Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Broken can be beautiful




No one sets out to diminish the health of their own soul…But let’s face it – it happens! Life is what happens.


Peace will never come until we have accepted in totality all that is involved in our suffering, even facing and accepting the fact that the sorrow that has struck us so suddenly may never be removed.  Acceptance is taking from God's hand absolutely anything He chooses to give us, looking up into His face with love and trust." Margaret Clarkson

It is only natural to ask "why" in times of suffering but perhaps instead of asking "why" the question should be "who".  Who do we turn to when life depletes our soul through the painful circumstances of today?  

It is to God that we turn because:

 "it is a simple fact of life: there will be difficulties, setbacks and disappointments.  For some people there will be rejection; for others there will be tragic losses.  For still others there will be inexplicable suffering.  No one is immune from pain; it is part of the package that comes with life.  All people experience the brokenness of the world intersecting with their lives in a thousand and one ways."  Gordon T. Smith


Broken can be beautiful when we begin to see how He ever draws us closer.  

The health of our soul DOES matter so why don't you join me in an amazing 6 week journey as we learn to sit quietly to sip the cup of living water that He presses to our lips.






Thursday, March 27, 2014

God watches over you


The world outside is still and the snow muffles the sounds of a city settling down for rest. 
And as I drink my herbal tea I am struck by the beauty of this world and the fragility of our human lives.

Our lives are but a mere vapour, like the morning fog that lifts in the warming sun. 
So in this brief brevity that is the span of our life, let us choose to see the beauty in every breath and every moment.
Let this night enfold you like a prayerful benediction.
Know that even as God watches the sparrow nestle in his nest, His eyes are also on you.






The dark night of the soul



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.  Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV


I like how God divides the day and the night.  No matter how dark the previous night has been there is something beautiful about the dawn of a new day.  As the sun begins to dispel the darkness there is a hope that rises within my soul.


Hope:

  • A new start; a new beginning.
  • A clean slate; the old has been wiped away.
  • A future that is secure.
Every day is a promise from God that old things will and do pass away.
 

The Dark Night has passed

The “dark night of the soul” is a metaphor used to describe a season of our spiritual life that is marked by difficulty, a sense of desolation.  But the “dark night” can be a catalyst that brings to the surface the suffering and sorrow in our life in order that it can be dealt with.

  • “In Job we saw a stripping away until the core of his soul was revealed and his fears were brought into the light. His eyes were then opened to see God.
  • When the cock crowed three times, Peter became a broken vessel. He faced his sin of pride and self-reliance. He was given the keys of the kingdom.
  • Joseph began to minister while still in prison. He developed wisdom.
  • Elijah experienced an emotional “rock-bottom” where he wanted to die. He discovered that God is more concerned with our relationship with Him than anything else.”         Soul Care, God’s Way

 A New Day

Hope springs anew even as the residual darkness of the night washes way.  Tired and weary may be your soul but there is a change deep within your very heart.  God has done a work. 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26 (NIV)
In the brightness of this new day you realize that your flesh and your heart did fail and yet in that failing, God was at work.  You realize anew and afresh that God IS the strength of your heart.

Don’t be disheartened by your weakness.  It is often then, when we come to the end of ourselves that God steps in.
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts”               Zechariah 4:6 (KJV)
There will come a time God will step into that “dark night of the soul” and the dawning of a new day will begin.  

In the meanwhile you walk, one step at a time, knowing that His faithfulness will carry you and He will give you what you need for this day.  Be encouraged knowing that His love and compassion are there for you at the dawn of each new day.