Jesus heals hurting hearts

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If you came over from Encouragement for Today, I’m so glad you here.

Jesus came to heal hurting hearts. 

Brokenness happens. Tragedy, sin, or the painful choices of others all have the ability to disrupt our lives. That may lead us to try to fix our own brokenness with less than hoped for results.

You were on the heart of Jesus when He stepped in front of a crowd who wondered why Jesus was even here. His response was His mission statement.

I have come to open the eyes of the blind.

I have come to heal the brokenhearted.

I have good news to share.

I have come to set the oppressed free, and break the chains of those in bondage. 

There are things that we can do to heal, and those are important, but your heart can be restored by the powerful truth outlined in Jesus’ mission statement in Luke 4:18-19.

Sometimes we just need to know where to begin, how to trust, how to give and receive grace, and how to move ahead stronger . . . even if others don’t move with you.

The Mended HeartIt’s my joy to offer you a gift today: Just click to download the Introduction and Chapter One of The Mended Heart: God’s Healing for Your Broken Places. 

Read through, and if you want to know more or you want to share it with others, then my prayer is that you’ll pick up the book and start the journey, Bible, journal, pen, and Jesus by the hand.

You can purchase it through Proverbs 31 Ministries, Amazon, B&N, and other bookstores. 

 If you are struggling with forgiving what has taken place, I’d love to offer you another free gift: The Introduction and Chapter One of The Unburdened Heart: Finding the Freedom of Forgiveness.

I also hope you’ll subscribe to this blog, for in just a few days we’ll start together a study over The Mended Heart.

We’ll dig in deep together to see what scripture has to say, and what gets in the way of healing, and where or what we can do next.

Last, I am excited to give away a copy of the book, The Mended Heart, to one of you who comments today.

Will you share with me how Jesus has set your heart free? Or allow me to pray with you as you take your journey to wholeness. 

Comments

  1. I just started this study on the Mended Heart and in fact just watched the week 1 video. It has brought up some painful moments in my past and I expected that. Today I am having what I call a “down” day, and to top it off I spilled my whole cup of coffee. On my desk and down into my keyboard but I think it’s going to live. My past life was a mess, growing up in a dysfunctional family I married as soon as I turned 18..To who I thought was the love of my life and at the time he was. We sort of grew up together, but we both got into drugs during the 70′s, That was when I had my daughter and son. I was a hippie then and living the lifestyle. My life began to unravel a little at a time. I have tremendous guilt inside, not for the lifestyle but that my children had absolutely no stability. I’ve been married 5 times and one was extremely abusive, physically and emotionally. I stuck it out for 12 years because he said if I left him he would find me and kill me and my children, who were from my first marriage. I guess I should tell you I am 63 now, and a lot of years were spent with me supporting the family. When I realized I couldn’t depend on anyone but myself I got a career that kept us supported until the children left home. They say when you become addicted to drugs or alcohol that you stop growing emotionally, and I totally believe it. During those painful years, I would turn to God to get me through the worst moments and He carried me through them, but then life and the world would take over again. I went through that several times and He was always there for me. But now I’m married to a Christian man, a good man, but controlling. And that is hard for me to deal with sometimes. Right now I feel stagnant and I don’t have time to be that way. I am taking care of my 90 year old aunt who is in rehab and soon coming home and since I live 5 minutes away most of the duties are up to me. My brother lives on the other side of town. I know I’m rambling but I’m trying my best to get my feelings sorted out. My children are grown and have children of their own, 7 all together.They have totally forgiven me but I see how the lack of stability in their lives and not having Christ on a “steady” basis has affected they’re lives now. They aren’t stable and don’t keep jobs so they get food from a food bank and the children have medicaid. The places where they work when they can find a job don’t have any benefits. I’m blessed to have my grandchildren though. I sent Bibles to my granddaughters and now I am sending them to the boys who are really excited about it. They didn’t want one until they saw the study bibles for teens I sent the girls. They have grown up going to church and are active in the Salvation Army church in the small city they live in and I love and pray fo them all the time. But my self-esteem is nil, I feel like a loser and I’m hoping this book will start to actually mend my heart. I have done BSF for 8 years so I’ve studied the Bible quite a bit and I go to church every Sunday and I’m a member of the altar guild, a greeter and help out in the kitchen once a month. I love my friends there and the rector is so down to earth his sermons touch me just about every week. I enjoy it all very much but constantly wonder how they feel about me if they knew my past. I have a problem finding quiet time with for prayer and meditation and I know that is what I need the most. Works are good but a personal relationship is what my soul craves. I have the book now and I’m starting on chapter 2. I am the only one of my siblings that is Christian and they think I am trying to convert them and my sister-in-law won’t even speak to me. I keep trying to find out what I did and get nothing in return, I sent her an e-card last night with a long letter and I will be surprised if I even hear from her. I need to give up and just let God take care of it. I am so glad I found this book and your study. I’m taking it very seriously, like I do everything. Thanks Suzie, the book is great.

