From the Book: Brokenness
Therefore thus says the Lord: “If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them. And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, declares the Lord. I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.” – Jeremiah 15:19-21
What is brokenness?
Broken is little pieces of glass. It is a broken plate you put in the trash and then you go buy a new one. Items that get broken can either be fixed or replaced. But broken bones, or the broken body, can heal itself. Broken means never again the same. No matter what breaks, it will never be the same.
How does God break us?
God breaks us by allowing trials in our life.
Recently my 4 year old broke her arm by simply taking a walk. We were walking and she tripped and fell. This isn’t the first time she fell while walking. But for some reason this time she just fell on her arm wrong. I couldn’t do anything to protect her, it just happened. Then was when I realized that God is the One who is in control. Through my daughter’s broken arm I was broken.
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Five Star Review: A Reflection for Nearly Everything
As I read this book, I found myself highlighting passages and writing notes. So much of it stood out to me. I liked that each devotional can stand alone – it’s not a “start at the beginning” book. Each devotional focuses on a different variant of how God loves us no matter what, but a mom could find herself feeling different emotions and looking for spiritual nourishment in that particular area and find it, rather than feeling like “Today is Tuesday, I must reflect on Tuesday’s prayers.” It doesn’t matter what day it is – just what you need for your relationship with God.
One thing that struck me was how raw this devotional is. So many are preachy – what one should do. But life doesn’t work according to what one “should” do – we are human, we fall short, and some days, our heart knows deep down that God has a plan but our in-the-trenches mind is saying, “Really? REALLY???” and so we struggle. But the author doesn’t berate her readers for feeling…well, human…and instead puts herself up as example of one just as human as the rest of us.
I have a daily devotional that I am starting to work though, but it’s a “Day 1 is here, day 2 is here…” etc. As much as I love it, because it breaks down the Bible from start to finish, sometimes we need to be able to find a way to speak with the Lord on our terms, not a book’s terms. This book will definitely get a lot of reading as I find there are just some days where I’m called to reread a particular chapter.
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