The Weekend Brew: Beautiful Fragments — 42 Comments

  1. Thanks for this honest post from your heart. Yes, even through the tough times we need to look for Christ and him working in our lives. I pray that things are looking up for you by now. Continued blessings to you and God bless!

  2. You are so right, Barbie. It is all about His timing, not ours. Thank you for the reminder that while the waiting is long and hard, He truly knows what is best for his children. I wonder, sometimes, how many things He has saved us from by not pulling us from our challenging circumstances too soon. Our fragments are a testimony to His grace. Beautiful post! Thank you for the link-up.

  3. Barbie, I am just now reading this post of May 16, 2014. It’s the day my elderly father finally died…home with Jesus and his beloved wife at last. I love it that THIS was your verse for the day. all things beautiful – in his time – for me-for you.

  4. Your post and this verse have been a reminder to me this week that it is in these broken pieces of our lives that we see God’s power. “Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and watch for fire to descend.” Psalm 5:3 The Message

  5. Barbie,
    Your pain is very real! Everyone has something tragic that they are going through, and your brokenness, needs to be healed by the Great Healer just as much as anyone’s! Don’t ever feel guilty or ashamed!
    Such a blessing to stop by and see how much this place has grown!! What a blessing you are!!! I hope you don’t mind, but I threw up my link, even though it is so late. Hope to visit again soon!!

    • Lauren, thank you so much for stopping by. The link up stays open through Tuesday so that others can join in late. I am thankful you did! Blessings!

  6. Hi Barbie! I remember telling a friend my story about joblessness and how bad I felt. And then how bad I felt about feeling bad when there were so many others going through worse. Just like you mentioned. I’ll never forget what she said.

    Our journey of pain is ours, and it has the same weight as any other similar journey. It all stinks. But learning how to accept God’s will in it all, and seeing myself in Job, and knowing that he will get me out of this prison like Joseph, shows me that I can learn during it all too. Just like you are. And you are encouraging so many by being so honest about your experiences.
    I know that you will be blessed abundantly for your sharing and lifting up.
    Blessings to you on this path.

  7. Thank you for your honesty. What a beautiful post. So real, and so true. Over the past week, I have struggled with quite possibly the worst season of my career. I’m being attacked left and right at work, and dealing with a truly hostile work environment that has been escalated to HR. I trust the Lord will fight my battle, and I am so encouraged that He will bring me through this and heal my brokenness too. Today at church I was reminded of a scripture that really pulled on my heart strings: “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3) I pray this blesses you as well!

    • Tiffany, I am praying that God will move on your behalf at your work. He is for you, so who can be against you? Thank you for sharing the verse in Isaiah. So comforting.

  8. Barbie
    I don’t know if you have read our story yet, but it’s so similar. But I will say this:
    But even the bankruptcy we went through, not even my husband nearly dying from meningitis, not being without income for two years, not my chronic fibromyalgia, not what I suffered in my brain disease and depression as evil as it presented itself…,

    But not anything …
    Will remove my joy in Him.

    Because it’s His story I love and live and breathe for… to bless others.

    I am so thankful you keep looking for that in which you can be joyful and thankful even in your brokenness. I’m praying for you in a way that I know that brokenness. In way that I trust that brokenness will be used.

    You know… My ear is always here for you.

  9. Dear Barbie, when I translated your words in my own language (Dutch), you posting was like a soothing balm to my broken life. I feel ashamed that I so often hideaway my shards and brokenness for others. It’s not cool to do that. It’s stupid. When I do that, I never can tell what God has done with my broken life. I’m not fair. I hide the grace that our Lord gave me in my misery. You’re right. You give me a different view on myself and what God is doing in my life. We should note what answer He gives. He speaks. To all the the brokenhearted. We are all precious in his eyes. Barbie, I love you <3

  10. “They are not meant to be swept under the surface, they are meant to be pieced back together…”
    Beautiful Barbie. so true. and the enemy is so happy to have us minimize our pain by comparing it to others…then it’s easier not to deal with it, I think.

