Jul 25, 2013

Broken

Five Minute Friday is a writing prompt where writers are given one word and five minutes to just write.  You don't worry about perfection, editing, or if that comma is exactly right. The purpose is to share your first thoughts.

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday Prompt: Broken

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Four years ago the word broken entered every crevice of my being. It made me fear the worst, cling to the past, and gave me nightmares of the worst kind.

At first being broken felt cruel, unnatural, and like a death sentence. I wondered how I would pick up the pieces after this man I had committed my life to, created three children with, and fought so hard for, left us for a drug-addicted life on the street.

I would watch families at church and beg for the broken parts of my heart to be mended. I looked for ways to fill in the gaps but nothing worked. My children were my life and I decided to shut out anything else that would keep me away from being the mother they needed.

Then God reached into my beautiful mess of a soul and brought me out of the darkness.* Click to Tweet! He showed me I could love again and more importantly, there was someone who wanted to love me. God loved me enough to show me I didn't have to be alone.

He told me my brokenness was for a reason.

And then He gave me B.





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Linking up with Simply Helping HimEssential Thing DevotionsLisa Jo BakerRachel Wojo

65 comments:

  1. Stunning! Simply stunning friend. Thank you for this little snippet into you!

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  2. Thank you Tonya, 5 minutes sure goes by quickly!!

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  3. That is a wonderful testimony! Broken to whole, a cinderella-esque story!

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  4. Thank you Alyssaz. The broken parts were for a more fulfilling life. So glad you stopped by tonight!

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  5. There are lots of someones who WANT to love you! I'm so glad to have you in my life!!!

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  6. Amazing how you may think you're broken, but God brings all your pieces back together. Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Just beautiful...praise God for how He works and how He redeems. Love this post, sweet friend...happy Friday! :) (((hugs)))

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  8. I feel the same about you x10! So glad we met.

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  9. Thank you for visiting Andrea!

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  10. Thank you Mel! Our lives take us places we never thought imaginable and God is always there, ready to dig in and give us His best. Blessings to you!

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  11. What a story. Wow. Rejoicing with you for the places God has brought you to. Amazing.

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  12. Thank you Kris! Sometimes I feel it's not even my story to claim. But it happened and I am grateful everyday for God's faithfulness and love.

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  13. Holly Solomon BarrettJuly 26, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    How gracious of God to heal us in our brokenness! Great post, Sarah!

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  14. Thanks so much Holly. You have been a great friend and resource! Blessings to you!

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  15. Very powerful post, thank you for sharing. Have a blessed weekend. Tara.

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  16. Thank you Tara, you as well!

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  17. The brokenness is always for a reason. He has such great plans for us. We just need to trust Him when we are broken.

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  18. Wow. What a beautiful, redemptive part of your story. I'm tearing up reading this. So amazing how God works in HIs perfect time, always for our good. :)

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  19. That is beautiful...mine left me for the military, other women etc. after 7 years. I was BROKEN. But He (GOD) turned that heartbreak into good. Praying you can heal and mend from those years. HUGS!

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  20. whoa. thank you for sharing that with such honesty and transparency. may GOD receive all the glory for that. and may your children never doubt who healed your brokenness - and theirs. love, love.

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  21. You are welcome Caroline. Even when I doubted almost daily God had plans for our family to be whole. Thank you for visiting today!

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  22. I am so sorry for your broken Casey. Thank you for the prayers and I am doing the same for you. So glad you came to visit!

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  23. It is for a reason and we don't always understand until He's gotten past those days, moths, or even years. Trust is key and it's a rocky climb. Thank you for commenting!

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  24. It is an amazing & beautiful thing when our God shows up in our brokenness. So glad that He did in yours! Thank you for sharing this. I was your neighbor at Essential Friday & am glad that I was :)
    Blessings,
    Joanne

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  25. Thanks so much Joanne! It is quite powerful when God changes our story. Thanks for stopping by today.

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  26. Kim@onerebelheartJuly 26, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Oh friend! Believe me when I tell you I have been there. My first husband walked away from me and our daughter to be with a woman who was in a drug rehab center at the time. I'm so thankful for a God who uses those broken times to bring us closer, and then shows us that He has great plans for us still.

