When Your Broken Heart Still Praises

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      1. it is always a pleasure to visit. thank you for asking…….it has been a struggle for the the past few weeks but I keep asking God for healing and I still believe He may give me one! 🙂

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  1. It is so important that we remember, meditate, look upon, grasp God’s Truth in the midst of whatever circumstances occur. We have so much to depress us, so much evil and contempt and confusion; But God holds us all.
    I am drawn, in considering your post, to Psalms 42 and 43, the sister Psalms. For you, dear sister, Psalms 43:
    1Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
    2For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
    3O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
    4Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
    5Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

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    1. Hi Kathy, thank you sister for reaching toward me and gathering me in a hug. It is only by His grace that I can write transparently, trusting He will use it for His glory. I receive the love from you and the psalms I will go to before sleep. Praying like there is no tomorrow. Love, Julie

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  2. Julie, I felt your struggle as I read your post. I can only imagine the burden you were carrying. As a believer, you want to say and do the “right” thing. You want to protect your man who wears a blue uniform that to many represent evil and unjust behavior. Thank God for pulling you into Him, for He cares. He cares for all of us, even we don’t understand and don’t know how to take a step in the right direction. Shucks, we don’t even know what the right direction is. What I do know is your struggle is proof of your pure heart filled with love. Thanks for this post. Thanks for your transparency. This is where it starts. Real conversations. First reconciling our own thoughts and then being open enough to have discussions with those who do not look like us. Active listening with an open heart, praying for God to shine a light on the next step.

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    1. I appreciate you. I agree. Real talk, as your blog is called. Real repentance. Worshiping Him in truth and in spirit. Thank you for standing with me in this gap, for we have more power in Christ when we are in unity. May God bless you today, sister.

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  3. Yet another heartfelt, totally transparent word that resonates with holy fire and grace, and a deep commitment to do all that God is asking you to do. You inspire me so much, dear Julie, and this post is truly relevant, stirring and thought-provoking in all the best ways. Thank you, sister, for sharing your heart and encouraging us to seek harder after God. Sending blessings and gentle hugs. It can’t have been easy to press “publish” on this. God will honour your faithful obedience, my friend. xo ❤

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    1. Oh Joy, thank you for seeing me. No not easy to press publish. There are many conversations yet for me to have with Him and with my husband and with His people. One step at a time. I thank Jesus for sitting me down yesterday to speak to me that I would listen even though the class I lead was starting in 2 hours. I thank Jesus in advance for however He will use ALL this mess we are in for the good of those who love Him and who are called for His purpose. And dear sister, He is the reason we can write and share and breathe. Oh Lord, thank you for Joy, be with her as she opens her heart to You, Father. Bless her and keep her with the strength only You can provide. In Jesus name, Amen.

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  4. Thank you for your honesty. I weep for the lives that are lost in racial injustice at the hands of police. And I weep for the police, like your husband, who work hard to protect us and do right day after day after day. This must pierce their hearts. Lord Jesus, send your healing love and peace to blanket our hearts and communities. We pray against the enemies work intended to divide and bring hatred upon hatred. We call the name of Jesus over all. Praying for you and your dear family. May the Lord hold you close to His heart.

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    1. Thank you for these words from your heart Melissa. Thank you for praying against the enemy inciting division. God will honor His people as we pray against evil. What means a lot to me in this moment of exhaustion are your prayers for us. Thank you over and over. He is holding me. I need to surrender again today and just be held. I cannot fight this spiritual battle in my own strength.

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  5. Oh Julie,
    Your lamentation is so palpable. My heart was moved to tears and joy and more tears and then hope.
    Your statements here really convicted my heart, “The burden I stole from Jesus was lifted. Have you ever done that? Carried intensely something He didn’t give you. Rather you took it.” I’m certainly guilty of taking burdens from the Master that I have no place or power to carry – sigh.

    Thank you for reminding me that I must cast ALL my cares on/to the One who cares for me.

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    1. Oh Deanda, I am so thankful we connected. For we as God’s people need each other for confession, accountability, love, grace, truth … Jesus with skin on as my one sister at church has said. Praising His name that He drew you in at this post. Love in Christ, Julie

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