“Broken” as related to Red Letter Believers

Posted: August 30, 2008 in Just Me
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BROKEN: What a small word that means so much and to so many! I found the attached link http://redletterbelievers.blogspot.com/2008/08/broken.html one day this month, August, when my husband and I were so low from the journey we’re going down right now! It really seemed to us that the writer knew us and our hearts so well! Talk about being able to relate! We’re not the type to enjoy other people’s misery nor even want it so that we can feel better about our own. But we also know that a positive attitude about the yuck stuff in your life, when it’s so ongoing, like it’s been, isn’t realistic. I love these good intentioned people (I really do) who think they’re encouraging us by telling us about all the other people they’ve heard of who are also experiencing hardships right now or who tell us to make our own joy out of all this and to choose to be happy! Are they for real? I know they mean well but it hasn’t helped. Instead it comes across as we shouldn’t complain or feel negative at all because we’re not the only ones, or that we can determine when we can be happy in spite of reality, have you ever really tried that one? It’s not that easy! Accomplishments, no matter how small, seem trivial to a point but then again, blessings can also feel so very huge in another instant. The mixed, roller coaster of emotions are so exhausting and just trying to exist in the air we’re breathing is sometimes even a lot of effort. Nothing suicidal intended here just “crushed in spirit”! “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” — Ps 34:18 Just trying to verbalize the extent of the hurt, sadness, emptiness, brokenness, frustration, discouragement and remembering to wake up again and face our reality another day! It’s been utterly amazing to us both how, in the midst of that brokenness, that God has inserted small victories, simple pleasures and enough “oxygen” for us to take that next difficult breath. I hope the author of that blog does not mind me borrowing his scripture to express our hearts a little more clearly. The reason I attached the video “Footprints in the Sand” is just to remind me that we’re being “carried” through all of this by our loving Heavenly Father when I feel like we’re trudging through the mud in life, we just have to believe and trust that He will bring us out on the other side: blessed and thankful!

“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts…” Romans 5:3

  1. David says:

    Thank you for referring to our website, http://www.redletterbelievers.blogspot.com.

    Our purpose is to encourage others to take Christ’s words as they are — without modern filters of religion or culture or modernity.

    The brokenness that you read about all through Scripture is real. It isn’t glossed over. David, for example, suffered through very real self doubt, betrayal, and loss of control.

    Give me real people anytime.

    I sense that you are suffering through a personal situation right now. And that’s okay. because at the end of the suffering is victory. “God, what are you teaching me” should be our prayer, instead of “Get me out of this mess!.”



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