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Jennifer is the founder of groundswell ministries, dedicated to stripping away the burdens we place on ourselves and living in the freedom Christ offers.

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  1. Oh, Jennifer! How God wanted me to see your words today! I just wrote (on my blog) this morning…when I so much want to hide and run away. I am tempted to feel ashamed for my feelings, and yet He shows me that where I am now has deep, meaningful purpose. Your words touched me deeply this morning. Thank you.

  2. Oh my. I was praying about a crushed heart just this morning.
    The miracle of a bruise, that crushed capillaries pool blood and heal, that whatever it is clears up all the inner spilled blood at the right time, but before that the blood protects the healing area. Always God is faithful and the bruise itself is beautiful for healing.
    I’ve always rubbed my bruises. My husband has asked, interested, “how did you ever get that bruise?” In a sort of child-interest gory way I love to watch a bruise change colors.
    So your post, the beauty even of a broken heart is that it loved. It’s not over, the heart like the bruise can heal, can learn to love well. I asked for God to protect my heart, and now I see that even the bruising is protection.
    This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. I John 3:16

    • Beth, thank you for sharing your heart–and the information about what actually makes up a bruise. I had no idea it was a protective layer; what a great testimony to God’s faithfulness that an injury is also protective.

    • Bernice, my pastor likes to say that one of the great things about Christianity is that we get back up. Sometimes it is not easy, but restoration is His to hand out and ours to accept.

  3. This reminds me that I probably rarely see things the way God sees them. A simple bruise is a not-so-simple healing miracle before our very eyes. God leaves it there, plunked right down in front of our eyes – for days – in the same spot,- and still we still miss the miracle. Think of how many miracles we could see if we made God’s agenda our focus.

  4. Jennifer, Thank you for your description of ouf lifes problems and spiritual hurts are like bruises we receive. I got terribly bruised yesterday. Thanyou for your sharing.