    And yes, God makes everything beautiful, including my dad’s forgetful, brain that was wearing out. Now he is in heaven – made new for eternity.

    Blessings as you continue this journey of healing.

  11. Barbie, friend, I am praying tonight, and tomorrow and as long as my 52 year old brain will not let me forget. We are going through so many similar things this past two years. My husband has lost his “real job”, our ministry had slowed to a crawl and because he was self-employed there was no unemployment. There was NOTHING, no money coming in whatsoever. We moved into my MIL’s basement apartment when we came back from overseas missions work. We had sold our house and almost everything we owned to be able to go to Eastern Europe. Then because of health reasons and lack of support, we found ourselves back in the States….with nothing. And on top of it I was practically immobile for months because of severe SI joint issues. I needed surgery, still do, and insurance wouldn’t pay. I could go on!

    I say all of that to say this, I do understand all of those feelings you have. I have questioned, worried, panicked and then felt guilty for all of those feelings and “lack of faith”.

    But God. He never left me. I found my solace, my strength, my reason to get up in the morning at His feet. In worship. I still do not understand, but that is what faith is. Trusting when we don’t understand. We know He is there…we know He will continue to be there. In that we have hope. ♥

    • Nannette, thanks for stopping by and sharing a bit of your story. It’s comforting to know that at your point of greatest need, God was always there, and still is. Blessings!

  12. Thank you for this post. It spoke to my heart which is fragmented over the passing of my mom a few weeks ago. Thank you for reminding me that I do not have to justify my grief to anyone else and that the healing will take time. No shortcuts. Also thank you for reminding me of the promise that the Lord our God will bind up my wounds.

    These were blessed words. Thank you for sharing them.

    ~ Cassandra

    • Cassandra, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that God would wrap you up in His strong arms of love and comfort you. Hugs and prayers!

  13. Beautiful again. I know that feeling of deep pain with many broken pieces and then considering how it seems it shouldn’t feel so painful. Pain is pain. There are often many facets we can’t even share or express in ways that truly depict what is going on our hearts. So thankful that He continues to walk this with you and that you are willing to be vulnerable to share. Thank you for your honesty. Prayers with you dear sister in Christ.

  14. Barbie – You feel and write with a “realness” that is so precious to Our Heavenly Father. Your brokenness is His healing place and He is honored that you lay it all before Him. I’m praying for you and the fragments of life that beg to be hidden away – that God sees all and will provide healing, strength and renewed purpose in your life.

  15. Thank you so much for your transparency, Barbie. Love what you said about the broken pieces are not meant to be swept away. When we sweep it all under the carpet, it lays there and festers. And I believe makes an even bigger mess. God is and will continue to sustain you through all of it. And your story is impacting others in ways you may not even know. Love you, love your heart, and still praying for you!

  16. Everything you are feeling is real and I’m so grateful you are openly sharing how God is speaking to you and moving in your life with us. The healing process isn’t always easy but He is with us through it all. He does make everything beautiful. And you my friend are one of His beautiful creations. Always in my thoughts and prayers. Love you so much.

  17. Your words really resonated with me this morning. It’s almost 7:30am, and I’m still in bed. God has been teaching me that healing means rest. (And so many other lessons I feel Him inspiring me to write about soon) There are days when I have to force myself to rest, even if I feel a little extra fuel in my step. It’s in my rest that I seek God, really see my beautiful children for the gift that they are, and truly value and appreciate my husband. It’s in my rest that I take time to talk to a friend on the phone, or allow my mind to think of fun and creative ways to bless someone in my life or circle of influence. I never realized the power of rest until God allowed a season of health problems that demanded it. 🙂

    • Praying for you my friend. So thankful for your season of rest. I know it’s not something you would have chosen, but I pray that God uses is to draw you even closer. Hugs!

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