*The doctor began with the words, “Shattered beyond repair”. Was he talking about my heart or my bones? Both were in need of healing.
My story of redemption and restoration of a broken heart begins with a misguided search for love and acceptance that lured me into a world of drugs and life in an outlaw motorcycle gang. Caught up in a violent gang war, I became a victim of two gunshot wounds when a rival opened fire on our clubhouse with M16 rifles.
Within those few seconds, the bullets changed my life forever; I thought God was punishing me.
My hope for a better life began with trusting that God would make a way for me. For me to experience wholeness, my heart needed to change. The truth of God’s love is that He will restore what is broken and make a heart whole again.
The trauma from my injuries devastated me. My body and soul were permanently scarred. My heart was overwhelmed with brokenness, hopelessness, and sorrow. The relationship with the gang left me with the weight of guilt and shame. My life would never be the same.
I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. ~ Psalm 34:4 He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. ~ Psalm 147:3
Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer ~ Romans 12:12 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. ~ Hebrews 10:23
Recovering from the trauma of physical, emotional, and spiritual brokenness became a long journey. At times, I questioned whether I would ever reclaim wholeness again. All my efforts to start a new life had failed miserably.
I learned deliverance and restoration come to those who open their heart to the Redeemer and Savior, Jesus Christ. He longs for each of us to have a personal relationship with Him.
The truth is, brokenness is a reality for all of us. We will all experience the pain and suffering of a broken heart. The degrees of heartache will vary, but we have a choice to live broken lives or restored lives.
I’ve discovered the best way to heal a broken heart is to give God all the pieces. The circumstances and trials in our lives may cause fragments to crumble, but God wants to give us the freedom of wholeness.
He can restore what is broken. Each of us can receive God’s redeeming love. His finished work on the cross secured our hope. There is hope in the valley. There is deliverance at the end of each trial. There is joy in the journey.
Jesus is called a Man of Sorrows. He knows your pain and can empathize with you. Jesus was broken for you. He will reach out to each fallen one, and will lift you out of your brokenness.
Allow God to carry your burdens, your pain, your loneliness, and your regrets. He will create grace and goodness out of the chaos of your suffering. Are you willing to give the Lord the key to your heart?
Healing is possible. By surrendering your will and trusting Him with your future, you will find joy and peace in His plan for your life. Will you open your heart to Him today?
There is rest and freedom in yielding a broken, contrite heart to be molded by the hand of God. (All Scriptures ~ NKJV)
*Excerpts from Love’s Bullet – Find it on Amazon.
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit ~ Psalm 34:18
I hope you will join me in discovering the hope and healing of God’s transforming love.
Thank you, Lord
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Thanks for sharing!
Love and Blessings, Maureen