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……

broken-gold-bowl

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.

 

 

Never Say Never

As I sat in my room the other day reading my devotions, I found my self looking up and staring at a picture of my four children.

I have to be honest, I just started weeping as I looked at their faces.

As frustrating and sometimes annoying as they can be,  these are four precious lives, God has put in my care ….. wow!.  It gave new meaning to verse  Psalm 127:3

Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from him.

4 children

This past weekend, we heard a great message by our Pastor,  about Never saying Never. It really stood out to me.  Why?,  because I was once that girl who said never a lot, and thought never way too often.

The biggest example in my life, was when my husband and I were going on our fourth year of infertility due to certain medical issues. Thoughts always came into my head, that I would never have children.  Then came the dreaded day when we lost our first baby, a miscarriage at three months…… my lips actually spoke out that children would never enter our lives!.

But, God is so much bigger than even our worse thought. He can work in the most impossible situations, and is able to meet your every heart’s desire!.

Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.   Psalm 37:4

So, I sat there thanking Him for our four blessings. Praying and desiring for them to love God, serve Him and claim Jesus as their saviour.  I KNOW that they are here because of God, and I learned very quickly NEVER to say NEVER, because it was evident in my life.

When situations come up now, that look impossible,  I always think back at how He changed what I thought would never happen, into something that is very real!.

If you are discouraged right now, and having ‘never’ thoughts,  I encourage you to change the way you speak. There is power in the tongue, and we have the ability to speak FAITH!.

Try  NOT to say:

  • My marriage will never change
  • I’ll always be in financial trouble
  • My children will never know the Lord
  • I’ll always have these bad habits and rotten attitudes
  • I’ll never lead anyone to Christ
  • I will never be healed
  • My circumstance will never change

For ‘ All things are possible to those who believe’  Mark 9:23.

Never say NEVER.