August 7, 2018

This Sunday our sermon series, “You’re Blessed,” spoke about being beautifully broken. What the world sees as broken and useless God sees as beautiful and useful. When we are at our lowest, God will mean the most to us. This statement stuck out to me because it changed my life seven years ago.
I was pregnant and on the verge of having to move out of my family’s home due to my behavior. I was also in college and had recently been saved. I was reading a devotional that told of a woman who refurbished old furniture. In this devotion, the woman took an old beat up dresser and worked diligently to polish and repair any broken pieces on this dresser to make it look like new. She compared her handiwork to the way God can turn us into something beautiful.
I remember so clearly how little and insignificant I felt about myself. I felt like my life meant absolutely nothing and all I was doing was bringing pain to the people I loved. But God came into my life and showed me His grace and love! He took me in my brokenness and changed me into who He had planned for me to become.
Our sermon was about the Beatitudes in Matthew. The only way to heaven is through the Father and the beatitudes explain who will enter the gates of heaven. It is the poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are meek, and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. The merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted for righteousness’ will also enter the gates of heaven. These descriptions are of people who are broken but who are saved by God.
Next time when you feel like you are too broken to be loved, to be forgiven or to be important enough to matter - just remember God has a plan for you! He loves and forgives you! So my question to you: Have you experienced the beauty of being broken?

Dylan Robinson - August 5, 2018

Beautifully Broken

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Jenny Hopkins

Jenny is a K-12 music teacher in Macks Creek, MO. She is learning American Sign Language and French and has a dog named Sven who is a great walking partner. Jenny loves traveling and wants to be able to communicate wherever she goes.

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