  2. Wow! Thanks for this. God’s timing. I’m struggling with just remembering God doesn’t see me as a failure. I seem to fail at everything. It’s true. Everything I’ve started has ended, well, not well. My marriage, my kids, my walk with Christ. I’m struggling to read my Bible and even pray. I miss my relationship with the Lord but I can’t seem to see the road anymore. I’m in the middle of menopause which isn’t helping. I really have no close friends in or out of church. I have trouble trusting people. I’m a mess! So I would appreciate your prayers. I did see my doctor and told her I needed some help. She put me on a low dose depression med. I just keep getting up everyday hoping for some insight. So this really helped me. Thank you.

    • This is a verse I want you to write out and say it every day until it sinks into your heart:

      Romans 8:31-34
      What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one — for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one–for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

      He hasn’t given up on you. Instead, you are chosen by Him, and every lie of the enemy that comes at you to say that you aren’t treasured, loved, that God doesn’t have a plan for you, counter it with this truth.

      He loves you, even in the midst of your mess. You are chosen, right in the midst of your mess.

  3. I know I’m late for the free book entry, but I wanted to comment anyway, encouraged that you are reading each of these, Suzanne.
    Where to begin?
    I’m at a stage in my life where I know the Lord is humbling me and stripping me of all the things I’ve clung to besides Him, not to harm me, but to teach me He is all I need. Despite knowing this, I still find myself fighting Him on it. And I’m still caught up in that performance mentality. I know I need to make changes, and that I can’t do it alone, and yet I find myself still trying to implement them in my own strength, like without realizing it, I think God is waiting for me to get my act together, and must be fed up with my failures and empty promises to finally get it right this time.
    Reading the intro and chapter one today was so timely. As one who was saved at an early age, grew up in church and attended Bible college, I’m a classic case for being one who “should” get it and know God loves me and I’m not alone. But like you touched upon and I’m learning ever so painfully, knowledge-or mere head knowledge-is not enough. I’m desperate for God to imprint upon my heart in a deep, fresh way His never-changing love for me that isn’t dependent on what I do or don’t do, and that I can begin again to operate from a place of love for Him that is rooted in a genuine understanding of and appreciation for His love for me, rather than a place of striving and trying to earn His love. Though I’ve known for a long time this is no way to live, I keep circling around and around in the same direction, getting nowhere, and it’s suffocating me. Reading the intro and first chapter has been a breath of fresh air, and I’m hopeful the rest of the book will continue to help usher me along this journey of finding rest in Him alone.
    PS I’m another made to crave participant struggling with emotional eating. Some losses in my life recently have left me feeling empty, and I’ve tried to stuff that void with food. It only leaves me feeling more empty. I need to let God fill that void in order to stop this cycle of thinking maybe God will love me more or accept me if I stop overeating, only to feel rejected and abandoned when I fail and give in my cravings. M2c sisters, may we begin seeing everything through the lens of God’s already unchanging love for us, and stop being ourselves up when we fail (preaching to myself here)!

