Broken Crayons Still Color!

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Broken Crayons Still Color!

Maybe you’re struggling this Christmas season, whether it be with your health, finances, a family crisis, grief or loss.  Perhaps you feel broken, discouraged, even hopeless. You may be broken-hearted, have a broken spirit, or a broken family.  Your body, mind or spirit feels crushed and in pieces. If this describes you, please know that the God who knows and loves you can pick up the shattered pieces and mend your hurt. And He will, gently and lovingly, if you place your trust in Him.

Though you may be broken, your life still has meaning and a purpose. You still belong to God and you are valuable to Him. He loves you beyond measure and you are His child. No matter what you’re going through right now, you still have a future–one with much to experience and to learn. You have a future in which to find new hope, joy and meaning, as you color the world with the beautiful gifts God has placed inside you.

That’s right. You may be broken but God can bring forth beauty from your brokenness.  Don’t lose hope, my friend. Hold on to it like a treasured keepsake. For you are God’s treasure and His plan for your life is good. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die for you so that you might have new life.

In the midst of your struggles, draw near to Jesus and He will draw near to you. He alone can mend your hurt and uplift your spirit. You are part of His master plan, and He can bring forth beauty from your brokenness. So don’t give up! Someone out there needs what you are still able to give. Remember, broken crayons still color!

May God bless You and Lift You Up!
Angela

Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

Psalm 92:12-14 “But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the LORD’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The LORD is just! He is my rock!”

Lamentations 3:22-24 “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Though our Lord Jesus was broken for you and me, His life was restored and He has touched untold millions with His love, grace and hope. Today we find refuge, healing, strength and peace in Him!

Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Zephaniah 3:17 “For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Amen!

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“Joy for the Journey” Starts with Attitude

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The phrase, “Attitude is Altitude” is one that conveys a lot of truth.  Our attitude affects everything we do- from how well a family dinner goes, to how well we perform a task, to the way our bodies heal.  Our attitude can even determine whether our day will be a good one or a disaster.  Our Attitude effects the kind of life we lead. The better Your Attitude, the better Your Life!

You may be struggling right now- in a situation over which you feel you have no control.  And that may be true, where outward circumstances are concerned.  But how you handle those circumstances is what determines how they affect your life- even how happy you are.  We all have a choice in how we respond to our circumstances, trials and struggles  And God has given us power to make that choice everyday in whatever we encounter. God’s desire is to fill your life with joy!  Jesus said,

” I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b [emphasis mine]

But that “joy for the journey” starts with our attitude.  No matter what we face in our daily lives, God is there to help and uplift us, but we must make the choice to be filled with God’s joy.  The Bible has some uplifting verses concerning joy and the peace that only God can give, in any circumstance.  I hope these will be an encouragement and inspiration to you in your daily walk. 🌝

Psalm 16:11, ESV You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16:9, NIV Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.

Proverbs 17:22, ESV A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

James 1:2 -4, NLT Dear brothers and sisters,[ when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

Romans 15:13, ESV May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

1 Peter 5:7, NLT Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you

Philippians 4:6-7, ESV Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 26:3, ESV You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

May God bless you abundantly today and guide you in becoming all He created you to be!

In Christ’s Love,

Angela

 

 

 

A Time of Silence

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The past couple of days have been rather “silent” for me…after a flurry of busy days filled with deadlines and lists of “to dos”, all leading up to a scheduled event. Thanks to the Lord’s mercies, His strength, and the power of the Holy Spirit, the event was a success.  Yet it was not without personal struggles, little short-comings, and roadblocks to circumvent.  Now my body has decided it’s time for some down time. That’s often the way it is for me.  And it may be that way for you, too.  As it is for many who are disabled or who manage life with a chronic illness.

