Hope For The Broken

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Maybe, just maybe, we look at closed doors all wrong.

There’s a popular saying that goes something like this: ” when God closes one door he opens another.” We just tend to think that it is going to open immediately. Like, right when we want it. We pace and huff and get down in the dumps all while we are claiming to “trust” God. It’s much easier to tell someone else to have faith and wait on God. When we have something occurring in our own lives we see how difficult the waiting can be. But there truly is beauty and growth to be found in the waiting.

 

There IS beauty to be found in the waiting.

 

There is also beauty in the closed doors.

 

You see, when it seems as if no doors are swinging wide open for you and that no clear answers are coming your way, that’s when God is holding those doors shut so that you won’t walk through the wrong one.

 

Yes, HE gives us free will, but I truly believe that when we are HIS he gives us protection as well.

Thank God for the doors that don’t seem to be opening. Be still and know that HE is God and HE is sovereign and HIS ways are so much better.

 

When we jump ahead and try to pull the steering wheel out of his hands, we often cause a wreck.

 

Waiting is hard. I know. I’ve been in a season of waiting myself. I get it. This is for me as much as it is for you. As we wait, let’s be grateful. I’m going to start my gratitude list again. Joy is found in a grateful heart. Maybe you want to join me?

Just start somewhere. Giving Thanks is a command that’s repeated many times in the Bible. It’s not just there to make God feel better. I truly believe that it’s there to remind us that there’s beauty in being thankful and joy comes from a heart of thankfulness.

 

There are blessings to be found in closed doors and in the waiting.

 

Learning to be still & thankful at the same time.

“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

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Philippians 1:6

I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Tony Evans says:

“People often start projects with great enthusiasm. However, when their zeal fades, the work fizzles out. But God is not like us. He never undertakes anything that he doesn’t finish.”

That’s great news! He isn’t like us. He finishes what he starts.

I am sure of this.

And because he does, we can have hope and joy and peace and live in freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom to live a peace filled life in the midst of a confusing world.

We can’t let the confusion in this world keep us from spreading hope and counting our blessings.

Satan is the author of confusion.

I am sure of this.

Remember that.

Let’s keep our eyes on GOD.

Seeking HIM,

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You want to know why it’s so vital to immerse yourself in the Word of GOD?

Because when depression and tears hit you like a ton of bricks, it’s the word of God in the back of your mind and imprinted on your heart that can give you hope.

Because life will knock you down. But there is purpose in the pain. There are smiles after the tears.

It’s ok to feel all the feelings. But we can’t stay there. There’s joy in the journey. Even if all you can see is the barbed wire instead of the boundless land beyond it. There’s always hope.

And no matter what, He is still good. You have permission to feel all the feelings and cry all the tears. Just don’t stay there. Keep your eyes on HIM.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

For His Glory,

The one thing that people can’t run from… Your prayers for them.

They can run from most anything else.. but not prayers.

Those prayers mean something. I’ll never stop praying.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 ~ Never stop praying.

Are you heartbroken? Are you feeling hopeless? Do you just not know what to do?

Pray. The prayers of a righteous person are heard. You can’t run from prayers.

Seeking Him,

HELD

Heather Guest Dawkins

So I was studying Psalm 10 tonight. I’ve been studying and reading through the Psalms and to be honest I’ve missed a few days of doing this and today was Psalm 10. It was perfect for today. It came at just the right time. As God always does.

Psalm 10:17 and 18a

You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed..

That verse touched me. It brought comfort to me. And then.. I began breaking it down.

GOD —> Hears

GOD —> Encourages

GOD —> Listens

GOD —> Defends

I am HELD by God!

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And seeing that and knowing that truth just brought me so much comfort and I hope it does the same for you.

Are you afflicted? Are you discouraged? Are you crying out for help? Are you alone and feel under attack?

Take comfort in Psalm 10:17,18

And remember that you are HELD.

Held is past tense for Hold.

HOLD – verb (used with object), held; held or (Archaic) hold·en; hold·ing.

to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp:

noun

an act of holding fast by a grasp of the hand or by some other physical means; grasp; grip:

When I think of the word HELD I think of a warm hug. I think of a soft cozy blanket. I think of a soft place to land. I think of a trusted friend. And that friend is my Savior and I’m so thankful that He holds me and I am HELD by Him.

Seeking HIM,

I wouldn’t have learned what I have, without the pain.

