Are you broken hearted? Everyone had a heart hurting for some reason or another or has suffered the devastating pain that a broken heart can afflict. What is wedging your heart open and not allowing it to heal? Is it pride? Selfishness? Fleshly desires? Too often we are focused on ourselves rather than the Lord which causes us to keep our brokenness wedged open instead of stitching together the wounds of pain with love and forgiveness. How can we expect God to forgive us if we do not forgive others? We cannot change others, only God can do that but we CAN change how we choose to deal with them: godly or ungodly.
And when there is no obvious brokenness, what do we do for others? We go about our daily lives oblivious to everyone else's brokenness. When we are in pain, we become aware of our own frailty and it is an opportunity to recognize God's sovereignty. As soon as I had to face heart disease and cancer in their scary faces through the eyes of my first born son, through my brokenness I became so much more aware of those suffering all around me that I had never noticed before. All of a sudden, my eyes were more open to this affliction that I shared with others. It had always been all around me, just now I noticed and decided to do something about it-Faith Art Journaling! I am broken and a work in progress. God is not finished with me and He is not finished with you either.
In the same way, whatever you may be suffering could be an opportunity for spiritual growth for yourself or a loved one. As you surrender to the Lord in prayer you can be liberated by the freedom of accepting His will and love. With this comes the hope of an eternal life in Heaven that we can look forward to while developing compassion for others. Common brokenness provides a connection that otherwise may not have been possible. This same hope stitches together threads of joy as healing takes place. Let God bind your wounds and use your brokenness to help heal others; this is exactly how many foundations and ministries get started.
Reflect upon where your heart is breaking, find. your gifts, and use them for God's glory! So what are you going to do now?
Treasure seeking involves the true eternal treasure that can only be found through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Too often we are short sighted and seek only earthly treasures that provide temporary gratification rather than laying up our treasures in Heaven that will never disappoint us, rust, break, or be stolen.
Tip: to make treasure coins to decorate your art journaling page, place double sided adhesive on a small piece of paper, apply foil to it and then use a circle punch to create a shiny treasure coin!