The power of the cross isn’t found is not in what you do, but in what has already been done for you. 

Let that soak in for a moment.

It’s not our strength or power that will transform us. Yes, we make changes. Yes, we open our scabbed and broken heart to His tender touch. Yes, we allow Him to move us in uncomfortable directions to discover new paths–and leave old ones behind.

We can stop stressing, because our healing is not solely–or even primarily–dependent on us. ←{Click to tweet this}

It’s a partnership. You and God — and He’s bigger.

Today I’m speaking to that woman who says, “I’ve tried everything. It’s not enough. I’m not enough.”

You know what? You’re right. Sometimes we AREN’T enough, but we don’t have to do this alone.

Read these verses and personalize them with your name:

This is real love—not that we {your name} loved God, but that he loved us {your name} and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our {your name} sins. John 4:10 (NLT)

If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for {your name} the one that is lost? 13 And if he finds {your name} it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it {your name} more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! 14 In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones {your name} should perish. Matthew 18:12-14 (NLT)

 But Suzie, my brokenness isn’t due to my sin. It’s due to another’s sin.

Oh, friend, may I share some beautiful news with you? Jesus didn’t just come to remove our sins, but that same act has the power to remove the effect of other’s sins upon our heart and lives. ←{Click to tweet this}

So, read the verses one more time.

  • He came to heal your heart. He came to battle and conquer sin, and the mark upon our hearts.
  • If you have felt lost or alone, He’s been searching for you.

Today, your #mendedheartchallenge is to rest in this truth: I do not have to do this alone anymore.

After reading the Introduction and Chapter One, answer this question:

Read Luke 4:18-19.

Q: Why was Luke 4:18-19 a surprising Mission Statement to the people in the crowd? (page 20)

Q: Is this Mission Statement still relevant today? Do we live as if it is?

Read through pages 25-28. Share your thoughts, questions, or aha moments as you read this. Let’s talk about this together.