Broken Pieces

What does it mean to be “broken by God?”  This is a new phrase to me, but maybe not to you?  Or maybe it’s been on your heart, as well?

Pastor Dan White:God is always at work in our lives to bring us and to keep us in a love relationship with Him. He does this without violating the free will He has placed in us. Yet, He creates adversity and difficulty to make us realize how weak and frail we are. He creates these difficulties because He loves us. Let us never forget that. Just as a loving parent takes away things and people who are bad influences from their children, so God takes away people and things from us. He breaks us into pieces. He breaks us because He loves us.

I have suffered some harsh lessons the past few months, the truth belonging to other people has been given to me, like the most unwanted gift.  I’ve responded poorly.  I haven’t spent time in prayer or meditation, I haven’t consulted God and asked for help; other than some emotional whining, I’ve not given God the opportunity to teach me this lesson.  I’ve attempted to fix it myself.  THREE times!!

I am slow to learn.  Very.  Slow.

Psalm 51:17 It is a broken spirit you want—remorse and penitence. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not ignore.

2 Corinthians 4:8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit.

Promised Pieces

For me, in a blue moon, I receive a promise from God.  It oftentimes comes in the form of a special bible verse or a comment someone makes that encourages me.  These are “promised pieces” because they remind us that God sends signals or ‘signs’ as we need them.

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Romans 15:19  I have won them by my message and by the good way I have lived before them and by the miracles done through me as signs from God—all by the Holy Spirit’s power.
Hebrews 2:4  God always has shown us that these messages are true by signs and wonders and various miracles and by giving certain special abilities from the Holy Spirit to those who believe; yes, God has assigned such gifts to each of us.

Pieces of Self Care

We are complicated beings.  If you have faith in God, you have one less stressor than most, and it’s a great comfort when in pain; emotional or physical.

However, it’s important we know when to care for ourselves, by letting others know — hey we need a break, or a nap, or I just require an hour to read.

Other human beings generally can’t read our minds, so if we don’t ask for what we need, they simply will not know.

Be kind to yourself.  Do some deep breathing, stretch, nap, read a book, decompress.

James 2:8 Yes indeed, it is good when you truly obey our Lord’s command, “You must love and help your neighbors just as much as you love and take care of yourself.”

Pieces of Spirit

I hear you in the breeze.  I see you in the sun and blue sky.  I walk with you in my daydreams.  When I sing – I feel your spirit.  You are here – in all of my life.  Thank you.

Isaiah 50:4 ….Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.

Pieces of Pain

Pain; whether physical or emotional can be incredibly exhausting.  Both take from us what we normally are able to handle.  We can pray through most of our heartache, we can take medicine that heals our body or mind, we can even crawl into a cave (literally or figuratively) and hide for a few hours or days, but what we cannot do is hide from our Father.

In the depths of our despair, at the bottom of our pain tolerance, there He is.  He is always there, no matter.  Why do we turn away?  Do we think we aren’t worthy when we are filled with the many feelings produced when we are down?  It’s when we feel most unloved, that we are most loved.

Hebrews 7:25  Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Luke 12:28  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!
You matter.  You always have.