Sunday, June 1, 2014

Grace in our Brokenness

This post was written last year during one of the most difficult seasons of my life.  I hope you find HOPE to sustain you when you find yourself in the most incredibly stifling places of your life. 

Jesus is our HOPE.

Rejoice in the God of GRACE

In this season of brokenness, 
I am reminded that my Savior chose to be broken...
for ME!

That thought overwhelms me and 
causes me to rejoice...

Sheila Walsh says it better than I can,

"Do we marvel anymore that Christ came into our world, 
not as a pampered royal, but as a poor peasant's son?
Do our souls quake with deepest joy and gratitude
that even in His arrival, He chose to identify
with the broken, the beleaguered, and the beaten down?

Do we notice that, from the very beginning,
this beautiful Savior of ours came to the broken
that He might be utterly broken Himself?

What does it mean that I, Sheila Walsh, 
a broken person, have a Savior who allowed
wicked men to break His own body...
for me???

He chose brokenness.
He who existed from eternity past
in an UNbroken state chose to be 
for me???

"I lay down my life-only to take it up again,
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down
of my own accord."  (John 10:17-18)

I love the Song:
When I survey the wondrous cross,
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss, 
And pour contempt on all my pride.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet, 
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Oh the Wonderful Cross

Paul says that we are joint heirs with Jesus.
That means we are Children of God.

"Now is we are children, then we are heirs-
heirs of God, and co-heirs with Christ,
if indeed we share in His sufferings
in order that we may also share in His glory.:

This is the part I like,

"I consider that our present sufferings
are not worth comparing
with the Glory that will be revealed in us."
Romans 8:17-18

I asked a group of ladies this week, 
"What does suffering look like?"

Their answers:

"Everyday stuff"
"Broken dreams"
"A broken heart"
"A broken relationship"

I would have expected the BIG stuff:
Cancer, Loss of a child, divorce.

And while all of that is true.
We must realize that brokenness comes
packaged in many different colors..

but all require GRACE-
God's incredible love, favor, compassion.

One commentary said, 
"Grace that is from God,
retrains, converts, comforts."

This GRACE causes me to REJOICE!

Rejoicing in the God of All GRACE,



  1. We're all broken..but by the grace of God..we are saved..Blessings

  2. I found the answers of the women interesting, and it makes sense to me. The things that plaque people on a regular basis are often more of a cause of suffering than the things that hit us once, although they can be big things. So thankful for God's grace!

  3. Bonnie, this is absolutely beautiful! My most favorite hymn of all is When I Survey the Wondrous Cross! It is hard to imagine all that He has done for us, isn't it. But oh how we rejoice that He did...realizing that He was broken for us. Hugs to you, my sweet friend. xo