May 9, 2014

When Your Heart Needs Mending…

Has someone broken your heart…betrayed you? Lied to you? Abandoned you? Forgotten you?

Have you made a choice that you feel is unforgivable? Irreparable? Irreversible?

These are emotions that take our hearts hostage. They lock us in a prison. We feel hopeless, alone, unworthy, unloved. But we are not without hope. We are not forgotten. And we are loved. We are worthy. Why? Because we are a child of the Living God, and we are precious in His sight. Our God is a God Who loves unconditionally, forgives freely, and heals fully. He alone holds the key to our freedom.

Yet so often we run from Him.

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My friend Suzie Eller is here today to remind us that we don’t have to run from God. In fact, Jesus invites us to come to Him…all who are weary and burdened…all who are lost and alone…all who are persecuted and abandoned.

Here’s an excerpt from her new book, The Mended Heart. And… be sure to read through to the end for a chance to win a copy.

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“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me. He has put His hand on Me to preach the Good News to poor people. He has sent Me to heal those with a sad heart. He has sent Me to tell those who are being held that they can go free. He has sent Me to make the blind to see and to free those who are held because of trouble.” Luke 4:18 (NLV)

 

“Why can’t you get it together?”

 

“If you would just try harder.”

 

Have you heard any of these statements? Maybe you’ve even said them to yourself.

 

Perhaps those who stood on a hot hillside in Nazareth were asking themselves the same questions. Many tried hard to follow all the religious laws, but knew they fell short. Would Jesus give them more rules to follow? Imagine their surprise as Jesus spelled out His personal mission statement:

 

I’ve come to open the eyes of the blind.

 

I’ve come to set the prisoner free.

 

I’ve come with good news for the poor in spirit.

 

I’ve come to heal the brokenhearted.

 

The crowd must have been shocked by His words, for they expected a warrior, not a heart surgeon. Jesus Himself was setting the record straight. He came so that we might be made whole … through Him.

 

For those who had been trying harder, striving more, it was a transforming message. They were accustomed to following rules or meeting expectations of man, rather than resting in the power of their almighty God.

 

When I became a believer, I didn’t understand Jesus’ mission statement. I was dealing with untended brokenness and trying everything to fix myself. When I grasped the power of Luke 4:18, this truth changed me:

 

The power of the cross is not found in what I do, but in what has already been done for me.

 

Jesus didn’t mean for us to do this alone. It’s not our strength or power that will transform us. Yes, we make changes. Yes, we open our broken heart to His tender touch. Yes, we allow Him to move us in uncomfortable directions to discover new paths — and leave old ones behind. But we are in a partnership with God … and He’s bigger.

 

I also discovered I didn’t have to earn God’s love. Maybe, like me, you thought God would love you one day, when you had it all together.

 

Jesus’ mission statement proclaims that He loves us today. With our baggage and hurting hearts. When we grasp that kind of love, it changes us. It compels us to return that love, and to trust Jesus from our hearts.

 

This trust helps us listen for His voice. We sense when He is teaching or redirecting us. We weigh temptation in light of our love for our heavenly Father. This relationship helps us discover our “true selves, [our] child-of-God selves” (John 1:12, The Message).

 

Last, Luke 4:18 reminded me that I didn’t have to run away just because I felt broken.

 

A hurting heart can send us running down paths we may regret, searching for something or someone to ease our pain. Jesus’ mission statement invites us to stop running and rest in Him, expectant that our true selves will emerge with His healing touch.

 

The truth of Luke 4:18 is ours today to hold close, for Jesus came to heal our hurting hearts.

 

Dear Jesus, for the longest time I’ve been concentrating on my efforts, but today I expectantly rest in You. Thank You that the power of the cross is not in what I do, but in what has already been done for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Suzie has been gracious enough to give away one of her books on the blog today!  Thank you, Suzie. To purchase a copy of Suzie’s book click here. And for a sneak peek at Chapter One, click here.

To enter to win, leave a comment today and share how God has met you in a broken place. Maybe through His Word…the prayer of a friend…a worship song…the whisper of His Holy Spirit. Or if you’re in a broken place, let us know how we can pray for you. Suzie will stop by throughout the day to celebrate with you and/or pray for you.

**The winners of Wednesdays giveaway of Living So That are…

Luanda who posted on 5/7 at 5:45 a.m.

Rebecca who posted on 5/7 at 1:26 p.m.

Congratulations! Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your full name and mailing address so we can send you your book!

Comments

  1. Melanie Pickett says:

    I’m leaving a comment and hope to win the book! God has helped mend my heart and body from a violent attack I suffered at the hands of my then-husband three years ago. It was betraying, vicious, terrifying, and affected my children as well. God is faithful. He is always close and providing exactly what, who, and when we need it. He knows our deepest needs whether they be physical, emotional or material. His promises are good and I take Him up on them every single day.

