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Scars In The Service Of God


We are called to comfort others with the comfort we have been shown by God our Father.  This may mean sharing your sorrows and hidden scars with another person who is in pain.  We relate to and find comfort in others who have experienced similar sufferings as ours.  If we hide our experiences and neglect to share them, we will never know the blessed opportunities God placed before us to serve.

Does a low self-esteem or pride keep you from opening up to others?  Are you shy and unsure of yourself?  All things are possible with God, and when we are weak or afraid God will be our strength.  Remember how God provided Aaron for Moses, who was insecure about his speech and stuttering?  If you are called to do something or say something, step out in faith. You won’t be sorry and you will certainly be blessed in the end. 

Trust that God will enable the Holy Spirit inside of you to speak on your behalf.  It is by His might and power that you will be able to encourage and help others.  What an honor it is to be the pencil in the hand of God.  He is The Author Of Life. 

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Escaping Depression


Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, or His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; 
great is Your faithfulness.”   Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Dear One,

Many bible leaders suffered from depression:  David, Jonah, and Job are just a few.  David had Saul breathing down his back, trying to kill him out of jealousy (1 Sam. 19:1-2). God requested that Jonah warn his enemies, the Ninevites, to repent. He turned tail and ran away. God sent a whale to swallow him, but only after Jonah was tossed overboard to calm the ocean storm, which threatened the passenger ship (Jonah 1:4,11-12, 15).  God tested Job’s faithfulness by permitting *satan’s request to afflict and torment him (Job 1:8-12).  Each man had a strong relationship with God and a deep faith, yet they suffered from depression.  Why?

One reason for their depression is that they all faced very painful or challenging circumstances. We you are asked to do something incredibly hard, or when you face persecution, injury, or loss…. you too will find your faith tested.  You too may fall prey to depression, which springs forth from hopelessness.  Even the mightiest of believers can tumble into the trap the enemy skillfully sets.  He is adept in spreading hopelessness and fear. 

The devil schemes to infiltrate your heart, the seat of your emotions. He will attempt to impregnate your mind with lies, relentless in his harassment and taunts.  Remember, he is a “prowling lion” waiting to devour his prey! As his intended prey, we need to remain with the flock and not isolate. 

Depression will often cause a believer to step out of fellowship.  This is an unwise and dangerous move.  The times when you least FEEL like going to church are the occasions when you most need friendly interaction and support.  By choosing isolation, you give the enemy more opportunities to drag you down into the pit of despair. 

Our God is a God of HOPE.  Depression contradicts the promises of God, which are intended to encourage. There is always a new beginning to look forward to with each new dawning day.  Your trial might not end or improve tomorrow, but there will be new blessings with each dawn. 

If you find yourself down and out of sorts, or hopeless in believing your situation is too much for you to bear, bend a knee.  Pray and ask God to send His angels to minister to you and lift you up.  Petition for others to reach out and encourage you.  You need an advocate to cheer you up and reassure you that things will improve.  Ask God to reveal Himself to you through His word, even send you some instruction. 

Ask your heavenly Father for insight, and an understanding of His perspective regarding your struggle. Then follow the directions given in Philippians 4:8.  When you meditate on things that are praiseworthy, your trust and hope in the provisions of God will return.  You will find your strength restored. Consider His promises and love, and how He has shown you His faithfulness over the course of your entire lifetime. His promises were made to help you, so go ahead and stand on them in faith.

Anxiety weighs down the heart, 
but a kind word cheers it up. “              Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deut. 31:8 (NIV)

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”   Is. 43:19 (ESV)                

*Intentionally NOT capitalized. 

Will You Let God Determine Your Steps?

Lord Determin Steps

Hello Dear Ones!!

I want to update you on a few things as you are all very special to me.

First, I am now writing for three other blog sites.  I have posted them below.  I think you will find them informative and encouraging so I hope you check them out.

