Crushed But Not Broken

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 ESV

I’ve just really had it on my heart lately to speak out on something and I just want to share a little about me and just share what’s on my heart. I just feel led to reach out to all the single people and single parents.

People tend to think that Christians are these people who have it together and have always had it together. Truth of the matter is, we are all broken and sinful people that are saved by the wonderful grace of Jesus.

If you don’t know me then you don’t know my story. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t start my adult life off “right”. I am not only a survivor but a testimony to how great God really is.I have lost a baby, had a baby outside of marriage, lived against God’s plan. I have made it through an infidelity and heart break.  My life has not been a fairytale. God can bring change to any heart and any situation, He can and will restore. I have been through alot but by the grace of God I have made it through. I wouldn’t change a thing because every trial and tribulation has refined me through the fire. “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1Peter 5:10ESV

If you are reading this I just want you to know Jesus loves you. I’m not trying to sound generic, but it’s true. God wants you to know that you were never meant to do it alone. He sees your heart, he knows your needs, your wants, your desires. When your home alone and you feel like there is nobody in the world that understands your pain, He does. When you are facing having your electricity being cut off, He is there and He will make a way. When you are crying yourself to bed at night and wondering why you have to go through what you are going through, He is there. Jesus keeps all of your tears, every one.

Don’t sell yourself short,know that you are worth so much to our King Jesus. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are worth more than drunken one night stands and promiscuity. You are the child of the most high, you are royalty. Even though you don’t feel like this person I’m describing, YOU ARE! I have seen you suffering, the smiles you give when inside you are hurting so much. I know you are brokenhearted, I see it in your eyes even though you think you have the world fooled. Know that Jesus can restore any relationship, any family. In your situation, He sees you. Bring your broken heart to Him, let Him heal you. Pray for a godly partner, sent by God Himself. He will send your partner in His time, not yours, be patient child. Not every man/woman you meet and “fall in love” with is sent from God.Pray continuously for discernment.

You are loved so much and my desire for you is for you to recognize that.  I just want to offer a prayer for you if you are reading this.

Lord,

I know you hear the cries of your children, you hear the brokenhearted calling out for a savior. Lord draw near to them. Let your love shine down on those who do not know you. Let hearts be turned to You. Let lives be changed, families and relationships be restored. Let there be an overflow of forgiveness in hearts. Lord protect those that seek you from any scheme of the enemy. Fill your children with the peace only You can bring. Let them answer Your call. Lord, I just intercede on behalf of anybody who needs it Lord, that they would be moved by your Holy Spirit. You are Glorious, Holy, and Worthy of all that I have to give.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own. 1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 ESV

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well Psalm 139:141 ESV

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.Psalm147:3 ESV

And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. Acts 3:19-21 ESV

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Watch Yo Mouth

I just wanted to share some scripture with my readers regarding cussing. So many people praise God and with the same breath speak foulness into the air. James 3:10 ESV From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

As a follower of Christ you are to be holy, and what comes out of your mouth must reflect that. I admit I am not perfect, but the only perfect person that ever walked this earth was Jesus! It is our duty to strive to walk the narrow path, the road that is hard to stay on, the road to hell is wide and leads to destruction! I say this with love, bridle your tongue.James 3:6-8 ESV And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Your tongue/mouth is meant to encourage, to exhort, to share your testimony, spread the gospel, lift people up, give prayer and thanks. Use it for its purpose!

Colossians 3:8 ESVBut now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Ephesians 4:29 ESV Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Matthew 15:10-11 ESVAnd he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

Matthew 12:36-37 ESV I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Ephesians 5:4 ESV Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

James 1:26 ESV If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.

Psalm 141:3 ESV Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

Luke 6:45 ESV The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Matthew 5:37 ESV Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Proverbs 4:24 ESV Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

Romans 12:2 ESV Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

James 3:11-13 ESV Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water. Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

Colossians 4:6 ESV Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Prayer for Our Nation

I just want to offer prayer as we enter into election day Tuesday.

Dear Lord,

Please protect your people on their way to vote, give your people wisdom and discernment as they head to the polls Tuesday. Lord guide your people, help them to look to You as they make their decision and cast their votes. Put people in office that will stand on your word, people that value life in EVERY stage because you make all of us intricately in our mothers wombs.Return this country to its foundations, which were set on You! Help us as a nation Lord, turn our hearts to You. Though some are far from you Lord, intercede on their behalf, soften their hearts and turn their eyes to You. Bring revival in Your church, in this nation. I pray for intercession for those running for office, those who honor Your word that they would continue to look to You in everything. Lord I thank You for our freedoms, and I pray You would strengthen Your church. Let Your voice be heard , for You alone are King of Kings and Lord of Lords! AMEN

Psalm 139:13 For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. (HCSB)

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (ESV)

1 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way (ESV)