    • Melanie, thank you for sharing your story with us and how in the midst of the terror and pain God met you and provided everything you need for your healing!! He is SO FAITHFUL!! His promises are YES and AMEN!!

      Blessings,
      Wendy

    • Carol G says:

      Oh my goodness Melanie , I didn’t know this story. And I think it was a Divine thing that I happened to see this. @WendyBlight….Melanie and I are new acquaintances. :-) Melanie… God is so very very good. providing healing and Light in that very dark place.

      • Carol G says:

        Oh my goodness Melanie , I didn’t know this story. And I think it was a Divine thing that I happened to see this. @WendyBlight….Melanie and I are new acquaintances. :-) Melanie… God is so very very good. providing healing and Light in that very dark place.

    • Oh Melanie, my heart hurts at what you’ve been through. This is where the Jesus factor makes my heart happy, for He willingly walked to the cross, not just to bear the burden of our sins, but to remove the effect of other’s sins upon our hearts and lives. I pray that every fiber of your being, your thoughts and heart, are covered and healed by the powerful touch of Jesus Christ.

  2. You have both been such a blessing in my life with your words of wisdom, your hearts set on God and your books. You and Suzie have been God’s instruments in my own healing and I couldn’t be more thankful.

    God has met me time and time again in my broken places. Many times, I pushed him away or turned away from him, embracing the shame I’d placed on myself, not feeling worthy of His love and care. I remember as a little girl, having so much faith that I cried my heart out to God to save me – to save me from a cruel world. I never imagined His saving me would bring me to where I am today and I can’t wait to see what else He has planned. It has not been an easy road and I’m so very broken now but He has surrounded me with beautiful people who are willing to share His word, to remind me I am His child. He has met me through so many people, both of you included, friends, counselor, Scripture and Bible studies, music. It seems everywhere I turn, He’s placed another reminder that I am His and to not give up. My heart is heavy today but I have peace knowing He will not leave me nor forsake me. His plans are grand! Love you both!

    • Amen, Jen. Jehovah Jireh, God our Provider is so faithful to provide what we need when we need it. I am praising Him today for how He has met you at every turn!! I pray He will continue in that provision and that when your heart is heavy, He will remind you to surrender what you are carrying to Him for His yoke is easy and His burden is light!! May His Peace saturate you today from the top of your head to the tips of your toes!! And Suzie and I are grateful to be a small part of what God has done in your life.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

    • “I never imagine God would bring me to where I am today.”

      These are words of courage and faith. Sometimes we stop to look back and celebrate where we once were and where God has brought us, if only to remind ourselves that He promises to complete the work He began in us. I praise God for every benchmark in your life, and I celebrate with you every benchmark to come. He loves you. He’s got you. Hang tight as God continues to work in you, and through you, and goes before you.

  3. I love the song by Jason Gray- Remind Me Who I Am. It always speaks to my heart. Sometimes you just need a reminder.

    • Songs do the same to me. They take me to precious places with Jesus that I could not get to otherwise. I love 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) and Oceans.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  4. Tanisha G. says:

    God has met me in a broken place by giving me so many inspirational song. One of the songs he gave me was from Jessica Reedy something out of nothing. This song just showed me no matter what I am going through God knows my walk. No matter how many times I stumble God knows my heart and is pleased.

    • Just as writers speak to us through their books, songwriters speak to us through their lyrics. The Holy Spirit pours forth from their hearts to minister to the broken and hurting. And so many of the lyrics originate in Scripture and we know that when His Living and Active Word goes out, it will NOT return void but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purposes for which He sent it.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

    • II immediately went to listen to that song,

      “Lord, where would I be without your grace and mercy.” Those powerful lyrics are truth. He makes something out of nothing, and lifts us up to discover who we are. I love that about my Lord.

  5. Nicci Ramirez says:

    God met me heart on with “By Your Side” by Tenth Avenue North – while driving – The flood gates opened – and my relationship with Him has forever been changed! I praise Him for that afternoon and still to this day I get choked up when I hear this song playing.

    • Isn’t it sweet to have that moment in time where you remember feeling the fullness of the presence of God in your life? I too have those times and many are related to songs. Thank you for sharing your story today!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  6. Lisa Taylor says:

    I seem to have a lot of bitterness in my heart, praying for God to help me figure out what is causing it and take care of it….Thanks for the opportunity…Lisa

    • WendyB says:

      Lisa, I join you in praying for the Lord to reveal the root of your bitterness and help you through His word and prayer root it out and replace it with His love, mercy and grace. He is faithful and promises when you seek after wisdom, He will grant it.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

    • Lord, thank you for Lisa. She’s aware that there’s something more for her, and her hands and heart are open to all that you have. Healing. Joy. Direction. Layer by layer, you peel away hurt to find the source so you can abide and reside in those places. Thank you for her hunger for you. Thank you that she is loved and treasured by you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  7. Cathy Klump says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win Wendy!