Second, my new personal blog Facing Trials ( facingtrials.com) will soon be up and running.  It will replace this website so make note of the site address.  It will hold my daily (trying to be faithful to this commitment!) articles.  It is a site for me to grow into, as there is a tab for how to purchase my book (hopefully available through Amazon by mid-July) and other tabs such as videos and pod casts.  I feel pressed to write but will eventually work more videos and technology into my blog.   I have three more books in the works, including a book of devotions, a book of prayers, and the bible study I have almost completed.  It is about my recovery from brain surgery.  In the bible study, I share the details of my brain tumor journey to healing and tie it to the lessons found in the wonderful book of Job.

Third, much has happened for me  in only seven months.  God has opened many doors and given me great favor with leaders in Christian ministry.  As an untrained writer, I am amazed by the positive responses I receive from all of my readers.  I know it is only because the Lord is using me as His “pen.”  I have laid down my public school teaching career to step out in faith and write for Him, hoping that it will eventually serve to support me financially.  In the meantime, I continue my second job as a nanny.  I am excited to see what He asks of me and where next He will lead me.  Who knows which door I will be asked to open next!!

I want to thank all of you for your patience with the blog site transfer (and for the new one to com).  WordPress is STILL working on problems that arose out of the Guided Transfer.  This has caused me much frustration and yet, I know God will fix things and is ultimately in control.

I have decided to keep the Weeping Into Dancing blog, using it as a weekly diary of sorts.  I will share more personal thoughts, photos, and bits of my daily personal life.

Blessings to you on this day.  Life is good when God lives in your heart!  Cheryl

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“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere.”    2 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV)

Hope: An Anticipated Desire

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“If I Stand” by Rich Mullins

“There’s more that rises in the morning than the sun

And more that shines than just the moon

If I stand let me stand on the promise that You will pull me through

And if I can’t let me fall on the grace that first brought me to You.

And if I sing let me sing for the joy that is born in me this song

And if I weep let it be as a man who is longing for his home.”                                  +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”  Romans 8:24-25 (NIV)

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey towards it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us”   —Samuel Smiles

As you walk through life, in good times and bad times, hope will always be nearby for you to call upon.  Like a friendly neighbor or close friend, hope will never disappoint you.  God sends His children hope to pull them out of struggles and trials.  Rich Mullins wrote in his song STAND: “There is more that rises in the morning than the sun.”  He knew that with each new day there was the gift of a new beginning brimming with hope.

Anticipated desires, which we expect to occur, are hopes. All hopes help us when trying to cope with life struggles.  They remind us to look upward towards the heavens and trust in the Creator of the universe.  It is with confidence that you may present your hopes and desires to God.  He hears all the prayers His children send up to Him.  Trust that your hopes are obtainable, so long as they are aligned with God’s will for you.

There is joy to be found in holding hope in your heart.  It is a secret desire between you and God.  The joy comes as you wait for its arrival.  Will it disappoint?  No, not if you are hoping for something that pleases God. 

Your hopes may change as you wait for your desire to be fulfilled.  Why? It is because the Holy Spirit is constantly working on your heart, transforming you into the vessel God envisioned when you were still in your mother’s womb. He leads and guides us in the ways of the Lord. When your desire is graciously granted, it will be aligned with His purpose and plan for you. 

God’s gifts are always more wonderful than we can imagine.  His blessings are beyond our imagination and comprehension.  Hope in and ask for those things He wants to hand you, not the things you think you want.  Wait for his blessings to be revealed.  Patiently hold on to your hope and trust that every desire of your heart will be given onto you, as you delight yourself in the Lord.

Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. “     Psalm 37:4 (NIV)  

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. “    Romans 12:12 (NIV)

God’s Forgiveness Will Heal A Hardened Heart

Heal Yourself

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But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; 
the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) 

Dear One,

Jesus suffered many physical injuries on His road to Calvary.  The beatings, whippings, and crucifixion left him barely recognizable to His family and friends.  For love and for our salvation, He took up the cross and it is by His wounds that we are healed.  It is through His punishment that we have peace.

