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Strong at the Broken Places

Too much and enough.

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Have you ever heard yourself say, “I can’t do this any more?” That was me this week. A few of the young children in my music classes were acting out majorly. Screaming, throwing themselves on the floor, and trying to leave the room, I’ve seen this all before. But it seemed worse than ever.

I went home that day dejected. “Lord, I feel like I don’t have anything left to give,” I told Him in the car going home. Of course, the Holy Spirit answered with a couple of my favorite scriptures.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound to every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

Are you familiar with the Japanese art of Kinsugi? It’s the practice of repairing broken pottery with resin and gold. The damaged places aren’t hidden, but actually accentuated.

Photo by Riho Kitagawa on Unsplash

Kind reader, the reality is clear: more often than not, personal trauma leads to positive growth. If we let Him, God will be the “golden glue” that holds our lives together–even when we feel like we can’t go on.

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places

Ernest Hemingway

🙏❤️ prayers and love.

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

42 replies on “Strong at the Broken Places”

David, what a great visual accompanied by your lesson. I’m grateful to know the Master Artisan who does “Kinsugi” with lives rather than porcelain and pottery. God makes our brokenness a thing of beauty and value in addition to making us stronger in our weak spots.

Thanks, for sharing yourself. This lesson is a great reminder and encouragement. The day you posted this I had hit a similar moment of frustration and feeling like I couldn’t do what was at hand anymore. Shalom.

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A valuable lesson in dealing with our human fragility; it is so true that we must depend on Him to glue us back together. The beauty in the kinsugi pics is the golden scars; they are a testament to survival through a trial. Thank you for this lesson, may God bless you this weekend brother.

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I like that David- “God will be the “golden glue” that holds our lives together.” Thank you for introducing me to Kinsugi. It perfectly illustrates the beauty God can make out of our brokenness. Your post brought to mind the song by I Am They called “Scars.” The chorus goes, “So I’m thankful for the scars/ ‘cause without them I wouldn’t know Your heart/ and I know they’ll always tell of who You are/ so forever I am thankful for the scars.”

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I’m sorry you had a rough week. I’m not a teacher, but I have said those words a few times this year. So I can understand feeling like you just can’t go on anymore. I love the analogy that you used. In the moment, when we are breaking, it doesn’t feel like anything good can come out of it. But looking back, we can see how God turned those cracks into gold. How beautiful. Thanks so much for this encouraging post, David!

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That sounds like a very stressful day at work! I’m glad that day is behind you and next week is a new week! Yes, I have heard of Kinsugi, and absolutely love the concept.
“The world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong in the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway … Thanks for the reminder!

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Thanks for sharing, Betty. I’m familiar with the scripture passage you mentioned. It describes the purification process we all go through in life.

Actually, the next day, and the day after that we’re much better. My wife, a fellow teacher (with more experience than me) told me they would be. Smart girls are usually right. 😉

I appreciate your “can do” positive approach to life. This comes through so clearly in your writing!


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Another hopeful post, David! This post reminds me of another Bible quote – Romans 5:3-5. (I had to look it up. ) But it is one that has given me much comfort. Hopefully, you will have a better week ahead. Enjoy the weekend!

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