    One evening I was doing laundry while listening to the radio. Chris Tomlin’s song “I Will Rise” came on. As I was singing I had this feeling of unspeakable joy! The Holy Spirit came & blessed me beyond measure. The tears started flowing as my hand was lifted up in praise.

    And I will rise when He calls my name
    No more sorrow, no more pain
    I will rise on eagles’ wings
    Before my God fall on my knees
    And rise
    I will rise

    There’s a day that’s drawing near
    When this darkness breaks to light
    And the shadows disappear
    And my faith shall be my eyes

    Jesus has overcome
    And the grave is overwhelmed
    The victory is won
    He is risen from the dead

    Praise his holy name!!!!!!!

    • WendyB says:

      I agree, Cathy, the lyric’s are beautiful. I LOVE when we sing this in worship. I picture heaven when I hear these words: “And I will rise when He calls my name. No more sorrow, no more pain. I will rise on eagle’s wings before my God fall on my knees.” One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. But those of us who know Him will bow because we will not be able to NOT bow as we are overwhelmed by standing in the presence of our Holy God!! And He will know us by name!! :)

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  8. I am in need of my heart being mended. I plan on reading Mended Heart next after I finish Living So That.
    I have been separated from my husband and still hope and pray we can mend our marriage. My husband though seems to do things to hurt and cause me not to trust him. I have a daughter and son that have been effected by these choices which breaks my heart. I’m tired of his choices and the hurt.
    He recently gave his testimony and was baptized at our church. I’m not sure how to feel when he makes these bad choices.
    I’m in prayer always asking for clarity on what I should do about my marriage. It’s a place I never thought I would be in.
    I always listen to Wonderful Maker by Jeremy Camp. It makes me feel like The Lord is with me and I’m going to be okay and so are my kids!!
    Thank you for books and encouraging words!!!

    • WendyB says:

      Lydia, as you seek God’s wisdom regarding your marriage, I pray the Lord will make His answers clear through His Word and His Holy Spirit. And I pray in the midst He will be your comfort and your strength. And I pray God will take the small mustard seed of faith in your husband that led him to say “yes” to baptism and water it so that it will grow bigger and bigger. And I pray if there is anything keeping him from growing closer to Jesus, the Lord will tender his heart to that sin or stronghold and lead him to repentance. I pray for a beautiful healing in your marriage that leads to reconciliation and restoration.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

    • Thank you Lydia, for sharing your story and allowing Wendy and I to pray with you for direction.

      Lord, we have not walked in Lydia’s shoes, but we come alongside her in hope and faith, asking for direction for this marriage. For healing for hurts. For godly counsel that offers tools and new hope. Cover Lydia with Your strength, cloak her in Your love, walk with her throughout her day, and cover these children with Your love and healing power. In Jesus’ name, amen.

      • Lydia Swire says:

        Suzie

        Thank you for the prayer it is much needed. I’m heading back to Texas next week and my husband confessed to me that he was texting a woman and met with her. I’m sadden that he continues to lie and not take responsibility for our marriage. I’m not sure what is going to happen, but I will continue to pray for the Lord’s direction in all of this.

        I just want to do what the Lord has planned for me. I’m scared on going back and looking for a job and place for my daughter and I. I have friends in Texas and my family in California that are praying for me and supporting this move.

        Lord please clear my head of the fear and doubts that have been created by circumstances. I know that you are by my side each and every day. Let me feel your arms around me as I move forward in my life. In Jesus name. Amen

  9. Susan Weatherford says:

    God has mended my broken heart. He has brought me to a church where I matter. Just this past Wednesday, members of the church prayed over me and dozens of others. I feel a tremendous burden lifted off of me. Now it is clear that I should continue on, by going on a mission trip to a church plant in Florida.

    • WendyB says:

      Oh, I just love that the Lord has healed you in community!! Praise God for your church…for people who love and minister to each other. I pray you mission trip will be a precious time of serving for you and that you will meet God in a fresh, new way as you serve His people.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  10. Lauren H says:

    It’s been a long season of trials, the hardest time of my life, but God has consistently met me in my broken place. He has given me a life verse in Romans 8:28, led me to a group of loving and Godly encouragers, strengthened me and my relationships and changed my heart in so many ways. I trust Him in a way I never would have without being broken first. I know He’s using this time to work in me and when He is finished putting me back together I will be the daughter He created me to be.

    I also want to tell you how much I have been blessed by reading Living So That. The chapter on trials…I felt like it was written just for me. It was exactly what I needed to hear, and God spoke to me so clearly about some things in my life that I haven’t wanted to deal with. Through the section on forgiveness my heart has been opened and softened. He is convicting and refining me with your words. Thank you, Wendy!

