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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15 Bible Verses To Calm An Anxious Mind

Finding peace in the midst of turmoil.
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Anxiety hits us from all directions. Whether it be school stress, work stress, a stressful family situation, or anything else in life that causes us to feel unsettled, tired, and afraid of the future; anxiety can feel like it's taking over our lives.

As someone who constantly struggles with anxiety, I know how hard it is to find peace in the midst of a stressful situation. When we feel anxious about something, we generally try to do all that is in our power to control the situation. When we can't control it, we become even more anxious. So how do we stop this downward spiral of anxious turmoil?

We must turn to the one who is in control of all things. God holds all of our lives in his hands and is the only one who can calm our anxious minds. When we frantically struggle to put the pieces of our life together on our own, we will fail.

The only way to gain peace in the midst of anxiety is to turn to God, trusting in His perfect will and His power to hold us in His hands. The best way to remember this truth is to look to the Bible. Here are some verses to help us remember God's provision in the midst of anxiety.

1. Philippians 4:6

We don't have to be anxious when we can freely talk with God about our needs. We can cry out to Him for help and He will hear us.

2. John 14:27

Peace is a wonderful thing. Notice how it says, "I do not give it as the world does." We have to remember that worldly peace is only temporary, but God's peace is forever.

3. Isaiah 41:10

Not only will God give us peace, but He will also strengthen us. The image of God "upholding us with His righteous right hand" is pretty powerful and very comforting.

4. Psalm 94:19

Anxiety can make us sad and upset, but knowing that God is with us can bring so much joy in the face of desolation.

5. Psalm 34:4

Freedom from fear is so empowering! Imagine God setting us free from all the fear that holds us back. Oftentimes fear can make us feel trapped, but God can set us free.

6. 1 Peter 5:7

God cares about us so much, that He allows us to cast all of our worries on His shoulders.

7. 2 Corinthians 12:10

Human capacity is limited. We can by no means do everything, in fact, we can't do anything without the help of God.

8. Philippians 4:13

Nothing can hold us back or scare us when we have the strength of God.

9. Proverbs 3:5

We always try to lean on our own understanding, but it will never be enough. We try to control everything, but it will always fall through. It is because of this that we need to trust in the Lord for everything.

10. Matthew 6:25-34

This passage, while somewhat lengthy, is such a great reminder that God is truly in control of everything. We don't need to worry about a thing because He has it all planned out. We stress out about things that were never ours to worry about in the first place.

11. 2 Timothy 1:7

We were not created to be afraid, but to be empowered and loved by God.

12. Isaiah 26:3

If we simply keep God in the forefront of our minds, we will have perfect peace. Trust in Him brings the greatest peace.

13. Matthew 11:28-30

How comforting is this? Anxiety causes a lot of weariness but knowing that we can rest in God is amazing.

14. Jeremiah 29:11

God has a plan for us, so we don't need to worry about it. His plan is always good and always exactly what we need. His plans will always be better than anything we try to control ourselves.

15. Isaiah 41:13

When we feel anxious and afraid we can take comfort in knowing that God is reaching out His hand to us to help us trust Him and walk with Him.

While anxiety can feel overpowering or terrifying, we should not fear, but rather trust in the perfect and never-changing love and peace of God.

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The Evolution Of Easter

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Among all modern celebrations throughout the year, Easter is one of the most ancient. It began as a Jewish tradition which turned into a Christian one and finally a secular one. Its diversity has led to many interesting celebrations. In the Jewish tradition, Passover celebrates the freedom of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery around 1450 BC.

It is named Passover because the enslaved Jews were to mark their doors with the blood of a lamb so that God would pass over them and not kill their first-born son. For Christians, Jesus Christ died on the Passover. After three days, Jesus resurrected which showed that he conquered death and sin. By his sacrifice, every person who believes in him will be freed from sin and death. This monumental event in Christianity is celebrated as Easter.

The transition from Passover to Easter was a long process. Early Christians celebrated Easter much like Jews had been celebrating Passover. There was even a big debate on whether to rely on the Jewish calendar for the date or create an independent way to figure out the date. As Christianity developed, Easter became more distinct.

In the end, Christians decided to create their own calendar. However, as time went on, even the new calendar became fractured. Now, Western Christianity celebrates Easter on a different date than Eastern Christianity.

In most other languages, Easter is better translated as “Passover”. But, in English, the name Easter comes from St. Bede, an 8th c. English monk who studied history. He wrote that Easter derived its name from the pagan festival of Easter, which celebrated the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, Eostre.

It was celebrated around the same time as Easter, and so, early Christians replaced Eostre with Easter. The name stuck through the influence of St. Bede. It literally means “dawn” or “east, toward the sunrise”.

In modern times, Easter has gone a secular transition as can be seen in the Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny. Originally, the Easter egg was a pagan symbol of new life. Christians adopted the egg as a symbol of Jesus’ resurrection and our new life. The empty egg is a symbol of the empty tomb Jesus was buried in. Today, the Easter egg is filled with candy.

Similarly, the Easter Bunny was a pagan symbol of Spring and new life since rabbits reproduce prodigiously. Christians adopted it as a judge who determined which children were good or bad during the Easter season. In Australia, the Easter Bilby is becoming a popular alternative to the bunny since they are pests there.

The long history of Easter and its interesting combination of cultures and traditions make it one of the unique holidays we still celebrate. Despite the many differences, life and people are at the heart of this celebration.

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