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Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it weren’t for Jesus. A blogger, author, and co-author of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, she’s currently writing The Complicated Heart, a book for broken-hearted lovers of Jesus. Learn more at @thecomplicatedheart on Instagram or...

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  1. Sarah Mae,

    Your post so reminds me of my life verse(s): Psalm 40:1-3

    1I waited patiently for the Lord;

    he turned to me and heard my cry.

    2He lifted me out of the slimy pit,

    out of the mud and mire;

    he set my feet on a rock

    and gave me a firm place to stand.

    3He put a new song in my mouth,

    a hymn of praise to our God.

    Many will see and fear the Lord

    and put their trust in him.

    May others see the mistakes we’ve made; see how the Lord redeems us; be in awe of what God has done, and ultimately put their trust in Him! Beautiful!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. I loved this post! Especially your right-on example of how one day we are completely broken over something, and the next day we get busy again and the thing we were so upset about seems silly or trite. That happened to me just this past weekend, and I recognized – aka God showed me – that it was the second weekend in a row that the same sequence of events occurred – my Sunday was a boring, dull, what-am-I-doing-with-my-life kind of day but on Monday, I would get to feeling better because I was back to my routine. I knew that Monday’s “okay-ness” was just a mask for what I was really feeling on Sundays (purposeless, directionless, and just at odds with myself and what to do with my free time. I’m a schedule addict.) So…I chose to do things differently this time around before another angst filled Sunday arrives, and this past Monday night found me spending two hours reorganizing, clearing and decluttering my hobby/writing space so that I had no excuse not to set up shop and do things that were important to me. I had been lamenting that “I have nowhere to work”, but realized I don’t need the perfect room, the perfect house, the perfect set-up to pursue my passions- if it’s something I really want to do, I’ll make the space for it. And I did. No more fruitless Sundays!

  3. Amen. I felt so wounded but I am not willing to be wounded all over again but for the fact that I know God and Jesus are the Good Samaritan and that He is true to His word I would have made a conscious and permanent decision based on temporary situations Apostle Paul’s light and temporary afflictions never to allow a Christian to move near my life. I felt like a human being on whom faeces was deliberately thrown on to make her abhorrent to man. Had God been mam. He,’d have done likewise.

  4. I would like to recommend author Cynthia Ruchti’s book Tattered and Mended to all who have been broken and need healing. It is amazing and so are her other novels. She is from Wisconsin and is an amazing author. I know what her books have done for me and I pray they touch you as well.

  5. A dark story was being written the last few months in my life. Being obedient through the tough times is extremely tough but I am working on remembering God’s promises to me when I have sought Him and expecting great results. He is bigger than any situation that I have to deal with and He knows the end from the beginning. All things work through His grace and for His glory! Amen

  6. Such a strong word SM!

    I always tell people that when we keep our sin, struggles, issues, whatever in the dark…that’s where the enemy likes for us to keep those things. He plays mind and heart games there but when we expose those things to the truth of God’s Word, His spirit can come in and do the work that only He can do…the work of healing, redemption, restoration and salvation.

    Grateful for you sister! Praise God for the work that He has and continues to do in you! I love you lots!

  7. Beautiful post, Sarah Mae. Such timeless truths. You are blessed to have a friend who walks with you through the dark places of you, and prays with you for God’s healing and restoration within you.

    And this? “I cry because the Lord reveals something in me that needs healing, and it hurts to uncover wounds, but it feels so good to acknowledge them so they can be healed.” Been here. And the tears do begin the healing.

    I loved this too: “Our stories aren’t just for us — they are for those who are hurting and in need of hope. We get to partner with God in being light-bearers for His Kingdom.” I’ve seen this lived out, and been a part in God using my story to encourage and minister to others.

    Your post spoke to me today. Thank you.

  8. I am a little confused about the paragraph that talks about how God will bring q situation back around until we deal with it. I am going through something like that right now so I would really like help in understanding this. Thank you.

    • Hi Bethany, 🙂

      It’s been my personal observation that the Lord will keep bringing things up in our life that He wants to mature or heal in us until we choose to walk through whatever the thing is. It’s all out of love and part of our becoming.

      • I think I understand. I’m just not sure how that translates for me and my situation.

  9. Sarah Mae,

    Loved this post!! This is so relevant “Our stories aren’t just for us — they are for those who are hurting and in need of hope.” How so true! Once we’ve gone through something and been brought to the other side we can then help others going through similar situations.
    Also keeping those hurts, bad feelings to yourself is pleasing to evil one, but not to God! He wants it out in the open to release those and heal us!
    Blessings 🙂