Broken Doesn’t Mean Trash: Healed by Love, A Journey of Challenges

downloadWe’ve all been there at one point or another, that deep, depressing feeling of self-doubt and endless pity caused by yet another “mistake.” Walking into a room or logging onto social media feels like torture, like everyone is looking at you, judging. Just because you feel broken, damaged, or tarnished, doesn’t mean you’re trash. You may have had some terrible relationships, made some poor choices, or just gotten tripped up and side tracked, but we are more than the sum of our mistakes.

A Journey of Challenges

Even in our darkest moments, all we crave is someone to reach out and tell us,hand-reaching-out “Everything will be O.K.” We need love and  relationships to be whole, but when we get tripped up, broken, or make not so great choices, we alienate ourselves. It’s in those instances that we need love the most, but who will be there regardless of what we do, how we act, or what we look like? In this highly superficial world that is so focused on appearances, who will stand by you to the very end?

Healed by Love

download (1)There is only one being that will meet all of these requirements: God. Through the Love of the Father, all can be forgiven, mended, and clarified. No longer does rejection, fear, or anger have to dictate your decisions. With the Love of the Father, you can say “NO!” to self-doubt and pity to take charge of your life and embrace the unique and beautiful person you were created to be.

Not everyone is prepared to start their journey towards God on their own. Some people need that extra hand to reach out, shine the light, and guide them in the right direction. At Flaming Heart Ministries, we strive to be a light onto your path, a helping hand to all who need it, and help others find their purpose. If you need direction, in work, marriage, or just in life, contact us today.

 

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magnifying_glass_small_hr88It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a thing.  -Proverbs 25:2 AMP

Have you noticed that God will place things on your heart that are bigger than you?  You feel overwhelmed because you’re not sure how to accomplish the task.  The tendency is to procrastinate because doing something new is scary.  –But, if you never step forward in it, you’ll never realize how strong you really are.  If you run in the opposite direction, you will truly fail to discover the treasure of possibilities that were destined for your life.

You see, you were designed to overcome obstacles, not play in the safe zone forever.  “Safe zone thinking” leaves us with a boring, unfulfilled life that subsequently causes limited growth.  Safe zone thinking prevents us from discovering and developing new areas of strength.  When we can make steps towards doing the “hard” task, we will make way to grow in a whole new area, creating fresh confidence and bolstering our capacity.

One of my biggest fears was having to speak in front of people.  I was the person that kept to myself.  I was fine in one-on-one settings and even small groups, but speaking in front of a crowd was like climbing Mount Everest.  Too hard… Frightening…  Scary…  I didn’t want the extra attention or spotlight.  How did I overcome my fear?  Bottom line was I had to “just do it”.  But also, I had to assess a few thoughts.

Why does this make me afraid?

What will happen if I confront my fear?

Will this be the end of me or is this an opportunity to be stretched?

Am I willing to let go of my fear?

Since it wasn’t going to kill me, I made steps towards preparation.  I made sure I had my notes in front of me and just went for it.  I also took a public speaking class.  What is it that you can do to help you reach your objective?

It was vital that I overcome my fear and by the grace of God, I did just that.  The more I stood to speak the better I got.  The more I did what I feared, the more confidence was built within me.  It provided new building blocks by which I could grow.  That’s really how we can make steps towards conquering our fears…  Face them and don’t allow excuses to hold us back.

Embrace opportunities for growth.  It’s a part of our experiencing life.  After all, you are powerful!  You were made for this!  You have skills and giftings that are meant to be shared and expressed.  You have dreams that were deposited in you because you have the potential to accomplish it.

Though it would be great if everything could be laid out for us, usually that’s not how it works.  A good portion of our growth and development is searching it out.  –Just doing it!!!  It gives you the opportunity to learn and investigate as you’re sorting through it.  You don’t have to let fear petrify you any longer.  Make the effort to do what God is telling you and know that He’s right there with you.  He will highlight the details for you and send the connections, but you have to be willing to step forward to take the brave steps He shows you.

Just Do It…