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Father, I cannot heal this brokenness alone. I do not know how to surrender this burden. I want to. I long to. But I am fearful of what will be left when the brokenness is gone. Who am I without it?
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Father, lead me through this. Guide me with Your life and truth. Help me to trust in Your way, in Your words. Lead me to You. Lead me to a better me. Lead me to healing.
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“Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” Psalm 43:3, 5
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I will keep praising you, Lord. You are good, good, good.

@alliebridge shares a beautiful note in her book “Twenty Two”: God isn’t waiting for me to get somewhere.
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He sees my “was” and “is” and “will be” wrapped in eternity and grace and mercy and He loves all of me. Who I was. Who I am. Who I will be. He sees it all and He has purpose for all of it. It all matters.
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God’s purpose for me is not a destination, but the journey of “was” and “is” and “is to come.”
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This all matters. All of it.
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So what am I doing with it all? Regardless of where I am going, how is my journey reflective of Him? I can imagine the answer to that isn’t so encouraging. But there is hope. This journey doesn’t end when I mess up. His love doesn’t cease when I try to take control of the way. The journey is messy, but it all matters. And it is all beautiful and hopeful.
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The destination is just a piece - the journey is the whole. Journey with Him. Let Him in. All in.

From last night:

“And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.” Hosea 2:15

The Valley of Achor was at the entrance of Canaan. When Israel enters the land, she will again pass through the Valley of Achor (lit., “Valley of trouble”), the site of Achan’s heinous sin which jeopardized the success of the Conquest (Joshua 7). However, this time the valley will be a symbol of better things to come, a door of hope leading to repossession of the Promised Land.

Prayer:
Father thank you for this hope. Thank you for this conversation that is about to take place. Open our hearts, Father. In the midst of whatever we are facing tonight, whatever brokenness is before us, open our hearts. And may this Valley of Despair run into a door of hope. May this brokenness, this sin, this shame, this fear, this regret, this “blank” in our lives, may it now lead way to a Promised Hope. In your name we pray, Amen.
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I think the most important and beautiful thing that came out of last night is the conversations that happened after. The “me too...” and “I understand...” and “I’ve been there...” and “thank you...”.

We are starting a new conversation here. No more faking fine, no more facades. We are breaking free - we are healing. Last night mattered. My story matters. Your story matters. Shame and fear have no hold here. Redemption is real. And something really powerful is coming, I can feel it.

Father, thank you. Thank you for using my story. Keep breaking me open for Your glory.

I wish it wasn’t true, but it is. Does it sound familiar to you, too?
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“When the church isn’t for the suffering and broken, then the church isn’t for Christ. Because Jesus, with His pierced side, is always on the side of the broken.” @annvoskamp
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The church can no longer be the place where we learn to fake fine, or the place where we feel safer behind the facade. We are all broken in our own way, and we all need healing. The church should be the safest place for that healing to take way.
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Join me tonight at @lifecompasschurch at 5pm as we start the conversation.

In her lowest place
she found the grace
the strength, the courage
the room, the space
to move and live
and breathe again.
// @morganharpernichols @thestorytellerco

“They glorified God because of me...” Galatians 1:24

There is a beautiful story to tell here. The story of Saul -> Paul. You see, God wasn’t limited to getting glory from what Paul had finally become; He also received glory from what He’d done with the poor choices Paul had made all along.

Paul was a vessel for God’s glory - not a failure written off by his mistakes. We are vessels for God’s glory - not failures written off by our mistakes.

God has a purpose - for every piece. My past is not erased, but my future has new purpose. Redemption changes the trajectory of where we are headed, while using our past to propel us for His glory and purpose.

There is hope despite the past. Step in to Him. Allow Him to use you. So others may “glorify God because of you.”

LOCAL FRIENDS: I will be speaking more on this and sharing my own story of brokenness at @lifecompasschurch on April 8th! Hope to see you there!

