Grace & Truth ~ When We Focus On The Pain Instead of the Joy

This week’s feature brought comfort to my heavy heart.  Reminded me again to rest in Jesus’ peace.  To focus on Him and to abide in Him.  This world is so broken by sin and death.  But even through it all, we have LIFE in Jesus.  Do you need a reminder of His faithfulness today?  A reminder that He has everything under His control and we can fully trust Him?  Even when life doesn’t make sense?  And, let’s be honest, there are times when it just doesn’t make any sense to us.  If this is you – then head on over to Rachel’s post, When We Focus On The Pain Instead of the Joy to rekindle His joy in your heart. 

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10 Comforting Scripture Verses for the Broken Heart

I remember sitting in that group of women staring at the few objects on the coffee table.  Each woman taking her turn sharing which object was most like her heart at that point.  I don’t remember all of the objects that sat on that table. Only one object has remained in my memory.  The one thing that reminded me of my heart then.  A cracked glass lantern.  Shattered pieces put together carefully, but still incredibly fragile.  Any slight mishandling would crumble the frail lantern.  I think about that lantern today because that is the condition of my heart yet again.  Broken.  Shattered.  In a state of grief.  Maybe that’s where you are, too.  If so, here are 10 Comforting Scripture Verses for the Broken Heart to help heal your precious heart.

The healing balm for the broken heart is the promises of God found in His word. Here are 10 Comforting Scripture Verses for the Broken Heart.

Last week, the Christian blogging community was hit with devastating news.  Heart-breaking news of the death of one of the most inspiring and encouraging bloggers out there; Mandy Kelly of Worshipful Living.  She, along with her husband and two youngest children perished in a horrific house fire.  Mandy and Scott’s two teenaged children survived along with Scott’s mother.      

Broken

Because Mandy brought the hope of Jesus to so many all over the world, the news of her death has left many hearts shattered.  We know where she is.  And we rejoice with her, knowing she is exactly where her heart longs to be…at the feet of Jesus.  But our hearts are still broken.  We are still broken.  Because we loved her dearly.  And I know that if she could, she would point all of us to Jesus through our grief.  She would remind us of the promises in God’s word.  So, that’s what I’m going to do today.

God’s heart breaks, too.  He understands.

The Lord is near…even in times of brokenness.     

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

My Healer

He heals our broken hearts.  He tenderly wraps our wounds in bandages.  

Psalm 147:3   He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

My Strength

My heart will break.  It will break because I have loved.  Sometimes I want to avoid loving others, opening myself to hurt again because it leads to a broken heart at some point in some way.  But, I cannot allow my heart to dictate my love (no, don’t ‘follow your heart’).  I can’t rely on my heart.  My heart will fail.  My Father is the strength of my heart.    

Psalm 73:26  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart forever.

My Peace

My heart is troubled.  Troubled with grief.  Afraid.  “What if…” comes knocking.  I must hand my anxious heart over to Jesus and receive His peace.  Even if it means doing this over and over again several times a day.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

My Helper

In my brokenness, He promises to remain.  Always.  He is my helper.  

Hebrews 13:5-6  For He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So that we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.”

My Savior

One day…no more tears…no more death.  My broken heart will be completely whole.  I can’t wait for that day.  This is what our friend Mandy sees now.  She is singing and dancing in worship to her Savior.  One day I will join her.

Revelation 21:4  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

My Rest

I am weak.  So very weak.  But it is in my weakness that Christ shines brightly. I rely on His strength instead of my own.  I’m so thankful that I don’t have to do this alone.  I don’t have to muster up the strength to put my broken heart back together.  In fact, I have learned that the times I have tried to do just that is when I make a big mess of everything and I end up building a wall around the broken shards of my heart.  His power and grace rests upon me…and brings my broken heart to rest.     

2 Corinthians 12:9  And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 

My Steadfastness

Not only is God beside me, never leaving me or forsaking me.  But, He is also ahead of me, making a way for me.  He directs my path, my steps.  Even in the darkest moments, He is with me.  In the tears.  In the sadness.  And in the grief.  All the time.