    • WendyB says:

      Thanking God today for His great provision for you to lead you through your season of trials. And how precious to see your humble heart that allows Him to mold and refine so that you can be the daughter He created you to be. He has great plans for you, sweet friend!!

      And thank you for your sweet words of encouragement about Living So That. I love hearing stories about how God has used it in a woman’s life. So thank you for taking time to let me know. His Word will not return void, and I love that He is doing that in you…accomplishing what He desires and achieving the purposes for which He sent it FOR YOU!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  11. God held me on Oct 10,2009 when I was so broken by words that were spoken to me by my mother that I had cried until my eyes were almost swollen shut, understood why my niece had become a “cutter”, and was completely unable to speak and was almost in a catatonic state. He held me tightly in his arms and did not let me slip totally into the darkness. He slowly nurtured me with his love and Word over the next few months. He surrounded me with my friends who stood by and supported me with their love, kind words and most of all their prayer. I have had many storms in my life and am currently facing one involving a mass in my grain but I know whatever I have to go through he will be with me and that I won’t be alone. Like a friend told me it’s a win-win situation. I will either overcome this new health condition and “win” or I will not survive this new health problem and will die and go to be with The Lord” which is a “win”. Either way… I have decided to take my best friend with me to my a Doctor appointment – Jesus. God bless you all. Have a wonderfully blessed and awesome day.

    • WendyB says:

      Shawn, what a powerful testimony of God’s love and provision. Thank you, thank you for sharing the HOPE you have in Jesus. And I pray for Jehovah Rapha, God our Healer, to reach down with His healing touch and heal and restore your health.

      Blessings to you,

      Wendy

      • I just can’t imagine life without the love and hope I have in Jesus. How do the “unbelievers” do it?

    • Shawn, I’m sorry for your mother’s words. She’s broken, and broken and hurting people often hurt others. It’s not about you, Shawn. It’s about her brokenness and inability to give what you need, because she doesn’t have it to give.

      But God does. In abundance. He offers words like “you are my beloved” and “I have plans for you”. He says that “nothing can separate you from His love.” He says that “He sent His only Son that all might be saved.”

      He’s your need-meeter. He’s the One you can trust and walk with. Knowing this gives us permission to love our moms in their brokenness, but not to live in it with them. We no longer ask them to give what they don’t have to offer (yet), but to fill up with what God so freely pours out.

      Thank you for sharing such an honest comment, and my prayers are that you’ll sense God close as you go through this time of struggle with your health, feeling His strength and healing power in abundance.

  12. So blessed and so thankful for the P31 sisterhood! It was through the stories of you, Renee, and Micca that broke this hard heart to yield and to make the choice of forgiving my Dad and others as they intended to harm me and did harm me but so thankful that God chooses to us it for my good and His glory! Less of me – more of Him!

    So thankful for you and the personal challenge that you left for me on the last page of Living So That. You blessed me. You inspired me. You challenge me every day to let my Jesus light shine SO THAT others may see Him in me and want and come to know Him!!

    Love you. Happy Anniversary. See you next week!

    Donna B

    • WendyB says:

      Donna, it blesses me to know that God has used me and the lessons He has taught me to play a small part in your healing!! And the greater gift is the friendship He has given us. Your servant’s heart has blessed me more than you will ever know throughout this Living So That release process. I can’t wait to see you!! Be sure to let me know the best time frame to come to the office!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  13. Alisa Anderson says:

    I so hope to win a copy of this book. I love the devotions online and on fb. God bless!

  14. I am in a broken place right now. My husband betrayed me a few years ago, and I am finding it difficult to overcome the bitterness and resentment. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    • Lord, lead Kathy to healing and compassion and joy and forgiveness and wisdom. Thank you that you heal in even the hardest of places, in Jesus’ name, amen.

  15. Jane Dunn says:

    God constantly meets me where I’m at, regardless of my need at the time. I have some fairly serious chronic health issues that just don’t respond to medication as they’re meant to. God continually reminds me through His Word that I’m loved and that He has a plan for my life. I am often impatient, wondering what this plan is and how I could possibly achieve it with such a broken body. I struggle with self doubt and even though I try to hand my issues over to God to deal with, I feel there’s a part of me that thinks I don’t deserve His loving help and care. I particularly struggle with the broken and lost dreams I’ve had through my life…there’s a corner of my heart that struggles deeply and I can’t see to hear God’s answers on those issues. I spend time with His Word morning and night, I listen to some wonderful inspirational Christian music and really speaks straight to my heart, and I’m aware I have a long way to go to have the “easy” relationship with God that I used to have. Thank you Wendy for the opportunity to win this book. Bless you xx

    • Jane, I’m so sorry for the chronic suffering you endure in your physical body. Sometimes it is hard to see God’s plan in the midst of such pain. I pray that God will make Himself known to you in the sweetest, most intimate ways as you seek Him in this time. And I pray for a powerful healing touch from Jehovah Rapha, God our Healer, that will restore to order all that is out of order in your body.And in the meantime, I pray for God to miraculously move that medicine through your body in a way that will lead very cell, muscle, ligament and organ responding as it should.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  16. Courtney says:

