Unexpectedly, our books overlapped in themes, such as hope in brokenness because of God.
“We are made in the image of God. And wasn’t God’s heart made to be broken too? Wounds can be openings to the beauty in us. And our weaknesses can be a container for God’s glory.” —Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way
A friend and early reader of 7 Days of Soul Care shared the quote (below) was a favorite. Why? Because she experienced her own brokenness when she spoke with impatience toward her children. I can relate.
Most of us have uttered words or done things we wish we could erase.
Or we can recall words and/or acts that left us like a bird with broken wings.
We break because of what has been done to us. We break because of what we’ve done. Most of us, probably experience both kinds of brokenness.
God invites us to exchange our brokenness for his wholeness; it’s a moment by moment process. (Click to Tweet.)
Like a caterpillar’s body disappears in a dark cocoon to be reborn as a butterfly, we have hope (a positive assurance) that darkness isn’t the final act.
Living fully into the wholeness that Jesus purchased for us is a lifelong process. But one filled with hope because Jesus didn’t stay in the tomb.
He makes us whole by filling our holes with his presence, his unconditional love.
My one word for 2017 is “Hope.”
We can be honest because God already knows and loves us.7 Days of Soul Care
Christ lives. He promises a solid hope. Hope in his work on the cross and in my life as I surrender to his will and his ways by the Spirit.
When I slow and practice what I wrote in my book, I hear His voice.
God brings me close, telling me over and over: I love you. Trust me. I am with you.
An unexpected gift has been to discover (again and again) like Ann Voskamp said: “our weaknesses can be a container for God’s glory,” (just like Paul wrote.)
So don’t hide your broken bits (for example, your struggle with anxiety) in shame or denial. Can you hear him inviting you to come close and allow him to change you from the inside out?
Are you willing to be transformed? It may be hard at times but worth it.
Bring what’s broken to Jesus. Let him transform it with his love and Spirit’s power.
It may take time, but you can wait with hope (a positive assurance of God working all things for good).(*)
You don’t have to live in old patterns. You can change. Thought by thought and deed by deed as you rest in God’s Presence.
You can act in hope even when you don’t feel like it. (Trust me.)
This is one of the themes of 7 Days of Soul Care; Christ gives us hope in our brokenness because he can transform it.
(*) This book review about how Radha survived the Khmer Rouge’s killing fields is a must-read. When it is darkest, hope shines the brightest.
Your turn, how have you experienced biblical hope in your brokenness?
What is one thing you can do today to practice hope?
What helps you to live with hope in the midst of what’s hard?
Thanks for being here! I appreciate your presence.