“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”PSALM 34:18

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”PSALM 34:18

What do you with your broken heart? What happens when you’re stuck and afraid and unsure of what to do next?

It’s interesting how we so quickly want to fix things when they break — especially when it’s something as personal and intimate as our hearts. But I think, sometimes, in our deep desire to fix all that is broken, we forget what opportunity it might bring to increase our faith.

And to be honest, I don’t know how to patch up a heart but it might not be about patching up anything at all. Because I don’t think hearts don’t get broken [by] accident. I think hearts get broken because God is so sure that something trapped inside needed to get out so that something so much better can pour in.

But it’s also not something we can ignore. Pain demands that we pay attention to it. How do you tangibly bring life back to your lifeless heart?

Choose what you KNOW over what you FEEL. 

Memorizing what Truth says in Scripture can be one of the best ways to combat the enemy’s sneaky ways and how he twists heartbreak to become so divisive and personal.

When you begin to say, “I feel lonely…” or, “I feel depressed,” remember that feelings are fleeting but truth is unchanging. Identify when you begin to feel the weight of a lie that says something like, “You’re unlovable,” or “You’re going to die alone,” and replace it with what you KNOW.

When you diligently work to memorize what TRUTH says, you’ll be armored up to stand against the lies that heartbreak can sometimes let seep in. Heartbreak can be a vulnerable place to be and while it’s good to be vulnerable with the Lord, you have to put on the armor of God or you’re also going to be open to attacks from the enemy. The enemy tries to play on our weakness but God can display His power through it 2Cor12:9-10.

Don’t just mope around expecting time to heal your heart. Time doesn’t heal your heart, Jesus does.

In the midst of this season of healing and finding purpose in the pain, don’t overlook the importance of standing on the Rock of Truth when you feel like you’ve been shaken to the core:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. ~ Ephesians 6:10-11.

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The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.PSALM 34:18

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
PSALM 34:18
Have you ever found yourself, in the midst of unimaginable grief, pain, heartache or despair, wondering how you are going to make it through another day? And then a well meaning friend or family member comes along and drops the infamous Everything happens for a reason bomb.

You can’t possibly imagine a reason for what just happened.

But what I’ve found through years of searching, experiencing, and living is that often there is no reason for why tragedy has occurred. Sometimes bad things happen for no reason other than we are human beings having a human experience. Pain, heartache, grief, loss, disease and death are inevitable parts of the human experience.

Here’s what I’ve come to know about God’s will: God’s will is not the path we walk, but rather how we walk the path.

God’s will is not an event that happens to us; it’s how we respond to what happens.

God’s plan was never for pain to be part of the human experience. His plan was for us to live in peace and harmony with Him. The human experience became painful when sin entered the world. Our own free will wove threads of tragedy, loss, heartache and pain into the human experience.

God is not responsible for our pain. We are not responsible for our pain. What happened in the Garden of Eden is responsible for the human condition. And the human condition is hard wired for pain and suffering.

God is not causing us to hurt. He is hurting with us. What we do with our hurt is what matters. How we handle tragedy is what brings purpose into our pain