Natasha’s Study: The Blessings of Brokenness

Natasha’s Study: The Blessings of Brokenness

Why God Allows us to go Through Hard Times

 Author: Charles Stanley

Why I picked up this book:

I was so blessed by this book when I read it several years ago. As I have been organizing my office over the past several weeks, I thought it an appropriate time to revisit it. In this season of Advent, we wait for God and are reminded of our brokenness and desperate need for him.

Who Should Read The Blessings of Brokenness:

This book will strengthen, encourage, and bless anyone who is going through a difficult time, find themselves in a valley, is weak, weary, or suffering.

What’s in Store for You:

“Brokenness is often accompanied by emptiness—a void that cannot be filled, a sorrow that cannot be comforted, a wound for which there is no balm (9).” We suffer in this world because of its corruption, lack of knowing ourselves, or the gravity of our own sin. So God often takes us on a path of brokenness to remove the blinders from our eyes, and help us see more clearly. Through suffering, we become more like Christ, and the objects of our affection shift to pursue the purpose and work for which we have been called children of God.

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Thankful for My Broken Body

I’m so glad to feature fellow Redbud, Dorothy Greco, sharing reflections on thanking God in light of our frailties.

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When our youngest turned one, a virus took up residence in my body and refused to be evicted. After two months, it morphed. I suddenly needed to sleep for ten, twelve, sometimes even fourteen hours a day. Unrelenting, debilitating pain became my new normal. After two years of scans, scopes, and visits with specialists, I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. One year later, celiac disease was added to that list.

The chronic health issues have impacted every aspect of life: my work as a photographer, my parenting, our marital intimacy, my sleep (or lack thereof), traveling, eating out, etc. That’s a lot of loss. Though I continue to ask God to remove this thorn from my flesh, I am now thankful for this broken body.

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