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Forty Day Devotion: From Author Steve Arterburn's "Healing is a Choice"

At the end of Steve Arterburn's book "Healing is a Choice" is a Forty-day Challenge. If you take his challenge everyday for the next forty days it will take you about five minutes to read this devotional. I found for myself it had great significance reading it aloud. Reading this devotion helped me to see just how much God Loves me. Language, the power of spoken words to our Lord from our heart is prayer. Prayer has incredible healing abilities. Please take this challenge. Go to a quiet place and read these words.
Opening Prayer
Lord I am broken and hurting due to the brokenness of others and mistakes of my own. Please use your powers to heal me and give me courage to make the choices I need to make to allow your healing in my life Forgive me for standing in your way of healing for me. Thank you for allowing my past to end one second ago, and my future to begin right now in this moment with you.
Affirmation: Today I chose to Heal

Today I choose to Heal.
My healing begins right now, in this moment.
I am no longer bound by my sick past.
There is healing in my future.
For the next twenty-four hours, I choose to live free and heal.
I choose to let go of past hurts that I cannot undo.
I choose to forgive myself for wrong choices in the past.
Today I will dwell on what is good and right, not on the darkness I have experienced or the darkness others invite me to live.
Today I will live beyond myself and live for God.
On this day I will choose to feel my life rather than live in denial.
I will not medicate away my pain, sorrow or anxiety.
I will allow each negative feeling to lead me to greater depths of healing.
I will not drown out or ignore my negative emotions.
I will work through these feelings and move out of them.
I will not project them onto those around me.
When I am unaware of what choice to make next, I will choose to do the next right thing.
Today I will not hide or run away.
I will connect with those who love me and with those who need my love.
Throughout this day I will stay connected to God and ask him to guide me and lead me.
Today will be an adventure for me.
I will take a risk and enjoy the unpredictable.
I will not be governed by my fears.
I will choose to do something uncomfortable that might lead me to know the truth about myself or live life to the fullest.
I will not lie to myself today.
I will seek the truth and will ask for help when I need it.
Today I will reestablish some boundaries that will protect me from unhealthy people and unhealthy situations.
I will tear down some walls that are keeping some wonderful people from knowing me and loving me.
If there is some ungrieved loss, I will grieve it as much as I can today, and then put it away.
Today I will choose reality and embrace it.
I will accept my life and pick up my life right where it is.
I refuse to wallow in self-pity.
I will not focus on what I do not have or what might have been.
On this day I will not give up.
No matter how difficult the struggle, I choose to persevere.
I will not let any excuse be strong enough to derail my path to healing.
I will never give up or give in to an old life that did not serve me well.
I will allow no one to discourage me.
Today I will heal and rely on God to deliver me through the choices I make.
Today I will allow God to control my life, and each choice I make, I will make with God in mind and love in my heart.
On this day I choose healing.
I will do what I can do to heal and accept the limitations God has placed before me.
I will see every limitation I encounter as an invitation by God to do for me what I cannot do for myself.
I will accept that healing is sometimes slow and delayed and will grow in character in the meantime.
Today I will step outside of myself and serve others.
I will find a need and fill it.
I will find the hurt of another and help heal it.
I will not become self-absorbed or filled with self-obsession.
I will reach out to someone in need and do what I can to meet that need.
Today I will ask for God’s help to live out His purpose.
Today I will live for God and not myself.
Today I choose to live.
Today I choose to love.
Today I choose to heal.

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Comment by journeyman on August 13, 2011 at 8:52am

To all my AAg family. I am placing a comment here in hopes that more may have a chance to read this healing devotional. Healing is so very important to us all. Truly what we all hope to find for ourselves and others. So here it is again.

May God Bless you all! :-)

Comment by journeyman on May 7, 2011 at 8:54am

Dear Ruel,

I am glad you enjoyed the post. While I am not the author of this I did experience the healing found in faithfully praying to the Lord. First your question. We must remember that itis not within our power to change people. Only God can do that. Through prayer and petition to God for this person is your power. Prayer that can be simple in words but powerful in action because we persevere. God hears our prayers!

Stephen Arterburn is the author of the devotional and prayer. He is the lead pastor for "New Life Ministries" and the author of the book I got this message from, "Healing is a Choice". I am just a man who had his heart changed by the power of our glorious God. Our prayers, each one of them are heard. When we live our life as faithful followers of Jesus and give him the glory, praise and honor we win the "battles".

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phillipians 4:8


Comment by Ruel Z Chavez on May 6, 2011 at 9:57pm
Hi Journeymanhd!

Thank you for this powerful post!

I have two concerns: a question and a request.

First, a question. You wrote "Today I will reestablish some boundaries that will protect me from unhealthy people and unhealthy situations" and "I will reach out to someone in need and do what I can to meet that need." - How about if that unhealthy person is that someone who is in need though at present she is ignorant or in denial of her need? How about if that unhealthy situation is the situation that needs to be changed though she thinks that her situation is perfect?

And second, a request. I am thinking of translating your post into our language and share it to my friends in other social sites. Of course, I will give due credit to you and to AAG.

Grace, Love, Joy, Peace and Blessings!
Comment by shylla. on June 3, 2010 at 6:50pm
thank you for sharing this.. its inspiring=)
finding God is the greatest achievement.. and my desire to know Him more each day gets stronger and stronger.. i never want to be separated from Him.. never..
i am eager to do this devotional all for Him.. Godbless you and your family bro=)
Comment by journeyman on April 30, 2009 at 12:31pm
You are so very welcome my dear friend. The Book "Healing is a Choice" is excellent. This Devotion is amazing. God listens to us always. I pray that hundreds of people will find this blog and do the devotional.
Comment by Ginnybee on April 29, 2009 at 8:03pm
thanks for sharing this :)
Comment by felixpadua on April 8, 2009 at 6:31am
thank you, i will do this devotional. thank you for sharing. God bless you, Journeymanhd.

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