My name is Janelle Keith and I’m addicted to coffee. I live in Oklahoma with two cats (don’t judge), and my loving husband, Terry. I have a big story of losing 132 lbs. and am wholly devoted to Jesus, my Savior instead of my sweet savior of chocolate. God uses my passion for writing, speaking life and encouragement, plus positive eating habits as He punches through your heart barriers. We are all under His grace and drawn in by His giant love of each one of us. You can connect with me more here: http://www.thejanellekeith.com.
One day I asked some questions on Facebook. They were:
"My life doesn't look broken, but I feel broken. Who can I tell?"
"How can I get over the hurt? Does God even care that I feel this way?
"My childhood is long behind me, so why do I still feel like a hurting little girl?"
"Does God see us as broken? Can anyone be so heartbroken that they are beyond healing?"
"Where does healing begin? What does God have for me?"
"How far is too far before God gives up on you?"
"My brokenness comes from the choices of others. Where was God when it took place?"
It seems there is a common thread in these questions. The word I don't like to use. Broken. I understand it's only a word, but it's the destination of this word that I'd like to address. What I know about God is that He is in our broken places. "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all." Ps. 34:18-19
Every battle demands a victor. Every war demands a winning.
What God knows is that we have those places that need a repair. But I don't think He wants us to stay in a state of brokenness. With Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, God has already given us a covering of forgiveness that has canceled our brokenness and He offers deliverance for every one of them.
Deliverance out of brokenness is God's final answer. If we believe that He is our Healer, can't we believe that He IS healing us?
God will restore what seems to be the broken in our lives. We shouldn't hide behind our broken state as He would never leave us in a state of disrepair. I believe our brokenness is a state of mind versus and runaway destination. So for me, it's not my final answer to stay there. Where do we get the idea that God doesn't want us whole and healed? Do you not feel forgiven from a past hurt? What is causing your feelings of separation from your Healer?
Fear wants you to believe you are beyond repair. Fear is never invited to be the final answer. And fear traps us into thinking we can never change. But God's Perfect Love casts out all fear!
God sees us as whole. It's the only way he can see us. So if you are feeling "broken" then there is something that is hindering you. Perhaps it's from hurts from your past, hurts from your parents, or emotional scars from abuse that still need to be dealt with. Forgiving those who have caused the hurt helps. Whatever is throwing doubt into your life, it needs to be removed, cut out, or forgotten about. We have to choose to believe and receive God's healing in store for us. We must grasp a heavenly perspective of how God sees us. Seeing ourselves as God sees us is a choice. Hurts keep us bound to some deep brokenness. Healing God's way paves the way to wholeness.
Perhaps we need to believe that we can be healed in a supernatural way. Maybe we just need to let the Holy Spirit have His way in us. And there are some of you who just need to rest in the fact you are healed and better than you were yesterday.
Wholeness is God's final answer, not broken pieces. His work is finished on the cross so when it comes to bringing a new life, we can believe that Jesus died for our healing once and for all.
"I want to be whole!" was my emotional cry out to God one day. It was painful and there were many free flowing tears. I had to choose to believe that His grace and His gentle love could heal my emotional scars too. I had to honestly admit my weakness of hiding behind hurts to cover the pains of my past. In the uncovering God provided a supernaturally love-powered healing that covered me in ways I can't describe. When I accepted and submitted to His ways, it brought much mending.
His mending brought much rest to my life. Emotional healing came through in ways I can't say. God's grace has bridged the gap. His ways bring a straight path to our hearts that have been wounded, hurt, and have weak pieces. The choice to be put back together by way of giving it all over to God to manage can sometimes be puzzling and uncertain, but in doing so we will receive His best and final answer by drawing closer to His character.
We all need a touch of God in some form or another. Believe that God is for you and is not holding anything against you. He doesn't keep a record of wrongs, not yours or those of others that have hurt you. You too can rest in knowing that His love is real. God sees you and is cheering for you. He knows you as you long to be fully known. We are His righteous as His sons and daughters. If you have accepted Christ as your Savior, then you have all the wholeness you need. Christ didn't hold back on that day your life was changed.
We became co-heirs with Christ when we accepted His work on the cross as our final answer to salvation. That's a supernatural feeling by faith that we can rest eternity on! When we grasp who we are in Christ, our identity is something that can never be broken. Yes, we will have trouble in this world but God has delivered us from all our brokenness. When we grasp our likeness in Christ, when we know that we are His, by the reconciliation that only comes from the One who has overcome death, then this bond of God's love is powerful and can never be broken.
God's love for us can't be broken.
So consider this...if you feel like you are broken perhaps it's your perspective that needs a repair. The wonderful thing about God is that He loves you enough to reach into the deepest parts of your need and reveal to you just what you are longing for. He will bring the right amount of mending in ways that could never be stolen, broken, or hurt again.
God's love is the strongest to cover all our fragile pieces.
Even when your brokenness feels so overwhelming, know that all of your emotional hurts, wounds, the old, the fresh cuts, whether they are deep or wide or long are fixable. Even if they can't come to the heart's surface, even if you have buried them deep. God doesn't hold back His healing that helps us become more like Him. Believe that He wants you to be whole too, after all, He sent His one and only Healer to take care of every wound that's in you right now.
"Stop making what your past did to you greater than what Jesus did for you." ~ Christine Caine.
God wants to use you to make a difference but he wants to heal you of the fears laying deep inside first. The healing you long for is His best and final answer.