Deuteronomy 31:8  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. 

My Comforter

Oh, to know that I can come to my Savior for rest.  My heart is heavy.  So, so heavy.  And that’s ok.  My Healer is gentle and His heart is broken right along with mine.  Our hearts are broken together.  He shares in the grief.  He is moved by my grief.  

Matthew 11:28-30  “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  

My Truth

The last verse that will help bring comfort and healing to the broken heart is the one where Paul instructs us on what we ought to think about.  Thinking about such good things…things that are wonderful and lovely…will soothe and calm our shattered, hurting hearts.  

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Beautiful Fractures

I think about that cracked glass lantern again.  I realize just how beautiful it looked when the tealight candle inside of it was lit.  The soft, gentle glow radiated through the cracks in the most amazing way.  The soothing gleam reminds me of the truth of how Jesus shines brilliantly and beautifully through our cracks and fractures.  What others would normally throw into the trash, He restores for His purpose.  And the broken heart is precious to Him.  Because that’s what He uses to bring even more broken hearts to Himself.  

A Reminder

Do you need these beautiful reminders today, too?  If so, I made this printable for you.  Simply download, print and post wherever you will see it every day.

10 Comforting Scripture Verses for the Broken Heart

Printable for my blog post 10 Comforting Scripture Verses for the Broken Heart.

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The healing balm for the broken heart is the promises of God found in His word. Here are 10 Comforting Scripture Verses for the Broken Heart.

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Grace and Truth ~ 8 Ways To Counter Discouragement

This week has been difficult.  Devastating, in fact.  To receive the tragic news that a sweet blogging friend has lost her life along with her husband and 2 youngest children in a terrible house fire…well…it is heartbreaking.  It rocks your world.  Mandy Kelly of Worshipful Living was the epitome of a woman living fully for God.  And the loss will be felt deeply for a very long time.  And through such a tragedy, one could begin to feel discouraged and immense sadness, which is completely normal.  And so, I really appreciate Gretchen’s post, 8 Ways To Counter Discouragement.  She directs our hearts towards God’s word that brings ultimate comfort and peace.  May you find comfort in her post today.

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Grace & Truth ~ 3 Verses For Your Brokenness

If you’ve hung around my site long enough, you know my heart for the broken.  You might be familiar with my journey from brokenness to wholeness…from shattered shards of shame to a heart that passionately burns for her Savior.  If you don’t know any of my story, then start here.  Because I long for broken women to find LIFE and FREEDOM in Christ as I have, I picked Cassidy’s post as my feature this week.  Her post, 3 Verses For Your Brokenness, really resonated with my heart.  

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How I am Having Christ-Centered Easter Decorations

I love spring! Especially since moving into our new home about a year and a half ago.  We took possession of our beautiful new home in the fall after viewing it a couple of times in late summer.  When the following spring came, I was in for a delightful surprise with all of the gorgeous flowers that popped up in the back yard (see photos at bottom of this post)!  I always had huge, fresh bouquets of flowers!  This year, I am in full anticipation of the snow finally melting and seeing those bright colorful blossoms appear.  Here is How I am Having Christ-Centered Easter Decorations.

Are you looking for appealing ways to decorate your home for Easter? Are you looking for Christ-centered resources? How I am Having Christ-Centered Easter Decorations.

In my anticipation of spring, I am getting into full on decorating for Easter!  Spring and Easter represent New Life for me…especially since I remember that season of my life when I thought winter was never going to end.  I’m talking about both in a spiritual aspect as well as in the physical world. Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ My Three Favorite Verses to Share with New Wives

Welcome back to another Grace and Truth Link-Up!

When I read the first part of this post – the gift idea to a bride-to-be – I was excited!  It is such a fantastic idea!  Amazing, in fact.  One that I will be ‘stealing’ for future bridal showers!  Anyway – 3 important verses for brides – excellent points to consider and keep in mind throughout the years of marriage.  Head on over to Angela’s site and read My Three Favorite Verses to Share with New Wives.

