Healing Women Ministry
My name is Julie Grossman, and I am called to healing women ministry. I’m from Saint Paul, Minnesota, where I was born and raised, and currently live. We have a thriving Christian Church in my area, and I love being a Christian leader. Many women are suffering from assault, abuse, harassment, sickness, loss, and other trauma. For many women, this leads them away from Christ.
My story is similar. I had a wonderful childhood, raised Baptist, attended church every Sunday with my family of four. God gifted me with singing abilities. I participated in the music ministry, often singing with my father. It was at Church summer camp that I formally turned my life over to Jesus, and I was baptized at age 9. I attended the DTI (Discipleship Training Institute) summer program as a teenager.
My church family was immensely supportive when I became ill. I found out I had Crohn’s Disease at age 14, and they surrounded me with healing and loving support. Still, I struggled much with anxiety and depression.
God Brought Healing and Opportunity for Ministry
In my twenties, I didn’t live a very Godly life. I completed my Bachelors and Masters degrees. But I also drank, went out a lot, and made terrible decisions in my relationships. A turning point for me was my assault. Someone gave me a drink of orange punch while at a friend’s apartment one night to watch a movie. I blacked out and woke up later with him on top of me. Terrified, confused and unable to move, I blacked out again.
The experience didn’t destroy me. It brought me closer to God and my mission. I met a man who attended the Catholic church, and I asked him to take me to a mass. I ended up going to RCIA and joining the Catholic church. We married in the fall of 2015, and our son was born the next summer.
I did a lot of work to heal the depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress after my assault. Yoga and exercise, along with meditation and contemplation (and of course, therapy) helped heal my symptoms. The Lord also helped heal my spirituality. I started working with women who have experienced trauma — assault, abuse or loss — teaching yoga and running healing circles with inspirational readings and music.
That’s when a lightbulb went on — this could become a healing women ministry. Women could be guided to the Lord with movement, Scripture, meditation, contemplation, and prayer. I created womenshealingcircle.org and found Christian Leaders Institute as a way to learn skills in Women’s Ministry. With my young, struggling family, CLI’s free education is a Godsend.
Advice for Healing Women
It is my dream to bring healing to women suffering from trauma through my healing women ministry. I want to bring them closer to the Lord. I continue to read and study every day and feel my ministry is vital to me and my relationship with God.
Many women who have experienced the trauma of assault and abuse contact me. I offer the following advice in my healing women ministry:
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God. Isaiah 43:2-3
He has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
YOU ARE NOT DAMAGED
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. John 15:3
THE LORD BRINGS HEALING
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalms 147:3
‘But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10)
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