One way or another, we all come from broken families. For some, this brokenness may be an abusive father, a single mother, or even no parents at all. For others this brokenness might come in the form of a rebellious sibling or a sibling with a physical handicap. For some, the brokenness could be unspoken hurt - nothing that shows on the surface - but is buried day after day and year after year.
I was excited to read The Beauty of Broken by Elisa Morgan. As the former President and CEO of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International and named as one of the top 50 women influencing the church and culture by Christianity Today, she seemed to be a strong woman from whom I could learn a lot.
Throughout this book, Elisa's family history begins to play out and gradually the layers peal off and we see that she and her family truly run the gamut of pain. In just three generations there was divorce, infertility, drug addiction, teen pregnancy, promiscuity, homosexuality, alcoholism, emotional abuse... And the list goes on...
Although I personally cannot relate with all her stories, I have my own family problems - just like each and every one of you. I have problems in my own family, there are problems in Nate's family that I'm now a part of, and (although I don't always want to admit it) there are problems in the little family that Nate and I have created together. As her stories were shared, she also shared how God used and is using them. How He truly has his hand in her family and is faithful through everything. There was such hope, such truth, and such love shining through her book.
Throughout the book I was reminded of how much God works though the situations we view as impossible. How, if I can stop pretending everything is perfect and cry out to Him, He will be faithful to comfort me. Does this mean he'll remove all the brokenness from our lives and make everything rainbows and butterflies? Of course not. We have free will to mess up our lives as much as we want. What it does mean is that He is present. He views our brokenness as a way that His goodness can shine. He shows us how beautiful our brokenness can be.
I would encourage any of you who are struggling with finding beauty in the broken things of life to read this book. You may not relate with what Elisa went through, but I think you will see a new perspective for turning the broken over to the Lord to be made beautiful.
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