Hannah Morrell
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Hannah is a pastoral counselor and executive director of Broken & Hopeful, a nonprofit whose mission is to personalize the message of abiding in Christ through donation-based counseling to bring rubber-meets-the-road change to this life of loving Jesus.

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  1. “. . . the hand of Lord has done this . . .”
    Thank you, Isaiah – and thank you, Hannah — for Truth that should be obvious to me, but which I forget from time to time. Blessings!

  2. Hannah,
    I needed your post this morning! I have been trying to hold it all together as another, and another, and yet another straw gets added to the camel’s back (I am the camel). One can only carry so much until it all comes crashing down. Oh the pride of self-sufficiency. How true that we often need to be cut to the ground so that God can come in and do what only He can do and grow up fresh fruit and blossoms in His strength. What a poignant and beautiful reminder….thank you!
    Bev xx

  3. Hannah, thank you for your post!! The Lord really used it mightily in my life this Saturday morning.


  4. Hannah, thank you for encouragement from your pain. May you and all of us be given the courage to take the pain from trusting Him instead of the pain that comes from resisting Him. Again, thank you.

  5. Hannah,
    Your words so beautifully written deeply touched me, thank-you.
    “I will put Cedar in the wilderness,”It deeply saddens me that a great deal of our forest is in flames, but I believe God will bring life to it again, as I believe He will to us.

    Have a blessed day all,


  6. First of all, thank you for recognizing the need to be undone. I am in that same place in life, and just hold on to the regrets and mistakes I have made in the past. In my head, they are my own to carry and no one needs to share the ickyness of it all. (I do a great job of that on my own.) I lay it all down at the foot of the cross and ask for forgiveness and know without a doubt I am forgiven through the precious blood of Christ, and on top of that I am loved beyond all measure. But…I am stuck in ME! The unworthiness and failures and inadequate feelings inside my heart. AAAAUUUUGGGGHHH. I am working on cutting it all down and I know He is with me. I continue to lean so hard on the promises to succeed and not to harm, and I know one day He will use my story to help another locked inside the “closet of the past.” Thank you so much for your post. I am hanging it on my wall as a reminder that in order to grow, we need to be cut down to the ground.

    • Jill,
      We can’t rid ourselves of the guilt and “stuff” that we carry….believe me I’ve tried!! I finally had to say, “Lord, will YOU work this Truth into my heart?? I can’t get your love and forgiveness to stick, but I know YOU can.” I encourage you to ask God to work this truth into your heart…it’s not something we can achieve on our own. Again, it brings us back to that total reliance and dependence on Him. Apart from Him, we can do NOTHING. When we ask….He answers…promise!
      Praying He will work love and forgiveness and the Truth that you are a new creation deep into your heart!!
      Love and ((hugs)),

    • Jill, thanks for sharing your story. I love what Bev said already about allowing Him to complete the good work in you. He isn’t impatient with you and wondering when you are going to catch up. He knows you so intimately and wants you to come to Him again and again and again. Regret over even our focus during the day can be so poisonous as we stay stuck much longer in beating ourselves up for obsessing on our failures (I have definitely found that to be true in my own life!). Acknowledge where your focus was and move back into Him, refusing to stew on why you messed up. Jesus is drawing you to Himself even in your junk and making all things beautiful.

  7. Thank you, Hannah. God’s been working in me on several fronts lately to let go of the “dead stuff left over from last year,” and He has used your post as another nudge in that direction. It’s such hard work, but so worthwhile!

    • Thank you, Subi! I pray that He will continue to draw you to Himself and allow the dead stuff to be left along the way.

  8. Thank you Hannah, what a powerful analogy “just cut it all down” sounds simple enough but like Bev said “oh the pride of self sufficiency”. I’m listening to Jesus right through these words. I’ve been in that place when you come unglued before your close friends seeking rhyme and reason to life’s hard trials and they too have ushered me in prayer to our God who is always always in control. It’s the letting go and letting God that I seem to get stuck. So I am learning to be a woman of the word. To know God with my mind and not just my heart so that my emotions won’t dictate the outcome but God’s truth and word will.

    • Love it, Claudia! Thanks for sharing. It’s true that it is not at all easy, although it sounds simple enough to cut it down. Thankfully, I don’t have to be enough for that! I pray that as you soak in God’s truth that He will remind you of His sufficiency so you don’t have to be enough in yourself. That’s what I pray for myself too!

  9. Thank for your words today Hannah, they really spoke to me. I love the reminder that Jesus brings life and we need to let go of the dead stuff to embrace that.

  10. Hannah,

    Everyone has stuff they need to cut down. If only it was that easy. Just when you think you’ve let it go and are over the past-in comes the devil to whisper lies. Praying for all here. May you lay it all down at Jesus’ feet and let Him do a good work in you. Thanking God for Godly friends we all have who will come along side us, listen & pray for us.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Agreed, Beth! It’s not easy. I am so thankful that He continues to be patient with us even when we keep going back to the lies.