Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Book Sneeze The Beauty of Broken By Elisa Morgan

There is a beauty revealed when we are vulnerable and share what G-d has done for us.

Elisa Morgan has served as the President and CEO of MOPS International, Inc. (Mothers of Preschoolers), a Denver-based non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, equipping and developing every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ. As the leader of a thriving ministry, she could have easily portrayed the false face of perfection. Instead she has chosen share the struggles she has endured, and the blessings that came from heart ache.

2 Corinthians 1v 6-7 "If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is experienced in your endurance of the same sufferings that we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that as you share in the sufferings, so you will share in the comfort."

Hoping that the comfort she has received, Elisa shares her story. As she writes, it may be a familiar story, it may be similar to your own. Coming from a broken family, striving to achieve the impossible, to be perfect and have perfect children, perfect families and perfect lives.
We are all broken. we can not achieve the perfection, the perfectly ordered (controlled) worlds that we may want. We live in a broken world. God makes beauty out of the broken.

At the end of the book you will find an "Appendix of Hope" as well as "Scriptures of Hope".

"I think this is God's growth goal for me, that I become a little more of what He intends me to be- each day."

" I knelt before the shambles of my Munna’s antique plate collection and wept for the layered loss it represented in my life. There was no way I could fix any part of the mess. Each plate was broken beyond repair. The portrait plate of Marie Antoinette and its mate of Louis XVI. The scalloped-edged porcelain of painted yellow poppies. The latticed baroque. I swept the shards into a dustpan, walked them to the trash can, and trickled the contents inside, hearing them tinkle into even tinier pieces as they met each other’s sharp edges.
When the hutch clattered off the wall in my dining room, spilling its treasured contents into ruin, I began my own toppling. For years I had poised my efforts to fix my first broken family and then to create a second family that would be immune from breakage. Despite my best efforts, my most sincere obedience to the ways of God and his Word, I still come from a broken family."

"The legacy of beauty we’re longing to have and to leave—in ourselves and in our families—ultimately comes through brokenness. Well acquainted with grief as a man who lost his wife, child, and mother in a horrific auto accident, Jerry Sittser wrote the book A Grace Disguised to process God’s presence in his grief. Nearly twenty years later he revisits his learning in A Grace Revealed, discovering that grace disguised today can be grace revealed tomorrow. “[God] wants to use the harsh conditions of life to shape us—and eventually the whole world—into something extraordinarily beautiful.”
I’m holding on to two sentences. I hold them out to you. Sentence Number One: God loves the broken. He loves broken families—and the broken people within them. Truly. Enough to die for us."

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