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Putting the Broken Back Together

The broken is woven in and out of the fabric of our lives. Broken dreams, broken hearts, broken marriages, broken families, and broken lives. It’s unavoidable and whether it is in the midst of our own lives or in the midst of the lives of those around us, it threatens our hope.

Unless we know the Master Potter.

The One who takes the broken, the shattered, the marred, and the imperfect into His hands. Then with care and master workmanship, reshapes it into a new something beautiful.

When you need hope, turn to the One who takes the broken, the shattered, the marred, and the imperfect into His hands. Then with care and master workmanship, reshapes them into a new something beautiful. Lori Schumaker - #MomentsofHope

So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.

Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. -Jeremiah 18:3-6

Even when everything falls apart, we can know that the broken and shattered can be given new life. New beauty. From our perspective within the depths of the brokenness, the new creation often isn’t visible.  But our faith gives us the courage to believe in what we cannot yet see. It gives us courage to believe in the Master Potter and in His promises.

Friends, when you feel your hope begin to fade, turn to Him. He will never leave you as you are.

This week, as I read through friends’ posts, this line caught my attention.

“I know that life hurts sometimes, and even if you know the right way, it’s hard to fly a straight course if you are broken. It’s hard to get up when you are really down.”

Dorette, of Reporter of Hope, took my breath away with her story of the butterfly with a broken wing. When brokenness surrounds us, it’s hard to get up. Even when we know the right way. But she also reminds us that broken is not the end of the story. There is not a “too broken” for God. He makes all things new. 

If today you need a little extra dose of hope, I encourage you to stop by Dorette’s post and soak in Hope for the Broken. Her words point to the power of the God who loves you so deeply He will step with you into every dark and broken place.

 Butterfly - Hope for the Broken

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And, just so you know …

I’m so glad you’re here. 

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  1. “He knows what a wretched machine you are trying to drive.”
    These are C.S. Lewis’s words about God who knows our weaknesses and says, “No condemnation.”
    I just love the way he describes God’s understanding compassion!

  2. A beautiful reminder do each of us when the hardships come. Lovely post. Thanks for the party.

  3. So glad I stumbled on this in my twitter feed this morning. Needed the reminder that “broken is not the end of the story” and that nothing is too broken for God. He can restore anything and makes all things new.

  4. Lori, I had to take time this morning to read the portion in Jeremiah 18. In the NLT it is worded, “But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped…”. Those words fell so new on me. I am so grateful our God does not give up or walk away when we do not turn out as He had hoped. He keeps on working with our lumps of clay and begins anew. Thank you for drawing me to read these verse today! Blessings!

  5. Lori- Beautiful Brokenness, because God can make it new! So much hope there!
    Thank you for the encouragement and for hosting #MomentsofHope


  6. I believe one of the best tasks a believing wife can learn and do faithfully is to love the Lord more than her man and to find her hope in Him whenever the troubles of life come at her, Lori. And that’s exactly what you’re proclaiming today! Thanks for being that voice of hope in the darkness that we all experience from time to time. Hugs to you!

  7. Such a good word for me this morning Lori! Feeling very “broken” over the weekend and was in need of this encouragement! Sometimes being in the Potter’s hands is painful and uncertain of what the end result will look like. Another opportunity to trust as I wait for Him to do His work on me. Thank you friend:)

  8. Hey Lori,
    Thanks for hosting the weekly link up!
    I’m enjoying meeting many of the other bloggers who link here!
    Hope you have a good day today~

  9. I’m so glad God is with us in our brokenness. He feels our pain and walks with us through it. When we feel helpless without hope, He is right there to lift us up and give us light and hope.

    Blessings to you!

  10. How grateful I am that he never leaves us as we are! I’m sitting here now looking at a beautiful bowl that my future son-in-law’s dad handcrafted for us. There’s something about hands-on projects that make them more meaningful. And we are God’s hands-on masterpieces!

  11. We are the clay, and He is the potter. I love that he molds us and makes us whole again when we’re broken. Beautifully said, Lori!

  12. This is beautiful, Lori. A stunning reminder of how God specializes in redemption, as the perfect Father, artist, author and ultimate lover of our souls! Thanks for hosting again, friend.

  13. So much truth, beauty and wisdom in this post. Reading this makes me feel covered in God’s love. Thanks for this, dear friend!

  14. He has a way with broken things, doesn’t He? Thanks for the encouragement, Lori.

  15. Beautiful encouragement here, Lori. Thank you. Also for sharing Dorette’s post. It’s such a wonder and a comfort how God can give new life to the broken and shattered. Blessings and hugs to you!

  16. Thank you so much each and every one of you for joining me here at #MomentsofHope and for leaving your comments! It gives me such joy as the messages pop up on my phone throughout the day as I’m running around doing the Mommin’ thing! It’s like getting little love notes throughout the day! ♥ My heart is to write back to everyone every single week … but reality has been cutting in on that dream. When the kids have me running in circles and my husband is out of town and as, praise God, this blog continues to grow, I can’t seem to fit them all in! But please know I love you all! ♥

    Blessings and smiles,

  17. This makes me think of the song “Mended”by Matthew West. Give it a listen!