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Do you ever feel STUCK? In 2000, I began looking for answers to some tough questions in my life. I'd searched high & low and finally conceded to search the promises found in the Bible. Those promises have sustained & guided me through the loss of a parent, the struggle with anxiety & depression, the loss of a valued relationship and so much more! I've found joy amid the pain. And, I want to share it with you!

07 July 2012

Broken People

Life is messy. Bad things happen. People get broken. But, what happens next?

Some people mend. Some people don't.

Often scars knit together the broken parts and the journey to wholeness begins. Struggles can make us stronger - similar to the strengthening of wings for flight which happens as a butterfly fights it's way out of the cocoon.

Unfortunately, some people just stay broken. They don't allow the struggles of life to smooth away the rough edges. Instead, they allow the struggles to sharpen the shards. And, it often appears as though those people find strength in "cutting up others" along the way. 

It's almost as if they're saying...
  • I'll show you how it feels to be hurt.
  • You won't get a chance to hurt me. Because I will hurt you first.
What are we to do when faced with these situations? Do we steer clear of unhealthy relationships? Whenever possible... I would say, Yes! What do we do when it's a family member? How do we support them & encourage them to "get better" without enabling the unhealthy behavior? How do we distance ourselves from the toxic behavior and still remain in contact?

When life is unfair to us, do we chose to heal or remain broken? Do we punish those around us for our pain?

So many questions!

Life is messy. Bad things happen. People get broken. Some people mend. Some people don't.

I'm broken. I want to be mended.  But, most of all, I want to be used by God! I'm willing to be used by Him mended with scars or on my journey to complete healing!

What kind of a person are you?

A great question posed by this video... What if God uses people BECAUSE of their brokenness, as opposed to using people IN SPITE of their brokenness?

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  1. Hi there,
    Linking in from A Holy Experience. I found counting God's blessings really helped me focus on seeing Him in action - through brokenness - through joy - through sorrow.
    Praying that He will speak to you this day.

  2. Thanks Jan! Ann Voskamp's book was a wonderful affirmation that the world & Satan CANNOT diminish the joy I receive from the Lord -- even in the simple, day-to-day things or the HOPE that I get when something goes wrong - believing that God will bring beauty from the ashes!!