    • Hi, Tamara! Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us. I battle (do I really battle it?) emotional eating, too. :( I’m exercising more than I have in a long time, but am still not eating right. Why, this morning, I just put sugar on my wheat puffs cereal – probably more than I needed – don’t really need any, huh? :) I like sugar. You wrote, ” I’m desperate for God to imprint upon my heart in a deep, fresh way His never-changing love for me that isn’t dependent on what I do or don’t do, and that I can begin again to operate from a place of love for Him that is rooted in a genuine understanding of and appreciation for His love for me, rather than a place of striving and trying to earn His love.” Wow! This morning I was thinking about all the promises that are mine in Him, yet I don’t take them seriously enough! Oh, my! So much is available to me; unconditionally, and why is it so hard to really receive and act upon? Let’s pray for one another and find that place of rest in our loving heavenly Father and His promises. God continue to bless you richly!

      • Thank you, Cindy! This battle is real, and it takes courage to fight it! Especially when we mess up. But God is waiting and ready to pick us back up and give us strength to keep fighting! I need to remember that as it’s easy to think it’s not worth fighting anymore when i mess up. But all of God’s promises for us are yes in Christ! Praying for you!

    • I often wonder what would happen if we started resting in what it means to be a believer and follower of Christ, rather than striving to perform. A more natural position would emerge, where we listen and respond, where we see and act, where we move and breathe and live in Him daily, based on our relationship with Him and hearing and sensing His voice. In some ways this is harder, because we aren’t patting ourselves on the back for being “good”. But the up side of that is that we begin to live out our identity in Him moment by moment, just like breathing, or eating.

    • Let’s take the scripture I shared with Betty. I want to share the next portion of that scripture with you. Print it out. Read it every day. Let it go deep inside until it becomes truth:

      Romans 8:35,38-39
      Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?

      . . . I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow — not even the power of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below — indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

      • Wow, Suzie, thank you! After posting my initial comment, slipped again even further into the pit of depression, failing on seemingly every front and feeling incredibly unloved. Simply put, I refused to believe God still loved me after failing yet again so miserably. He hasn’t left me and he hasn’t let up. Tuesday night his peace washed over me anew as I turned to him and confessed my sin again. I was reminded he DOES love me. And I’m trying to make it a daily, sometimes moment by moment, practice to remember and cling to that TRUTH, even when I feel otherwise. It has comforted me in the ongoing struggle against sin that he is for me, ready and willing to offer help. I’m taking hold of it again. Thanks for your suggestion. I will take it!

  4. Suzie, i bought both books on my kindle. So excited you will be doing a study on your blog for The Mended Heart. Can’t wait!

  5. Suzie, Jesus has been strengthening my faith and trust through His Word and others He has placed in my life, especially my medically fragile, God’s miracle, grandson Andrew, who wasn’t supposed to live 3 days said the drs. but God tells me 6 years later that HE has a plan for Andrew just like everybody else! Even still, after losing two of my students at age 6 due to complications of their genetic disorders, it is hard when Andrew is respiratorily compromised and his ventilator is off the charts. It is then, in those times, when my faith may be challenged and my heart is breaking, that Jesus calls me to Him and strengthens my faith and trust in a merciful God. In so doing, Jesus restores my hope through His love….no matter what! I would love to read your book! Thanks! God bless!

    • As a grandma of five little ones three and under, my heart hurts with you but I also know the power of a praying grandma who believes in the power of God. May I join with you in prayer? Lord, thank you for sweet Andrew. You do have a plan for Him, and I love that you surprise us with plans that others do not see. You work in the lives of little ones, or sick ones, or those in a storm, and you shine through their courage and faith. Wrap little Andrew close today and may he sense your presence and healing touch and sense you close by. You see every aspect of Andrew’s challenge, and you are not unaware of a grandma’s heart. Lord, I boldly ask for healing for this little guy. Surprise the doctors with an unexpected turn. In the name of Jesus, powerful and healing. Amen.

