Can you even believe that we are on the brink of fall? You may be already feeling a chill in the air and seeing golden leaves on your sidewalks. Here in Florida, we’ve had two mornings this week that dipped low enough for us to know the dog days of summer are ending but it will be a long time before the temps drop enough to pull out hot tea and sweaters. And yet we’re only two weeks from October. Wow!
I so appreciate you reading along here at True and Faithful; I appreciate your comments and emails. And I want to let you know about a new series I’m excited to launch in October. Starting October 1st, I’ll be writing a 31 day series called Braving the Broken. What do we do when life shatters? How do we get back up on our feet and walk out a life that’s broken?
I can tell you that in the four years since Dan has died, my heart has been broken and reshaped. Part of what God has done is to give me a heart to encourage and proclaim with every breath I have that God is faithful.
Every single day, I wish that Dan was here with us and there are still plenty of moments when the missing is huge and the void is so apparent. When our life collapsed around us four years ago, I needed to know that hope wasn’t just for eternity. I needed hope this side of heaven and I pretty much needed a fresh infusion every day.
I needed to know that we could walk through the pain and that we would see joy again. On the mornings when despair threatened to keep me in bed, I desperately needed God’s truth to plant my feet.
We all do. Glance around at your friends and neighbors and you can easily see that life dishes up some hard. Right now I have several friends going through such difficulties and these friends bubble to the top of my thoughts in the quiet moments. I can pray for them and that’s a good thing, but the flesh in me wants to make it right. I want the pain to go away and for it all to be fixed.
But the spirit in me has learned that God pervades the hard spaces and that walking out our trials and suffering with God is actually best. If we allow it, we will hear Him more, see Him more and learn more of Him in the hard than we ever did when life rolled along comfortably.
That’s what we’ll explore in October. We’ll look at how to anchor a broken life in hope and some very practical steps for walking through trials and suffering. We’ll look at how to adjust to the change that difficulties can bring, I’ll share the resources that have helped me the most in the last four years and so much more.
I’d love for you to join this journey! Here are two things you can do:
First, sign up with your email to have each day’s content delivered directly to you. You will be able to access the posts on the blog but each weekend in October, I’ll send out to those on the email list a beautiful Bible verse that can be printed and framed.
You can sign up for 31 Days: Braving the Broken here.
Second, if you know someone who would benefit from this series of Braving the Broken, will you share this with them? Invite them to join us. I pray that God will use this series to move us forward and closer to Him.
*You can also join this community over on the Facebook page for more encouragement.
Day 1: When You Want to Know How it Ends
Day 2: Helpless Dependence on God our Helper
Day 3: Free Printable Scripture for You!
Day 4: Sunday Rest
Day 5: Hope that’s More than Wishful Thinking
Day 6: Grace in Seasons of Suffering
Day 7: A Giveaway! And a Favorite Book for Braving the Broken
Day 8: The Daily Exchange: My Thoughts for God’s Thoughts
Day 9: Eyes to See Good in Seasons of Suffering
Day 10: A Free Gratitude Printable
Day 11: SundayRest
Day 12: God’s Strength Made Perfect in Our Weakness
Day 13: 5 Reasons to Keep a Journal (and margin symbols to find what you’ve written)
Day 14: $500 DaySpring Shopping Spree Giveaway!
Day 15: What I Learned about Joy when it’s Hard
Day 16: Spiritual Warfare in Seasons of Suffering
Day 17: A Weekend Scripture Printable
Day 18: Sunday Rest
Day 21: In times of Need: Learning to Receive
Day 22: Eleven *Rules* for Hard Seasons
Day 23: The Good Refining of Brokenness
Day 25: Sunday Rest
Day 27: The Good Fruit in Brokenness
Day 28: 3 Truths for Life this Side of Heaven (because this world is not my home)