    Hi Wendy, Thank you for this encouraging post. I am in a broken place now. My picture perfect marriage fell apart 8 months ago. My husband asked me to leave our home and moved on with his life. We are in a city with no family. I was literally asked to leave with no where to go; and took my car that he bought me as a birthday gift. I met someone in our new city and I called her for help. I’ve been sleeping on her sofa for the past 8 months. I’m working two jobs trying to rebuild. I keep getting knocked on each day. It feels nothing is going right and my life is pointless. Lately I’ve been feeling that I am a waste of space and do not want to go on with life. I know God has a purpose for all the pain, but I am so broken until my faith is shaky. I am praying that I can put all my trust back in God, forgive my husband, and get my life back together.

    • I had the opportunity to share with you on my blog, but I say it again: You are worthy of love. Nothing can separate you from God’s love. My heart hurts at what took place, but I celebrate with you as you discover who you are, and who God is in the midst of the hard places, as you trust Him, as you heal, and as you hold tight to the truth that you matter greatly to God.

  17. Carol G says:

    I think I was supposed to be here. The Scripture from Luke I had just read at our intercessor prayer group Monday night from Isaiah 61. One of my favorite passages. Spoken over our church body 4 years ago. sort of adopted it as my mission statement.
    But…healing from a difficult place…still on that journey. A bff went thru a very hard time with her daughter. And felt that most of us had betrayed her. Though we could have perhaps handled things differently we were also pawns in the game. Relationship is still not restored. A year or two before God was dealing with me about toxic relationships and moved me to a new journey that I would never have planned on my own. God is an amazing healer and sometimes that healing comes in very unexpected ways. Thanks so much for offering this giveaway..
    I am very much aware of the power of a song. and use music a lot when I am teaching/speaking. “Oceans” has for a very long time been part of my ‘anthem’, breathing encouragement in my heart. Thanks again. Looking forward to reading the book even if I don’t win a copy.

    • Thank you for sharing your story. Praising God for the healing you shared and pray if it is His will, He will bring about healing in this relationship. I too LOVE “Oceans!!”

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  18. Gina Garland says:

    I’ve had a lot of grief in the past 9 months. My dad passed away in August. I lost a brother to cancer in December, then a cousin to cancer in January and my brother in law was buried this past Sunday. The verse that has helped me some during this time is Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. My heart broke into when my dad and brother passed away and I don’t think it will ever mend. A lot of hurtful words and things were said and done to me during that time. I was told from a family member that life goes on and I just needed to get over it. I’ve found out who my friends really are also. My best friend turned her back on me when my dad passed away. I have a lot of hurt inside. I guess dealing with the grief and the hurt of others has made it hard to cope at times. I know I will see my dad, brother, cousin and b-i-l again. I could use some prayer that things will get easier and the hurt will go away.

    • I love Jesus’ response to Mary when she lost her brother. The Divine reached from Heaven to weep with her. He didn’t offer pithy words. He didn’t tell her to get over it. He mourned with her. Jesus is your safe place to mourn such a great loss, and to find hope again. I pray that you walk into that safe place often as He heals the gap left by loss, and feel the joy return again.

  19. Kathi Whittamore says:

    When my dad went to be with the Lord almost 3 years ago, he was in hospice for 7 days. Every day I would sit by his bed and sing the song Glorious Day. About a year or so ago, our women’s group had a retreat where we had pajama night and told our testimonies. I told mine and told how I sat by my dad’s bed and sang this song while he was in hospice. When the retreat was over and we got to church Sunday night, the praise team sung the song Glorious Day. I told my friend standing next to me that that was the song and I went to the altar. So many women came around me to pray for me that night. After my dad went home to be with the Lord I could hardly sing that song but now I can sing it with hope that one day He is coming and I will be with my dad again…what a Glorious Day that will be!!!

    • Gina Garland says:

      Thank you for sharing this Kathi. My dad passed away almost 9 months ago. It will be a “Glorious Day” when I see him again!

    • Kathi, as I read your story, chill bumps covered me from head to toe. And your closing words lingered in my heart and mind!! One day Jesus is coming and we will be united with Christ for all eternity AND reunited with all those we love who gave gone before us. What a GLORIOUS DAY it will be! And what’s special to me, is that you and I will meet too!!

      Blessings to you,

      Wendy

  20. The entire devotional from May 9th speaks directly to me. “when your heart needs mending”…. I have been crying for days it seems… tears because of my health issues, tears over my abusive past, tears over being a mom of a teenage son, who is very angry all the time… and sooooo much more. Every day, my entire day is one solid prayer.. moment by moment, prayer to move to the next moment. My entire ability to exist is based on the strength that God gives me to keep moving forward. thank you for these encouraging words and the reminder that God loves us in our brokenness, and does not expect us to be whole to be worthy of His love.

