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But Lord, It’s Broken

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We long for the whole, the perfect, the complete,

but it is the broken that God uses most for His glory.

The broken heart

the broken strength of Jacob that God clothed with  His spiritual power at Peniel

the broken rock at Horeb

struck by the rod of Moses

out of which flowed the cool waters for thirsty people.

Brokenness becoming the path for service and meeting the needs of others.

Those 300 soldiers under Gideon breaking their pitchers

allowing the light to shine through to the consternation of the enemy.

Victory God’s Way.

Yes, if it was up to us we’d plan eighty years of health and prosperity

Rosy cheeked children

safety and security

But God uses brokenness  and broken people to serve His Purposes.

The widow breaking the seal of the tiny pot and pouring out the oil

that God multiplied and used to pay all her debts.

Broken and poured out.

Jesus breaking the bread to feed the five thousand

and Mary breaking the alabaster box filling the house with the sweet aroma of perfume.

Filling houses – filling tummies-satisfying lives

It is in the breaking that needs are met.

My heart wanders back to Calvary where His body is broken so that you and I might live.

God looks for brokenness to use for His Glory

Freeing us from self reliance and wooing us to dependence on the One Who loves us.

Our world struggling with so much brokenness and pain

Cries of loss and hurt on every side

are we truly broken by the needs of others?

Am I?

“May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in,” Mother Theresa said.

Give us eyes, O Lord, to see what You see

and open ears that hear what You hear.

Give us hearts, O Lord, to feel what You feel and to love beyond what is comfortable and safe.

Yes, give us a Love that moves out into the ocean of pain and is broken

so that others may discover wholeness.

Will you join me today?

 

 

 

 

Shining Moments

Work Out

    Something I need but often don’t get.

How about you?

I totally enjoy jogging 3-4 miles up and down the streets

    but that’s not always possible.

Weather, demands of my job, responsibilities

But now that’s changed.

      for 30 days at least.

Yes, I signed up for a one month membership at a local fitness center.

So excited.

Pumped.

This morning was our first day to get a real work out.

Treadmill, lifting weights.

    up and down

      breathing hard

        sweating

work out.

The lift always comes when I finish

     the work out.

Somehow everything goes smoother.

I have more energy

    More snap in my step

     Just an all over together feeling.

Why do I sometimes say that I don’t have time?

Could it be that when I work out I gain the time at the other end?

How about you?

Are you working out on a regular basis?

   Do you walk? Or jog or lift any weights?

Maybe its time to consider a work out.

Before the cold of winter settles in

     Before the holidays

        Be intentional

        Boost your energy

         Give yourself that gift of fitness.

Work out.

Those words remind me of deep truth.

    ‘Work out your salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who is at work in you  both to will and to work for His  Pleasure.’ Philippians 2:12, 13

He is at work. A promise to know. A reassurance to cling to. A hope to stand upon.

While we are responsible to work out….to live out our salvation with an awareness and reference of Him and also an understanding of our dependence on  Him.

   He continues to lovingly work in us

        changing us

            transforming us into all He wants us to be.

Work out

Yes, it’s a time of working out.

We work out

    and He works in

 I just get excited at that picture.

How about you?