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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Listen, Seek Wisdom, & Pray!

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As Americans, we all need to get REAL when it comes to processing and sharing our opinions concerning the firestorm of arguments and issues before and surrounding our presidential candidates. Though we may not like it, on January 20, 2017, one of them will represent our country and it’s people- and that includes you and me. Americans need to THINK before we shout opinions at one another and post vehemently to social media. Listen, Process, Analyze, and PRAY- asking God for wisdom. Then, and only then, should we offer opinions, and in a civil and respectful manner.

Our nation’s problems cannot and will not be solved by one man or one woman. Only ALMIGHTY GOD can save us from national implosion and destruction. Many Christian leaders are calling Americans to pray with earnest and urgency! We will be wise to heed their warnings, and especially God’s warnings- which are many, if we have eyes to see and ears to listen.  Once we have prayed and wept before God for our nation and looked at the issues through the eyes of God’s wisdom, it is then we need to Speak Out for what is true and right and Stand Firm against what divides us, fitted with the full Armor of God!

1 Corinthians 16:13: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” (NIV)

James 3:17: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (NIV)

James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (NIV)

Ephesians 6:11-12: “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (NIV)