Friday, August 23, 2013
"FAN THE FLAME" FRIDAY - Broken
Welcome to "Fan the Flame" Friday.
This is a weekly post that will be "short and sweet" (kinda like me...)
Just a word and a question (or few)…just a little something to
"fan the flame" of your creativity!
And, to further fan those faith-filled flames (try saying that 10 times in a row!) – I'm adding my favorite devotional from the week!
Today's word: broken
What has broken your heart lately?
Why do you think God is especially close to those with broken hearts?
What comfort have you found in times when your heart is broken?
What is the one thing you would say to someone whose heart is broken?
Let me know what you think!!
"The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:17-18, NIV)
"He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds."
(Psalm 147:3, NLT)
"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed." (Isaiah 61:1, NLT)*
*This was also quoted by Jesus Himself as he read in the synagogue in Nazareth (cross reference: Luke 4:18).
DEVOTIONAL OF THE WEEK:
"Jesus had a big heart. The Gospels are filled with stories of his touch...he healed because he had compassion on the ones who suffered. This picture of the tender, sympathetic Jesus can sometimes...get lost...[But] Jesus' actions spoke volumes...If Jesus was truly the tenderhearted God we see in the Gospels, surely his heart has not changed...Let Jesus reach out and touch you, lovingly assuring you of how much he cares about your need. Let the truth of his deep love for you fill your mind and body. Ask for healing in his time and his way as he continues to teach you about himself."
*I would not trade my broken heart for the ability to know His love.
"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:6-7)
(Devotional from: " Meet the Bible" by Philip Yancey and Brenda Quinn, c. 2000, Zondervan Publishers)
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