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Graceful Perseverance: The Broken Road

Posted April 30th, 2014 @ 01:04pm

This week's blog is an extension of last week's blog around "resurrection" (all things made new) and the roads we travel, our journey and our spiritual maturity to overcome all pain, suffering and heartaches along the way. Man walking on Bible

This world is broken and scared, but only through Christ, our everlasting Savior, can He make all things new, renewing our fate and restoring our soul. If you are not a believer in this, you are lost, because it is only through His word and scripture that you will find your way. It is through His scripture, His word that he has given us direction. It is only when we hear scripture and through prayer that we gain hope. It is only through our hearts that we have faith, not by sight. It is with scripture you gain site to sooth your soul. If you do believe that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, then this week's blog will enlighten you, inspire you and give you hope that Jesus is walking your road with you right now. He has never and will never leave your side. He will never forsake you. He has brought you to this place, but not to drop you off. Even when you feel he has abandoned you, left you, it is then that he's your teacher and you are the student. It's now a test of faith. All you need to do is turn to your side and you will see His right arm stretched out. You just need to grab and hold on tight. Because this is the right way, the only way!

Stone Footprint on Wood BackgroundWhen I stepped foot out of bed this morning I asked the Lord, "What shoes do I need to wear today Lord?" What path do you need me to travel today? What do I need to do today for your glory? My boots are for more battles ahead, rougher roads ahead. My heels will empower me, give me courage and strength to take on the world with confidence, independence and strength. My slippers are for peace and rest, relaxation in quiet times. My tennis shoes are worn to let me know that I must run the race to the finish and never give up. sand path to North sea beachMy sandals are for miles and miles of walking as His disciple, to follow Him thru the desert, thru the storm, leaving two sets of footprints in the sand. Walking the road barefoot is mere Hope to follow Him. And it is this road that I know leads me home to an everlasting life with Jesus, my Savior. My feet are blistered, weathered and worn. My shoes or my soles are weathered and worn too, but I know that Christ stands at the end of my road waiting for me on the other end where all pain and suffering along the way will be no more.

I know deep in my core that there will be a day with no more pain, no more tears and no more fear. And I also believe that every heartache in this life is like a "northern star" leading me straight back to Him. When morning comes, all things will pass and all things are made new each day. Inspired by Todd Smith and Selah lyrics.

What shoes, what path are you traveling today? Because with God all things are possible! No road is too difficult or painful to travel as long as you are with Him! One of my favorite sayings on FB "Good things come to those who BELIEVE, better things come to those who are PATIENT and the best things come to those who DON'T GIVE UP."

caminos y señalesWith many of us in our lives, we are traveling or have travelled a broken road and many broken roads for some. But it is this broken roads that God uses to strengthen us, to build us into the man or woman He intended us to be and for His glory. I know the pain is unbearable. I know the hurt feels like you are going to explode. I know the pain is so unbearable that you can hardly breath. Heartache is the same for all of us, it feels the same to all of us, but it is through this heartache that God is leading us down a road of something so much better and glorious. We just need to believe and trust in Him. This is faith without sight. "Blessed are those who believe without site (Corinthians 11:23-26). He has never failed me, and never left me, why should any of us believe otherwise in our lives. We must trust in His word so much more than we trust our flesh. Why would we trust the flesh when the flesh is ego and selfishness, and not of love and forgiveness.

The cross on a bible passageGod is Love and that's the first place we should seek it and find it, embrace it and believe in it. So on your walk, celebrate the change in your circumstance and walk seven (7) miles as a Christ disciple and you will discover the joy of the redirection of your journey, your walk with Jesus. I know this because I am a weathered soul and a witness that on my broken road I know Jesus walks with me and will never leave my side.

Bless the broken road,

Debra Pauli

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