Why then do we wrestle with forgiveness, first in giving it and second in receiving it?  We have such an incredible Savior and role model, who loved us while we were yet sinners.  John 15:13 says,  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  There are surely believers who have lived and died this example of Christ’s love, but the majority of us have not.  Our sufferings are great in our own eyes and yet, they are nothing compared to the sufferings of the early church.

We should not compare our pains and trials to other believers, as God knows each of our frames and the measure of strength He has given to each of His children.  Rebellion and personal sin can magnify personal sufferings, so our obedience and submission is a factored in to our trials.

What really matters is that if we sin and then confess it, we are forgiven.  God never refuses our request for forgiveness and communion with Him.  Therefore, why do we withhold forgiveness when others ask it of us?  Is it due to a cold and hardened heart?

How then do you heal a hardened?  It is surely a sign of a sad spiritual state.  It is a hungry and thirsty soul who has neglected the Word of Life and the Springs of Living Waters. It is parched and weak for lack of food and water.

The first thing a hardened heart needs is the love and healing found in the Word of God.  For a time, this hard heart has not been open to the wise counsel of others and has stopped communicating with God, or listening to the prompts of the Holy Spirit.  The truth contained in the Word can break through the self-protection and remind the wounded of the truths Jesus taught.  It is after all in dying that we are set free to find eternal life.

God’s Word will not only feed the human spirit, but it will untwist the lies *satan has implanted in the heart of marble. 

Another important part to healing a hard heart is fellowship.  All of us have sinned.  There are many believers who will not throw the first stone for their own sin reminds them of God’s continuous grace and forgiveness. It is said in Ecclesiastes that it is a good thing to heed the rebuke of a wise person. When we are not walking closely with the Lord, the usual action is to avoid others of the faith.  We tend to become anti-social and isolated.      It requires humility to accept that you have travelled off the path God had you on and seek the support of the Body of Christ. However, once you decide to fellowship and honestly face what has hardened your heart, peace and joy will once again return to your life.

Forgiving yourself for the sins you have committed is also required if you want to soften your heart.  God has taken all the sins of the world, including yours, and laid them on the cross.  It is finished.  When you refuse to forgive yourself you are dishonoring what Christ has done for you.  When you confess your sin, it is cast as far as the east is from the west.  It is forgotten.  Stop reminding your Father of things He has already forgiven and forgotten.  Stop beating yourself up!  He was beaten and bruised so that you would not have to suffer His fate.  Say these words aloud:  By His wounds I am healed.

“As far as the east is from the west, 
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12 (NIV)

 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”    John 15:13 (NIV) 

“It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.” Ecclesiastes 7:5 (NIV)

God Should Be Leading The Procession

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But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere.”      2 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV)”

“This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
’I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you what is best for you,
who directs you in the way you should go.’”  Isaiah 48:17 (NIV)

Why do we always want to get in front of God and lead? Why do we insist on running ahead and telling Him which direction to turn or where to stop the parade?  Why do we, the creation, insist on telling our Creator what to do?  How did we become so prideful and arrogant? Do we really think we are better off driving the car or leading the way?  After all, God has the map, compass, and plan of action.

When it comes to our personal lives, most of us have goals we want to achieve.  We have mapped out our future and developed a plan of action. Too often, we forget to include God in our schemes.  Attempting to accomplishing personal goals and well thought out plans, without adding God into the equation, will surely end in frustration.  He has a purpose and plan for us and we need to be attentive to His leading, even when it does not agree with us.

Letting God direct your steps means you must lay down your will and all attempts for control.  Trust will enable you to fall back and allow Him to guide you in the exciting procession called life.  He will show you which way to go and teach you what is best for you.

As you hand over the reigns of your life and trust in His skills as a navigator, your desires will align themselves to His perfect will.  It is only then that He will grant you all the desires of your heart. Because you have delighted yourself in Him and found peace in His will for you, He will act.  He will act on your behalf and provide blessing and lessons to mature you in your faith.

