PTSD. Understanding it is something I didn’t really do until I met people who really struggled with it. I didn’t really know what this meant growing up; but the more I grew, the more stories I heard, the more people I met, especially a dear dear friend who wears her heart on her sleeve, who has influenced me in a profound way, has struggled with PTSD since childhood.
Jamie is my heroine. She’s truly a sweet savor of Christ Jesus to me everyday. I’ll text her with my sorrowful story of the day, asking her to pray for me, and she never belittles my problems, even though I know what she’s going through is HARD.
PTSD is serious, and it’s part of the hard difficult world in which we grow up every day. There are children, who are sooo sadly mistreated by their own parents or family members. There are women, beaten by their husbands, and my heart breaks to think of these things going on behind closed doors, doors you and I may drive by every day.
How does a Christian approach it? I know I can’t just open their door, stick a Bible inside, and walk away.
Jesus Christ walked into a difficult world. Son of God, God, come in the flesh, walked into the lives of sinners. He ate with them. But He didn’t just leave them in their sin; He told people that their sins were forgiven them, to go and sin no more, and He lovingly confronted them.
What would Jesus do for these people that are facing the repercussions of PTSD and a really hard life, memories that don’t go away, and trauma that you carry with you into relationships?
This is what Jamie and I are talking about in today’s podcast:
– Understanding what PTSD is and why people have it
– How do Christians approach this with sensitivity and grace?
– How has Jamie dealt with PTSD?
– Learning to trust and be vulnerable again with the right people
– What PTSD Feels like (the symptoms)
– Healing from PTSD (Is it possible?) .
– People and things that help you heal .
– Why a Christian’s outlook on PTSD can be hopeful .
– Understanding that PTSD is not a ‘fake’ illness
– Hope for the Christian in the midst of PTSD
Verses of Victory and Encouragement and Comfort:
Philippians 1:21-26, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.”
1 John 4:4, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
1 John 3:20-21, “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.”
Psalm 61:1-2, “Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.”
Isaiah 46:4, “And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.”
Other Encouraging Articles on Trauma from Desiring God:
Jamie has opened my eyes to what PTSD looks like, and she has also reminded me that healing is possible.
PTSD is real, and Jesus Christ came to heal the brokenhearted.
Jamie is a living example of this, and she has helped me in understanding more and more of Jesus’ power to save.