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Slip Away Saturday – May 2 Devotions on Life’s Ups and Downs

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This was a nice change of pace today–I was able to slip away and enjoy a hair appointment, use a gift card (finally) at Kohl’s that my oldest daughter gave me for Christmas, AND browse the new Hobby Lobby that opened recently.

 

 

So onto Saturday’s devotions. Remember, too , you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND check out my new page, where you can have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating.

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“Brokenness seems bad, but through brokenness we rid ourselves of the outer shell, the fleshly parts of us, that need to be thrown off in order to bring forth the good things that are in us.

 

All of us need to be broken as David was (see Psalm 31: 12); we need to be totally dependent on God to deliver us from evil. Pray today as David did: ‘But I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God’ (see Psalm 31:14).” 

 

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”

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“When you feel down, everything around you seems to fall apart, and you begin to lose your strength. Your head and hands and heart begin to droop. Even your eyes and your voice are lowered.

 

You are downcast because you are looking at your problems and this only makes you feel worse. Sometimes you are tempted to say, ‘Oh, what’s the use?’ and just give up. But God is waiting for you to lift up your eyes and look to Him for help.

Life will always bring discouraging situations, but you don’t have to let them get you down. Despite life’s distressing circumstances, you can be confident in the Lord, the lifter of your head.

Lift up your eyes, hands, head, and heart and look not at your problems, but at the One who has promised to see you through to victory. Smile…it will lift your spirit.” 

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right” 

 

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-1- That’s a hard concept to grasp–brokenness being a good thing. But I guess it’s like the seeds we plant in the ground, which also have to throw off that outer shell so the new growth can spring forth, push its way through the dirt, and blossom into a whole new form of life with a drastically different appearance than that little seed we planted!

 

-2- I can’t get over the truth of this one, how when you’re feeling down, you really do feel DOWN–droopy, downcast, even a sensation of being physically weighed down. Yet again, as in many of these devotions, if we just make that choice to grow through the process, learn what we can, and look to God to raise us up from the rut or the pit we seem to get stuck in at these times…we will eventually experience victory.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

Do you believe that brokenness can be a good thing? Have you learned valuable lessons during these times?

 

Have you experienced that sensation of being weighed down when you’re feeling discouraged or depressed? How do you recover?

15 Comments

  1. Michelle Hwee

    Beautifully written post. I definitely think its great to “get away” every once in a while and reflect.For me, I do struggle with it but I have definitely gotten better when feeling discouraged.

    03 . May . 2015
  2. Mary Burris

    It’s nice to get away for a bit and treat yourself to something nice once in awhile.
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    03 . May . 2015
  3. Francene Stanley

    In the seventies, we had a saying–‘grock with it’, which meant allow yourself all the time you need to recover before springing back again.
    That’s what I’m facing. My husband’s cancer is gradually weakening him. I’m steadfast to support his suffering at the moment. But preparing for a time when I’ll mourn his passing. Unthinkable, but I must do it, knowing death is just a change of form.

    03 . May . 2015
  4. Mina Joshi

    When I am down – some kind words from a friend or even a stranger manages to lift my mood. It’s at times like this I think that God is with me and showing me that all will be well
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    03 . May . 2015
  5. Amy

    God can take our brokenness and bring new growth from it, though it seems too hard at the time. From my experience, my “broken” times are when I experience the most spiritual growth, because that is when I turn to God the most. Great post, Karen!
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    03 . May . 2015
  6. Ayesha

    Very encouraging post! I’ve experience the worst and God is indeed alive just waiting for us to talk to him and ask for his help. Prayer is powerful! Truly he will never leave us,
    just have faith in him!

    Very well said. Thank you very much for sharing!

    03 . May . 2015
  7. Ayesha

    Nice post! I’ve experienced the worst and it is true that HE will never leave us. He is just waiting for us to talk to him and ask for help.

    Prayer is very powerful!

    Thanks for sharing.
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    03 . May . 2015
  8. Laurel Regan

    Glad you had a chance to get away and use the gift card – that’s needed every now and then!
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    03 . May . 2015
  9. Alana

    Brokenness as something good is not something I have ever pondered. To me, something broken can rarely be put together again in the same way. Perhaps that is the point – that through brokenness, things reform into ways you never would have expected. This is something I will have to think about.
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    03 . May . 2015
  10. June Warren C. Bordas

    I also express my thoughts about this with my fave quote in life that goes, “Experience is the best teacher, she give the test first the lesson afterwards”.We cannot escape hearing and seeing brokenness in this world and we are reminded daily that as humans we are more fragile that we would want to admit, and are exposed to being broken on a daily basis or breaking others; be it directly or indirectly.
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    03 . May . 2015
  11. Debbie Denny

    Giving yourself a little time to relax . Away from stress.
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    03 . May . 2015
  12. Alexandria Gunn

    I’m a great believer in things happen for a reason. We get knocked down to learn from them. When we’re broken, it can be difficult to know that there is a reason and we can get past it, but I do believe that there is something we can learn and take from it.
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    04 . May . 2015
  13. HopscotchNJellybeans

    This is such a beautiful quote. Kind of got me chocked me up for a bit.
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    04 . May . 2015
  14. Ave

    Thanks for a really inspiring post! I think that sometimes, brokenness can be a good thing as it makes you see things from different angles and we can learn a l

    04 . May . 2015
  15. Rosey

    I’m glad you had a good day out getting pampered and going shopping. I’m overdue for a day like that myself.

    05 . May . 2015

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