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You can look up at the calendar & exhale. It’s okay to feel bone tired —you have One who gives His bone & His body for you & beckoned: Come Rest.
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It’s okay to feel done — you have One who listens to the last nail be driven in & proclaims all the hellish things finished.
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It’s okay to feel battered & bruised — you have One who storms your battles, takes back everything that needs a comeback, & proves His side won.
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It’s okay to feel like a fool — you have One who proves that real love makes anyone the wisest fool who gives more, forgives more, because love defies logic, love is the self-giving, cruciform foolishness that is the ultimate wisdom of the universe.
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It’s okay to feel behind — you have One who's the Head & the Author & the Maker & the Finisher & the Warrior & nothing is over until He carries you over the finish line.
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It’s okay to feel on the outside — you have One who is passionate about you on the inside, who wants to be with you so desperately, He moves into your empty places, your abandoned places & fills you with chosenness & wholeness & with-ness — He knows the fulfilled life is an inside job.
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It’s okay to feel spent — you have One who pays you all His attention, who says you're worth costing Him everything — & then bought you back from the pit. You are priceless.
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It’s okay to feel whatever you feel — feelings are meant to be fully felt & then fully surrendered to God.
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You have One who left the clamor of the 99, to find you, remind you, remake you, rename you, release you.
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One who is a greater lover, rescuer, saviour, friend — than you have ever imagined.
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His love for you is oceanic, His welcome of you is enthusiastic, His purpose through you is cosmic, His commitment to you is astronomic, & His hope in you is meteoric.
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Whatever the story is — it’s okay. We know the ending — & how it will be the beginning of the truest happily ever after. Because the Writer of the story has written Himself into your hardest places & is softening the edges of everything with redeeming grace.
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It's been a whole month since he came home from the hospital and each day seems to be better. Each morning I wake up and my entire family is under one roof is such a blessing. We have an appointment in August to talk through everything with the doctors but I'm believing in total healing. That this thing - whatever is was - is now just a part of our story. Because "What is your mountain to a mountain-moving God?"
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"Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders...
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander..."
How many times have those words been my aching anthem, @tayasmith.... When we are out of our depths, we touch the depths of God --- #TheBrokenWay @hillsongunited @thejusticeconference #Justice17

Yeah — if you’re being gut honest here — you don’t really want the cards or the flowers.
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Or what gets wrapped up in shiny paper, or stuffed in a bag with wrinkled tissue paper, or anything that gets tied up and presented with these dangling tendrils of curling ribbon.
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What you really wanted is to be extraordinarily, obviously, good at this. At this mothering thing.
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You wanted to be the best at this.
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You wanted to take the podium and gold medal in mothering — not take a million timeouts behind some locked bathroom door, turn on the water so no one hears you sobbing at what a mess this whole shebang is, and how you’d like to run away. Ask me how I know?
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Honest? You wanted to be more.
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You wanted to be more patient — you wanted to never lose it, to always have it together, to keep calm and that is all.
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You want a do-over.
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You wanted to be better.
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Never once did you ask to come stumbling into this with all this baggage — all this unspoken broken.
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So… SomeOne?
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Could someone just wrap up … a bit of Grace?
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What every mother wants, her most unspoken need — is a truckload of Grace.
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Grace that buries her fears that her faith wasn’t enough, and that her faults were too many.
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Grace that washes her dirty wounds and wounds the devil’s lies.
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Grace that says she doesn’t have to try to measure up to anyone else because Jesus came down — and He measures her as good enough, as worthy enough, as loved more than enough.
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Grace embraces you before you prove anything — and after you’ve done everything wrong.
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"Grace holds you when everything else falls apart — and whispers that everything is really falling together.” ~The Broken Way
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Grace loves us when we are at our darkest worst — and wraps us in the best light.
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What happened in the past can’t change it, and nothing in the future can intimidate the reality of it — and it’s what your soul aches for the most —- and it’s the realest true:
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You are always sufficient — because God always gives you His all sufficient grace.
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What is real? Real living, real believing, real faith?
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Real living doesn’t always feel like living.
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It can feel like you’re really dying. It can feel like you are breaking apart and losing pieces of yourself—and you are.
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Because when you let yourself love, you let parts of you die. Or you aren’t really loving.
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You must let your false self be broken, parts of you that you only thought were necessary.
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You must embrace your union with Christ, bravely surrender and trust that what’s breaking and being lost is never the eternal, needed parts of you-- but always the temporal, needless parts that were getting in the way of you becoming real.
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The miracle of real happens when you let all your suffering create love. When you let the pain make passion. The passion makes you real.
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Passion isn’t about what or whom you want most, but for what or whom you most willingly sacrifice.
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I told my Mama once:
"Your heart’s beautiful—especially the broken edges where you let the love get in.”
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One of Mama’s white curls falls in front of her eyes. I tuck it gently behind her ear.
. “Mama? You are the bravest when you speak your unbraveness.
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You are the safest when you are the realest.
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When you are the realest about your brokenness — that is when you can know you’re most beloved.”
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Maybe the bravest thing is to be real enough to say we’re broken and unbrave — and trust we’re still loved in our broken and unbrave.
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All that’s been is what makes us velveteen.
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All that’s been is what makes you beautiful, makes you love, makes you real.
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All that’s been is what makes us velveteen. All that’s been is what makes you beautiful, makes you love, makes you real.
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I told my Mama: "We’re becoming the Velveteen Real Mamas.... "
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Yeah, us all being made into the the Club of The Real Broken & Most beautiful Velveteen Mamas... one brave moment after another.
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Now is the season that in all our brokenness – we get to become an abundance of joy. One intentional act of Giving It Forward Today – everyday.
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Let’s listen for the pain in the world today and pour love into it.
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Listen for the aches of things today and lodge a bit of your heart in right there.
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It's true –– Giving is about what you have in your heart — not about what you have in your hands...
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An act of kindness, giving it forward, can be more powerful than a sword in starting movements that move us all toward Love.
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You're in, right? You've got nothing to lose, right? And only a whole lot of unexpected joy to gain.
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We could all together kinda start a little movement of Giving It Forward this weekend, this week, this month, choosing to #BeTheGIFT, living broken & given like bread out into a world down right hungry for love right now.
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Could there be a more beautiful way to live your one life?
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Dare with us -- to take a daring path to the abundant life!
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Download your JUNE Gift list & be a part of the joy we all need?
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Turns out that my cleaning distraction went late into the night; so many pages of notes and thoughts waiting to be illustrated. If you haven't picked up @annvoskamp #TheBrokenWay I really encourage you to do so. Those of you who have been following me a long time know that I'm a huge fan, but her words always prick the deepest trenches of my heart, pry them open and give them focus. Tremendously grateful for her gift, her life, her words and her influence. #bible #biblejournaling #illustratedfaith #annvoskamp

…and you bet, it's true -- Giving is about what you have in your heart — not about what you have in your hands...
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An act of kindness, giving it forward, can be more powerful than a sword in starting movements that move us all toward Love.
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You're in, right? You've got nothing to lose, right? And only a whole lot of unexpected joy to gain.
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We could all together kinda start a little movement of Giving It Forward Today, choosing to #BeTheGIFT, living broken & given like bread out into a world down right hungry for love right now.
Could there be a more beautiful way to live your one life?
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Dare with us -- to take a daring path to the abundant life!
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Download your MAY Gift list & be a part of the joy we all need?
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#linkinprofile #FreePrintable #TheBrokenWay #beTheGIFT #LetsDoThisThing!
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When that window shattered into 7 billion pieces, a sliver stuck my heart and maybe a sliver is all we ever have?
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It wasn’t so much that our farm boy had turned the tractor too sharp.
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It wasn’t that he’d backed the tractor into the auger of the wagon hitched behind him.
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It wasn’t even so much that the steel auger had slammed into the full window of the tractor — exploding the glass into a torrent of shards all over our boy, the tractor cab, across the yard.
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It was the way I saw him turn to hide what was slipping down all stinging wet, him more broken than any pane of glass.
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The farm boy swept a million shards off his lap. And I watched the farm boy drive the tractor back out to the field, back to the Farmer in the combine, back to fill up with his next load of wheat.
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How did he know? Even when we’re broken, we battle onward, all the fixing coming in the moving forward.
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When the Farmer looks up from the steering wheel to his boy in the shattered tractor, he nods quiet.
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The farm boy turns his eyes away.
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Sometimes it’s hard to look love square in the eye and accept the acceptance. Is this why we turn from God?
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"You know how it is, Ann…” The Farmer glances at the wagon, our son driving alongside of us, and then back to the wheat he’s combining.
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"From where we stand, we can’t see whether it’s something’s good or bad. All we can see is that God’s sovereign and He is always good, working all things for good".
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The Farmer slows towards the end of the field. The farm boy nods to his dad through that hole where there used to be a window. The window that broke — but who are we to see?
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The Farmer looks up at the farm boy headed towards the bin.
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"We may have taken a boy to the field. But I think we may be bringing home a man. God’s only up to good work.”
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I reach over and lay my hand on the knee of the Farmer’s work worn wranglers. Say it quiet. “All we can see is Christ – and in Him all is grace.”
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And in the combine’s rear view mirror, I can see it, just what we always have, what we can always only see — Just a sliver swaying behind us there in a whisper of wind. #NewBlogPost #LinkInProfile #TheBrokenWay http://bit.ly/InsteadOfBeingStressed

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"The very thing that we are afraid of, our brokenness, is the door to our Father's heart." Paul Miller. So anxious to start reading this book by Ann Voskamp, one of my favorite authors!

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I am starting to let my mom's disease define who I am. I don't want that but as a caregiver it is happening. Thank God for great books that are my steady companions these hard days. I am so thankful for the writings of @sweetmariagoff and @annvoskamp. .
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Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart. Audacious longing, burning songs, daring thoughts, an impulse overwhelming the heart, usurping the mind... --Heschel and Dresner in "I Asked For Wonder"
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...that is when my fear of death became the death to my fears...

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"Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you" Ps. 55:22 Just exhale (right now) ... and Smile. Feels better, doesn't it? Practice it again: smile.
Sometimes smiling is an act of defiance against what's pressing down hard. Sometimes smiling is an act of sheer bravery. Sometimes smiling in brokenness is how we re-member: We are the Resurrection People & there is more happening than what seems & we practice our faith. Practice Smiling. Practice Joy. Practice counting gifts. It's Friday, the weekend is coming, & He's got us. No situation is more hopeless than our Savior is graceful.
#TheBrokenWay #PreachingGospeltoMyself
art credit: Kelli Murray

"Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you" Ps. 55:22 Just exhale (right now) ... and Smile. Feels better, doesn't it? Practice it again: smile.
Sometimes smiling is an act of defiance against what's pressing down hard. Sometimes smiling is an act of sheer bravery. Sometimes smiling in brokenness is how we re-member: We are the Resurrection People & there is more happening than what seems & we practice our faith. Practice Smiling. Practice Joy. Practice counting gifts. It's Friday, the weekend is coming, & He's got us. No situation is more hopeless than our Savior is graceful.
#TheBrokenWay #PreachingGospeltoMyself
art credit: Kelli Murray

Ann Voskamp

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

"I don't know how to love like I want. I don't know how to smooth out angst or stress or worry, but I know you either leave your worries with God…Or your worries will make you leave God." ~Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way

It's all connected. The mind can be stressed, when the spirit is broken, and the body responds with defense mechanisms (sometimes eating, sometimes alcohol or caffeine, or whatever it is for you) because it's all connected, and when one is out of balance, overwhelmed or underwhelmed, then it's all out of balance.

The key is to bless others: "the best way to de-stress is to bless." ~Ann Voskamp

Bless someone today, lend a helping hand, do something nice for someone. See how much stress you lose by helping someone else lose theirs.
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You can't help but go outside to take it in... #thebrokenway #1000gifts #beautyheals #hehasthis

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