Trigger Points


My undergraduate degree is in Exercise Science and I spent some time working for a Chiropractor. Part of my job requirements was to give massages to our patients. We called it trigger point therapy. Trigger points are nodules in the muscles that are a source of pain in the body. We would focus on these particular trigger points to try and reduce stress and tension in the body.

I think as we go through life, experiences can leave “trigger points” in our minds and hearts. Someone can say or do something in particular that triggers a memory, some source of pain, and leaves us reverting back to a place in time as if the initial experience was reoccurring all over again.

Confrontation is a major trigger point for me. There are plenty more which will lead to plenty of more blogs I’m sure. When it comes time to handle confrontational situations, the trigger point is pressed resulting in fear that paralyzes me often resulting in my exercising the natural “flight” response. This deep rooted fear results from my childhood and in these moments I find myself hating (yes, hating) the abuser who instilled this in me.

As I’m faced with this debilitating anxiety, sometimes the outcome is not as intense as my mind has created it to be and sometimes it is something I could never have imagined. However, if this anxiety did not exist, I would be able to effectively communicate in a healthy manner, thus relieving myself of unnecessary pain. Fulton Oursler once said, “Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.” I seem to be a victim of both.

As I continue on this journey, I am finding that some of the work on the trigger points are orchestrated by God Himself. He is exercising His relentless refining process where He purifies and tests our hearts. I know in my mind that if I allow Him to exhort pressure on those trigger points, He will restore me to the person He created me to be…one of sound mind.  My flesh has a lot of catching up to do.  Afterall, God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love, and of sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

So whatever you are facing today, remember this thought. The sweetest victories come not when we scale the highest mountains, swim the wide seas, or run the longest races; they happen when we overcome ourselves, our fears, the demons inside us. To conquer those things that we can, to give the rest to God – is everything (Unknown).

Love in Christ,


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