I am this girl who fears being irrelevant. Of slowly fading into the background.
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But what am I now? Am I not irrelevant now behind this facade? If it’s not the real me, is she not already faded into the background?
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What is relevancy if it is not authentic?
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If we’re putting on a show, if we’re living the facade, hiding behind the mask, we’re already irrelevant.
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[AUTHENTICITY OVER RELEVANCY]
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But what is authenticity? Transparency and admission of failure. The rejection of pretense and hypocrisy. Truth-telling about all areas of my life. More than anything, I believe it is bravery. It’s the bravery to show up in our mess. It’s the bravery to show up in others messes.
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We are authentic so others can be too. Not relevant so others can applaud us.
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If we fake it, if we choose relevancy, that is the message we are sending to others, as well. We are promoting the facade life. Rather than sharing the grace filled life.
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We can’t have both, either. We have to choose the harder truth. The path of authenticity. BUT in true form, relevancy is s burden - it’s heavy and it’s messy (even messier than the mess we are trying to hide). And it’s just HARD. The pretending is hard, exhausting. Right? We just don’t always see that in the moment. We see the acceptance, the applause, the good show, the put together self that everyone enjoys. But when we unload all of that, we truly start to feel the weight we have been living under.
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It will always cost more to live in the facade. Authenticity is light - even when it is hard.
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Be you. Let people see that. God will work through your authenticity. You will do more good when you own the real you. People need that. People need you - not some image you have molded yourself to.

Word to all, go listen to @craiggroeschel’s most recent sermon on What Would Jesus Undo - Hypocrisy. WORD.
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Hypocrisy is the gap between what we SHOW and who we ARE. It’s this mask that shows perfection over an imperfect person. This mask that hides vices with virtue. This mask that covers chaos with well-put-together-social-media-lives. Hypocrisy is the life we live in when we refuse to show up AS WE ARE and announce to the world that we are imperfect. Because we’re afraid to be imperfect. We’re afraid to be flawed. We’re afraid to be vulnerable. We’re afraid, so we grab the closest mask to cover the shame. We are hypocrites.
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But with all good Jesus-stepping-in-to-save-us stories, there is HOPE.
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“When internally you’re being conformed to the image of Christ, when the Spirit of God is working within you, when God’s Word is transforming you, then out of an overflow of who you’re becoming you will display the goodness of God as a reflection of His work internally, not as an act to fool people on the outside, but borne within true spiritual work on the inside.”
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Basically, let Jesus into your mess. Let Him transform you inwardly so that you may live outwardly in His image and grace.
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Jesus can not stand the “show” - BUT He has unlimited grace for the mask wearers in need of forgiveness. UNLIMITED GRACE people. Whatever you are hiding, Jesus is great. Whatever story you are trying to rewrite by your own agenda, is nothing compared to the story He is ready to tell when you take off the mask and let Him in. “You are a soul and there is no physical thing that meets the empty needs of our souls. Only the grace-filled truth of the love of God.”
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“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” Proverbs 28:13
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“You are only as STRONG as you are HONEST.”
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What’s your mask covering? Mine? It’s covering fear, shame, regret, addiction, low self-esteem, worthlessness, brokenness. My mask is only keeping me from true healing, from true living. My mask is not me, but I’ve let you believe it is.
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We don’t close the gap with perfection. We close the gap with Christ. Search me Lord. Lead me.