When we surrender our personal plans for the future and ask the Father to make His will our will, transformation will occur.  A sort of “revival” will rumble within us and an inexplicable peace will become our cloak.  When we accept that our future no longer belongs to us, and we lay it as a thanks offering before God, a sweet aroma will arise before Him.  As incense before His throne, you will find that He accepts your offering as a pleasing sacrifice.

There are some who will call the laying down of your will a little death.  In reality, it is a glorious resurrection of spirit.  It is an acceptance of all to come.  Contentment will rest upon you. It will come in knowing that wherever He leads you, even the down into the Valley of the Shadow of Death, you need not fear any evil.  In the procession called your life, He will faithfully guide you to your eternal home.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, 
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”  Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.”   Psalm 37:4-5 (NIV)

It Takes Endurance To Scale A Mountain Of God

Rock Climber


Teaching our puppy how to catch

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Proverbs 24:16 (NIV)     “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”

Dear One,  

I hope you enjoy this short video.  I have watched it about eight times today and every time I get a giggle.  Notice the pup’s concentration.  His effort to obey is so sweet. 

During your Christian walk,  you will encounter many challenges and lessons.  God understands your limitations, but He WILL send challenging opportunities for spiritual growth your way. This means that these trials and lessons will stretch you.  After all, if your lessons were only about things you have already mastered, how would you grow? 

(Obviously this sweet puppy was given more than his ability, but I am sure his willingness to try a new trick certainly made his master smile.

God does not expect us to perfect all of His lessons the first time they are introduced.  Schools will often use a curriculum that builds on concepts taught in previous years.  They call this a, “Spiral Curriculum.” Students at one grade level may be introduced to a concept and in another grade; the original concept is revisited and reviewed.  Additional information is then added in hopes of challenging the student. The knowledge of the concept is built over a period of years. 

The Father will take a similar approach when teaching His children important spiritual lessons.  As children, we are introduced to the concept of love.  If you are lucky, you grew up in a home with loving parents and extended family members.  You knew security and felt safe.  Love was more about receiving than it was about you giving it away. 

As you grew in years, your love lessons took on additional new angles. The concept of giving out of a pure heart may have come into the picture.  Unconditional love is a lesson for more mature believers, so God usually does not start us out with this college course. 

As God sends lessons your way, be it a hardship or a joy; try to be diligent in learning all that He has for you to grasp.  You may fall, but Proverbs 24:16 (NIV)  states: “The righteous fall seven times, only to rise again.”  Perseverance requires us to be steadfast and patient.  Endurances is a pre-requisite of perseverance.  You cannot move forward on your spiritual journey unless you put one foot in front of the other! 

It takes endurance and patience to scale a mountain.  If you look at the whole assent while at the base, you could easily become overwhelmed.God breaks lessons and tasks down for us. 

When approaching a mountainous climb, the first goal should be to get the proper climbing equipment.  In a spiritual climb, this means dressing yourself in the Armor of Christ.  Then look into maps and a possible guide.  Again, in a spiritual sense, this would be equipping yourself by reading God’s instruction manual and praying that He will be your guide.  The assent to the “base camp” will be the next step.  Every night a new plan would be made in order to reach the next mountainous destination, until the summit is finally reached.

The lessons God directs our way are meant to be for our benefit. They are sent with love. He prepares us for that which He created us to perform for His glory.  He will not send a soldier into battle without armor, nor will He send His child down a dark path without a light.

May your lessons in life be accepted with an obedient heart and a desire to please the Holy One. They will stretch and mold you into the masterpiece He knows you already are, once His glory is revealed.  Climb with the confidence of a deer jumping from mountain cliff to mountaintop.

(Habakkuk 3:19 NIV)     “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
He enables me to tread on the heights.”


Love Is God’s Best For Us

Love That Lasts

Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)     “For I am the Lord your God 
who takes hold of your right hand 
and says to you, Do not fear;
 I will help you.”

God is our Father.  He holds our hand when we are struggling or afraid.  He cheers us on like a baby taking his first steps.  God loves us with an unconditional love and wants the very best for us.