Flare-ups are common, especially after a flurry of activity or a bout with stress or increased demands on our body’s limited resources. “Down” times become necessary, as they are the body’s way of telling us it needs rest and restoration.  You may find yourself overly fatigued, having increased pain levels, or facing flare-ups of other symptoms.  It isn’t so much the pain or fatigue that down time brings which upsets me the most. It’s being unable to minister as I am called to do or unable to do some of the other things I love. And yet, the Lord is helping me to realize that these quiet times are a good opportunity to rest in Him, to pray, and to listen for His voice. God speaks to us in the stillnes- sometimes through our pain- and He will comfort us and draw us nearer to Him…if we allow Him

“Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)

I have found that, often, during such times, His Spirit enables us to share what He’s placed in our hearts, according to His perfect timing. For me, it might be in the form of a letter, or perhaps an article or blog post, or through a video I’ve been given the time to produce. Your sharing may come in a similar form, or in a different way altogether.  He’s taught me that, in the stillness, if I will take time to listen, He will speak to my heart and often provide new, quite opportunities to minister to others, as He brings healing and restoration to my own body and spirit.  And He will do the same in you!

Sharing hope and the beautiful truth of God’s love are the greatest gifts of ministry- often revealing themselves via the most heart-touching and meaningful ways- in the silence.

Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (NIV)

John 14:26: “But the Comforter [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

May the Lord bless you abundantly as He guides you to becoming all He created you to be!

Angela

Failing, To Succeed

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“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan

Wow! Those are encouraging words for me today. And perhaps for you, as well. Seems like, at this point in my life, I fail far more than I succeed. But the Bible says that when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10) Through our failures, God yields His strength to us. And, in these cracked, clay vessels, our

imperfections allow God’s light to shine through. The imperfections are still there. Yet they serve the greater purpose of allowing others in this darkened world to see God’s glory radiating through us- failures and all.

Like Michael, let’s keep on trying!

2 Corinthians 4:7: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

2 Corinthians 12:9,10: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (ESV)

This Too Shall Pass

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~ This Too Shall Pass ~

by Helen Steiner Rice

If I can endure for this minute
Whatever is happening to me,
No matter how heavy my heart is
Or how dark the moment may be-
If I can remain calm and quiet
With all the world crashing about me,
Secure in the knowledge God loves me
When everyone else seems to doubt me-
If I can but keep on believing
What I know in my heart to be true,
That darkness will fade with the morning
And that this will pass away, too-

Then nothing in life can defeat me
For as long as this knowledge remains
I can suffer whatever is happening
For I know God will break all of the chains
That are binding me tight in the darkness
And trying to fill me with fear-
For there is no night without dawning
And I know that my morning is near.

The Weaver

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The Weaver

 

My life is but a weaving

Between my God and me;

I cannot choose the colors

He worketh steadily.

 

Oft times He weaveth sorrow

And I, in foolish pride,

Forget He sees the upper,

And I the underside.

 

Not til the loom is silent

And the shuttles cease to fly,

Shall God unroll the canvas

And explain the reasons why.

 

The dark threads are as needful

In the Weaver’s skillful hand

As the threads of gold and silver

In the pattern He has planned.

 

He knows, He loves, He cares.

Nothing this truth can dim.

He gives His very best to those

Who choose to walk with Him.

 

By Grant Colfax Tuller

God’s Tapestry of Grace

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“’Every day, in every situation and life circumstance, God is doing 1000 things you cannot see and do not know.’ These words by John Piper encouraged me earlier this week as I’ve been struggling with pain. Oh, what a wonderful Day it will be when finally the underside of the embroidery will be flipped upright and we will see how every painful thread fit beautifully into God’s tapestry of grace. So join me in persevering, friend!” – Joni Eareckson Tada

I often find much uplifting and inspiration in the words and illustrations of Joni Eareckson Tada.  Sometimes life can be overwhelming as it bears down upon us.  And those of us who battle chronic pain, fatigue, or illness understand that it can make life’s challenges seem multiplied ten fold.  But God is always in control and He is faithful to finish the work He began in each of us.  By His Spirit, we have the power to accomplish whatever service He has called us to do and whatever task He has set before us!  I love Joni’s illustration, “God’s tapestry of grace”.  It is God’s grace and the power of His Holy Spirit that enable us to keep going, even in difficult circumstances and despite all obstacles!  Praise the Lord!  Be blessed today in HIM!

Lamentations 3:22-24: “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,  “Therefore I hope in Him!”