What Breaks your Heart? {And the Opportunity to Love on Orphans}

What Breaks your Heart? {And the Opportunity to Love on Orphans}

Today’s post is a response to Bonnie Gray’s writing prompt: broken.

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There was a time when I thought being broken meant I was weak.

Broken equaled not being enough.

It meant I was unacceptable.

A failure.

Damaged.

These lies dominated my life during a time when I believed my performance determined my worth, especially in God’s eyes.

Broken meant digging in further to a try-hard life. Shame at not having it together.

Until these verses permeated my distorted thinking:

Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ –Matthew 26:26

Jesus was broken.

Not only that, but God used His broken body to save me. He even retained scars from His wounds.

Jesus. Broken for me.

What I allow Him to do with my brokenness is my gift to Him. (<==Click to tweet.)

We are all broken people. In a world stained by sin, it is inescapable.

But.

God takes what the enemy means for harm and uses it for our good. (Genesis 50:20) He shines the light of His grace into our brokenness, healing us so that we are stronger than before the breaking.

When we speak what God has done, we give others permission to invite healing too. (<==Click to tweet.)

Not only do we get to proclaim how big and mighty God is, how only He could take circumstances so dismal and transform them, but we also get to shine the light of hope on the brokenness of others.

We tend to call them heroes–the people who push through adversity and come through victorious on the other side. The truth is that you can be that hero.

We are all broken, and God wants to shine the light of healing into the brokenness of every person.

That means you.

So when you’re swimming in that mess, convinced it will never change and that you are less than, trapped, and hopeless…

Remember this.

There is always hope.

Broken is beautiful.

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Today is also a very special day for my dear friend, Delonna. Delonna’s heart breaks for orphans and abandoned children, so she started an organization called Clothed in Love. The Clothed in Love Etsy shop helps to fund orphan care projects. ¬†Delonna’s goal is to eventually sponsor 40 children around the globe–she plans to add 10 children a year over 4 years.

Right now, Delonna sponsors 15 children through funds raised by Clothed in Love!

She has the opportunity to fly to Africa soon to visit some of her children. When she raises the money, she will be able to be the hands and feet of Jesus in person to these little ones whom she’s been loving from afar.

For today only, (Thursday, April 10th) Delonna has a donor who will match donations up to $1000 to help send Delonna to Africa!

If you feel led to do so, would you help Delonna, either through prayer or through a donation?

Please click here to donate.

Thank you!

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How do you see brokenness?

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Comments

  1. I love how the Lord can take the broken pieces of our life and …create something beautiful. For me, He gives me the strength to go on each day.
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  2. So beautiful, Mandy. Jesus. Broken for us. “God wants to shine the light of healing into the brokenness of every person.” So hope-filled. Thank you.
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  3. it takes great strength and courage
    to admit our weakness
    to allow the breaking…

    loved this post!
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  4. “He shines the light of His grace into our brokenness, healing us so that we are stronger than before the breaking.”
    I derive so much hope and encouragement from that truth. It’s not one that I think about often, but I should. Thanks for sharing!
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