Thursday, October 13, 2016

For The Broken

For the broken

For the one feeling unloved

You are worthy
You are important
You are valuable
You are precious
You are beautiful
You are loved
You are terrific
You are a blessing to others
And you are blessed 

For the broken times in your life remember that you valued and that you are appreciated.  

Sometimes it takes helping another person through their time of brokenness to realize that you do have something to offer.

I have had times of brokenness. 

I have also seen others during their times of brokeness and this was one of those times. 

A stranger came into our house. 

My husband had found her sobbing in her car at the side of the road. He convinced her to pull into our driveway and to come inside to meet me. 

This woman was broken. Her life was shattered. Her heart had been pierced. 

Being the introvert that I am, I just listened to her and let her cry. 

She wasn't in need of a lecture or advice. She simply needed to pour out her tears and weep. 

Our dog nestled in beside her as she sat on the floor of our kitchen and cried. Hugging our pet, she sobbed for about hour as she made negative comments about her life, her decisions and her actions. 

When she called herself a "loser" I responded by saying, "No, you are not. You've just made some mistakes." After about an hour, she was ready to leave. 

She thanked me for letting her come inside, for listening and for letting her hug our dog. Then she reassured me that she had a friend with whom she could stay for the night. 

I have prayed for this stranger ever since. 

Sometimes, just being a listener is all that we can do and all that we need to do. 

Your Turn:  Have you been broken? Have you helped someone who has been broken? Feel free to share in the comment section. 

Image Credit: JennyEBurr 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Are We There Yet?

"Are we there yet?" chorused two young voices from the back seat. 

That was often a question our daughters would ask as we traveled home to visit family. 

A two and a half hour drive to see my husband's family and a seven hour drive to see my family led them to ask that question numerous times. 

Over the years, I too have asked my Heavenly Father the same question. 

"Are we there yet?"  

Two weeks after our car had been totalled our van was also struck and deemed a write off by insurance. With no vehicle to get us anywhere and living outside of city bus transportation, my husband and I both shook our heads and laughed. 

Laughing wasn't going to change the situation but it certainly did ease the stress and tension. If we had reacted with anger it would only have added to the stress and it still wouldn't have altered what had happened. 

We were thankful that no one in our family was hurt by either accident. We were also grateful, that the other individuals who caused the accidents weren't seriously injured. 

Insurance only provided enough for the purchase of one vehicle. So for one year we commuted together. Not an easy task, when my work would call me to various locations and my husband had a distance to travel for temporary work. 

Over the past eight years I have found myself asking my Heavenly Father the same question again and again.

Are we there yet? 

It has been eight years and counting since my husband was laid off from Nortel.  Eight years of financial stress and struggle.  Eight years of unsteady employment for us both. 

"Have we learned everything that You want us to learn from these experiences Heavenly Father?"

"Have we been humbled enough?"

"Have we given up our will for Your will?"

"Are we now trusting You completely?" 

"Is this part of our journey finished?" 

"Are we there yet?"

We are more than ready for God to pour out His blessings and we look forward to the future.  

We are waiting and trusting in God's timing and plans for us. 

During these years we have started to notice the little things.

The love-wrapped-blessings-in-the almost-hidden-gifts.

The falling-in-love again and growing stronger in faith in our precious Heavenly Father. 

Sometimes in waiting for the future and the BIG BLESSINGS we miss the LITTLE BLESSINGS that God offers to us. 

The daily offerings of His presence.

The blessings He provides in nature: 
the grass, 
the dirt,
the fragrance after the rain, 
the ever changing sky above us, 
the colourful wonder of fall, 
the rocks, plants, water,
and animal life. 

The blessings He pours out in the people we have in our lives:
our adult daughters,
their grandparents,
our siblings and siblings in law,
our friends,
and our church family.

Taking the time to appreciate all that our Heavenly Father offers us daily has been helpful in our life journey. 

Are we there yet? 

Your turn: Do you sometimes find yourself asking the question, "Are we there yet?" Please feel free to share.  

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