A Letter For The Broken Spirit

A Letter For The Broken Spirit

Promised Joy Is Coming For You.
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Dear Broken Spirit,

I have been where you are.

You are hurting so deep, that you might even feel hopeless. Or you might feel that you may not ever be the same because there is no way that the shattered pieces of your heart will ever be pulled back together. And yes, we’ve all heard the ever cliché saying “This too shall pass.”

But guess what? As cliché as the saying is, it’s true.

This certain painful season in your life will pass. And not just because people keep on telling you that it will, but because your Heavenly Father has, in fact, promised that it will.

In the year of 2016, I walked through one of the biggest storms in my life. It was as if my soul had been torn apart, and thrown to the ground, shattering into a million pieces. I thought I would never recover. Until I fully relied on God, realizing that I could not do this on my own, and He lovingly placed a few verses into my path.

And not just verses, but promises.

So I am here to tell you, from my own experience, that God always fulfills His promises. In His own timing, of course. And yes, healing does take time. But the Lord promises to be near to the broken spirit (Psalms 34:18), and so He shall be. In fact, He has promised to make something new, something beautiful, out of this pain that you are feeling.

“I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born” -Isaiah 66:9

And what I have learned from this verse personally, is that yes, God might take us down a different route in our lives than which we had planned for ourselves. But thank Him for this, my friend! You did not see this season of brokenness coming.

But guess what? God did.

Nothing surprises Him. He already sees the new and beautiful blessings that are going to take place of this situation. God blessed me with beautiful, unforeseen gifts that could only be born out of the pain that I went through. He is going to do the same thing for you, precious soul. You only need to trust Him. Fix your eyes on Him, not looking back at what has caused you grief.

“Forget the former things of the past! See, I am doing a new thing! …I am making a way in the wilderness, and streams in the wasteland” –Isaiah 43:18-19

Have peace in the fact that He already sees the bigger picture and has already gone before you to prepare you for the next step in healing. How amazing is that? I know that this dark and stormy night is causing your heart torment and weariness.

But as God said in Psalms 34:18, He has already promised to be with you in every step of the way. And let me be the one to tell you, that soon, joy will once again fill your heart. Something beautiful, stunning, will be born from this suffering. Just you wait. Your Father will restore you, loved one. You are His, and He is working in your favor.

Keep going, and do not look back. He will not let you fall.

With love,

Your sister in Christ

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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When God goes Off Script

Don't miss a miracle just because your plans didn't work out

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As a believing Christian, we know that God is powerful and sovereign, and mighty. We have no problem with this concept- not until His plan suddenly ceases to go along with our own. We live in an impressively self-centered world. We have iPads, iPhones, and I mentalities. We simply want what we want. So much so, that sometimes we don't desire God's plan as much as we want our own way. Sadly enough, this isn't a new concept.

If we look at chapter 11 in the book of John, we find some people whose plans were most defiantly flipped upside down by God.

Jesus (the Son of GOD), had some very close friends who were siblings- Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. When Lazarus fell ill, Mary and Martha immediately sent word to Jesus, fully expecting Jesus to rush to heal him. Very much like the rest of us, the sisters didn't only bring their problem to Jesus, they brought their own solution.

However, Jesus had a much bigger plan. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 3:20 that the plans of God are "above all that we could ask or imagine". In the midst of the chaos that often consumes our lives, we sometimes confine God to the realm of things that we understand- and what a dangerous thing that is! When Mary and Martha expected Jesus to rush to heal their brother, Jesus chose to wait two entire days before making the 20-mile journey to their city.

During that time, Lazarus died. Once Jesus finally did make it to the city, the sisters were in mourning. Interestingly enough, their faith remained unshaken. They realized that Jesus 's intervention could have prevented their brother's death (John 10:21,32), and if my best guess is worth anything they wondered why He had chosen not to.

Sometimes when we plead for God to intervein and he chooses not to, we feel forgotten. We feel alone and we question our worth- when what we should be doing is watching to see what He's about to do next. Sometimes, we get too fixated on the fact that God went "off script" and didn't handle a situation the way we feel like He should have that we almost miss the miracle that He is about to do in our lives.

Standing outside of the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus asked for the stone to be rolled away. Martha, a very practical soul who reminds me far too much of myself, called out to Jesus and appears to rebuke him. There are times in our lives where we are more focused on how we didn't get our way than on the miracle that God is about to do. Martha made a seemingly practical point after all her brother had been dead and buried for four days.

Thankfully, a practical point on our part has yet to stop Jesus.

God's plans may not look like ours. His ways may not take the same path as ours. His purpose may even have goals like ours. But so far? God's plans just don't disappoint like mine.

Despite the fact that Jesus chose not to come immediately to the family's rescue, four days later He spoke words that rocked the world: "Lazarus, come forth", and Lazarus came out of the grave. Often times, when God doesn't solve our problems like we think that He should, we assume that we are of little importance. It's easy to see why the sisters may have felt ignored. However, Jesus's decision to wait gave an entire town an opportunity to witness the power of God. When we want our way more than God's wisdom, we seek to deprive others of the chance to learn about God's power.

Jesus gave another command that day: He said of Lazarus"Unbind him, and let him go". What kind of expectations do we need to let go? Are you allowing your idea of what God needs to do bind you and keep you from resting in his plans?

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