R – When You Feel Raw {26 Surprising Ways to Encounter God, A-Z}

“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.”
– Paulo Coelho



When have you felt raw? Overly sensitive. Jumpy. Thin-skinned.

I admit; with politics right now, I’m a little touchy.

Perhaps you’ve had or are in a season of feeling vulnerable, too.

  • Maybe you’ve been hurt in a relationship.
  • Or had a church experience go bad.
  • Or are questioning where God is in your circumstance.

Regardless of the reason, we all relate to times we’ve felt tender or exposed.

How can God use these times to pull us closer to him?

Try This

Think of an area in your life where you feel extra touchy.

  • How would you feel if you could see a year down the road, and know all will be well?
  • Would your current responses be different if you stripped away any defensive postures?
  • What would it take for you to feel safe again?
  • Can you be more patient with yourself as you heal?

Pray for God to sit with you in your rawness. He knows your circumstance and your heart better than you do. Be as compassionate to yourself as he is to you.

Allow his love to surround your tender emotions and strengthen you with his protection today.

Then do the same tomorrow.

Learn More

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What is a touchy subject for you right now? Please share in the comments.

Coming up tomorrow:

  • S – Sickness
    Where is God in our sickness?


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14 thoughts on “R – When You Feel Raw {26 Surprising Ways to Encounter God, A-Z}

  1. Linda Stoll

    Loved the tenderness in your words here today, Lisa … we’ve all been wounded somewhere along the line.

    And the tender places? Yeah, they remain …

    Grace, grace to ourselves and each other.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I know you’ve had lots of tender places in the past year and a half, Linda, with all you’ve been through. Not easy things. Yes, grace to ourselves and to each other….

  2. Michele Morin

    My goodness – this post goes in a hundred different directions, all of them so redemptive. I’m trying to learn not to rub against the raw edges of others in my life. And your words on politics bear serious consideration in these ragged pre-election days.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      You add another level to this, Michele—don’t rub against others’ raw edges. Great insight. We need to not only be aware of our own tender spots, but also grace-filled towards those sensitive spots in others. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Nicole Kauffman

    This is a much needed reminder for me right now! When my emotions run wild, I find myself feeling very raw and responding in ways that I wish I didn’t. I definitely need to allow His love to strengthen me today. So glad I visited today from Grace & Truth.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I’m glad you visited today too, Nicole. I know many of us would agree with you that we also respond in ways we wish we didn’t when we’re feeling extra-sensitive. If only we could have do-overs maybe one full day a week. 🙂

  4. ~ linda

    Lisa, I do not sense rawness right now in my life. I have struggles physically and with a sister, but both seem small compared to what I would label raw, for me. As Michele above says, I do not want to rub other people in any way that will bring their rawness out or their judgment or their frustrations with so much that surrounds us today. I guess that could be said vice versa…I do not want them rubbing me to get me agitated. I pray that I can stay smooth and quiet and calm.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I sense you are a very gentle woman most all the time, Linda. I’d love to know you in “real” life.

      Your comment reminds me that, when possible, we need to be responsible for ourselves to not let others get us agitated. I’ve found one way for me to not get as agitated this political season is to watch what I read. I do try to stay abreast of all sides of the issues, but I don’t have to read all the biased comments that are out there.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      My husband was making that point to me just today as I was whining about an undiagnosed irritant; he said God can use it later. And in the meantime, I need to be more compassionate with myself as well. Thanks for your gentle wisdom, Beverley. Always good.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thank you, Beverley. On one hand I want to get my hopes up that at least one of my undiagnosed things will be discovered, but another part of me says, don’t do it. Just accept things as they are. Sigh.

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