Each week we post a scripture to challenge you to hide God’s Word in your heart. Commit it to memory, meditate on it and apply it to your life.
This week’s memory verse:
He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. He counts the number of stars; He calls them all by name.
- To be broken means “reduced to fragments, ruptured, torn, fractured, not working properly, out of order.” This is exactly how we feel when we are broken hearted. How else would you describe how being brokenhearted feels?
- We all experience times of brokenness – times of sorrow, hurt, failure, defeat, betrayal or any other emotion of grief and loss. At times, the emotions we feel are overwhelming and spiral us into depression, stress, and anxiety. But as a child of God we can find comfort and peace when we give these times to Him and trust Him that He is working everything out for our good – even if we can’t see or understand it.
- No matter what we go through in life, God is always there for us, just waiting with His arms open wide for you to run to him and give him your shattered dreams and shattered heart. Turning to God in these moment is the most important and first step you should take. Turning to Him begins with prayer and surrender.
- When God binds up our wounds, these are the emotional wounds that life causes. He will reach down into your innermost being and bandage them. If they are deep enough, He will “stitch” them back together so they have time to heal. Remember the definition of being broken? When God comes to bind up our wounds, He gently and lovely does heart surgery and painstakingly sews each of the fragments parts of our heart back together again. However, just like a heart doctor needs a release to do open heart surgery, God needs for you to invite Him in and give him access to the hurts so that healing can begin. Surgery is always painful, but once it’s done, healing can begin so that you are on the road to recovery. The same is true when God is putting the pieces of your heart back together.
- The same God who counts the stars and calls them by name, knows you by name and he care for you more than he does the stars. Even when the brokenness is so overwhelming that we feel as if our flesh and heart might fail, God is the strength of our heart and our portion forever. (Psalm 73:26)
- Overcoming brokenheartedness takes time – but it will get better. As you work through the emotions of grief and loss, start by turning to God in prayer. Don’t run away from Him and shut Him out. Surrender the circumstances to Him. Take some time alone with the Holy Spirit and see if there was any wrong on your part in the situation and if there is, confess the sin to God and ask for his forgiveness. If you need to, ask the other person to forgive you too. They may or may not grant it and its okay if they don’t. They may just need some time to process their own hurts and will be ready later to give you forgiveness. They may need some time to see a change in you to know that you are truly sorry. If they choose to never forgive you, it will be between them and God. Spend some time basking in God’s unfailing love and meditate on Scripture that will speak life and healing into your heart. If the situation means that you have lost a friend, then know that God will either work towards restoration or He will send someone new into your life. Don’t dwell on what someone else did that caused the hurt and loss. Doing so will cause you to give into anger and store up bitterness. Whether they ask for your forgiveness or not, forgive them anyway and let it go. Over time, you will feel the joy coming back into your life – let it in. If your broken heart is caused by the death of a loved one, God hears your tears and knows how much you grieve the loss and he is waiting on you to come into His arms and into His comfort.
- How does memorizing this verse help you, even if you are not going through a season of brokenness right now?
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.
Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
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