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I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

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Apr

(in)couraged to mend :: final thoughts

I believed it before we started this study almost two months ago, and I’ve never been more convinced. “There is no brokenness that God cannot make whole.”

The dictionary defines mended:

  • Repair something that is broken or damaged
  • Return to health; heal
  • Improve {an unpleasant situation …}

“There is no brokenness that God cannot make whole.” Mended indeed.

If I had to summarize Angie Smith’s book, Mended, I would say this … “Mended is a journey of faith. Trusting and believing — even in our brokenness — that God is who He says He is, and He’ll deliver the promises He’s made.”

As an adult — older and wiser it’s been said — I can now look back and see how, since a young age, God’s had me in His refining fire.

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:7 {NLT}

I’ve come to understand, it’s through His glorious — and I can only call it glorious because He lives in me — refining fire, I have been mended time and time again. The key? To keep faith in Him throughout the fire and throughout the mending.

My faith is continually being tested and it HURTS! Which is probably why it’s called the refiner’s FIRE?!

In my life, I have known brokenness. Dare I say, more brokenness than most could bear? Out of my pain and testing, I’ve written two books, 31 Days of Faith and 31 Days of Forgiveness. It’s not easy, and I’ve been down for the count more times than I care to admit, but when we believe “God’s got this,” we can actually use our brokenness for His glory. Just as Angie’s done throughout our study with her book, Mended.

It’s through her brokenness, faith in God, and trusting and believing in His greater plan for her life, she can now give Him all the glory.

God needs soldiers for His great army. Fighting spiritual battles ain’t for the faint of heart my friend.

Have you felt God’s refinement in your life? Is your faith being tested? Are you broken and in need of mending today?

Please know and believe in your heart my friend … “There is no brokenness that God cannot make whole.”

Do you believe it?

If you’ve joined us through this study, and have written a post with your thoughts, we’d love to have you link up with us! Just enter your post details in the linky below. And if you’ve joined us, but don’t have a blog, or haven’t written a post, please leave a comment below and let us know how this study affected you. Lastly, if you haven’t followed along with the study, but you’ve felt God’s hand mending your life and circumstances, we’d love to hear from you … feel free to leave a comment below!

If you missed our (in)courager’s study of Mended and would like read a summary of our thoughts, following is the reading schedule …

February 21 – Introduction :: Jacque

February 28 – Chapters 1-4 :: Denise

March 7 – Chapters 5-8 :: Tracie

March 14 – Chapters 9-12 :: Denise

March 21 – Chapters 13-16 :: Jacque

March 28 – Chapters 17-19 :: Tracie

April 4 – Chapters 20-22 :: Jacque

April 11 – Chapters 23-25 :: Denise

April 18 – Chapters 26-28 :: Tracie

April 25 – Chapters 29-31 :: Concluding Thoughts

In case you missed the news about the second session of the (in)couragers community starting, you can read all about it by clicking here. During this session we’ve walked through Angie Smith’s crazy, wonderful book, Mended: pieces of a life made whole and I’ve loved it!

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2 Responses to “(in)couraged to mend :: final thoughts”

  1. [...] forget to visit Tracie and Denise today for their concluding [...]

  2. [...] so grateful to have journeyed through Mended with my friends Jacque and Tracie. And I’m so grateful for each person who has read and followed along with us. May we all [...]

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