Finding God's Blessings in Brokenness, by Charles F. Stanley
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In this new book, Finding God's Blessings in Brokenness (on Amazon), Charles Stanley shares insights into the heart of God who allows his children to go though painful times. He asserts: God is powerful. God is good. And God loves us.
So, why do we suffer? And what are the blessings?
These are questions I have wrestled with for years, for myself and for others, who have had painful childhoods or have gone through difficult situations. I'm not content to accept clichés without understanding more. Perhaps you aren't also.
I also want to see good results come from difficult things I have gone through -- I want to see real blessings and not just hear about it being possible. And so I have been wading in God's blessings more. Maybe you're tired of words and want to hug God's blessings close to your hurting heart.
Stanley shows us how.
Stanley writes that God is interested in changing our desires so that we "trust him completely and yield to him fully." It seems strange that suffering can help us do that. But, suffering is a tool that God uses to accomplish purposes and blessings in and through us. He allows us to be broken so we can be blessed.
There are many ways we may experience brokenness -- a loss of someone we love through death, a move or a broken relationship, the loss of a job or our health, or the results of our or someone else's choices.
God's blessings can come in or after a time of brokenness.
Stanley writes that the blessings that come to God's people in difficult times are many -- "fullness of joy, God's unconditional love, or the hope of eternal life with our Lord and Savior . . . experiences of God's power, wisdom, and presence . . . . the inner fruit of Christlike character . . . ."
This is a brief summary of major points of the book that spoke to me. Stanley has much more to say on the subject in his book, Finding God's Blessings in Brokenness: How Pain Reveals His Deepest Love (on In Touch), by Charles F. Stanley.
How about you?
If you could pick one, what blessing ____?____ have you or someone you know found in or after a difficult situation? Please share a comment. Your words may encourage someone else.