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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The Fern and The Bamboo

The Fern and The Bamboo

There once was a man who one day decided to quit…

He quit his job, his relationship, his spirituality… “I wanted to quit my life,” he said. He went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
“God”, he said, “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?”
His answer surprised him…
“Look around”, God said, “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”
“Yes”, he replied.
When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo,” God said.

“In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would not quit,” God said.

“Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant. But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.“

God said to the man, “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots? I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you. Don’t compare yourself to others.” God said, “The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern. Yet, they both make the forest beautiful.”

“Your time will come,” God said to him. “You will rise high!”
“How high should I rise?” he asked.
“How high will the bamboo rise?” God asked in return.
“As high as it can?” he questioned.
“Yes,” God said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”
The man left the forest and brought this story.

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Don’t quit! God has a purpose for you! You are beautiful and unique and God has gifted you with just the right qualities to fulfill the purpose for which He created you. Let your roots grow deep by daily studying God’s Word and spending time with Him in prayer. No matter what storms come your way, you will have the strength to weather them, standing strong and tall. So don’t lose hope! When the time is right, God will raise you up!

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

In Christ’s Love,
Angela