Brokenness, “My Grace is Sufficient for You”, 13Oct – #442

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FYI  – I wrote this piecemeal – I kept editing – I really know that processing pieces take longer and joy pieces are quicker – I really did ask God to stop my writing but He said no…. and so I write… oh well – I guess there are worse ways to deal with life LOL – I write as I process all that God is… and trust me He is EVERYTHING.

Brokenness, “My Grace is Sufficient for You”, 13Oct

There something to be said about God using our brokenness for HIS glorification… Everyone should see how this is true in their own lives – how their brokenness has helped others see how God shows His healing on you…  I re-read a piece from last year (July 2015) which mentions one of my “throw-up-on-paper” preawakening pieces… The three Mary’s piece –  1) brave Mary – Jesus’s mother, 2) listening Mary – sitting at Jesus’s feet, and 3)  the changed bold Mary Magdalene… I strive to pull inspiration from all three, but it is clear that God just wants me to be me … God wants to love us even as “island of misfit toys” kind of folks…. He wants to give each of us peace… He want to remind us that “My Grace is sufficient for you”…

The best thing I feel while Jesus still is growing in me is to accept my brokenness, and I ask God to heal me. It is not a passive healing, we all have to actively embrace that willingness to be healed by the peace ONLY Jesus can bring… It’s a physical feeling of Jesus’s fingers wrapped around my heart, squeezing, supporting… Yes we are called by God not because we are perfect, but because we ARE flawed, broken, weak, convictable and fixable… We are all lovable by God… His GRACE is sufficient for us…

We have thorns, but God gives us the peace to overcome….In  2nd Corinthians 12:7-10, Paul writes: “…Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

One of my earliest writings (apparently to convict-convince myself): “Let’s not hesitate to embrace our Mary Magdalene – to be willing to be healed by God for all our sins and imperfections, to witness to the miracles of the Lord, to perform our dutiful callings even in the times of greatest crisis, to be willing to be bold and enter the tomb – and most of all: to tell others of the risen Christ.” https://debbieupper.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/mary-and-mary-dec-22/

Romans 12:3 speaks of  our “Humble Service in the Body of Christ: For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

HIS faith was instilled in us to move us to change ourselves… We take our thorns, we look for the path, we change… God calls each of us on purpose, out of love and discipline… We need to both want to acknowledge our brokenness and acknowledge His GRACE is sufficient to heal us…

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

AMEN

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