via Daily Prompt: Broken

bro·ken
verb
  • having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or in working order
  • (of a person) having given up all hope; despairing.
    “He went to his grave a broken man.”

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word broken?

I admit that I’m sitting here in awe that my first thought about this word prompt was: “Broken, that doesn’t apply to me, I’m not broken anymore!”  To have to stop and think about what to write about this word prompt is a miracle in itself.  Everything used to be broken.  Especially me.  Five years ago, I would have rattled off a ten page list of what was broken in my life starting with relationships, people, work, life, basically every. single. thing.  My whole life was a struggle, but praise God!  I am redeemed and so in love with Jesus today!

This song pretty much sums up my life:  Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave 

Glory to God! I am indeed redeemed and my chains are gone!

Oh my goodness, I love the tangible glory of God!  I wish I could stay here 24/7 and never have to do another thing but focus on His presence.  I get chills every time I listen to this song.  He is so faithful!!!

I think what is most amazing about this word prompt is that I can honestly say that instead of feeling broken, I truly love who God is helping me to become.  I enjoy spending time with me.  God has really changed me and I will serve Him forever!  My life is not perfect, but I love it and I’m so thankful for all that God is doing.  Some days it feels like a movie and someone is going to jump out any minute and yell “Cut!” Yet, the script keeps going forward, changing and improving with surprise twists and turns all the time.  I’ve often said that having dissociative identity disorder was a better movie than Hollywood could ever write, but being integrated and walking in my calling would win the Academy Award for Best Picture.  Sometimes, Part 2 really is better!!  I’m not who I used to be, I am redeemed!

My life was a hopeless mess that was far beyond my ability to fix on my own…but God!  God fixed it, blessed it, and became the center of it.  I’m so grateful!! I love Him so much!!!

My favorite part of the song says, “But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember oh God, You’re not done with me yet”.  My stomach jumps at the love I feel in those words.  I can see Jesus reach right down out of heaven and lift my chin to look into His eyes and I melt in His love.  This song is so amazing because every line of it is truth!  God loves us, and He has a good plan for us.  Do you need to be redeemed?  Ask Him and He will meet you right where you are, He will indeed redeem you!

Seems like all I can see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “son
Stop fighting a fight that’s already been won”
I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off theses heavy chains
And wipe away every stain now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed
I’m redeemed
All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember oh God, You’re not done with me yet
I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off theses heavy chains
And wipe away every stain now I’m not who I used to be
Because I don’t have to be the old man inside of me
‘Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I’ve got a new name, a new life I’m not the same
And a hope that will carry me home
I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off theses heavy chains
And wipe away every stain now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off theses heavy chains
And wipe away every stain now I’m not who I used to be
Oh God I’m not who I used to be
Jesus I’m not who I used to be
‘Cause I am redeemed
Thank God, redeemed
Redeemed lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc
 
There is nothing better than living a sold out, redeemed, Christian life!  It is beyond anything I could image, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!