Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, and avoidance of reminders of the trauma.
Dr. Gregory taught us that even in the midst of our deepest trauma, God can help us find meaning and purpose. Through His grace, we can develop post-traumatic wisdom (PTW).
Post-traumatic wisdom is not the absence of pain or trauma, but rather the ability to grow and learn from our experiences.
There are a few things that can help you develop PTW:
Let go of the past. You are safe now and victorious in Christ. The Bible says, "Do not remember the former things, for I am doing a new thing!" (Isaiah 43:18)
Find meaning and purpose in your life. This could involve volunteering, spending time with loved ones, or pursuing a passion. "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." (Hebrews 13:16)
Stop judging yourself. "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are marvelous, I know this very well." (Psalm 139:14)
Give that anxiousness to God. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)
Rest in God. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)
Healing from trauma takes time, but remember you are not alone. There are many people who have recovered from PTSD and gone on to live happy and fulfilling lives. You can too!