  6. The Lord has given me grace to finally face some painful truths of my past. The Truth is in fact setting me free! Healing and Hope are taking up residence in my heart after being gone for too long. Thank you for your obedience in sharing God’s Word with all of us ladies!!

  7. Kelly Smith says:

    Wow am I glad that I read this post tonight. I’m involved with the made to Crave series right now. But I have not been pulled to do that into action or the fear study. For the past four weeks I’ve been dedicated to praying to God in the morning to exercising and meditating with Him and afternoon to reading the Bible every day and to starting church. It has not been an emotional journey, but it has been a journey of trust and obedience and discipline. And I cannot explain the change in my life. And what you’re explaining to me sounds like what’s happening me and I would love to be a part of your blog study, and I would love to go through the book with you I would love the chance to win this book and to take this and learn more from it. Because I don’t fully understand what gods doing in my life, but I do understand it’s a complete overhaul. I’m not feeling the emotional highs. But he showing me that the little things that I used to stress over are no big deal. And He’s showing me a different way of life. And that the past is the past.

    These may not sound like huge things to you, but I’m bipolar and have been going through about two years of some really extreme and intense times. I’m going through some major physical and judicial problems and some family problems and I’m going through some really big things in my life. And i’ve been confused and these are some really big breakthroughs to me and their major life changes. And hopefully these life changes stick. I think that the attitude I’ve developed has been one of obedience and that it is pleasing to God. More keeps being revealed to me every day, even though I feel slightly disconnected, I know in my heart I’m going in the right direction. God is working, I just don’t know how. LOL.

    I was saved at a very young age about four or five years old, and I’ve always been very close to Christ and had a very strong personal relationship with Him, but I was selfish and disobedient, that is Grace his cover me through my life and I have paid my consequences not nearly as much as I should. But I want to please him now! I hope to have the chance to learn more, and if I don’t win now please tell me of any future contests, this book sounds like the fit.

    Thank you and Blessings!
    Kelly

    • Wow, Kelly! Thank you so much for sharing your testimony. It is such a blessing and speaks volumes. May God continue to bless you and grow you through the MTC Study and other avenues of His choosing!

    • Sounds like a woman of faith to me! Two loved ones are bipolar, so the fact that you are growing and it has nothing to do with emotion but rather a steady climb toward wholeness is such a testimony. I’m so glad you took the time to share this with us today.

  8. What a great “God-incidence” that your P31 devotional appeared in my in box today! My heart is in need of some mending, and while I know that I need to look to Jesus for that, I’m not sure what comes next.

  9. God is teaching me what forgiveness and reconciliation looks like. Still in the midst of this journey. Learned a lot from the first book. Wish I had it years ago

    • Shannan Zilles says:

      I came from a broken home where I was abused, neglected. I was betrayed and abandoned as a child. I lived in five different homes by the time I was sixteen, but each family relationship had the same reoccurring abuse and abandonment theme. How can an innocent child be this unlucky? Devastated from many years of emotional pain, I felt all alone and hopeless. For many years I was very angry with God. Why had he not answered my prayers? I found comfort in all the wrong places which ultimately has led to more discontent. I can’t help but wonder if God is using my pain to draw me closer? I have been looking for a book such as this to finally put all the pain and hurt in the past. Reading chapter 1 has given me hope for wholeness, peace, and acceptence to move forward with a forgiving heart. Asking for prayers to heal my broken spirit and failing marriage.

    • What I love best about growth is that it’s never too late, and it never has to stop. No matter where we begin, if tomorrow is more faith filled and whole than yesterday, that’s a reason to celebrate. <3

  10. My ex husband did unthinkable things to our daughter and even after he was convicted and out of our lives I held on to that hate and bitterness towards him…I have finally been able to let this go because it was only harming me and my health….hatred and bitterness are powerful…my letting this go doesn’t mean I will ever have anything to do with him but it really helped me grow closer to God.

