This week was crazy amazing. This week felt like a whirlwind. Tomorrow our family is about 3 weeks away from an international trip, and I feel like the time is flying by. However this past week was so …. crazy, that I felt I just had to share with you the bruised parts, the broken parts, and the tremendous blessings. This week a great deal of the emotion from the previous week carried on; I kept clinging to this truth from Isaiah 46:10, ‘Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times, the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I shall do all my pleasure.’
It reminded me that although I don’t understand everything, I know that God is doing what He wants to be done, and that it will work out for my good. There will be bruises, and there will be hurt along the way, but I can 100% trust that there is beauty from the ashes, and glory and goodness that is going to come out of even the mountains I am facing right now.
I can’t be specific on these mountains, but if you want to pray, please pray that my eyes would be on Jesus and praising and blessing my Lord through every single step!
I got bruised a lot this week; for some reason I felt like a clumsy person (which I am actually pretty clumsy) that kept bruising, scratching, getting scratched by dogs, running into things, and basically just . . . hurting myself unintentionally.
The highlights from the week were many so I’ll keep this post to those! (Thank you so much Meg for this Week In Review. It’s an amazing way to think back on the week and all the wonderful, hard, good, joyful, sad, and happy parts.)
Finding one of our huskies just laying in the pantry. Nope he wasn’t eating the food; he was just laying there. (God uses these creatures to make me smile sooo much.)
Getting my Period for the 4th Month in a Row
Finally Feeling Pretty Confident Learning to Drive a Manual Car
Eating Pancakes for Dinner (Such a good recipe from Lindsay)
Thinking about a 5 Week Vacation That’s Coming Up
Sleeping Outside in Hammocks for My Sister’s 17th Birthday!
Eating Foods like ‘Cheez-Its’ Without Fear
Realizing That Jesus Came to Heal The Broken Hearted and Bind Up Their Wounds and He is Healing Me
Being Reassured That Jesus Even Sees How Bruised I Am By My Own Sin and His Blood Cleanses It All. His Righteousness Is Over Me, and I am CLEAN, No Longer Bruised, No Longer Broken By Sin.
I am so encouraged this week, even though I had a lot more tears than I’ve had recently. They were all good tears. They were cleansing tears, happy, sad, and they made me grateful for the gift of crying, and that some day Jesus will wipe away all tears from my eyes.
‘And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.’ (Revelation 21:1-8)
This passage is both hopeful and in a way, it’s scary to me to think where I would be without Jesus Christ. I was the people in verse 8, and the only thing that makes me any different is the grace of God, the RICH abundant merciful grace of God through Jesus Christ dying on that cross, and the only thing that gives me hope is that Jesus Christ did rise again. And He rose to give hope of eternal life forever with Him.
I am thankful for the reminder every day that I used to be an idolater, an evil rotten lying sinner to the core, and I’m thankful that that’s why Jesus Christ came. He came to make sinners new creations, new people, so that we could know God, so that we could be in relationship, at peace with God once again, and that is what gives my heart great peace and great hope and great joy even in the midst of my bruised-ness and broken feeling; I know that Jesus has and will make all things new.
Though I feel bruised and broken, I am also hopeful knowing that God redeems broken sinful people like me. <3
Have you felt bruised at all lately?
What are some of the situations that have bruised you but yet you have seen God’s grace despite it?