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  27. christie elkins.July 26, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    You are beautiful Sarah, inside and out. Praise God for your strength in telling your story today!

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  28. Kim, my heart hurts for you. We are bonded by abandonment but also by so much more. God has healed us both and given us sisters to share it all with. So glad you shared with me!

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  29. Christie, thank you for the kind words. The words just spilled out, like a cup that can't hold the water any longer. I believe God has lead me to this place to share my story and help others. Thank you for reading!

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  30. I tear up too Jen! Our stories are so personal but don't do much when hidden. Thank you for stopping by today!

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  31. Made me tear up! The memory of being broken almost kept me from joining FMF this week... I didn't want to think about that time in my life. But just like you, I now see what the brokenness was for. Such a great post!

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  32. oh my gosh. your post was five minutes short but so beautiful, so powerful. thank you so much for sharing this little bit. of hope.

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  33. I've been there too sister. It's a beautiful thing to be shown this love. It's one of a kind. Prayers to you and your new journey!

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  34. I'm glad you stopped by Victoria! We are all broken somehow but the rebuilding process can be so beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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  35. Thank you for the compliments, I'm glad to know you connected with my journey!

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  36. Thank you Anna, so glad to know I'm not alone!

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  37. "He told me my brokenness was for a reason." It usually is, isn't it? I know it doesn't make it any easier to deal with, but there is usually beauty that can rise from it...

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  38. You are absolutely right Dan. And as I grow I see the broken places rise and shine in God's grace and glory.

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  39. What a lovely, lovely post. Some things need to end so others things can start...

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  40. Doesn't God always step in just when we think we can't take anymore. Beautifully written and so transparent. Thank you so much for being willing to share and inspire through you're story.

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  41. Thank you Jodi, you are aright!

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  42. You are welcome Tiffany, I appreciate your nice comments.

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  43. How beautiful! And inspiring. God truly is amazing.

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  44. Such a beautiful post! Praise the Lord! Thanks for linking up at Essential Fridays. Blessings.

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  45. Thankful that our Go heals and uses our brokenness to fulfill His purpose for our lives!

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  46. Yes Judith!

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  47. Thanks for hosting Mel!!

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  48. Thank you Emily, I appreciate you stopping by today!

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  49. This is my first time visiting your blog, but I'm anxious to read more just based on this post alone. Praise God for bringing you out of darkness!

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  50. Wow, thank you Traci! Please read more and leave comments if you feel so inclined. I love getting feedback.

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  51. Beautiful post Sarah. I have tears in my eyes as I read it over again. So glad that God has brought blessings out of the brokenness. Thank you for sharing! So glad I stopped in from FMF.
    ~Sarah from http://sudryandspecific.wordpress.com/

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  52. Dear Sarah
    It is so wonderful how our God brings beauty out of ashes and strength out of weakness! Your brokenness and healing brings joy to my heart!
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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  53. Thank you Mia. I am so touched by everyone's comments. I didn't think anyone would read this post. God uses our heart ache to connect with others. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  54. Oh Sarah, thank you! I cry when I read it too!

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  55. That is beautiful. So happy for you!

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  56. pitterpatterchildrenJuly 27, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    So beautiful and so true. My story is much the same. He gave me so much more than I ever hoped or dreamed.

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  57. What a wonderful story of brokenness turned to healing; thankful you allowed God to work in your family!

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  58. Greetings from FMF. "Then God reached into my beautiful mess of a soul." That is the Gospel. Beautifully put. Thank you.

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  59. So happy for you! Thanks for stopping by.

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  60. Me too, thank you for visiting!

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  61. You are welcome Cheryl, thank you for your comments.

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  62. You have a beautiful talent with words, Sarah :) Wish I'd had the time to read this earlier... Love you and love this!

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    1. Vanessa, thank you! Bearing my soul is so hard but I know God wants me to share. Thank you for all you have done for me. Love you back friend!!

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  63. Beautiful, beautiful. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into that mess of a soul, once broken, now redeemed. Praising Jesus for you and thanks for linking up!

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  64. Thank you Rachel. I am amazed by God's power each time I read my own words, for they are not really mine!

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