The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp is my new favorite book! I am re-reading it for the second time, and there is so much good stuff in this that I am still trying to soak in. This book speaks to me at a deeply personal level. Ann Voskamp says in her book,
“Be brave. Your bravery wins a thousand battles you can’t see because your bravery strengthens a thousand others to win their battles too.”
I’m praying that I can be brave. I really want to share about the battle I have had with anxiety and panic attacks the last three years. I am still processing everything that happened when I had a complete physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual breakdown. To not be able to function and take care of my family was very traumatic, and a part of me never wants to remember any of it. It can seem easier at times, especially now that I feel so much better, to just stay busy and try to forget that it ever happened, but I truly believe that I need to remember and share to continue to heal. This book has been a catalyst in helping me to not be afraid of the brokenness anymore. Ann Voskamp says,
“Never be afraid of broken things--because Christ is redeeming everything.”
I am discovering that It is easier to be broken than to pretend that I am whole.
I sincerely hope that anyone that is reading this knows that,
“You are never alone, never abandoned, never not safe. Jesus gives us what we need most to fight the fear: communion. Comfort your fears with more of Him, with touching His own broken heart, by letting Him gently press your wounds into His. With-ness breaks brokenness. He comes again, always again, Jesus whispering over everything else, ‘Do not be afraid--I am with you. When you know you’re never alone in the fear, you lose the fear of the fear. Not being afraid of even being afraid--may be the bravest way of all.’”
I really could write the whole book out, but I won’t, so if any of this strikes a chord with you then please check out The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp.