When I was eight, I jumped into the deep end of a public pool where our friends had gathered for a party. Unfortunately, the swimming lessons I had taken three years prior were a distant memory and a forgotten skill.
As I struggled to keep my head above water, I felt an arm reach around me and pull me to the side. It was a teenage boy. I didn’t know him and I never got his name, but he saved my life that day when he rescued this little girl who thought she could swim but didn’t have a clue.
We all struggle to keep our head above the waters of the pain we feel inside. Sometimes we find ourselves drowning in the brokenness of our past. Other times we sink under the wait of what we’re going through right now.
We have have days when we feel broken. It’s part of the human experience.
Sometimes we feel broken when we…
- Lose a loved one
- Fail as a momma
- Sin big
- Lose our job
- Experience rejection
- Are betrayed by those we love and trust
- Feel invisible, inadequate or unloveable
- Are overlooked
- Don’t know all the answers
- Are afraid to do what we know we should
- Try to do something that doesn’t work
- Allow our fears to paralyze us
- Walk through financial difficulties
- Believe the wrong voices
- Fail God
It’s not easy when life is hard and we’re drowning in our own circumstances. It’s never easy when we fail God… when we fail our kids… when we try to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders and hide the broken places of our hearts.
For those days when we feel broken, it’s important to know that Jesus is the only One who has the power to reach His arm around us and rescue us when we are drowning in our own circumstances. He’s the One who brings hope and healing to our hurting hearts. He’s the One who calms our fears, speaks truth to our lives and loves us relentlessly.
Feeling broken today? Soak in the truth of God’s Word.
Failed God? “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9 ”
Feeling invisible or unloved? “Yes, I have loved you with an everlastinglove; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” Jeremiah 31:2
Let fear paralyze you? “Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6-7
Feeling far from God? “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Sweet friend, you may feel broken because of your circumstances, but you are complete in Christ.
If you’ve been broken by what others have done to you… or maybe by the choices you’ve made… If you have failed God along the way… maybe sinned in a very public way or quietly disobeyed His voice, you are still His child and nothing can separate you from His love. Some of the greatest forefathers of the faith have done the same. Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and Solomon, just to name a few.
You may have failed Him, but the fact that you still have breath is proof that He’s not through with you yet. He still has a plan for your life and that plan is STILL good.
Today, you may ‘feel’ broken. Life is hard. We fail and we fall. But feeling broken is very different than being broken. Whatever you’re going through today, will you intentionally filter your feelings through the Word of God and trust Him to be who He says He is and do what He says He will do?
If you feel like you’re drowning in the sea of your circumstances will you call out for Him to wrap His loving arm around you and rescue you today?
Let Him bring healing to your broken heart, sweet friend. No one else can and besides…He’s really good at that!
Stephanie Shott is a speaker, author, and founder of The M.O.M. Initiative. But before all that, she was the product of an unwanted pregnancy, a sexual abuse victim, and a divorcee at only 19. Her story has been one that God intertwined to bless the hearts of thousands across the country and her heart for single moms is apparent. She makes her home in Jacksonville, Florida. For more information, visit www.themominitiative.com.
The Life of a Single Mom is a national, faith-based, nonprofit that exists to see that no single mom walks alone. To date, we have worked with more than 1,500 churches & community groups to start or improve a single mom’s support group in cities throughout the U.S. and beyond. We have a large array of books, curriculum, training materials, and online instructional videos to support ministry leaders who lead single moms. Our single mom programs focus on empowering single moms to grow spiritually, emotionally, financially, and parentally through a number of projects including: Single Mom University, Single Moms Across America, the National TLSM Single Moms Conference, and a variety of programs throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.thelifeofasinglemom.com