Beauty of the Broken

Well thankfully it was a rather quick Monday. Last night was fun; I stopped by Chad’s to pick up a computer that he was looking at for me (very grateful that he took time out of his schedule to do that!) and then I went to dinner with Jeremy. It was good to catch up with him! At work today, my teacher came to video tape me so the class can critic me next Monday at our last class. So glad that’s over with! It’s real weird being video taped at work by your teacher! After work, I went with my mom to take Ashley to the church to help watch kids for Christmas Sweet and then I did some shipping with my mom. It was nice to get out of the house with her! She needed some distractions today…pray for her. Being back from Virginia has left her with more time for her thoughts to wander. There has been no change in her health, but it’s hard for her to think back on a little less than a year ago. Just pray that she would battle the thoughts that do not honor the Lord, the ones that evoke fear and sadness, the ones that are not focused on Truth.

I was reading this morning in 2 Corinthians 12 and just started thinking about the beauty of the broken. It’s crazy how the Lord gives trials to keep us humble, keep us focused, keep us near Him, show His character, protect us, etc. His strength is magnified in our weakness. He loves when we recognize His strength and rely on it as opposed to our “perceived strength.” I pray that in light of this, I will fully rest in the mighty hands of my Savior and that I would respond rightly to circumstances because they are really blessings from God. In Christ, we have profit from our pain. God has purposed our pain…He breaks us so that He can make us whole. He heals us. He breaks our hearts so that we can be pieced together exactly the way He wants us to be. He molds us when we are broken to be more like Him. It’s beautiful! Praise God that I have been broken and surely will be softened over and over again; praise God that I see less of myself and more of Him today! I pray that I will be in the picture even less. I pray that I would look more and more like Christ as He brings things in and out of my life.

Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Come, let us return to the LORD.
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds.

Hosea 6:1

Quick note: I am leading my dgroup tomorrow night since Caroline has to be at the church to run the childcare, so please pray for that! I hope it goes smoothly and that I will have wisdom to guide our discussion and time fellowshipping together! Hope everyone had a wonderful Monday!

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