    • Praising God for meeting you each and every time in the midst of your pain…for providing the strength and courage you need to move forward.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  21. I don’t know why I am so amazed at what the Loving Lord puts in front of us. Things this week have really blown a hole in my life. God just keeps putting things like this in front of me to remind me where my hope is and where my trust should be.

    We are daughters of the King and He is in the small things too.

    Thank you for this post Wendy. My faith needed shoring up.
    Gwen

  22. Brittany says:

    This post really spoke to my heart today. It is exactly what I needed. (Isn’t it awesome how God does that?!)

    I feel I really need to tell my story – and I haven’t shared this with anyone until now. My husband and I have been married for five years. A week before our five year anniversary we found out we were having a precious little baby. (Yay!) …

    …Two weeks later…my whole world came crashing down upon me. I received a phone call at work from a lady I didn’t know. She called to tell me my husband had been seeing her daughter.

    I confronted my husband about it, and it was true. This had been going on for almost a whole year!! My husband asked for forgiveness and honestly, I had no idea what I was supposed to do.

    Eventually I decided to try to forgive him and work things out…and so far, so good. It’s been about 9 months and we are doing better than ever before. Do I still feel hurt and betrayed? Yes. Every day. But God is mending my heart a little at a time. It is slowly, but surely getting better.

    Thank you for your post.

    • I pray that God heals that hurt, sis. I’m so sorry. I pray that God takes this devastating time and redeems it as you and your husband heal together. Thank you for the courage to share it with us. Your faith and hope is inspiring.

    • Brittany, your story is one of strength, courage and obedience. Thank you for sharing with us today. God HONORS obedience. I pray you will see the great fruit of that promise in your marriage. And I pray any stronghold that young woman has on your husband’s life has been broken in the name of Jesus and that your marriage will be stronger than it would have been without this trial. Claiming Romans 8:28 for you!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  23. JanetF says:

    God is mending my broken heart, a mother who lost her oldest son who was 33, in a tragic car accident on Christmas Eve 2013. He would have been 34 today. The Lord has mended it with His Word, medicine like no other, promises that I can cling to!! He has mended it with Proverb 31 OBS sisters in Christ who have been there for me, praying, sending encouraging notes on FB or emails, cards in the mail. He has mended it with music, songs that we had sung at his funeral:
    Mercy Me’s “I Can Only Imagine” I can only imagine what it will be like When I walk by Your side I can only imagine what my eyes will see When Your face is before me I can only imagine.
    My son is walking side by side with Jesus and seeing His face before him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=N_lrrq_opng
    And “I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zWflxmAB_Gg
    Jesus has overcome and the grave is overwhelmed, the victory is won He is risen from the dead.
    \O/ Praise God Jesus has risen from the dead and I know I will see my son again one day. Praising God for the promises in His Word and that He is faithful!!
    Thank you Wendy for your always encouraging post! :) You are a blessing! I pray that God blesses you beyond all measure!! Love to you!! ♥

    • As a mama, I can’t imagine how hard this loss was, but I treasure the hope and healing I hear in your “voice” in this comment. What a beautiful, strong woman of faith and mama. <3

    • Janet, I never get tired of hearing how the Lord has met you every step of the way on this difficult journey. And what a glorious day it will be when the Lord reunites you with your sweet son! You have been a true blessing in my life. Thank you for your continuous words of encouragement.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

      • Janet F says:

        AMEN Wendy!! It will be a glorious day in deed!! When I will see my Savior’s face and my son’s again :)

  24. Martha T. says:

    The Lord speaks to me through the Bible when I am hurting(and when I am not).

  25. marie finney says:

    Wow, sadly I have had more than 1 dark place in my life. The most recent one was just a few years ago. I found myself single again at age 50! I had never lived there n my own it was a scarey time for me. The Lord showed me years of stuff that I had not faced that I needed to face, deal with and move on! It was a sark time and although I nearly have up a couple times He was always there to catch me before I fell. It is so surreal to look back at now. HE Is Always Faithful!

    • Yes, Marie, He is the same yesterday…today…and forever. He is a faithful God!!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  26. Jason Gray’s album Love Will Find a Way. All of his songs minister to my grieving heart.

  27. Michelle says:

    Those verse and many songs describe me.
    I try hard to leave the past behind. ..but the scares remain.

    Abandoned, abused physically emotionally and mentally, and sexually by the age of 16. Broken into million s of little pieces.
    12 yrs ago my daughter talked and prayed for me to come to know our Lord and Savior .

    Still looking, learning to be loved, cared for and to feel worthy without others looking for something in return .
    I lean on His promises and his refuge….I will not be shaken!!
    I would love this book!!

