our wounds can turn into strength

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“Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.” (Psalm 116:7-8)

How do you see your scars? As marks of shame, of battles that managed to wound you; that cut in deeper than you thought possible and the thought still leaves you shuddering. Are they visible signs of your failures and faults, evidence of times you fell short and did not measure up?

Maybe you are like the rest of us, trying to hide those wounds and scars because you think you cannot afford others seeing your weakness and shortcomings. Maybe you hold it in and hold on, trying to be strong until you cannot go on anymore — and crumble down, weak once more.

But what if there is more to our wounds and scars than just trying to hold it together and hold on? What if this pain is not yours — but a part, a piece of His? What if your heartbreak and hurting is only a small reflection of His heartbreak — over His people, over our hearts, over our sins, over our pain? What if there is grace to be found for this broken heart of yours, fixed to contain a greater love now?

For You will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” (Psalm 18:28-30)

What we often forget is that God does not see the things of this world like we do. He does not require us to be able to hold it all together — He wants us to hold on to Him. We might be walking far away from Him; we might be failing and falling hard from the place God called us to be in. But what truly matters, what the Lord has always wanted — is our heart.

When we fight those battles that seem to never be ending, He sees opportunities for us to grow into grace. When we let in His scarred hands and their healing touch, He can turn what we see as our marred marks into strength and beauty. When we want to shield ourselves from further hurts, God’s gentle grace comes and tells us we can trust Him to walk with us through every hurt and healing.

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:14-15)

We all know the saying, that time heals. But the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that time does not heal anything — but rather what happens in that time. We need to let God swoop in and cover our wounds with His scarred hands, His grace turning our wounds into a map of a land where battles are eventually won and miracles still fill the gaps where we fall short.

Linking up: Titus 2 Tuesday, Women Helping Women, Titus 2sday, Coffee for Your Heart, Wednesdays’ Prayer Girls, Coffee and Conversation, Works for Me Wednesday, WholeHearted Wednesday, Everyday Jesus, Hearts for Home, Thriving Thursday

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20 thoughts on “our wounds can turn into strength

  1. Our hearts are joined this week, Ronja and the Lord had me writing on the fruit that comes from seeds of pain as well. So grateful for His perfect timing, healing, and grace. #testimonytuesday

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    1. Ronja

      It is always such a special thing when the Lord speaks about a certain topic to someone else at the same time and I get to have an even better perspective on the matter and the topic through that. He is so good to us, isn’t He? Thank you so much for your visit here, Tiffany. It has been such a blessing to me today to be able to read your thoughts and more of your heart! God bless you!

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  2. “He does not require us to be able to hold it all together — He wants us to hold on to Him.” AMEN! How contrary this is to what the world tells us, and how freeing. This was beautifully and succinctly said.

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    1. Ronja

      Thank you so much, Kelsey! This is definitely something so different from what the world tells us, which is why I at least need to be reminded of His Truth as it can get lost. The Lord certainly is so gracious and merciful to us, to love us so even in our moments of weakness! Thank you for stopping by here, Kelsey! Blessings!

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  3. Sharon

    Absolutely beautiful. You know, I’ve always thought of scars as just stories waiting to be told. And when we let the Lord heal those wounds with His, our stories are redeemed and can be used to help others.

    Our story, His glory.

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Ronja

      What a wonderful way of looking at scars, Sharon! Scars are, after all, healed wounds and right there is a story of His grace and goodness for us to tell. All for His glory. Thank you so much for this, Sharon! It’s always such a blessing to have you stop by here! God bless you!

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  4. Kelsey Ferguson

    This is so beautiful, Ronja! “When we fight those battles that seem to never be ending, He sees opportunities for us to grow into grace.” <– This is something that I have been learning and being refined by the last couple of months. When I go through a tough time, it doesn't mean God is abandoning me. It's much more likely that He is using that experience to refine me and draw me closer. Thank you so much for sharing your heart on this!

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    1. Ronja

      Thank you so much, Kelsey! You are so right. Even in hard times we find God’s faithfulness and goodness, and I believe He uses those times to transform our hearts and make us more dependent on Him. Though it might seem to us that He is abandoning us, we know that He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. Which means that there must be something greater going on even during the hard, challenging times. :) God bless you, Kelsey! Thank you for your visit!

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  5. What if my pain is a part of His?…OH MY this is a wonderful thing to ponder! I enjoy looking at my pain and scars in this way. The trials that we go through really do help to shape our character. If someone would have said that to me a few years ago, I would have rolled my eyes at her. I have seen God at work , though…He never fails to use every situation for GOOD!

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    1. Ronja

      Amen! It’s amazing to look at certain situations and circumstances later on and see how God really uses everything for good. It usually is difficult to see that when we’re going through that hard time but looking back and seeing His goodness in our past helps us to trust that He is good even now — because He changes not. Thank you for stopping by here, Laura! Blessings!

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  6. “His power is made perfect in our weakness.” as the apostle Paul wrote. I don’t know that time “heals” but with the passing of time, our pain changes. Sometimes the wound still stings, other times it aches as a new storm rolls through. Sometimes we go many days without noticing its presence. Beautiful, thought provoking post!

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    1. Ronja

      I love 2 Corinthians 12:9 — and it truly speaks to this matter as well. It is truly in our weakness, that His power can have its work and He makes us stronger with His strength. And you are so right — with time, our pain changes. Healing comes but the pain might never go away entirely. But it will change. Thank you for stopping by here, Angela! Blessings!

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  7. Beautiful! I’ve learned so much about scars over the last year after a bad fall, emergency surgery, and a year of therapy and recovery. In the middle, my heart fell also. As I began to emerge from the darkness, God showed me that my scars had become “calling cards” to speak truth to others who seem them as credentials. Those who have been broken are the most compassionate to others experiencing brokenness.

    You are a gifted writer. So glad to have found you via Wednesday Prayer Girls!

    Embracing the Journey!

    Christi

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    1. Ronja

      Christi, what wonderful things the Lord has showed you! It is such a great place to be in, seeing that our scars can become a way for us to tell others of the Truth and of God’s goodness. Because you are so right — those who have been broken are the most compassionate to those in a similar situation. Just as Jesus knows exactly what we are going through and He is compassionate towards us.

      Thank you so much for your kindness and words of wisdom, Christi! God bless you!

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    1. Ronja

      You are so right, Sarah. Holding on to Jesus is a daily choice and a step by step process — one where we are bound to fail at times, too. So thankful that He is so gracious towards us and helps us every day. Thank you for your visit, Sarah! What a blessing it is to have you here. :) Blessings to you!

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  8. What a powerful truth, Ronja. I think you are so right and God uses our wounds for His glory– there is never hurt without purpose. I love that Rick Warren says “God never wastes a hurt.” Although the truth is sometimes we do if we aren’t responding in obedience.

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    1. Ronja

      I have heard that Rick Warren quote before and I love it as well. :) If God can use evil for good, surely He can use hurt for our good — but you are so right, it has a lot to do with our response as well. Thank you for stopping by here, friend! God bless you!

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