Anita's Devotions


Say Goodbye to Family Wounds

Written by Anita Carman

Dear Faithful One,

In chapter two of my new book, Making Sense of your Life-Breakthroughs to finish the dream” I quoted Ella Wheeler Wilcox who said, “There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found while journeying east and west – The only folks we really wound are those we love the best.” Are you suffering from a family wound?

The following paragraph is an excerpt from the book:  Our earthly family tree is constrained by time and space, but our place in God’s family tree is unlimited.  In John 1:11-13, the Apostle John tells us that Jesus “came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” What God wants is a faith child. We cannot choose our biological parents. However, a faith child can choose to be part of God’s faith family. In God’s faith family, each person enters by belief in Jesus’ sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. In our accepting the gift of Christ, God then seals us permanently into His eternal family. John 1:13 tells us that God’s favor is not based on children born “of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will.” What God wants are children “born of God.”

If you’ve ever suffered from a family wound, then instead of grieving your losses, let God use loss to draw you to Him. He wants us to find our place with Him as our ultimate parent and in a role that serves an eternal kingdom. When life feels overwhelming, perhaps it’s time to lift our eyes higher. Perhaps our world is too small. After all, life is not about our small world but how we fit in God’s world and His mission to save the world. God can look right into our soul and speak our future. He will not be confined by the limitations of our biological family or by the circumstances in our upbringing. Is it time to live as a member of God’s faith family and let God shape your identity and future?

I pray this message encourages you in a special way. When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love, Anita