Blog: Thrive

Broken to Whole

Brokenness – to be torn in spirit, to be in pain from sin (sins personally committed or sins committed that personally affected you)

Wholeness – the state of being unbroken or undamaged, complete

How do we go from being broken to whole? The answer is turning to Jesus.

John 14:16-18 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever — the Spirit of Truth [The Holy Spirit]…. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

You are not alone in your pain. Jesus Christ is the Spirit of Truth. The Holy Spirit who is The Comforter and Counselor is there for you. All we have to do is to turn to Him, to hand Him the pieces in our life that are torn. God then takes all  our torn and broken pieces and makes something completely wholly new.

2 Corinthians 5:17 states “that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

By turning to Jesus and handing Him all that is torn, handing him your brokenness, He takes it away so you are able to live life whole.

In Brokenness, I Come to You

You Are Worth Dying For

Do you know that you are so valuable, so precious, that you are worth dying for? You Are. You might find that hard to believe; you may have a list of reasons why you believe your life doesn’t matter, that you don’t matter, but That Is A Lie.

Christ loves you so much that he died so you can live, so you can have eternal life.  Think about that. There are hundreds of men and women on earth who risk their lives so you can live and be safe. They serve in the military, as police officers, and firefighters. They willingly place themselves in danger or run into action when you are in danger to protect you. Several of them have given their life so you can live. Think about that. They chose to sacrifice their life because your life is precious.

If an imperfect human being is able and willing to give his or her life for yours, think about how much more a perfect loving God is willing to do the same. The Bible says, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.

God looks at you with all your imperfections and says Your Life Matters, You Matter, I Love You. You Are Worth Dying For.

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Unexpected New Beginnings

This past holiday season was full of unexpected and honestly unwanted change. I was laid off from my job. So many thoughts went through my mind. What am I going to do? How is my husband going to respond? It’s the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, Lord why now? My heart could have went negative with the news and the realities of my situation. I knew that in order to keep a sane mind and to make it through, I needed to stand on what I knew the Lord has for me and my family.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11.

The transition was not too awful because of the financial planning my husband and I did to prepare for rainy days, however the unknown was still bothersome to me. In those moments I had to stand on God’s Word, because He has a hope and future for me. I had to declare that we would not only be fine, but we will thrive in this change, because The Lord is a Faithful Provider.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians. 4:19)

I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. (Psalms 81:10) 

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  (Matthew 6:25-26).

We found a lovely new apartment to move into (housing was a benefit from my previous employer) and a week after being laid off I began getting a couple of job offers. This unexpected transition at the end of 2017 was not something that I welcomed, however with the start of 2018, this change has led me to a healthier and better place.

As we begin a new month and year, know that regardless of what comes your way in Christ you are not alone and He is with you working to make beauty out of the ashes that may fall your way.

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Causing Troubled Waters

This morning God lead me to read Chapter 1 of Jonah. When I read my bible I ask the Lord to give me eyes to see and hears to hear his Word; I also as him to show me what I need to learn and know from the passage I read. Here is what God showed me.

Jonah was clearly told what to do from God. Jonah was not feeling his assignment and decided to run away from it in disobedience. Disobedience to God brings trouble and does impact others around you. So Jonah got on boat to escape and as a result the Lord brought troubled waters to him. Not only did the storm impact Jonah, it also impacted the other people on the boat. As a result of Jonah’s disobedience, he brought a storm to innocent people.

This story made me realize a couple of things. 1) Disobedience not only brings consequences to yourself, but it impacts the people around you, and 2) sometimes you can be in a storm and it is has nothing to do with you. The storm was brought by someone around you that either just dropped by or you invited. Whatever the case like the Captain of the ship you might need to throw that person out of your boat so the waters of your life calm down. Removing people can be hard and can hurt, however it may be the best thing, because it will place that person back on track with where God wants them.

Jonah: Causing Troubled Waters
Jonah: Causing Troubled Waters