So what is the “very best” that God wants for His adopted children?  Is it the same thing that God deemed best for His own Son?   Yes, at least to a certain measure.  Jesus died an unfathomably painful death on the cross.  There are some among us who will also suffer painful deaths like Jesus, just think of the Christians in China. 

However, most of us in America will not experience such a horrific experience.  And yet, we will ALL suffer some time in our lives.  If we endure in the name of Jesus, we will share in His glory.  If we maintain a Christian perspective and attitude in the midst of our personal grief and suffering, we could even win some souls to Christ.  By living our everyday life and living through personal storms with a Christian peace and hope, God will use our pain to touch others.  Our sufferings will be in His name. 

The very best for Jesus and God’s adopted children is found in lessons of unconditional love.  These love lessons are usually the most painful of lessons, but they also serve as the most meaningful.  We grow in the Fruits of the Spirit every time we walk through fire holding onto an attitude of Christian love and faith.

GOODNESS and KINDNESS live in the hearts of those who have suffered greatly, as the wounded tend to learn compassion through their misery.  GENTLENESS is born out of the adversity that has challenged a believer, but who has then released all hopes for vindication to the power of God.  PEACE is a fruit that grows from seeds of trust.  LOVE matures as we learn to give up pieces of ourselves for the benefit of others, knowing full well that every piece we loose is replaced by an even more wondrous portion of Christ.  JOY comes from knowing God as He becomes our strength during trials. PATIENCE is learned through experiences of long-suffering and allows the saint to move forward while longing for his real home in heaven.  FAITHFULNESS means commitment. It is a sold-out attitude and stance that resonates a belief in God’s unquestionable ability to do the impossible.  Finally, the believer who suffers in the name of Christ for love’s sake grows in SELF-CONTROL.  With this final fruit, the temptations of the devil lesson and loose their power.  We gain strength by gaining self-control.

What is best for the children of God?  I say that God’s very best for us involves lessons of love where suffering is involved.  Such lessons deepen our dependence on God and develop our perseverance and maturity in Christ.  God helps us every step of the way and never abandons us.  The act of love means to think of others first, and for humans that is always painful.

John 13:34-35 (NIV)    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”

Dear One: Guard Your Heart

Heart Overflow

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)    “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

Dear One,

I have felt the Lord impress upon me to change my greeting to you.  “Dear Reader” seems too impersonal.  I thought about starting with “Dear Friend,” but in my heart you are already my friends.

To a person who does not know me well, I can appear outgoing and confident.  However, deep down I have to daily work on building up my confidence.  The confidence I am gaining is based on this foundation: I am a child of God. 

By nature I am careful and reserved.  I am a “watcher,” or some would say a careful observer.  Giving away my heart is done with caution.  I suppose that is wise since the word tells us to guard our hearts and that the heart is the ”Wellspring of Life.”  Another translation says that, “everything we do flows from it” and another says, “for out of it are the issues of life.” 

Too many of us have been wounded over and over again because we lovingly give our hearts to EVERYONE.  It is okay to LOVE everyone, but we need discernment when we share our hearts with others.  It is not wise to share too much too soon.  We are not to walk in constant fear of being hurt or rejected, but we are advised by the Word to be wise in guarding the Wellspring of our Life. 

When you share your heart with another person, please ask yourself if they are worthy of your secrets.  Has God given you the go ahead to share ALL of you story?  Perhaps you need to tell them only a part of your life story, to merely encourage them.  Do consider the possibility that they are not looking for the same intimacy level that you are hoping for, and discretion should be practiced. 

When you attempt to share the deepest and most sensitive parts of your heart, you are taking a risk.  There is always the chance that the listener feels uncomfortable with the depth of your sharing and rejects you.  If God tells you to share your whole heart with someone, then please be obedient.  But if you see a pattern in your life where attempts at friendships have quickly ended, maybe you are trying to build something too fast.

