Come as you are to the Father, broken and beautiful, surrender your heart.
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) (NIV)
Everyone has a story. Everyone has a past. We all have something we are dealing with or have dealt with. For most of us, we keep it to ourselves or share occasionally with close intimate friends and family members. However, for the most part, only God knows our hearts. Why is that? Maybe it's because we know God won't judge us for our mistakes. Yes, we'll be judged by God one day according to what we've done for His glory, but it won't be like the way we judge each other for our imperfections. No matter what, God loves us and forgives us.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) (NIV)
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; ” (Psalm 103:8-13) (NIV)
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 8:1) (NIV)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 4:9 (NIV)
I've said before God is Love (1 John 4:8)
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5) (NIV)
God loves us. We can come to Him just as we are, whenever we're, ready. It doesn't matter what we've done, said or thought. He opens His arms wide and receives us into the fold. All we have to do is be willing to walk into those arms.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) (NIV)
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19) (NIV)
Come to Jesus and find peace. Come as you are, surrender your heart. It's beautiful. You're beautiful.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) (NIV)
Broken & Beautiful by Mark Schultz
Freelance writer and stay-at-home, home-schooling mom to four children, Amy is an experienced and published author in the areas of Home Economics and Family Living. Her first published article , A Second Chance to Watch the Roses Bloom, was published in the Christian Mother's Magazine, Above Rubies, Editor: Nancy Campbell, Issue #61, 2004. A second article, Dad's Story, was published in the Fall of 2005 by another Christian women's publication, Crowned With Silver.
Amy has combined her passion for writing and for Christian music. She encourages everyone to listen carefully to the words of each song. There's always a story behind the music. Christian music is filled with inspiration and hope.