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Cultivating the Heart of a Daughter

You know when you think God wants you to do something but you aren’t sure if it’s really Him?  Like maybe you’re a tad crazy (or a lot crazy?).  Yeah…that’s been me many times!  And this time is no exception!  An online course – a full and busy online course – is a CRAZY idea!  But, here we are.  Me and my daughter.  Recording videos.  Sharing our hearts.  Digging into scripture.  What a journey it has been so far!  This is Cultivating the Heart of a Daughter.

Are you wanting to help your daughter draw closer to God? Do you wish your relationship with her was deeper? This course will help in both of those areas! Cultivating the Heart of a Daughter. Affiliate opportunity!

Last year, I had the idea to write a book about the heart of a daughter.  I had an outline of what I wanted to include – a clean heart, a forgiving heart, a kind heart…and 17 more ideas.  I jotted down notes and ideas and then saved it onto my hard drive.  It got pushed to the side.  Almost forgotten about.  

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How Jesus Was The Perfect Ransom

I sat in my La-Z-Boy recliner, Bible in my lap,  tears running down my cheeks.  “Why couldn’t I open this book?  This book I love so much?”  I felt like a failure.  Like a bad Christian.  But I was doubting everything.  I was doubting His love for me.  Did He even care about me?  Did He notice me?  My broken heart?  Or my tears?  I wish so much that someone came and spoke truth to my heart.  Yes, my husband did…every day.  But he was the only one.  What a difference it would have made if someone came and reassured me about How Jesus Was The Perfect Ransom and because of that, my Heavenly Father loved me more than I ever knew.

I doubted His love. I believed He didn’t want to see me…He can’t be bothered with my broken heart. Why didn’t someone tell me How Jesus Was The Perfect Ransom for my brokenness? My tears? My heart? All of me?

Last year, I did a study of Isaiah 53 through Busy, Busy Mamas Bible Study.  If you are looking for a simple Bible study that gets you deep into His word but doesn’t take a super long time, then check out the studies Pam has.  I’ve done a few of them and I have found them to be incredibly valuable.  She involves the kids, too – which I love.  Read More

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When Your Mom Prayers Are Desperate

How many times have I stormed the gates of heaven, petitioning my Abba Father on behalf of my children?  I can’t even count the number.  The things that have brought me to my knees for my kids are numerous…and some of them have compelled me for many years.  For so long, in fact, that sometimes I wonder if my prayers are even ‘working’.  Is God hearing them?  Is His heart of compassion, His heart for this desperate mother moved enough to act on her prayers?  And then I read this amazing encounter in Mark 7 and I knew the truth.  This post is for When Your Mom Prayers Are Desperate.

Have you ever thought that your desperate momma prayers were going unanswered, unheard or ignored? I know I have felt like that at times. Then I read about another momma’s encounter with Jesus and I knew…I just knew…that He does hear my prayers. He is working things out on my behalf…and my child’s behalf. I want to share with you what I learned When Your Mom Prayers Are Desperate

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Grace and Truth ~ When Jesus Speaks: It Only Takes a Word to Change Your Life

Arise, my friend.

Stand, Weary One.

Get up and come forward.

Doesn’t that just resonate with your soul?  When Jesus speaks those words to your parched heart?  I love Ginger’s post, When Jesus Speaks: It Only Takes a Word to Change Your Life.  While I was reading it, it made me think fo a time when I read the encounter a blind man had with Jesus near Jericho and Jesus asked him an intriguing question. (Luke 18:35-41)  

“What do you want Me to do for you?” 

Jesus already knew what the man wanted.  What his desperate longing was.  But He still asked the question.  

It’s the same with us as it was with the blind man or the man with the withered hand.  In order for Jesus to heal us, we need to put our faith into action.

Be sure to head over to Ginger’s post and read her encouraging,h ope-filled thoughts. 

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