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Have you ever had a time that a theme in life just keeps popping up at the oddest moments? Well for the last few weeks that has been  happening to me.

Our pastor has started  a new series entitled “Shattered”. It is based on the book of Job. How his life was fantastic one minute and the next everything was gone.

Then as I read a blog of a friend this morning it was about “Broken” and how we are ALL broken at one time or another.

Got an email from a friend that is suffering in all areas of her life.

In my life there are things that weigh heavy like a mountain on my chest.

Broken.

Shattered.

In the blog my friend shared this song by Mercy Me. Perhaps you have already heard it but take a few minutes and listen to the words once again.

Everyone has troubles, is broken, shattered at sometime in their life. Probably more than one time. But did you notice that the words said, “I know your able, I know you can.” We seem to know that God is all powerful, he is more than able. We know there is nothing he can’t do. But is that enough? Is that helping your struggles right now? Do you trust him to be enough?

Listen to the very next words. “But even if you don’t, my HOPE is you alone!” Did you catch that?

Even if you don’t. Even if God doesn’t take away the pain. Even if God doesn’t “fix” the problem. Can we get to the place where we can say, “My Hope is YOU alone”?

When Job lost all his possessions, family, and wealth. He was broken, shattered, but he was able to state the fact that all he had was from God. Then he worshiped God. God WAS his hope.

We need to get to the place where God is our hope alone.

Not what we can achieve.

Not our finances.

He is able. Even if is seems He doesn’t answer the way we want.

Trust him.

Seek him.

Then you can say just like the song,

“IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.”

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Broken Hearted

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broken-14There have been times in my life where it seems like everything but the ceiling has come crashing down on me. Have you had a season of life like that? Your heart is broken by a family member or a close friend and the hurt is crushing,

Have you done something you wish you could take back or undo? Doesn’t it feel like God just walks away because He is so upset with you?

Well, this song for today is for your hurting heart. Listen to Crowder as he sings, “Come As You Are.”

I know the thing that makes the most sense, get the problem solved on your own, get yourself cleaned,then go to God to say you messed up AGAIN and seek His forgiveness.

But that is not the way God’s economy works! Good news, right? We are to take all our brokenness, hurts, pain, shame, and whatever you are dealing with and lay it at Jesus’ feet. We are not too far from Him that we can’t come back-He tells us to “Come as you are.” He wants to clean us up and heal our hurt.

You wouldn’t tell a child that just fell and scraped his knee, bleeding, and crying in pain to clean himself up. Get it together before he comes to ask you for help, would you? Of course not!

Our Father in Heaven wants you to run, limp, or walk to him just as you are. Hurting, bloody, and bruised he offers hope to the hopeless. There is rest for the weary and cleansing for the dirt in your life.

Hear these words, “Fall into His arms.” Doesn’t that sound inviting? Arms so strong that catch you and hold you close until you are ready to start again.

Remember earth, (that hurting place you’re in right now) has no sorrow (pain, regret, fear) that heaven can’t heal.

Go now and fall into the arms of Jesus. He can and will heal that broken heart.

He ADORES you my friend!

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