gloriously gathered

early in my walk with Christ i thought that the most Godly people were the ones that had it all together. somehow i was mistaken to think that a sincere walk with Christ meant complete normalcy, sanity, and a healed heart.

as i grow closer to God and begin to see things through His eyes, those whose walks i admire most are quite the opposite. it is not the Bible toting and scripture quoting “picture perfect” people who portray the false portrait of  perfection that i see Jesus in the most. it is those rare people whose life canvases have been slashed with pain, shattered with weakness, and sit crookedly on the easel of life that i see a mighty Savior.  they humbly lay their imperfect pieces on the floor, then allow a Living Savior to graciously gather them up. through their God-centered brokenness they refuse to steal even a glimpse of His glory as He binds their wounds.

they don’t have all the answers.  they most certainly don’t have it all together.  their hearts may be breaking, but they have a contagious love for a God that delights in genuine brokenness and is ever close to their aching hearts.  to see the evidence of being graciously gathered, causes me to question why i don’t more freely lay my broken pieces down.

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  1. donna shearron July 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Danielle, what a beautiful voice you have! You write so well…what a precious heart you have. Thank you for that…I needed to hear it. The picture at the top of the page is awesome…do you take these? Thank you for blessing me.

    1. dandi July 28, 2010 at 11:26 am

      my mom took the picture of me and my niece. i took the ones of my niece in the other blog. the glass picture i found online. love you donna and grateful for your testimony through your living!

  2. Ken July 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    So good and so real! People are drawn to brokenness not perfection! Religion likes it safe, together and controllable! Jesus’ journey led Him to the broken, and those in need of healing!!! Great great great post!!!

    1. dandi July 28, 2010 at 11:26 am

      preach it ken….

  3. Carolyn Outland July 28, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Your thoughts were profound and moving as I read them early this morning. You are right in your assessment. Few of us as we grow older have not had broken dreams, broken hearts and broken lives. However, Christ, in His brokeness, made a way for all these things to somehow work to our good. Amazing how God takes the broken pieces and puts them back together into a better, more complete person spiritually. Amazing indeed.

    Love and appreciate you more than you know.

    1. dandi July 28, 2010 at 11:27 am

      ahhh thanks carolyn… so much freedom in knowing HE just wants us like we are. love you and thanks for your encouragement!


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