    • Amen for all that God has done, and I pray He will continue to make Himself known to you and provide for you as you seek to know Him more.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  28. Teresa Gines says:

    My comment in hopes of winning the book!
    I am broken over a church issue. They are so very painful. I’m finding healing today, in the prayer from a friend, from Gods Word, and from the sweet call of a morning dove on a cool gentle breeze today. It feels like the reassurance of the Holy Spirit, stopping by to comfort and calm me. Letting me know that seasons are for His glory, and that great purpose can come from the trials! We must seek Him wherever we can, and know that His hand has gone before us and will follow us! What faith and joy we must search out in our broken places! Trials that sanctify us! Settingus apart for His kingdom!
    Be blessed my friend!

  29. Oh Wendy … reading through these comments, praying over them, I am so overwhelmed with my heart just aching for these precious women … and yet I have been there: broken and hopefully mended … but I’m sure as I dig into reading Suzie’s excerpt of her book (maybe her book) I will not just identify and relate to all her nuggets of wisdom and heart messages, yet continue the “mending of a life of broken pieces” (it seems) from a God that continues restoring and healing ANYTHING we willingly lay before Him to mend and end piece by piece … . My how I could hear myself saying exactly what was shared about “running down paths we may regret …” SO THAT I will come to Him and rest in His loving and healing embrace (as I pray for so many in such hurtful circumstances) (I have been there, but through the grace of God, I am not there at this moment) because of YOU and one of the first books (studies) I did here with you and the group on “Hidden Joy” followed by others. It was when I shared here about being raped twice at different times earlier in my life as a teen and then 20 yrs. later … that you (through winning your book) and Noelle and others ministered to me … I believe that it was God’s sweet Holy Spirit through your wonderful book and the way you teach, pray and minister here, that I truly felt mended. Then again, I shared about my marriage, the same … then about our house fire in 2012 that was considered a total loss, treasures … everything, and once again, it was here and precious prayers and comforting words that helped mend my heart. I have experienced many losses of loved ones to death and then this … and each time, God shows His gracious mercy and healing through sisters in Christ (that I have never met) like you. Perhaps some never even knew the impact that they or their words had but it was the beginning of God’s healing. I’m so thankful! Looking forward to reading and hopefully winning a copy of Suzie’s book. Yet, when I read all the hurt above, it looks like we all may need to get a copy and read. Thank you once again for a heart warming post and your beautiful ministry as well as P31!

    I wish I had time to leave a prayer for each one above but please know that as I read them, I prayed or cried along with your broken heart asking God to mend the hurt. May God be Healer, and what He has done for me, or Wendy, or Suzie … HE WILL DO for you too. Just believe and do your part, draw near to Him so that He can draw near to you and bring healing and mend your hurts and life. May He mend your blanket of faith that may be tattered or torn with a love that is never worn out and paid it all for you. Receive His love and healing in Jesus’ Name!

    Thanks Wendy … and all … I miss you so much Wendy! I’m so glad to see how well “LIVING SO THAT …” is doing and the fabulous online study group! WOW! Congrats again.

    Love, peace and many blessings ((hugs)))
    Peggy

    • Peggy, it’s wonderful to hear from you!! You have had the most amazing journey with God, and I love that even in the hardest of seasons you look for Him. He has been faithful every step of the way!

      Thank you for offering prayers on behalf of each of these women. We are so very blessed to have a precious prayer warrior like you in our midst.

      And thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. You, Heather, Noelle and others who have been with us since the beginning Joy are TRUE TREASURES!!! Thank you for always being there for me.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  30. Carol Bruntlett says:

    Wow that book sounds amazing
    I am in a broken place right now , my world was shaken to the core last Wednesday April 30th 2014
    When my sweet mama when to be with her savior Jesus Christ , I felt like the bottom of the world fell out that day .
    I am still reeling from it all , somedays I just feel so empty and espically losing her so close to Mothers Day :(((((
    I loved my sweet mama
    I have felt God minister to my heart thru this all , I feel His presence in many ways , there has been healing in life’s thru this , forgiveness, today my heart was reeling , and I sat outside on my porch and I felt like Paul and Silas , you praise first and you feel it later , and when you start praising in the midnight hour the chains will fall and joy comes in the morning
    I have felt Jesus Love in an envelope from a friend , I have felt Him minister to me thru a phone call , I have felt His compassion thru others .
    Would love to get a copy

    Thank you Carol

    • Carol, I pray the God of All Comfort reigns down His promised comfort upon your sweet spirit and ministers to you as you walk through this grieving process. I am praising God for how He has provided for you and ask Jehovah Jireh to continue to provide for your every need. :)

      Sweet Blessings to you,

      Wendy

  31. I am so touched by all I have read today. I have lived with physical and emotional pain most of my adult life. Sometimes I feel that God has healed my broken heart and then other times, I feel it is cracking all over again. Each day I celebrate God’s love. I have Suzanne’s book and it has brought healing to me. I also am closer to the Lord because of working through Living So That….. thanks both to Wendy and Suzanne. Walk daily in forgiveness helps with the pain. BLESSINGS

