Faith · Holidays

God’s Kindness and My Brokenness

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I’m so glad God knows better than me – in the big things and in the small things. I was wide awake at 5 AM Saturday morning, so I  decided to just start my day. Normally I run errands on Monday mornings, but I took advantage of the beautiful, crisp fall day and headed to town for groceries and all the other errands on my list.

When I woke up on my normal errands day, it was pouring rain and freezing cold outside (below 50 degrees is freezing cold in SC). Not only that, I had a touch of sinus crud. I stopped to acknowledge God’s kindness in waking me up to enjoy that beautiful morning so that I could stay home, warm and dry on Monday.

In the big things and in the small things, God goes before us, He lights the way, He knows…and He cares.

Being able to accept something annoying like waking up early on Saturday, moving on with my day and then reflecting on it with a grateful heart – that doesn’t come naturally to me. It is a result of God’s grace in my life as He has brought growth in me through trials.

Over the last two years I’ve experienced more than one situation that turned my world pretty much upside down. In the moment, I was saying to myself, “I never thought my life would look like this.” Looking back, I can thank the Lord for the endurance, character, love and hope that He poured into my heart through those experiences.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5

The next verse says “at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly.” I’ve come to love the Christmas season more and more as I grow in my realization of how much I need a Savior. Jesus came because we are broken. He came to meet our greatest need even though His coming to earth meant suffering a cruel death on the cross so that I could have those things listed in Romans 5.

My friend Keri got together with 13 other moms and bloggers to put together a wonderful 14 day e-book devotional that will prepare your heart for the Christmas season. I love the title she chose – A Savior For The BrokenWhether you are excited, overwhelmed, eager or dreading the holiday season, this will be a blessing to you.

This devotional was written specifically for moms but can be a blessing to any woman who desires to prepare her heart for Christmas. It was designed with the busy mom in mind and has a devotional, passage of Scripture, reflection questions and a prayer for each day.

It’s only $10 – and until December 1st they are including some fun bonuses, including an audio version of the devotional, coloring pages for your kids, and beautiful prints from The Salted Lantern. I love that! You can get your copy of the e-book here – or purchase a copy for a friend, sister or daughter!

I’m so excited to celebrate Christmas – it gets better every year! Leave me a comment and tell me something you do to prepare your heart for this season!


6 thoughts on “God’s Kindness and My Brokenness

  1. God really does have great timing with things, just when we need it the most. We just need to pause and take notice. Making an effort to slow down a bit during this busy season is how I prepare my heart. It’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind, but with a little planning it’s possible to carve out quality time to focus on “the reason for the season.” There are so many things to do, but they’re all because/in celebration of Him.


  2. What a sweet way to view your day and reframe things when they don’t go your way. It’f fun to be able to look back on times and see that hardships ended up being blessings. Thanks for this reminder today!


  3. I love this post Whitney. In fact my post for Thursday was inspired by your Instagram the other day. One of the blessings of getting older is being able to look back and see how God has carried you through so many hard times. He is FAITHFUL.


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