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Welcoming Highly Sensitive Followers of Jesus

What we refer to as “highly sensitive persons” are people who carry the genetic trait of sensory-processing sensitivity, as defined by Dr. Elaine Aron. Research has found this trait in around 20% of people, both men and women.

photo of Gail Ruth

Scriptures are filled with evidence that God, as an expression of His mighty wisdom, designed us humans to be legitimately different from each other. To look and function differently in our daily lives. To need other very different kinds of people, with no kind being more significant or valuable than another. To each be a secure and and honoring part of what He desires to be a functioning whole.

And as the wisest of parents, God treasures interacting with His children according to their created design. He longs for us to see for ourselves how much He loves relating with us highly sensitive children in gentle, finely-tuned ways. In ways of the heart and emotion.

Father God, may the abundance of life in Jesus Christ be made accessible to those who live in highly sensitive ways!

Let us become rooted and grounded in Your warm, secure, agape-style love for us, just like Jesus was!

May we be progressively changed into one-of-a-kind expressions of the image and nature of Jesus Christ through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit in us!

May we celebrate Your wisdom in making us different from each other by humbly valuing both ourselves and those who are unfathomably unlike us! 

And through all this, may we grow into such secure and harmonious relationship with You that we fulfill Your vision for creating us with this trait! The Name of Jesus!

A Healing/Growing Path for Us Through Jesus

The kind benefits of the grace of Jesus make it possible for us to be at peace with God. And from that secure relationship, God has provided ways for us…

Read more about the kind benefits of Jesus

The scriptures make it clear that God is rich with pleasures and delights. They also tell of how, in His loving kindness, God longs to share these riches with us. This is good news that has special implications for many highly sensitive persons.

Heady Stuff Indeed

Long before Jesus was on earth, King David sang of God’s pleasures. In one of his ancient Hebrew songs (Psalm 36:7-8), he extolled the virtues of God, referring to a surprising resource God shares with those who “put their trust under the shadow of thy wings”. King David portrayed it this way, “…and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures”.

“… the river of thy pleasures”

Who knew God had one of those? Or that when we put our trust in Him we get to drink from it?

Since the word translated here as “pleasures” also means “delights”, we can rightly call this the River of God’s Pleasures and Delights! This is some pretty special stuff, because these are of God’s own pleasures and delights. Heady stuff indeed for us humans to drink of.

Got Delightful Living Water?

Fast forward several hundred years. Jesus is on the earth, and now He’s delivering more good news about divine water for spiritually thirsty people.

Continue reading about the River of God’s Pleasures

Guest Post by Elissa Starks, a highly sensitive Christian.

I am coming to the realization I have been made “quirky” for a reason. I believe now that God has made us all with so much diversity. This really hit home at a visit to an aquarium.

A consummate fish nerd, I stood in awe at the 1.3 million gallon tank in front of me. It was feeding time, and I was struck by the unique feeding habits of each inhabitant of the tank.

The tuna, weighing 500 pounds or so, are the first to snatch up the food. They bulldoze over everyone (even over the sharks, which was surprising to me.) The sharks are a soft and boneless fish and could be injured or killed by these massive tuna torpedoes, so they hang out and are sometimes fed by the end of a pole. The smaller fish and sardines then eat the crumbs that fall from the huge fish.

My personal favorite was the ray who has to be fed altogether differently. She actually waits until everyone is done and goes all the way to the surface to be fed on the end of the pole.

Continue reading the Highly Sensitive Fish Story

God Is Love

When we grasp that God is richly affectionate and deliciously good, it changes how we see everything. And so I’ll tell the Christian Good Friday story in a way you may not have heard it before. Father God, may it give highly sensitive people eyes to see our world and Your goodness in a new way! The Name of Jesus!

A Simplistic Story As I Understand It

Long ago God created a perfect world. Our Creator, deliciously good Himself, declared His creation good. It was harmonious with all His beautiful, loving, happy emotions. Harmony, peace, and joy were defining, as they were defining of the Creator Himself.

The Creator chose a plot of ground on this new earth and planted a garden. It was a wonderful garden – without weeds, pest, blight, or drought.

Creator God then created a man and a woman who reflected His very image and gave them the garden as their home. He dearly loved this man and woman He had created and spent time with them and gave them joyful, satisfying, meaningful work. There was no death, no decay, and no unpleasantness. They flourished.

Their occupation was to serve and keep the garden in which they lived. (Keep it from what, I wonder? Maybe we’ll see?) But that wasn’t all. The plan was that, as they procreated and spread across the earth, they were to have dominion over the entire earth and everything in it.

Now, dominion isn’t the same thing as domination. Domination has to do with power over someone or something. But dominion is rulership, and Jesus Himself explained that the role of the leader is to humbly serve. “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matthew 23:11).

The Choice

When God planted this garden, He took a great and calculated risk. He placed a Choice in the garden. Why would He do this? Possibly because without a choice these people He loved could never truly be His friends. With no choice they could only be programmed, dominated, or controlled. And programming, domination, and control aren’t within the nature of God.

The essence of the Choice was to honor their Creator’s boundaries for them and live in this lovely world in satisfying relationship with their Creator. Or to violate the Creator’s wishes and seek beyond for what might lay outside. And He warned them that outside their present reality was death.

My imagination kicks in here. I can picture them in this loveliness wondering what exotic things God might be keeping from them. Was it better than this? Were they missing out on something they might desire? With no paradigm for anything but harmony, beauty, love, and a world bursting with life, they didn’t know what to expect. And being limited to their own reality, which was defined by the beauty of Who God Is, they could not access any other data for making this decision. They either had to choose to honor their great friend and loving Creator, or they could explore beyond His margins.

The day came that the man and the woman made their Choice, and they chose to explore the reality that was outside this loveliness God had entrusted to them. And there truly was a reality outside of it. It was a reality outside of God Himself.

All the things in that reality were outside the beautiful nature of God. I have no clue why it existed. That’s not part of this story. But it was real and it was filled with all the things that were dissonant to the nature of God.


And so humanity chose. It wasn’t God who chose; it was our kind who made the Choice. And in their choosing, they ushered in much that was dissonant to the beautiful nature of God: stress, discontent, broken relationships, shame, injury, disease, death, ingratitude, boredom, resistance, gossip, craving, and yes, even what we call outright evil (such as torturing people to death through crucifixion).

Continue reading the Good Friday Story

A Blessing From the Holy Spirit

Hey Kiddo,

Lighten up! I’ve got it handled.


Even your failings and struggles. Yes, I know all about them and I’ve got you covered there, too. You can’t fret your way out of any of this, but you can lighten up and come play with me.

You know, you’re just a human for whom I have great grace, unending mercy, and truckloads of lighthearted lovingkindness.

The fact is, Jesus is OK. Hang with Him and trust Who He Is for you and you’ll be OK because of Jesus.

Just be a simple child and come play with Me. I’ll take care of all the rest.

Your fun, playful, beautiful, strong, and absolutely reliable Holy Spirit

My Prayer

Father God, teach our hearts how kind You are with us, how patiently You interact with us, how much we can rest in the kind benefits of Jesus for us! Help our hearts to truly believe that we have peace with You through Jesus and can therefore relax in Your care! The Name of Jesus!


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