A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:13NLT
It’s so easy to be thankful and easily give praise when we are soaring along enjoying life with no major struggles. We gladly sing His praises and are willing to share the joys of our lives. Although it’s great that we share what He has done for us, it’s also good to share the struggles; big or small. It’s through our weaknesses and trials that you can connect with others who may be going through similar situations.
Paul knew when he was in prison that these trials would come, and it’s through those trials that we reach the lost and also our fellow believers whose faith may be lacking.
And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear. Philippians 1:12-14 NLT
It’s so important that we keep a thankful heart during our difficult times. The Lord wants you to lean on Him and let him guide you through whatever bumpy path you may be on. During this time you don’t want to be thankful or joyous, but continue with a thankful heart.. Start praising Him for the little things that you have been blessed with and your praises will just continue to flow from your spirit.
Offer Him your Broken Hallelujah!
The Afters put it best:
I can barely stand right now, everything is crashing down, and I wonder where you are. I try to find the words to pray. I don’t always know what to say, but your the one that can hear my heart. Even though I don’t know what your plan is, I know you make beauty from these ashes. I’ve seen joy and I’ve seen pain. On my knees, I call your name. Here’s my broken hallelujah! (listen to it here)
I have told you this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33 NLT
Seeing the big picture right in the midst of pain, hurt, or disappointment is unmanageable and at times impossible by ourselves. We are to reach out to others and stand on HIS promises and strengthen our faith.
We are here to love. We are not here to be alone, but to have relationships.
We are made to be companions not just in our victories, but also our battles. We are to fight together for our families, health, and our callings.
Don’t just believe in God, but BELIEVE GOD.
There is a difference in believing in God and believing that God’s promises are the same yesterday, today, and forever. When we share with others what we have been through or may be going through at the moment, you may not only be helping strengthen areas in your walk, but also doing the same for them.
It’s okay to be vunerable and transparent.
Be open when you are struggling because we were not meant to travel this road alone. Don’t be ashamed of your past. Everyone has one! Your past is your life’s greatest story of what God has done for you and what he can do for others. Share it, don’t save it. Boldly share your story, for others to know his love.
Love without ceasing!
Love God with all your heart ALL THE TIME!
Just like a tree has seasons of being bare and broken, we will too. But do not forget that a new season WILL come! One of full bloom!