As a kid, I was immersed in Bible stories, and awed by the heroes who lived them. As I got older, they made me feel inadequate. They were so much more than I could ever be. People like Jonah and Samson didn’t count. Their stories were told to show how not to be. I wouldn’t run away like, Jonah, or so I thought. And Samson, well, Samson was just strong; he wasn’t very smart. As a girl, I had little respect for someone as foolish as he… READ MORE
We long for God to speak to us, but we don’t always want to listen to what He says. It hurts when He confronts us with the ugly parts of ourselves, but recognizing our sinfulness is a vital benefit of reading God’s Word. Without conviction, there can be no repentance that restores our relationship with God.
The pain of conviction is a blessing, and it’s not the only blessing God speaks to us through His Word… READ MORE
Depression steals hope. It blinds me to Truth. When I can’t believe Truth, I can’t feel hope. Here on Fruit of Brokenness, I share my struggles with mental illness. I’m honest about my despair. But also about hope.
I don’t have to feel hope to be held by it. Just because God hasn’t given me the victory of healing doesn’t mean He has withheld victory… READ MORE
…It’s foolish to think we can honor and please God if we don’t know what He expects of His people. We can’t grow in relationship with someone we don’t know, and we can’t be sure our understanding of Him is correct apart from what He tells us about Himself in His Word. We all have opinions on what is best, what God expects, and Who He is, based on insufficient information. We want God and His commands to fit what makes us feel good. We want a comfortable relationship with a God who validates who we think we are, instead of a truly loving relationship that challenges us so we can become who we are meant to be…. READ MORE