May 18, 2015 by Jen Cudmore
Although things are looking up for Tim and I, sometimes I still feel discouraged.
When we feel down, it’s good to remind ourselves that broken is beautiful, because God is an expert at restoration. The other day I talked about whether failure in marriage makes wives a failure as a person. I’ve also mentioned on my blog that we all need a wound.
This morning I was reading through the prayers I’ve been putting together over the past year, and this one about brokenness before God really hit home. I thought I would share.
“God, thank You for the wounds & adversity You’ve allowed in my life. I know Your plans for me are for good & not evil, to give me hope & a future (Jer 29:11). On those days when the pain seems unbearable, I cling to the assurance that You are a God of healing. Everyone gets wounds that can make us into the people You want us to be, if we let them. Help me embrace my trials rather than resist.
It may terribly painful in the beginning, but it’s going to be incredibly beautiful in the end.
Thank You for being tender & patient with me in those dark moments of despair, for never pushing me to let go or condemning me. You always hold me tight in Your protective grip while I work it out, & I am always safe there.
Feelings of inadequacy only have the power I give them but I have Jesus! He delights in me, no matter how many mistakes I make, or what others say about me. I am free, & I am loved!
Today I give You all my shattered dreams & ask You to give me new dreams that align with Your plan. I lay my current pain at the throne, leaving it in Your capable hands.
You allow pain to teach us lessons that we can only learn if we are broken & wounded. I surrender it all to You this day & refuse to worry or despair. You will meet all my needs (Phil 4:19) & I place my trust in You rather than relying on my own understanding (Prov 3:5).”
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