Transforming Hearts Ministries

Archive for April, 2010

Transformed Hearts; Changed Lives

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Welcome to our BLOG!

Transformed hearts; changed lives; love easily given and received; life lived in freedom; the ability to see God for who He really is and to understand and walk in the truth of who I am in Christ: these are some of the goals of our hearts for everyone who reads this BLOG.

We meet regularly with people to help identify and resolve personal and marital issues and weekly see people set free to love and be loved, sometimes, for the first time in their lives.

We have found that emotional damage from our past will always affect how we view ourselves, how we respond to others, how we treat others, how we respond to others who touch our pain, and how we view God.

It is so critical that we resolve the emotional areas of pain, so that our present relationships will not be negatively affected. Unresolved emotional damage causes us to make vows and build walls to protect our heart from further hurt. We won’t allow others to get close for fear that they will hurt us like we have been damaged in the past. If we have been too emotionally damaged, we will be limited in the amount of love we can give to others, because a person focused on his own pain can never seem to see other people’s needs or connect deeply in relationship with them.

Jesus desires to “heal the brokenhearted” “to bind up their wounds”  (emotional issues) “to proclaim liberty to the captives” (spiritual issues), and “to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (abuse issues) (Psalms 147:3, Luke 4:18). Jesus is the “heart transformer.”

I would encourage you to ask Jesus to show what’s going on inside of you. Have you felt pain in your heart from someone? Have you been damaged emotionally? How has that affected you? Does it cause you to hide or run away, or go to an addiction? Does it cause you to get angry and lash out at someone? Has it affected your ability to open your heart to your spouse/children/others?

If you would like help resolving any of these issues, please contact us; we would love to help.

The following is a recent testimony from a friend who did just that.

Testimony

I wanted to give you an update on how we are doing. I hope it is an encouragement to you. If you recall, I had been intimidated, beat up, and even molested at one point at school as a young child (around age 5-6), then was later bullied and constantly criticized and shamed by my mother as a teenager. That all led to an overwhelming intimidation that tormented every area of my life for more than 35 years. Honestly, I didn’t think I would ever be free and had learned to live with significant regret. I would shrink back from most opportunities in business because of fear, especially of embarrassment and making mistakes. I would keep trying to step out in ministry, but would soon become incapacitated because of the heavy oppression followed by the inability to hear God or have any confidence when the intimidation came.

I remember that you walked me through bringing the intimidated part of my heart to Jesus and then had me declare His revealed truth over myself, even though it was not my present reality. I remember I said something about being bold (and immediately then thinking, “are you kidding?”).

Still, somewhere inside I knew it was truth, so I hung onto it anyway. Later, the Holy Spirit gave me a tool to help me stand in new truth. When intimidation would try to come, I would say in my heart, “I’m not that girl anymore.”

It has been several months now since you ministered to us, and, though I still struggle with fear at times, I have a new grace and capacity to take authority over it, and I do. I am doing things I would not even have considered previously. For example, speaking a testimony and sharing a short teaching over a microphone in front of a group. We have also gotten involved in altar ministry for couples, individual and couples counseling, etc…

And…God continues to strengthen our marriage.

Blessings!