If We're Honest....brokenness
If we're honest. What do those words mean to you? For some, they mean truth in relationships or transparency in our souls. For others, these words mean healing and a journey of self-discovery reached. These three little words speak volumes and can express powerful meaning to many people. Christ has impassioned my heart to begin this series of blog posts titled, "If We're Honest," in the hope of reaching into the inner places of each of our hearts that Christ desires to reach. I was so touched when I recently heard the words in a song Francesca Battitstelli sings, "Bring your brokenness and I'll bring mine, 'cause love can heal what hurt divides and mercy's waiting on the other side...if we're honest." How many of us have been in those broken places in our lives that we lay our souls and hearts bare before the Lord as we cry out for His love to reach the inner depths of pain? I know that I am one that has been in those places many times.
I often write tips for ministry leaders in management or devotions for leadership but to be effective ministry leaders or just to walk through this life, all of us are on constant courses of growth or journeys of healing. My journey with the Lord has been one that He continues to instruct me to be transparent in order to help others. Sometimes it's not easy. My testimony has been shared publicly for many years and is public on my webpage so that women and men can heal that have been affected by abortion. This is only one of the many testimonies in my life that Christ has touched, healed and redeemed but what about the journey of healing that takes longer than we would like. I think of the woman in the Bible that had suffered for many years and it wasn't until she touched the hem of Christ's cloak that she was healed through her faith. How must she have felt year after year until the healing came? Many of us know this feeling in some area of our lives. Maybe it's in the area of feeling betrayed by someone, or pain over a child that's made some devastatingly bad choices. Many are experiencing the stress in marriage or sadness over a loss. It doesn't matter what the area of pain is, it goes deep for the one experiencing it.
There are times that our hearts and spirits feel so broken that all we can do is cry out to our Savior to rescue and heal and He hears. Psalm 34:18 says that the Lord is near to the brokenhearted. I hope during this series of posts to reach a place in your soul that is in need of His love and encourage you to bear your heart and soul to the Lord and allow the healing that only He can give to penetrate those depths of hurt. As He leads, I will share some of my journeys that many of you may be on now or may have travelled in the past and we'll heal together.....if we're honest.