Consider your own relationship with God.  When you first gave your heart to Him, it was with innocence and reckless abandon.  He is always going to be a “safe” friend to confide in.  He will never reject you.  You can tell Him anything. 

However, your relationship with God has blossomed with time.  He has seen you through trials, struggles, heartaches, and fears.  He has also shared times of rejoicing with you.  With each experience you have shared with Him, you have built trust and intimacy.  You have built a foundation that will allow your relationship to not only stand, but also grow.

I have shared all of these insights because I do not want to offend anyone by my decision to start each of my posts with, “Dear One.”  To be perfectly honest, I felt pressed by the Lord to change the greeting.  “Dear One” is how He addresses me when I cry out to Him.  It calms me.  I want you to hear this greeting every day.  I want to remind you that YOU are dear not only to God, but to me too.

I have such love in my heart for all of you.  It is God given and something I cannot explain.  It is simply there and constant.  I pray for you and cherish you.  I hope you see this new greeting as sincere and with true affection, an endearment. 

I have guarded my heart wisely.  I have called you, “Dear Readers” for a time.  But now, I am taking a step forward to deepen my love for you and I hope this step is received with the affection I am sincerely offering. 

We are not to hold onto our hearts with an iron grip of fear.  Rather, we are to firmly hold onto our hearts, but only until the Lord tells us to loosen our grip and let go, so that He can use it for His glory.  May God’s wisdom be with you as you offer up and share your heart with others.

Proverbs 23:26  (ESV)   “My son, give Me your heart, and let your eyes observe My ways.”

Broken Then Reassembled By God

Broken Mosaic Heart

Psalm 147:3 (ESV)   “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Psalm 34:18 (ESV)   “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Dear Reader,

God promises to take your broken heart and bind up your wound.  He cannot lie and this is a promise. Therefore, the Great Physician will tend to your injury and (in His time) touch you with His healing powers.  Have faith!

There will be times when you feel like you have not the strength to get through another day.  When you get to this point, you have finally broken in a way that God can use you.  Your frame splintered, your plans destroyed, your pride laid low…. God can now get to work.

He will take your broken pieces and knit them together into a thing of beauty.  I say beauty because your final act of love, faith, and submission has allowed Him the creative freedom to reassembled your shards.  They may not be restored in the same places as before, and you may even find that a few missing pieces have be located.  Rejoice…. You will be whole! All in all, your breaking gave the Artist an opportunity to turn His clay into a masterpiece.

So will you have scars?  Yes, probably so. But think about a beautiful mosaic.  The pieces are expertly assembled with mortar.  It is made of many pieces but is still one unit, one whole.  You are made of many pieces….. emotions, spirit, body, mind, soul…. but are still just one being.  The mortar is part of the beauty in a mosaic.  It is a part of the wonder. Your breaking is part of your beauty and your spiritual scars will be badges of honor in heaven.

How God heals you will be a mystery.  Since we are all so unique and different, the healing process will be uniquely designed.  He has a special healing balm for each of His children. He knows our frame and how best to approach our healing process. 

For some of us, healing will come slowly and not always in a forward motion.  There will be setbacks of depression, requiring much patience from our dear loved ones.  Others of us may have a bigger reserve of strength, thus allowing God to move our healing process along at a faster rate. 

When you are bruised and sore all over, remember that God is the strength of your heart.  He will help you in your recovery.  Never will you be alone and never will He abandon you.

The “Whys?” and the “How Comes?” may or may not be explained.  We all want answers for the pain we have had to suffer, but if you really think about it, does it matter?  Reflection is always a good practice, but He does not have to give us answers.  We can meditate on what led up to the trial but it won’t change the fact that we are in the middle of it.  What DOES matter is how we react to our struggle.

Broken hearts will heal.  Scars will remain.  However,  with the correct perspective, they can be viewed as beauty marks.  They will be seen by God as our Crowning Achievements in submission, faith, love, trust, hope, and perseverance. May He reach out today and heal all of your broken pieces.

Psalm 73:27 (ESV)   “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

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