To the Discouraged & Brokenhearted

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To the Discouraged & the Brokenhearted,

Life. It’s filled with miracles, moments of pure bliss, and treasured memories.

Yet among the beauty; there’s pain and amid the sunsets; storms.

Life can be cruel, cutting like a knife, scarring with the deepest of hurts.

Life can threaten to swallow us whole as discouragement fills our souls and brokenness crushes our spirits.

Life can be filled with disappointments, paths not taken or dreams left undone.

Yet life was never meant to be filled with such sorrow and pain.

Life started out perfect, with man and woman walking hand and hand with the Creator, blissfully unaware that life could offer pain and be anything other than the sheer beauty of paradise.

In an instant that perfection was marred forever as sin entered the world.

With sin came the knowledge of evil, pain, suffering, sorrow grief, brokenness, bitterness, anger, and rage. Life was forever changed.

With sin came a vast distance between God and man; one where Heavenly perfection could never fellowship with sinful flesh.

My friend, as you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, and are crushed by a broken spirit and dashed dreams, remember, this was not God’s plan from the start.  He wanted you to experience peace, fulfillment, contentment in fellowship with Him alone.

Even though sin robbed you of the chance to talk with Him face to face, He didn’t leave you to bear the burden of this world alone.

He gave you shelter you from the storm.

He gave you a confidant and shoulder to cry on.

He gave you the promise of things yet to come and of a world where there will be no more suffering.

He gave you the joy of peace by basking His presence and allowing Him to quench your thirsty spirit.

He gave you a lighthouse in the blackest of night.

He gave you Jesus.

I know that in a world known to value perfection, wealth, beauty and popularity, that you long to escape your troubles.

I know that at times you feel so desperate and wonder what lies ahead on your journey through life.

I know that you feel devalued, that you’re not enough and that life has passed you by.

But that hope that came to bridge the gap between God and man, that hope that took your place on the cross, with nails through his perfect hands, that hope still exists today.

Jesus.

When you want to give up, cling to Jesus.

When you feel devalued and not enough, remember you’re not enough, but He is.

When you wonder where life is taking you and you long for peace, remember that He didn’t come just to make a way, He IS the way.

He is the way to true peace and true joy.

He is the way to fulfillment and contentment.

He is the way you can get up and face another day.

He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ” Matthew 11:18.

My friend, when you are discouraged and brokenhearted, reach for one the who knows you by name, who knows every thought, knows every hurt, and loves you anyways.

Today is the day to lay down your burdens, your brokenness, and your discouragement at His feet. Faith in Him will give you the courage to fight another battle and live another day, knowing that He who promised is faithful!

About Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a perfectly imperfect wife and mother, and is thankful for the saving grace of the Lord. When she’s not busy folding yet another load of laundry or comforting a crying child, she enjoys studying God’s Word, writing, and spending time with authentic friends. She's passionate about equipping women to honor God in family, health, and home at Proverbs31Mentor.com. Join her for biblical encouragement and practical lifestyle tips to help you live on mission for the glory of God.

30 Comments

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    Deborah January 9, 2015 (12:17 am)

    Come Lord Jesus
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    Lauren @ThePlaceForBusyMoms January 13, 2015 (9:46 am)

    Def what I needed to hear this morning.

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      Sarah Ann January 13, 2015 (12:57 pm)

      I am thankful it struck a chord with you! May you have a wonderful day!

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    Donna January 13, 2015 (4:47 pm)

    “He is the way you can get up and face another day.”
    yes, yes, yes

    Thank you for sharing!

    Donna
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    Sharon January 13, 2015 (11:22 pm)

    Thank you for this. You’ll never know how much I needed to read it. This week marks the one-year anniversary of my father’s passing. And though I know he’s with the Lord, it still hurts. Add to that, my mother is fading, too.

    Just last night I had a meltdown. I cried and cried.

    But, when we come to the end of ourselves, as you have said, there is JESUS! Behind us, before us, and beside us.

    How I needed to be reminded of that.

    GOD BLESS.

