Beauty In The Broken

Broken. It doesn’t just happen to objects…… our bodies, heart, and mind can feel it too.

Sometimes we try to hide any brokenness, or do our best not to think of our past. Even recent or current disappointments come, and we seem to want to run away from them. Shame tends to seep in, or there’s an embarrassment that  we don’t want to deal with.

Am I the only one? ……..

Brokenness is real. And at some point, it happens to all of us.  Life fiercely comes at us, order is turned to chaos or our hearts are torn in two because of an unwanted, uninvited disappointment. This my friends, can lead into a state of brokenness.

Recently, over the last few years, this has been all to familiar to me. Brokenness has hit me in a new but hard way! I can’t explain the emptiness my heart has felt as I’ve been trying to pick the fragments up. Amazingly, God has nudged me to look at these things in a different way. I have been encouraged to look at the hurt, brokenness and disappointment as a way of God refining me and making me into the person and child of God He continues to mold.

I’ve been encouraged to look at it as a process and opportunity. An opportunity to allow Him to move – as I trust and seek Him in the situation.

A few months ago, a good friend shared this amazing quote……

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It instantly stood out to me like lightening!

‘He REPAIRS us with gold’………. wow!

I have been looking at myself  like a broken object – cracked, shattered and scratched up…. all, if you look at in the wrong way will look ….. broken.

But……..

I was encouraged to look at all the cracks in my life or any hurt that I have, as a way of God restoring me and refining me to gold. To look at it in a way where I’m in a place that I can run to Him – the one who is a healer of all wounds, and a restorer of all damage. He’s working through those tough times, and the trials so that He can make me better and show His beauty through me.

This isn’t just a word for me ……. this is a word for you!

We all go through tough trials and hard circumstances that we feel we can’t handle, or we would rather ignore and forget. For some, these trials might last a week, or for others, they may drag on for multiple years.

But God wants us to lean on Him so that He can stripe us with gold, and use these times to make us more beautiful.

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honour on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.  1 Pet 1:7

I love that I have assurance that even through hard and broken times, I know that God is working  – we may not see it all the time, but He is faithful! And He works all things out for our good Rom 8:28

Whether we are in Japan, or in any other part of this world, let’s believe that if we have suffered damage or may have an unpleasant history, that God is helping us and covering us with gold to make us more strong and beautiful!

We are NOT called to live broken or stay broken, but we called to lean on the one who heals and repairs you.

 

 

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Stumped?

Dreams are a beautiful thing.

Visions and hope for our future, I believe are from God (Jer 29:11)

But what happens when a big dream feels like its not going to happen, or seems to have ‘died’?.  What happens when a dream that was once so vibrant with life, now looks like a dead stump in the ground?

 

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We have to remember, that His ways are different from ours, but His timing is perfect.

The following verse in Job, was read at our church last week. It has now changed the way I look at my dreams and future.

Job 14 : 7-9

“At least there is hope for a tree:
    If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
    and its new shoots will not fail.
Its roots may grow old in the ground
    and its stump die in the soil,
yet at the scent of water it will bud
    and put forth shoots like a plants

Discouragement can make things feel like a dead stump in the ground. Like there is no hope or life left in it.  It can make us feel like a dream has died ….. Well, this verse says that at the simple SCENT of water, IT WILL BUD and put forth shoots like a plant.

Whatever circumstance that you might be facing, believe that there is always hope, always a way out, and that life can sprout again!

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God is a LIFE-GIVER! What looks dead to us, God can bring Alive.