Bravery in Shattered Pieces

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One.

One call, one conversation, one email…all it takes is one.

One to take the air out of the room, punch us in the stomach, leaving us breathless and searching. Life altering news seems to come out of left field. We don’t expect it. We certainly don’t look for it, do we?

The glass shatters. Leaving our lives in pieces.

We can’t see anything but ONE BIG MESS.

How? Why? WHY? Our broken hearts and dreams demand answers.    Those questions often get unanswered.

The easiest thing to do is blame God,  take up our cause and become victims.    And we stay sitting in our mess as the months, years, tick by.   Sitting in our mess.

Brave Girl, there is another way.   

Psalm 34:18 comforts us with this truth:  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Have you looked for God in your shattered pieces?   He is nearer than you think.    “If He is near, why didn’t he stop this from happening?”

The truth is found in  John 16:33… ” I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

The promise of this world: Trouble.

The promise of our Lord:  Overcome.

There is another kind of shattering that comes to believers. Truth comes in and shatters our facade of sin. It’s a holy moment when we look at our sin for what it is; face to face with the truth of our estate.

And the shattering comes.   Usually when we least expect it.   Facade is shattered and we see clearly the heart wrenching betrayal lodged in our heart.   Self-worship.  “My, me, mine”  really boils it down doesn’t it?

Godly sorrow is good.   Contrary to what the world would tell us.    2 Corinthians 7:10  Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

Godly sorrow brings repentance.    A change of heart and mind.   Luke 3:8 encourages us to “Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.”     Repentance is not private.

The promise of this world: Death

The promise of our Lord:  Life

Brave Girl,  you are not alone in your mess.   And believe it or not, the truth is God wants to bring a message out of your mess.    Will you let Him take the broken things,  the hurts and disappointments to make something beautiful?

Only Jesus can turn our ashes to beauty.    He won’t throw that shattered life away,  but with care only a loving Father can give will He bind your wounds, brush the tears from your cheeks, and begin to build something so beautiful…it will grab the world’s attention and point people to Himself.

Will you be brave enough today to let Him?

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Brave Girl Boots!

You are reading this post because I’m sure you heard the great, awesome, fantastic news:  We reached our funding goal for publishing!     Yeah, God!   We’ve said all along that if the funding didn’t come in, we’d assume this wasn’t the direction God wanted us to go — and He provided every cent!  

” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”   Matthew 19:26

If you are new to BGB let’s catch you up to speed!   CGgirls launched a 60 day prayer challenge called Brave Girl Boots.   It was AHHH MAY ZZZZING!    Word began to spread (um, yeah…there is a reason why Jesus first appeared to a woman after His resurrection.)   Women get the WORD out.   150 women received a daily devotional written by women from all walks of life, sharing their stories of bravery and not-so-brave moments.

During these 60 days, women were encouraged to pray three things:  for God to plant a seed of vision for our lives,  for the Holy Spirit to give us sensitivity to see a need during their day, and the bravery to act on it.     It was truly inspiring to see women seek God like this and our faithful God met us in our need.    To make it a more interactive experience we have created a group on Facebook where women just like you can meet other women with grace, love, and a good dose of brave cheer leading!    And honestly, who doesn’t need that?   I know this sometimes-maybe-brave girl does!

I believe God shared with me a seed of vision on Day THREE of our brave journey together.   To expand this platform and encourage women from all over to be brave.    That’s when the decision to raise funding happened and we went to work!

What’s the next step?    I begin the process of getting the thoughts running around in my head onto paper and start laying out the book.

Please, please pray for me over the next few weeks that I would get a better understanding of the devotional flow of our book.      So T H A N K F U L you are on this bravery journey with us!

With Him,

Tami

“When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul.”

NET Bible Jer 29:13