuse stole so much of a person’s self respect and self-worth, leaving them feeling “nothing.”
Our self-worth and self-esteem have been destroyed, leaving us vulnerable to the demons who destroyed it. We often cannot break free of the flashbacks, whether it was one flashback in particular, or more than one.
We need to realize that the flashbacks that consumed us are not going to hurt us any more. We need to let it come, realize it is there, and then say “Ok, you can now leave, you can’t hurt me any more, I am now free of you. You were my demon, but now you are NOTHING.”
Remember to always be kind to yourself as you are healing, Remind yourself that you are worth so much, that you are a loving person, a beautiful person, one who has survived abuse, one who is now free from the abuse that invaded your body, mind and soul,,,,.Don’t let the demons who abused you win…make them small, so that they can’t hurt you any more..You are the winner, because you came through the abuse whether it was from childhood abuse, or Domestic abuse, we are all winners, we are all SURVIVORS!!
We need to be the voices for children everywhere,
alone, abandoned, with bruises, it seems
like no-one cares.
Their abusers keep them silent with threats,
their bodies shake, feelings kept inside themselves
their smiles, they always fake.
Words that hurt so deeply destroys their self-esteem,
shame they feel inside themselves, in their minds i
s where they scream.
Secrets so deep & never to be told they live
it every day, these are the forgotten children
let’s scream out, let’s shout & pray.
Pray that we can save them from a life of
horrendous abuse, to set them free & guide them
it’s up to us, there’s no excuse.
Each day one child will die alone from their wounds
inside and out, scars so deep, with bodies broke
from the abuse, there is no doubt.
Remember all children everywhere, protection
is what they need, broken, alone so frightened
from the abusers dirty deeds.
I write these words, for all children small
for that little girl in me, silenced then,
but not any more, I will shout out to
help set them free.