  32. Good evening ladies! I have been hoping to read Suzie’s book….The Mended Heart. God has blessed me many times in deep despair by touching me in a moment that seemed hopeless and restoring my hope with His great love and grace. I just seem to feel like such a failure when despite all He has done for me and given me, I still continue to fall and stumble over and over again. I feel like a failure and so unworthy. I know I am not the only one with a guilty heart. I often feel like I am trying so hard and just can’t completely get it right….to trust Him in all things, to accept His forgiveness and rest in His love. I long to hear and listen to God, to always say yes to Him! I hope to read Suzie’s inspiration as she shares her experiences in mending her broken heart.

    • Mary, as I read your words, I feel led to share my Faith Declaration with you. The link is below. When you feel unworthy or insignificant, read over these declarations, write them down where you can always see them, hide them in your heart so you can speak the TRUTH found in them each and every time you need them. You are a blood bought baby girl of the MOST HIGH GOD!! Never forget that, Mary…never forget that. You are precious and valuable in His sight.

      Declaration: http://wendyblight.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/FAITH-DECLARATION.pdf

      Prayer: http://wendyblight.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/FAITH-DECLARATION-PRAYER.pdf

      Blessings,

      Wendy

      • Wendy, thank you for your reply… I did read the post and I truly appreciate the links! I am going to journal them, so I can read them whenever I feel the way I was feeling when I wrote the comment. I have also been still reading your book “Living So That…” between helping my daughter with my medically fragile grandson’s care, preparing my Special Olympics team for competition in our Summer State Games, working with my Special Education students and families and my Union responsibilities as president, I fell behind in the OBS. I saved all the email posts….I am enjoying it at my own pace. Thank you again for all your encouragement and inspiration. God is GOOD! He has blessed me in so many ways, I have not enough space or words to describe how blessed my life is. My journey with Him to advocate for children and families brings me more Joy than I could ever imagine and the fact that He prepared me for almost 30 years in my vocation to take care of my own grandson, Andrew, a student in my class. They told us that he wouldn’t live 3 days. I told them that God would decide how long Andrew would be with us and here we are 6 years later! Two of my students passed away last year, so I truly cherish every day, every moment that Andrew is touching the lives of all who are blessed to know him….guess I got a little carried away…just felt the need to share a bit more about a woman who is truly inspired by your blog posts and your gift of sharing a deeper love of God’s Word and promises to us…to me…God bless!

  33. Susan Gruener says:

    Thank you for sharing the truth of God’s Word to each of us today! Just this morning, God showed me through words of a song on a Christian station that He is thinking about me, knew that I was feeling ‘down’ and lifted me up, and encouraged my soul once again.
    Only God can do that! ;)
    Bless you both!

  34. Kristin Perez says:

    Through all the years of addiction & trials God has continually shown his faithfulness. I believe that no prayer is ever wasted or returns void even if Gods timing is not our own. I see this evidenced in my own life as Prayers are being answered almost 10 years later when I was despairing my husbands Sex addiction & past issues would never be healed.Praise God & thank you for the opportunity to win this book as I have a very wounded heart & past.

  35. “Psalm 34:18
    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

  36. Recently recognized the depth of my broken heart…thank you for prayers…

  37. God has been with me through the death of my mom this last October . He allowed me those last days together where he and I were able to share, cry, talk, sit – we left nothing unsaid so when she went to heaven I was prepared. Do I miss her ? Yes but I am so blessed / thankful for those last days together.

  38. Heather says:

    I am writing on behalf of a friend who is hurting deeply. From a husband who belittles her daily, to a family who sees her as worthless, to the prospect of losing her job, she has a difficult time seeing just how much God loves her. I often pray for her and with her, and the pain seems to ease a little bit, but it doesn’t last.
    Personally, I have overcome many obstacles with God’s grace, and would like to help her through these seemingly dark days.

  39. Elizabeth says:

    Broken. That is exactly how I describe my heart. I have walked through a lot of tough stuff and find that I’ve built walls higher and higher around me because I do not trust anyone, due to the stuff I’ve walked through. I became self destructive through all this, turning to self harm. I’ve been working to tear the walls down and find that I am just broken. I know what the Bible says, but I continue to struggle with my identity in Christ. I believe he died to forgive our sins, but it’s like I believe that is true for everyone else, but why would anyone do that for me personally? I’m not worth it. I’m not worth anything. Is there any help for me?

  40. Loretta Pearson says:

    I was raped as a child, then again just before high school graduation. Your book has been such a blessing. Through years of Christian counseling. ..prayers…bible reading, and books like yous I’m finding so much healing. Thank you. There’s healing after rape.

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