Writing Doesn’t Fix Everything

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Journaling is wonderful. Writing memoir is helpful. But in and of itself, it is not enough.

It’s not enough to erase the pain.

It’s not enough to heal the wounds. 

It’s not enough to deliver me from all my sufferings. 

It’s not enough to give me peace.

It’s not enough to save me.

It’s not enough to wash away the memories.

It’s not enough to heal the hurt.

It’s not enough to fix me.

Writing is a gift. But it’s not my salvation.

When times are hard and it feels like the entire host of hell is stirred up against me, running to writing doesn’t fix it. It doesn’t fix it for me because it wasn’t meant to. There is only One that can fix it, and His name is Jesus. 

He binds up my brokenness and saves me from my crushing pain. He heals my wounds and anoints me with the oil of gladness. He is the only One I have.

These are the words my soul needs to live by. In them I’ll find my peace.

What words of encouragement do you live by?


  1. It is true that our Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate answer for all our problems, and for traumas in particular. My life began with traumas; it continued with them. Even now traumas have been near. The last one for us, Memorial Day weekend, 2013, caused me to fall dead (doctor’s words) of a heart attack. Only a defibilator gave me heart a shock while I was unconscious and started my heart to beating. That along with the EMT team managed to get me to the hospital and recovery (a cardiologist doing a read out from my pacemaker/defibilator at 2:30 the next morning declared, You fell dead, you died). Treatments for trauma, in addition to medical and surgical, can involve various other therapies. One I used for a client was a EDM, Eye Desensitization Movement. I do not view it as a cure all. Only as one of the many therapies that might serve to help a patient to overcome or recover from a devastating impact to his or her nervous system, not to mention the other systems that will be involved in such experience.

    1. Miss Ruth Author

      WOW! I am certainly familiar with trauma and clearly, you are too! God bless you! I’d never heard of EDM before… what other therapies do you employ? I often do EFT tapping and I find it helps a great deal.

      1. EFT? Some times I know the acrostics, and sometimes I don’t. My memory is beginning to fade. As to the others, I have used eclectic psychotherapy which devises or makes use of a variety of therapies designed to fit the individual and his or her situation. Therapeutic Paradoxes, Family Systems Therapies, Freudian (sometimes), TA, Narratives, Reading (of like accounts), and, of course, Biblical (if the individual is open to such method) are some of the methods I have used (and I have by no means exhausted the list). Prayer is always appropriate (in private by the counselor, if the counselee is not receptive). I would point out here that virtually all of these therapies mentioned were anticipated by the biblical writers. In my biblical readings I have found instances of such.

          1. One has to be careful that the therapy does not control one’s understanding of the Bible. Early on in the development of Christian Counseling in seminaries, there was a tendency to read the Bible in the light of Transactional Analysis or Freudian Psychiatry. However, as the counseling field continued to enlarge, there came about the wherewithal to recognized that many of the techniques of modern counseling had already been modeled for us by the biblical writers. A person’s training and background can create filters which affect that individual’s interpretations of the Bible. The real problem with the Bible is what one puritan said, namely, its perspicuity or, as we would say, clarity. The profundity of Divine wisdom is expressed in simple terms, by means of narratives, usually, but without the modern doubtful approach that seems to dominate narrative theology. All one has to do to discover the truth and reality of this fact is to read the stories of the Bible which do often involve doctrines as well as other matters,

          2. Miss Ruth Author

            You certainly seem very learned on the subject. I thank God for the interpretation of the Holy Spirit: 1 John 2:27. Like you said, I believe it is just as simple as reading the Bible – it covers it all! 2 Timothy 3:16

          3. Simple but profound. One must be careful not to let the idea (note idea) of the Holy Spirit’s interpretation become so subjective that anything goes. The Bible comes to us with two feet, so to speak, planted firmly in objective and subjective realities, The Book of faith is the only one with a historical aspect that must be considered, One must depend on the gift of the spirit, and one must also study to show one’s self approved of God. When the Bible, for example, mentions historic people and places and events, a person has to give full faith and credit to the references -even when our understanding and knowledge of such things is either zilch or severely restricted. Sort of like the scholars of the 1700s and perhaps the early 1800s saying the Bible was not true, because the Hittites did not exist. Then the unthinkable happened. The capital city of the Hittites was dug up not far from the capital of modern Turkey, and the scholars who had thus argued were in trouble. Exceeding care must be taken in what and where and when and how we assess the Scripture and its meaning and truthfulness. There is a reason for the both/and approach, and it would seem that all of the doctrines are digital and constructed along the lines of negative and positive poles which are both requisite to a believer’s becoming balanced, flexible, creative, constant, and magnetic.

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