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      Sarah Ann January 14, 2015 (10:35 am)

      Sharon,

      God knows your heart and what you needed to hear! I’m thankful He lead you here and reminded you of His love for you! May you rest in that peace today! I’m praying for you and your journey ahead! May the God of all peace comfort your grief and dry your tears!

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    Susie Teramura January 14, 2015 (7:54 am)

    Thank you for this- so good the hear and be lifted up this morning! Blessings!

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      Sarah Ann January 14, 2015 (10:34 am)

      I’m thankful it blessed your heart and encouraged you. That was my prayer for this post!

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    Katie Reid (@ImprintsKatie) January 14, 2015 (7:54 am)

    Stopping by from Coffee for Your Heart. So thankful He gave us Jesus and also gives beauty for ashes too.:)
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      Sarah Ann January 14, 2015 (10:33 am)

      Yes, SO beyond thankful for the gift of Jesus! Amen!

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    Renee Ratcliffe January 14, 2015 (8:01 am)

    Thank you, Sarah Ann, for these beautiful,comforting, and hope-filled words. They are gifts to weary souls.
    Gratefully ~ Renee
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      Sarah Ann January 14, 2015 (10:32 am)

      Thank you, Renne, for your sweet encouragement. You’ve blessed me today!

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    Lisa Ehrman January 16, 2015 (9:27 pm)

    Thanks for this post, with the great truths and scriptures included 🙂
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      Sarah Ann January 16, 2015 (9:58 pm)

      I’m honored it blessed you in some way! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    Jen January 17, 2015 (12:49 pm)

    Hi, Sarah Ann! I’m stopping by from Grace and Truth. You’ve reminded us of a truth we often ignore – our world was created perfect and beautiful and pleasant. The problem of suffering is a problem of sin, not of a God who wishes suffering on His children. I find that thought comforting. Thanks for sharing with us!
    Jen 🙂
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      Sarah Ann January 17, 2015 (2:38 pm)

      Happy first week of your link-up! Best wishes to you!

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    Trisha Carter January 19, 2015 (7:53 pm)

    Thanks for sharing!! This is something that I definitely need to remember in those times of sadness and despair. He will always turn my sadness into joy and my mourning into dancing.
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      Sarah Ann January 19, 2015 (8:39 pm)

      Absolutely! I have learned that true peace and true joy only come from Him and He is faithful to wrap His arms around us.

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    Amanda March 27, 2015 (11:46 am)

    This is absolutely beautiful! I love how your words flow so poetically and make such perfect sense. Thank you for sharing!
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      Sarah Ann March 27, 2015 (2:52 pm)

      I appreciate your support, Amanda! Thank you!

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    Melissande March 27, 2015 (1:37 pm)

    Such a wonderful reminder to us that these things are temporary. God loves us, he desires good for us. I loved this. Thank you so much for pouring out your heart in this post.

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      Sarah Ann March 27, 2015 (2:52 pm)

      It can be hard to fix our eyes on Him, but so worth it when we do!

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    Sherri S March 27, 2015 (2:35 pm)

    Always a great reminder that HE is our treasure! I will be sharing these encouragements with others. 🙂
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      Sarah Ann March 27, 2015 (2:51 pm)

      Thanks for sharing! I love passing along hope and encouragement to others, too!

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    Starla J @ Pressing In and Pressing On March 27, 2015 (7:56 pm)

    Such lovely encouragement! It’s important to really know who Christ is and who we are in Him. He is enough for us. Great post!
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      Sarah Ann March 29, 2015 (3:02 pm)

      Yes, He is enough! How easily we forget it, too!

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    Maria Hass March 27, 2015 (8:46 pm)

    It’s definitely been a day where I’ve been made aware of my brokenness and my disappointment. I needed to read this to be encouraged. Thank you!
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      Sarah Ann March 29, 2015 (3:00 pm)

      May you remember how much God loves you, even in those moments of disappointment!

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    Laura Prater March 28, 2015 (12:10 am)

    WOW this really spoke to me. I have been having a rough day today as well. Beautiful post!

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      Sarah Ann March 29, 2015 (2:59 pm)

      Thank you, Laura! I’m so glad it encouraged you!