    • Sherri, in this instance it is allowing God to move into the broken and raw and wounded places and take up residence, clearing out the clutter caused by another’s action so that you can live free. Your daughter will see a mom who is strong, and who protected her, and who continues to live as a woman of faith and trust in God. You are right, it doesn’t mean that you invite him back into your life, but that rather the ties that bind are broken. You can pray for him, ask God to heal his heart, and for him to seek the mercy and healing that God offers — that’s loving and forgiving from a distance when someone’s actions or lack of remorse are still a work in progress between them and God.

  11. I find it interesting that your blog post came across my email inbox at a very low point in time in my life. I deal with / battle depression. I thought I had it under control and had surrendered it to God. But I am finding myself in a very dark place, yet, once again. I read over the Introduction and Ch. 1, and this just may be the book I need to help me find wholeness.

    • Dear Lord, thank you for Nikki B. Her heart is hurting and she’s in a storm. There are times when we realize that we have done what we can, and we surrender to what you can only do. Nikki will continue to do all that she can — to take the tools that she knows that will help, but also to realize that you meet her right where she is. You are not afraid of depression or darkness, for you are LIGHT. Lord, may Nikki know that she is loved, worthy, valuable right where she is, and that you see tomorrow though she may not. Let your presence surround her even now, but more so your truth. You will complete the work in her that you began. You will walk with her daily, in the dark and to the Light. May she sense you close today in a fresh new way. In the powerful name of Jesus, amen.

  12. My father is a Christian who has struggled with substance abuse most of his adult life. He has not walked with the Lord for many years. He recently had a terrible relapse and my parents are now separating after 28 years of marriage. I am 27 with a family of my own. I love Jesus and my husband with all of my heart. The healing the Lord has been doing in my heart the last 2 years has prepared me for my Father’s most recent relapse. Much like a nurse must debride a wound so it can heal, so it was when Jesus healed me. The terrible pain of Jesus walking me through my past hurts so He could heal me was so worth it! If my father’s relapse would have happened before I healed, I am certain I would have been crushed.
    I am hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.

    • Rebecca, My prayer is that your dad will pick himself back up and walk into the arms of a Savior who loves him like crazy. Who sees beyond addiction or temptation to purpose. Lord, reach Rebecca’s dad today with a word that pierces his heart and goes beyond addiction or feelings of failure to remind him that he is loved, and that today is a new day for him. Give his family strength to love him in his brokenness, but not to be drawn into the brokenness with him. Thank you for healing this man, for reminding him of the truth that abides deep in his heart. Bring it to his mind even now, in Jesus’ name.

  13. Thank you for sharing this post. It spoke to my heart deeply.

  14. Trying desperately to grasp what God has for me. I have the head knowledge, but am struggling with the heart, letting go and letting God. The Proverbs31 girls speak to my heart everyday, as does your post I was led to today. A struggling marriage has brought me to my knees, terrified of everything, I just don’t know how to give it to God and let him carry it, the “what ifs” invade my mind. Tho everything I know tells me God is ultimately in control, I need to let go and let God, put satan behind me. I still live with a spirit of fear. Asking for prayers for my heart and my marriage.

    • Laurie, I can relate. You aren’t alone.

    • Laurie, It’s my privilege to pray with you. My prayer is that you and your husband are led to godly and licensed counsel that will give you the tools you are praying for to begin anew. And as that takes place, my prayer is also that you’ll sense how much God loves you, sis. I hear a woman of faith clinging on to truth, but who is embattled. I hear your courage. I hear your honest.

      Father, thank you for Laurie. She’s tired and embattled, and yet you hear her cry. It’s not in vain. You see that she’s struggling and her marriage, that which she holds so dear, is in trouble. You care about her marriage. You care about the people in it. You care about those things that seem unfixable, for nothing is impossible with you. First, may Laurie feel your peace, that which you took upon the cross and held it close so that we can experience it in the midst of hard places. Second, may you lead this couple to the right counsel, one where tools will help break down the walls so they can begin anew. Third, I ask that you supernaturally fill this house with your presence and may they sense that they are not alone, and that you are in the midst. Thank you for Laurie, so loved and treasured by you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  15. Please know that I’m reading each and every one of these. I want to answer them one by one, prayerfully. I love that you are opening up and sharing your heart here today. Suzie

  16. Thank you for your wonderful post and your prayers would be greatly appreciated as I am feeling very ‘heartbroken and crushed in spirit’.

    • Same here.

    • Lord, Rubi is hurting and feels crushed. You are the reviver and redeemer of the broken. May she sense you close today. May healing begin as she runs toward you, right where she is, knowing that she doesn’t have to hide or run in the opposite direction, for you are searching and looking for her, and she is found by you. Loved by you. Treasured by you. Changed by you. In Jesus’ name.

    • Rubi, you are the winner of today’s giveaway. I sent you an email. Let me know where to send it!

  17. Jesus has healed my heart many times.Most recently He has healed my sad heart following the death of a family member.

  18. Thank you so much for sharing these thoughts and truths, Suzie. Wow! First of all I am beginning to acknowledge that I am broken. That’s a biggie in itself! :) God has been dealing with me about the part I play in a few difficult relationships with which I am involved. I am currently involved in the MADE TO CRAVE on line Bible Study with Proverbs 31 Ministries, and reading Renee Swope’s A CONFIDENT HEART DEVOTIONAL. All the readings are touching on the same thing: What do I need to do to make these relationships better/less stressful? It is not all the other person. I see from this devotion, I must look to Jesus and what He has already done for me and for them. Please pray with me that I will be able to do that – rest with Jesus and listen for His voice; then have the inner strength to respond appropriately and obey. Thank you very, very much. I read the introduction and first chapter of your book and was very blessed. God continue to bless you richly!

    Because of Jesus,
    Cindy

    • This is your life verse for the week, Cindy. I pray you write it out, memorize it, and say it everyday until it sinks in and becomes truth.

      Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light. Matthew 11:28-30

      In this instance, Jesus is referring to the “yoke” as his teaching. He’s inside of you, sis. He’s aware of the struggles, and he desires to lead each of us with his teaching, with his presence, as we listen and respond. Rest in that truth. He’s got you in this.

      • Thank you for taking the time to respond to my comment, Suzie. I really appreciate it. I have written out the verses and may write them again – in color. As I was writing them, certain words or phrases stood out. He said, “I will” and “you will” – will, not might. :) “…you who are weary” – I am weary. “Let Me teach you.” That is important. As I desire my daughter to let me be a mom to her, so Jesus wants me to let Him teach me. Selah! God continue to bless you richly, sweet sister. May you have many times of rest and refreshing in the midst of giving of yourself to your brothers and sisters in Christ. May He keep you healthy – spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally, and mentally. May you know His presence, His loving embrace, and His strong arms upholding you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

  19. I feel like God is leading me towards my heart. In other words, there’s alot of things my heart needs to healed for. I get scared of what I can find deeply yet, I need my heart cleansed to move forward. I think your book will do just that.

  20. Vonnie Kronk says:

    I need this bad & think I need more healing than physically

  21. Thank you so much for writing this book. I have been looking for how God wants to heal me emotionally. I look forward to reading the book.

  22. I so needed to hear these words today and you post on p31 was so great. I am a “do”er by nature. Always busy. Always behind on the very long list of things I want to get done. All this pressure I put on myself. The thought if what will I NOT do is like a breath fresh air and almost strange to me. But it is something I would love to strive for. Thank you for your words and wisdom!

    • I would love to change one word in this comment. : ) It made me smile as I read it. Rather than this is something I would love to “strive” for, what if it were changed to this is something I’d love to “rest” in.

      Completely changes it, right?

      I hear your heart. It’s my prayer for you today as well! Thanks for sharing such an honest comment. God can do big things with such honesty and such a heart to love him.

  23. I love how God always brings us just what we need just when we need it… I was really in need of reading your post this morning and it “just happened” to be the first thing on my page this morning :) Thank you for writing, sharing & encouraging. I look forward to reading & sharing your books.

  24. Just last night at a weekly ladies Bible study, I mentioned very hesitantly, that I was bogged down with weight loss stuggles, once again, and felt so sinful at the end of each day. I have been forgetting that instead of ME doing this, I need God to do this. My dear Christian sisters guided me to this understanding and then reading your devotional today fits like a glove. Thank you Lord for how you work.

  25. I am struggling with emotional eating. I am praying for healing–I know this problem is a result of some brokeness/spiritual issue. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated!

    • Lora, I am doing the same things. Let’s pray for one another. Father God, Thank You so much for helping us to acknowledge that we do have broken places that need healing. Please help us to be quiet before You and hear what You have to say about our situations and us. Please help us to be strong in our inner men to receive what You have to say and respond appropriately and obey. We do indeed desire to be mended and fulfill our God-given purposes in Your Kingdom. Please help us to run to You and not to food – to quickly make that decision to remove ourselves from the temptation if necessary and to get in Your presence to receive truth and dealings that are necessary in this process of healing, and ultimately freedom. Thank You so much for Your unfailing, resolute, indefatigable love for us. May we persevere as much You in this battle – which we know Jesus has already won. :) In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

  26. I really, really, needed this today. Thanks so much!! :-)

  27. This devotion touched me deeply.

  28. I have been broken in so many pieces by my illness and my son’s rejection BUT God is speaking to me. My devotions today focused on dark Grace and I want God to help me see or turn my darkness into light. My sorrows into joy, my broken self into a healthy body and soul. May the spirit of God fill me and my heart to overflowing and my eyes to not see all my flaws or my broken soul or my puffy body but to see you oh GOD and your Grace and your LOVE for me. Transform me and please continue to change my attitude and make me into being more and more like you.
    This was amazing and then I got this email from Suzanne! I am sitting here thanking God over and over again for speaking to me as I smile and give yield myself totally to him!

  29. I am realizing that I am and have been looking for the love I need from a man, instead of Jesus. I struggle to rely on Him only, and not try to change my man into what I need/want. I have been hurt, cheated and try to forgive, but the issue continues to rear its ugly head. Right now I’m reading a book called “Getting Past What You’ll Never Get Over.” Sounds like both of the books mentioned in this blog are good ones for my list!

  30. The Lord is taking me through a journey of forgiveness and healing. I know Jesus wants me to live freely in Him. I pray that in my healing I may be an instrument to lead others to freedom in Christ as well. I’ve lived too many years down and depressed over the actions of others towards me. I want to live the abundant life Jesus died to give me – joyful, grateful, forgiving, and loving to all. I am looking forward to the study.

  31. I love your statement that the power of the cross is NOT in what we do, but in what has been done for us. I am a survivor. As a teen my dad died and I lost the one who loved me most. Like the country song I went looking for love in wrong places. I married an alcoholic and had no idea how to deal with a life so totally opposite of everything I believed in. I stayed because I felt guilty for making a poor choice. We had a daughter and then I stayed because of her. Finally we divorced. I again felt abandoned and though I knew God was with me, I remarried a man who also had alcohol issues, though different. He later died of a heart attack with my daughter and I at his bedside. I am blessed with a third husband who does not drink and loves me so well. God has provided what I needed, but not until I stopped searching on my own and was content where I was. No things are never perfect, but I am blessed every day. But even after all of this, I find myself still with places that need mending. Thank goodness God uses cracked vessels! I would love your book. Your book on forgiveness helped me forgive my sister before she died and made it possible for me to attend her funeral without guilt of hard feelings. Thank you! Thank God.

  32. God has been working wonders in my life these past two years . Everything seemed to falling into place until I was blindsided a month ago with a cancer diagnosis. My first oncology appt is today. I am scared but not reacting the way I would have years ago. I am giving this to God, trusting Him to heal me and wondering what He will teach me through this. You bible study could not have come at a better time for me. Your Unburdened Heart study worked wonders into life; I know this one will too. Have read the first chapter and it is like you know me although we’ve never met .

    • Kathi, I’m a cancer survivor so I know how you are feeling right now. My prayer is that you’ll sense His strength and direction and comfort step-by-step through this. I also pray that this of taking care of your health becomes a time when you sense God so close and discover the treasures that we find in those times of trust. I wouldn’t want to go through cancer again, but I do know that what I gained through that time was surprising and beautiful. My prayer is that this battle will be won through a God who loves you like crazy, but that even in the midst of the battle that you’ll discover rest, joy, deeper faith, and intimacy with God that holds you close.

  33. broken in colorado says:

    First I want to thank you for your prayer on 1/31 “A New Thing”, also to Karen for her wise words. I really do want a new beginning and I think I’m starting to understand that I have no clue what that looks like. My poor family has been through so much, In the past I was emotionally and physically abused and I blamed myself for everything that went wrong. Then a miracle happened and I made a decision to change my life around for my boys 5 & 8 I worked so hard on changing, and I forgave those that hurt me and I even thought they changed too. And for the longest time I felt I had this great gift of how God had turned my life, my marriage, into this amazing testimony. I believed with my whole heart that God had such favor on my marriage and life. I really didn’t see what was coming and even now it’s so hard to believe that this has happened to me. So much has gone wrong that I could write for days (7 years worth).but the worst part of all of it was losing my faith. I felt abandoned by God and that it was my fault for loving my husband so much that he was my other GOD and then I found out my husband had also abandoned GOD and I and that’s why its been seven years of hell. And now I’ve been graced with seeing the pain and suffering in my son who struggles with forgiveness and more importantly faith. He has said since he was 12 that he wasn’t sure if there was a GOD , he said he prayed but was never answered. I know that they say God doesn’t give you more than you can handle but I seriously don’t think I can handle anymore. I don’t know what is expected of me or how to get back to that place where I believed that I was worthy of grace and favor. To let go of all the hurt and pain that I feel so that i can move on to some where. And to be an example to my son that there is a GOD, and that he can borrow mine until he finds his.

    • Lord, this is an honest cry for your help. I know that you see her, for you see the sparrow. I know you see her need, for our needs are on your heart. I thank you God, that people are not God, and they are not a reflection of your consistency or truth. Though people have failed this woman and her son, you do not fail. You do not falter. You walk with them in the midst of this very dark storm. Lord, I don’t have all the answers, but I know that in you is peace. In you is comfort. In you is healing. May she sense that presence today, renewed and strong and consistent beside her and over her and before her. In the name of Jesus, amen.

  34. God has put me on a path to wholeness. I am several months into the process of leaving my abusive husband. I am blessed to be able to say that our final court date is March 19th and I have put an offer in on a house for my children and I to live in. In a month or two, my body and heart will have a safe place to be free. This has been made possible through my faith, through the prayers of others, and with God’s will.

  35. Thank you so much for this Suzi. I am beginning a journey to heal my broken heart. I don’t totally understand all that God wants me to do and at times it is really overwhelming. I do know that He wants me to trust him completely. That is a daily struggle for me. I want to control it and I can’t. Please pray for wisdom and guidance as I begin my journey.

    • My prayer for you today is Paul’s prayer for the church in Ephesians 1:15-23. Please read that today and put your name in it. It’s for you, Nancy.

  36. Although I grew up in a Christian household, I never quite understood the power of the gospel. I was always living in my own strength, choosing my own path. I didn’t quite get that its all about God and not so much about me. I hardly ever felt guilty about my laziness and lack of spiritual discipline unless the pastor preached on this. Then I’d flip-flop to the ” do more, be a more holy person” until my good intentions wore off. God has allowed an illness in my life which has done more good than you can ever know in terms of humbling me and driving me toward God. In fact, I am such a tough heart that it took the first four years of chronic illness before I really got serious in pursuing God. It took the first sincere prayer, “God do whatever it takes to bring me to you and to bring me to wholeness” to get the ball rolling, and that has only been in the last couple of months. I don’t think this is going to be an easy walk, but I am finally ready to walk it with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

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