What experiences have left deep scars or broken cracks in your life? Think about your scars. What do they look and feel like? Visualize physical scars: discoloration, rough, ridged and sensitive to touch. What about emotional scars? What beliefs have been imprinted into your mind?

Do you realize that ALL those scars have a story to tell? They are intertwined in your own unique story. And they hold their own unique place.  My lifetime holds scars from the battles I’ve faced and fought, and they continue to be opportunities for God’s light to shine.

Most of the time we want to cover the scars, hide them. And those broken cracks in our life, we fill with whatever we can to kill the pain at the time. Maybe those cracks have been filled with drugs, alcohol, eating, shopping, sex, binging on Netflix, etc. And although it seems to do its job and numbs the pain, at that moment, the pain returns and possibly leads to added destruction and devastation.

 In a sermon titled, “Beautifully Broken”, 2 Corinthians 4: 7-9 was referenced.   7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us, 8we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

Everyone experiences a life that holds scars and broken cracks. What are you running from or hiding? How are you filling those broken cracks? Think about your scars and broken cracks of life through the lens of “Beautifully Broken.” What do you notice? What I notice is that I am grateful for my scars and broken cracks of life. However, I have to say, during those seasons that created the scars, gratitude was not what I expressed. They have made me the person I am today.

 A few years ago, I began to open up and share what I had suppressed for so long. Today, what I thought to be setbacks years ago, now benefit and support women who have experienced major life changes, in order to experience a renewed strength. None of it would have been possible without my trusting in God’s strength to carry me through.

Don’t wait another moment – Open Your Heart and Let the Healing Begin!