Annie's "Strength at the Broken Places" Page

"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
~1 Peter 5:7~

I have a wonderful Daily Devotional Book that is written specifically for people that
deal with chronic pain and illness. It is a great book but as I understand it is
out of print. I have shared a few of the daily devotionals that have blessed
me or touched my heart from time to time. I read a devotional the other day
and felt that I needed to share it with you all. It really blessed and
encouraged me and I hope it does you too~!!!

Source: Based on the Devotional from:
"Strength For Today - Daily Devotionals for the Chronically Ill"
by Sharon Broyles

November 13th - Strength at the Broken Places

"Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions,
in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
~2 Corinthians 12:10~

The gold chain holding my grandfather's railroad retirement pin was fragile, and it
broke easily. I wore it around my neck every day, and it often got caught in my
clothing. If I pulled on it accidently, a weak spot in the delicate links would give
way. After taking it to the jeweler several times and having the broken ends
soldered together, I noticed that it never broke in the same place twice. Once
broken and repaired, one small area was stronger then the entire rest of
the necklace that had never been broken.

"The world breaks everyone," wrote Ernest Hemingway, "and afterward
many are strong at the broken places."

If I let Him, God will invade this weakness of illness and make me strong in the area
that I feel the most vulnerable. In Him, my life can have a powerful
effect on others for Christ's sake.

Simone Weil wrote, "The extreme greatness of Christianity lies in the fact
that it does not seek a supernatural remedy for suffering
but a supernatural use for it."

Prayer from Devotional Book: Lord, I am weak today; make me strong. I am hurting
today; heal my sadness. I am broken today; mend my grief. Living with illness is
hard, Lord; lift me up. Take my suffering and use it today.

Other Related Pages:
Annie's "Are You a Weathered Sailor?" Page
Annie's "Necessary Depression" Page
Annie's "Cruise Control" Page - another similar devotional page
Annie's Chronic Pain & Illness Page
Annie's "Comfort" Page
Annie's Testimony Page
Annie's How to Cope with Grief & the Holidays Page
Annie's Barnabas was an Encourager Page
Annie's List of Encouragement Pages
Annie's List of Spiritual Pages

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my
yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in
heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my
yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
~Matthew 11:28-30~

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