30 In Faith

Beauty in the Broken

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“There is beauty in the broken.”

I‘ve seen this phrase floating around the blogsphere this week.  God is once again opening my eyes to beauty.  But it’s not the beauty that I can see.  It’s the beauty that has yet to be revealed — at least to the eye of the beholder.  It doesn’t always look whole.  It’s broken, bruised and often messy.  But if I look deep into the cracks and crevices, into the places that lay waiting to be filled by their Maker, there beauty will be found.

I am reminded today of such beauty.  My heart has been heavy for Sara and Katie this week.  Sara is preparing for the ultimate homecoming very soon.  She is preparing to meet Jesus face-to-face.  Her life has been a testimony of CHOOSING JOY in the midst of a life she may not have chosen for herself — yet, something tells me if Sara had to live this life over again, she wouldn’t change a thing.  And Katie, I do not know her well.  But she is sick.  Her body is broken right now.  But still, God has given her friends and loved ones glimpses of His beauty for her — the ability to sip coffee with her husband and friends in a beautiful garden that is just outside her hospital room; the doctor’s report that “there is no cancer in the bone marrow”.  We are thankful.

It takes a strength much deeper than anything I can muster up to continue to see beauty in times of brokenness.  Yet today, I am choosing to seek it out.  I am trusting Him to take these precious ones and reveal the beauty that awaits them.  I refuse to focus on only what my natural eyes can see.  I choose to look deep — deep into His Word, the truth that He makes all things beautiful in His time.

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.  (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Today I continue to count.  There is beauty in brokenness.

Grace Gifts 287-300

287.  The ability to “choose joy” despite my circumstances.
288.  Rejoicing that soon Sara will be whole and resting in the arms of Jesus.
289.  Encouraging comments received from my blog friends.
290.  Prayers coming in from all over the world for lovely Katie.
291.  Hope and joy realized in the midst of the unknown, “there is no cancer in the bone marrow“.
292.  For Top Raman, as I nurse my sinus infection.
293.  For Facebook and Twitter prayers from friends, lifting me up to strengthen me.
294.  For the ability to hear His voice, despite the other loud voices that try to work their way into my mind.
295.  For Kleenex, the kind with the lotion, for my poor nose.
296.  Being able to “let go” of all of the housework for at least today.  Something that is hard for me.
297.  For this upcoming album release by Jeremy Riddle.
298.  For food that nourishes my body, despite the fact that I cannot taste it.
299.  For coconut ice cream!
300.  For His constant and abiding love for me!

I am linking up with A Holy Experience today on my journey toward listing 1000 gifts.  Will you join me?  Or leave a comment here and let me know how God is showing you beauty in broken today.

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa Grace
    September 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I love the beauty in the broken; it’s my life’s theme song!

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      Barbie
      September 19, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      There is so much to learn from this place of brokenness!

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    Kerri Smith
    September 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    It’s so hard to see sometimes…’the beauty in the broken’…but it IS there!!
    Bless you Barbie….and feel better soon….I will be praying for you!!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      Thank you for your prayers Kerri!

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    Keenalynn
    September 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I hope you are feeling better soon.

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      Thank you!

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    Child of God
    September 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Barbie,
    There IS beauty in brokenness, it is just so hard to sit back and watch. It is bitter sweet.

    Blessings,
     

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 19, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      God is reminding me that even though things appear broken and bruised, He is still at work.

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    Hopeunbroken
    September 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    amen 🙂  and i’m grateful, for i am broken more than i feel whole!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      Praying God brings hope and healing into your life.  Thank you for visiting today.

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    Eva Trillian
    September 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    It is by the grace of the cracks in the facade
    that the light can shine through …It’s just that the cracking itself hurts to much when it’s happening …Internet makes prayers travel all over the earth, and straight to God!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 19, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      “light shining through the cracks”.  I love this description.  Thank you!

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    Lisa
    September 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Love your list today.  This is the key, isn’t it – I refuse to focus on only what my natural eyes can see. Life is so much more than we can see – God has more prepared for us.  We must remember that.  Many blessings!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 19, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

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    Stefanie Brown
    September 19, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    What a beautiful list, Barbie! I’ve walked away blessed.
    Thank you, my friend…

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 19, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Have a beautiful day Stefanie!

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    Anonymous
    September 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    It is a tough lesson, isn’t it?  It took a couple good wallops to the soul before I began to live it myself, after having read Ann’s book.  But once we do “get it,” I don’t think life will ever be the same. And one of my favorite quotes about being broken: ”  the cracks let God’s light shine through.”  

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 19, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      Ann’s book has opened up a whole new meaning to the word “beauty” for me.

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    Chrissy
    September 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Mmm, coconut ice cream!  🙂

    Hope you and your nose are feeling better soon!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 19, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks Chrissy.  Hopefully tomorrow I will be on the upswing!

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    Tiffany Stuart
    September 19, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing your gifts, Barbie. I hope your sinus infection is almost over. I appreciate your compassion and love for those who are suffering. I feel the pain of others too. Merciful heart here, I cry with others easily. I will go visit Katie now. I recently read about Sara. Heartbreaking and joy, hard to understand. Love, Tiffany

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      Barbie
      September 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you Tiffany.  I appreciate you!

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    Joan
    September 20, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Barbie – I hope you feel better soon. I have been reading updates on Sarah and Katie and saw Katie’s report of there being no cancer in the bone marrow. From the perspecitive of a cancer survivor’s wife ( my husband is now 18 years cancer free now) I know how good it was to hear those words.

    Blessings,
    Joan

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 21, 2011 at 5:25 am

      I am feeling a bit better today. I so appreciate your prayers Joan!

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    Anonymous
    September 20, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I understand what you mean Barbie.  Even though I’m watching my parents die, I see beauty in this season.  Certain family wounds are being dealt with.  Both are slipping into a more childlike state, preparing to meet Jesus face to face.

    I pray Sara’s transition will be smooth and gentle.  I declare over Katie that she will LIVE and not die and declare the works of her God. 

    Love and health to you and your little nose.
    Beth

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 21, 2011 at 5:26 am

      I am praying for you and your parents my friend.  What a hard season you are in.  Yet we are learning to “choose joy” in the midst of it.  Every time I say that, I will think of Sara and how she so clearly defined it.

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    Amy Nabors (@amykiane)
    September 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I’ve learned this as well this year. I have to seek to find the gifts some days. I’m often reminded of the summer I spent in Tucson, Arizona. At first the desert seems all brown, but once I slowed down and really looked, really searched, there was beauty everywhere. 

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 21, 2011 at 5:27 am

      That is so good.  It is about slowing down, allowing ourselves to see, beyond the mist, beyond the clouds.  Thanks for stopping by!

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    Crystall
    September 20, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I have been listening for His voice too, amidst all the clamouring and what-ifs that Satan tries to plant in my mind.  It helps to fill my home with music and my heart with His word!  Visiting from Ann’s today to pray that you might be strengthened and feeling better soon!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      September 21, 2011 at 5:27 am

      His Word and Worship, two things that always point me back to Jesus!  Thank you for stopping by!

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