You’ve seen it before and you’ll see it again, but I love this one. I read these words in @sniequist's “Present Over Perfect” long before EJP was even an idea, and they sat scribbled on a napkin in my bedside table for months. When I began to develop prints and products around a heart for hosting, I was reminded of this phrase and knew it had to be included. It’s kind of a beautiful Martha/Mary picture, ya know? Of course, if Jesus was coming into our homes we would want it to be clean and polished and beautiful. But when He arrives, all He wants is to sit with us, talk with us, receive the gift of our time. My closest friends know that I S T R U G G L E to focus on a single task. It has happened on about 1200 occassions that I pick up a broom and start sweeping the living room while friends are hanging out on the couch. I am pretty good at convincing myself that anything that doesn’t seem productive isn’t worthwhile (Enneagram 3’s, where ya at 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️). But if I *truly* treated each guest who arrived on my doorstep like Jesus...wouldn’t that change my whole approach? Wouldn’t I be hanging on their every word, dropping everything to spend time with them, apologizing for my dirty floors but accepting grace when they said they didn’t care?
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Dwelling on Psalm 27:13 lately while holding tight to this -> David, “a man after God’s own heart,” anointed to be King of Israel, GIANT SLAYER, is no stranger to suffering. He felt the faintness of heart. He cried out to God. BUT He also praised God. Because he believed. He believed - he KNEW - he would outlive his troubles and not perish under them. He KNEW that when he walked by faith in the goodness of the Lord that he would in due time walk in the SIGHT of that goodness.

Even in our current junk - oh boy is it heavy and ugly - we can trust that we will see the goodness of the Lord in our days. PRAISE. That we will not perish. That this is not our ending. That our story is not finished.

This suffering is real. This pain is real. This heartache is real. This regret is real. This confusion is real. This uncertainty is real. This fear is real.

BUT IT IS MOMENTARY. Release it all. Release it all and come to Him. Release it all and replace it with this hope.

Easier said than done, I know. Which is why I am white knuckling this truth. Because I need it to reach the depths of my soul. Through the shame, through the fear, through the shaking. We need this truth. It’s so hard, I know. But hold tight to it. Because we will walk in the sight of His goodness. There is hope.

WE WILL RISE. WE WILL RISE IN HIS GOODNESS. WE WILL RISE.

[y]our brokenness is welcome here
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Brokenness isn’t always obvious and blunt. Brokenness is a great disguiser. Even more so, it turns us into great disguisers. Brokenness has made me bitter and cold. It turned my love off. But we don’t see that in the midst of it all. We are truly convinced that we are doing just fine. We plant ourselves in the false belief that this is just who we are.
When we bring our brokenness to the light, we are calling out this facade. We are wrecking the image it has placed in front of us. And yes, we are confronted with the truth - that no, we are not okay. But we are also brought to this truth - that is okay.
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This has been my daily prayer: God, come. Break me open.
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I have a lengthy list of mistakes and brokenness. And I have held myself captive by believing that that is all I am, that list, those mistakes. Shame and fear have consumed me, they’ve run the show. For fourteen years. Fourteen rough years.
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No more. Slowly (slooooooowly), I am surrendering. I am bringing the facade into the light. I am lamenting. I am crying out. I am laying aside the dreadful shawl of shame and fear. I’m exposing it all. Raw, vulnerable exposure.
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It’s painful (understatement). But it is freedom. It is healing. He can and will flood every broken crack with love, mercy, and grace.
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Come God. Meet me here. Break me open. I invite you in. I want you here. In all of it. Come and show me your way, Your story for me. Reveal to me Your healing. My life is Yours.
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Welcome to my story. Welcome to my brokenness.

Hi loves! Sorry for not posting for a long time. You guys know where Dorabels have been lately 😅 Kidding aside, thank you so much guys for following “faithreeeeel” along the way!! I’m also touched and encouraged too, by the overwhelming DM’s i’ve been receiving from y’all. Buuut still the same, faythe is on the move, i ONLY changed my username to being more authentically ME, buuut less about me, only for God’s glory. Ooops, does that makes you reeled? Lol! Be excited to what lies ahead, even when your faith gets reel —- Just JESUS! 💜
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Feeling extremely grateful for @clonberger and his message last night.
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Here is the beauty: Jesus comes in right in the middle of our story, at just the right time. In the midst of our brokenness, Jesus steps in. He doesn’t wait for the ending - He steps in and gives us a new ending, a new hope.
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Jesus doesn’t stop at the brokenness. & if we stop at the brokenness we miss the victory, we miss the Gospel that changes our story.
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In our brokenness there is restoration. There is a better story.

