Written by: Judy Elmer
One summer afternoon my husband unexpectedly had a brain bleed that caused a massive stroke. My strong, energetic husband’s life - and mine too - drastically changed. I was in a place where I needed to be strong and courageous, but instead I felt weak and scared. We both were broken.
My husband was gone from home a long time, from August to January. He was in the hospital, skilled rehab, and a nursing home. Being alone at home was a new thing for me, and I didn’t like it. God used that time to teach me about the power of praising Jesus. Proclaiming the truth about Jesus and who He is helped me to look beyond my troubles. God used Christian music to comfort and encourage me. Listening to the truth sung about God and His promises helped me to turn my eyes to Jesus. During those dark, lonely nights I sensed His presence and realized I was not alone. I was able to rest in God’s peace.
Brokenness comes in many ways…broken hearts, broken families, broken dreams. Are you in a place where you feel broken? If so, you’re not alone. God understands and can take the broken pieces of your life and make something new. No matter how difficult a situation is or how weak and scared you feel, you can count on Him. You can trust Him. He is able to hold you, carry you, and lead you through the tough times because He’s God and He said so.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Since my husband’s stroke we have what we call a new normal. Our life has changed in many ways, yet I can see that God is taking my brokenness and making something new and good.
There’s a lot I don’t understand. Yet the one thing that is crystal clear is Jesus’ love. His love is like an anchor that is steady and strong. His plan for you and me is good and full of hope. He said so.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” - Jeremiah 29:11
My Jesus, You are the king of my heart. I praise You for who You are…my anchor, my caregiver, and my love. Even with all the twists and turns in life, You are still Good. Thank You for Your grace and transforming power. Take my brokenness and make something beautiful. Amen.
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