I wouldn’t have learned the beauty of mercy and grace if it weren’t for the roads I’ve walked down.

I wouldn’t have learned to turn to HIM if I didn’t have a reason to.

If not for the pain…

If not for the breaking…

If not for the struggles…

I wouldn’t know the beauty in the trusting, and the Hope For The Broken.

(Preface to Hope For The Broken)

Where does your hope rest? Who do you run to when you are broken? There’s a hope and peace and true rest that’s only found in a relationship with Jesus. He is the WAY. People will let you down … HE never will. Real peace is attainable. But only through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-9

Now is the time for trusting God … not fearing the what if’s.

Now is the time for true believers to share their true faith and declare Faith over fear.

Fear is where the enemy (satan) wants us to be.

God is in control.

God is on the throne.

God is all powerful and our world has forgotten HIM and turned away.

God is God and for that I rejoice!

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Trusting Him,

“You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭32:7‬ ‭NKJV

Who do you run to when you are weary?

Where do you find rest?

Let me encourage you to find your rest in God. If you find yourself feeling anxious and uptight try grabbing God’s WORD & reading it. Try writing out prayers. Try writing out scriptures that bring you comfort. Read, pray, write, and rest in HIS Holy Word.

Turn on your praise and worship music and sing or dance or just listen and you’ll find your whole mood will change.

When your anxiety gets high, grab a notebook and a pen and your bible and get your mind focused on what the WORD of God says.

Remember that God IS your hiding place. God will never leave you and HIS ways are not our ways.

When nothing makes sense, there is still peace that surpasses all understanding that’s found only in spending time with God.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Trusting HIM,

Fighting Fear. Scriptures to help you and me. Remember that God is in control always. Me or You being in control is always an illusion. Always. Writing out scripture and reading it and praying always calms me. I pray that maybe reading these verses will bring some peace to you.

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Because HE cares for you. ❤️

Leave all your worries with him.

Another version says “Cast all your anxieties on him..”

When you cast a fishing line into the water it’s an act of letting go. You are releasing that line and bait to fall into the water. If you don’t release it then there’s no chance of a fish on the end of your pole.

When you leave something precious or dear to your heart with someone, you are trusting that they will take care of that possession/person for you.

Anxieties and worries are normally in relation to things that are near and dear to us.

He cares for us. You. Me.

How will we ever grow if we don’t let go?

Letting go and releasing burdens that we think we have to carry feels a little scary at first. Those are ours. That’s my burden. Mine. I hold on to what is mine.

But he says to let go. Leave your worries with him. Because he cares. Truly cares. He will carry them for us. If we just let them go, cast them away, and leave them with Him.

Such a complex process. But so freeing to release those things that aren’t in our control to begin with.

It’s ok to leave the worries with him. He cares. The way HE cares is like no other. Doesn’t compare with the way we “care”. He is constant, unchanging, unwavering, dependable, good, love, and forgiving. He is all powerful, all knowing, and our constant companion. Our redeemer, defender, deliverer, counselor, Mighty God, and truest friend.

Trusting HIM,

HE has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted. ~ Luke 4:18b

He was sent to heal the broken.

Jesus.

He is the remedy for the broken.

See… God knew that you and I would need Jesus.

He sent Jesus. His one and only Son. How could it be easy? Can you imagine sending your child as a sacrifice for people who would reject him? But he did. Because that’s who our Father is.

He knew that we were broken and that life has a way of breaking us. He knew that we would face hardships and so {Luke 4:18b} “He sent Me to heal the broken-hearted”. (Jesus was sent by God to heal/be our remedy)

He provided a way. The Way. Because He cares that much.

The spirit of man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit? ~ Proverbs 18:14

What’s a broken spirit you ask? Well, it’s a spirit that is anxious, weary, depressed, depleted, worn out and worn down, or oppressed.

Ever felt any of those feelings?

I’ll answer for you. The answer is yes.

Again, that is why He sent Jesus. The Remedy. The Healer. The Sustainer. The Only Way and Savior.

For you and for me.

So if you are feeling broken, I want you to know that you are not alone. I want you to know that there is Hope. That hope is found in a relationship with Jesus. He doesn’t force himself on you.. he allows you to choose Him. And I want you to read Luke 4:18b again … and remember that He came for you. You are not alone.

Broken isn’t a bad place to be when you allow Jesus to fill up the cracks and make you whole. There is beauty to be found in the broken.

Seeking Him,

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