Got to hear from @twvchitwood this past Sunday at @lifecompasschurch. Loved hearing (and resonating) with his story of brokenness.
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“God forges our faith in the pain we cannot understand.” How beautiful of a reminder is that?? Far too often we try to hide from our brokenness, or adapt a “fake it till me make it” mentality. But God wants to step right into that pain - with us. He has a hope for us in that pain. But only when we are willing to acknowledge it and move through it - not away from it - with Him.
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It’s difficult, but it’s beautiful.

There are times where you are pushed against the wall. Times when you literally feel the weight of failure crushing you. Friends, I'm there. Questioning every step I take because there's probably a grenade waiting for me. Complete honest moment here. I have felt so lost lately. So unsure of who, what, where, when, why... just so dang unsure. Constantly reminding myself to trust in Him. Trust in Him more than I am trusting in this temporary season. A new thing is coming, and I will only meet it if trust is before me and not fear.
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Please know, if this is your season, you are not alone. I don't say these words or share these feelings for attention or backlash or sympathy. I share them because I don't want you to wade in the waves alone. I'm right there with you. We are here together and we will meet the shore together.

Pretending we are strong or being strong out of woundedness actually accomplishes very little. There is no “faking it till you make it” in Scripture.
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But we grasp to our coping mechanisms. We slap on a band-aid and we move on in avoidance. Hoping by merely minimizing the brokenness we can will it away. That we can be shiny and new again. If we can just protect ourselves better o toughen up some more, we will be just fine. Unaware that brokenness left un-lamented is a brokenness un-healed.
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You are not healed because you picked yourself up and moved on. The world may call you strong and brave, but God calls brave those who cry out for healing, for wholeness. The world tells you to move on from your past, God wants to enter it. He wants to meet us in the brokenness, and He wants to bind up the wounds. He wants to love us - right where we are trying to run from. Because only He can enter that brokenness and walk out with us healed.
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God doesn’t overlook our broken hurts. Neither should we. The world wants us to “suck it up,” but God wants us to heal. In order to heal, we have to acknowledge the brokenness and we have to lament the pain. We have to cry out. We have to cry out.

The Lord is WRECKING me in 2018, y'all. He's doing some really crazy, scary, big things and I'm just along for the ride. This phrase has been on repeat in my head this week and I feel like after hearing this said for most of my life I'm finally starting to glimpse what it means. There is FREEDOM in obedience, my friends. Obedience can be intimidating and uncomfy and hard, but it brings blessing every. darn. time. Blessings like freedom and joy and lightheartedness and confidence in who God is and who He's calling me to be. I'm declaring freedom today, and I am DANCING in that, and I'd love to pray the same for you. If you're walking through a similar story right now, I'd absolutely love to hear it and join you in prayer. We serve a great, big God and I'm so grateful for the hard stuff that teaches that.

love you, love people
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What is your giving mindset? That there is never enough? That there is just enough? Or that there is always an overflowing amount to give? Reminder: God gave the greatest gift. In return, He asks us to give without holding back, as well. He shows us that there is always way more than enough. That, no matter what we hold or possess, we always have enough to give back. Always. So we are called to give back and to trust that we too will be provided for. We are called to trust God, not what we possess. To have the faith to give without holding back, so that He can take it further, so that He may throw open the windows of Heaven. There is always more than enough. In anything. Love. Food. Gifts. Money. Grace. Mercy. Hope. Helping. We have enough. We just need to first give.

🛏🙏🏽⚾️ #solidlightco #priorities

I love the way there is an exclamation mark after take heart- ‘In this world you will have trouble but take heart! I have overcome the world.’ The bible doesn’t gloss over the brokenness of the world we live in. Instead, Jesus came right into the middle of it so that the worst thing that could happen to us would be defeated. We get to live in the freedom that brings. Take heart because... the worst is over and the best is yet to come!

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