The Value of Broken Things

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He allows my heart to be broken so that love and compassion can flow freely into the lives of those around me.

via The Value of Broken Things — Dark Side of the Moon

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

It’s hard to believe December is already here! You are reading this on December 2nd, but I’m writing it on December 1st. Already this morning I have initialed and dated school assignments for my daughter and was mildly alarmed at the fact that I was writing 12/1/17 on the page. Where has the year gone? Before we know it, this month will end and a new year will begin.

In the midst of all the hustle and bustle that is typical of the Christmas season, I am thankful for the theme for this week’s photo challenge. It’s good to pause, breathe, and remember the serene moments of life before returning to the busy schedule on the calendar.

What is more serene than a quiet afternoon on the porch swing with Grandpa and Puppy Love?

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“Princess” Alysa with Grandpa and Puppy Love

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Offer unto God Thanksgiving ~ Psalm 50

The mighty God, even the LORD, has spoken,
and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shined.
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence:
a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about Him.
He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people.
“Gather My saints together unto Me; those that have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
And the heavens shall declare His righteousness: for God is judge Himself. Selah.

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Summer and Winter

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“Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: Thou hast made summer and winter.”
Psalm 74:17

The sun was bright, the days and nights were hot
All summer long, but my cold soul was not.
Without were sunshine, singing birds and rain;
Within, a frosty chill, a blight, a bane.
The summer breezes tossed my hair, but winter filled my soul.

Then came the autumn leaves of change apace.
The winds, now hot, now cold, opposed my face.
The air was growing cool against my skin,
But I began a warmth to feel within.
The days of autumn change were here, yet springtime filled my soul.

Now winter is upon us, cool and crisp.
The north winds blow their freezing winter wisp.
Without is white and gray and much of blue;
Within a rainbow casts its graceful hue.
Old Winter, blow your stinging breath! God’s summer floods my soul.

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December 1, 2004 ~ This morning my devotions came from Psalm 74:17, “Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.” The juxtaposition of these two seasons in the same verse, combined with Spurgeon’s appurtenant comments, set my mind to thinking about the myriad of changes that have taken place in my heart over the past six months. This past summer was perhaps the darkest period of my life to date. I faced such depression as I would never like to imagine. I wanted to drink, to put an end to my life, to run away from church, husband and children. I refused to run to God—I held Him responsible. But God never deserted me. He softened my heart in a most unexpected way, through a class that I did not want to take. Who would have known that the book of Isaiah would hold so much truth that I needed to hear? I know it’s silly to say such a thing about any part of God’s Word, but that was the way I felt a few months ago. God has transformed my thinking and my heart. He has given me new life. I already had eternal life, but God restored my soul. The miracle that brought about my salvation continues to occur in my soul, washing me clean from new sins, purging the dross, making me more a reflection of Christ. I don’t know what others see, but I feel young and vibrant and alive again spiritually. I am in love with Christ my Redeemer.

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Photo taken in Chesapeake, Virginia, 2011