So, it's Friday and Lisa-Jo's blog broke this week, so she's hosting Five Minute Friday over on her facebook page today! and the word broken just leaves me feeling broken... here is my 5 minutes.
Sometimes I don't want to write because I feel like there is not a happy ending to my story yet. I've written on broken before and it's still fresh, because I still feel it.
But the truth is I don't need a happy ending, I need to be happy in the in-between. Not necessarily happy--but trusting in Jesus, content in my circumstances and experiencing the joy of the Lord.
I'm broken because I'm a human struggling with sin. For me, it's selfishness and pride that are the roots that grow into discontent, short temper, laziness.
And every day I expect my children to be perfect, forgetting that they are broken humans, too. And I can't figure out how to "fix them" when I'm still trying to fix myself and I wonder why I can't remember that I'm not really broken any more, that I don't have to live in pieces.
I don't have to live Broken.
Because my Jesus was Broken for me, to pay the penalty for my sin, to make me whole again. And while I know all the right words to say and I believe with all my heart that I can be free from sin, the daily struggle is still here.
So, when I'm feeling like this, I focus on truth as the Psalmist did...
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Luke 8:48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
Psalm 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
Psalm 9:1 I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
God heals my broken heart, He is near to me. Faith makes me whole, gives me peace. Wholeness comes from His Word. I will continually praise Him and share what great things He has done.
Community Conversation: Do you ever get discouraged with a "thorn in your side"? A sin you just can't seem to conquer? What truth do you focus on?
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