The Mended Heart (Forward)

Hi everyone, I was going to start doing a devotional book by Suzanne Eller called The Mended Heart. It’s about finding God’s healing for your broken places, like a broken heart. My Mama is going to help me make it simple and more to the point then me just typing out the whole chapter which would be something I would do. But today I am going to put in the forward. Hope you like it as much as we do!

“As a young mom, I wore fear, worry and anxiety around me like a heavy old robe. I had three young boys and battled a disease that left me exhausted and constantly frustrated. Even so, I enjoyed sweet times of fellowship with God. I pursued Him, ran after Him with a passion and zeal. I pulled myself out of bed in the mornings before the boys got up so I could have some time in the Word, time in prayer and time to listen to what the Lord had to say to me. He really was my greatest treasure, even though up to that point my life was nothing like I thought it would be.

I struggled more often than not. I hated my fears and insecurities; I wondered if I’d ever get free from the past pain that plagued me so, or if God would ever deliver me from the sickness that sapped me of my strength. I finally cried out to God in the most reckless way, “Lord Jesus! I can’t pursue You more than I do right now with three little kids and this wretched disease! I pray. I read. I journal. I spend time with You. But when I get up from this place, my life seems no different. I still battle the same fears and insecurities. What am I missing, Lord? Where’s the victory?” I waited. Then He spoke to me:

“I get that you love Me. But you don’t seem to understand that I love you. So from now on – until I tell you differently – every time you’re about to say, “I love You Lord,” I want you to turn it around and say, “You love me, Lord.” Say it now.”

Shocked and surprised by this revelation, I whispered under my breath, “You love me, Lord.” He whispered to me again, Say it again. “You love me, Lord.” I repeated this statement several times and had to admit, something about those words seemed both foreign and familiar – foreign because I’d put more emphasis on my walk with God than His walk with me; and familiar because I realized that He designed me for Him, to be loved by Him, to walk with Him, so that living in response to that love would become the most natural, supernatural thing in the world.

Scripture tells us that God loved us first. While we were yet sinners, He died for us (see Rom. 5:8) – that it’s not about how high we jump, but that He stooped down to make us great (see Ps. 18:35). And that “it is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” (Gal. 5:1).

We’ve all have been bruised and battered by this life. People hurt us and we make our own bad choices; and, for far too many, that’s where the story ends. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a way to get unstuck, a way through the valley and to the other side.

God extends His hand to you on this journey and, if you trust Him, He’ll do such a deep work in you that you’ll barely recognize yourself once the story is over.”

“You are not alone.” “You don’t have to earn God’s love.” “You don’t have to run anymore.”

I hope you all liked this forward from the mended heart. The forward was written by Susie Larson (Radio Host, Author, Speaker). I will be posting more from this book on Monday’s and hope that you enjoy the devotions as much as I do.

Here’s a song be Lauren Daigle called Come Alive (Dry Bones)

~Till tomorrow~

~Jen~

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