Friday, July 26, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Broken

It's Five Minute Friday when I link up with the Gypsy Mama.  This week Lisa-Jo's blog has been having some issues so we're linking up on her Facebook page instead.  Our writing prompt for this week is BROKEN.

I like to think of myself as strong and capable.  Maybe it's the Norwegian genes that I inherited.  Or maybe it's because I suffered as a child sitting on the sidelines before my heart surgery.  I was determined to be strong and capable, not having to depend on anyone but myself.  After all, I didn't want to be hurt and disappointed.

I work hard.  I give my best in all I do.  Isn't that enough?

But life happens.  We don't live in a cocoon after all. We are impacted by others. Challenges and trials came my way.

Everything changed in the last three years.  My life as I knew it became different in so many ways.  I felt broken.  I didn't know what to do. I came to the end of myself.

That became the beginning of a new adventure.  Instead of looking to self, I began to look to God.  I began to depend on Him to supply me with what I needed.  He became my strength and my anchor in the valley of difficulty.  In my brokenness, I discovered that He is the One to turn to.

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)


Blessings and love,

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eph2810 said...

Powerful message, Debbie. I too was broken, the end of myself helped me to see that I needed God back in my life.

Debbie said...

Good morning! It is just so true isn't it that if we don't come to the end of ourselves we just don't see the need to turn to Him...not completely anyway. But it is our TOTAL reliance on Him that brings that peace and contentment we are looking for. Great post! Enjoy your week-end!

david edwards said...

I will not be dismayed with the Lord as my focus and strength - all I have to do is ask - so I do in prayer. This is my way back from times of followiing "broken" paths. All based on the same scripture you mentioned above, plus I find the same comfort in many Psalms. Thanks for your post Debbie - peace and prayers

Ceil said...

Hi Debbie! After having a good giggle seeing you as a Viking, I found myself cheering for you! Yay! Your new adventure is leading you to love the Lord and spread his Good News right here!

Fun post today :)

Denise said...

Amen, totally understand.

Mia De Vries said...

Dear Debbie
It is there at the end of ourselves when we finally realize that we do not have it all together! Far from it, actually. But it is there that we usually turn to God for there is nothing or no one else we can trust anymore.
Blessings XX
Mia said...

Oooooh, that is one of my favorite verses. And I love you in that Viking hat, I wouldn't mess with you! Blessings to you, Debbie. Been too long since I came over here! Lori

Lea Culp said...

Oh, I think He often has to bring us to the "end of ourselves" before we truly realize that HE is all we need. What a sweet, sweet testimony you are in each and every post! Hugs to you!

Joy said...

Nice viking hat:)
Anyway, i can relate to you. Thanks to God for his loving hands to guide and support us.

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

I've been broken, and I've been mended. Mended felt better, but I learned more from being broken. Just saying ...
Blessings to you.

Sonja Goodson said...

And that, my Viking sister, is a word well spoken! It's so true, isn't it, that our broken state is where we learn the deepest things of God. I would never choose to be there, and yet... every time I am, God is more real and my faith grows stronger.

Love you!

Saleslady371 said...

You make coming to an end of yourself look very good, Debbie. You write so well under the five minute timer! May God bless you as you trust Him and us as well as we read your beautiful words of His faithfulness. Hugs!

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