Strong at the Broken Places

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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.





42 responses to “Strong at the Broken Places”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for reading and commenting, Wilson. God’s best to you.


  2. davidsdailydose Avatar

    How true. Committing scriptures to memory, or at least being able to call them to mind, is a great spiritual weapon. Thank you for your comment and for reading. Blessings!

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  3. mycreatorscreation Avatar

    Thank God for the strength that He gives to us when we have days like yours, so we can go on. Though you thought you couldn’t go on, look how quickly the Holy Spirit brought the good word to your mind!!

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  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Laura. Blessings!


  5. Laura M Bailey Avatar

    I loved this so much! “God can be the gold glue…” , absolutely beautiful💕

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Shalom to you as well, Manette. Thank you for your encouraging words. God Bless.

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  7. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    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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  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Exactly, Dawn. God never gives up on us. Thank you!

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  9. Dawn Avatar

    I’m glad Jesus doesn’t give up on us even when we feel like giving up. Instead we can cry out to Him and He gives us the encouragement we need.

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Simply B. God Bless!

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  11. SimplyB Avatar

    What a great post, David. I needed every word of this. Hope this day wraps you up in God’s love and gives you everything you need for the week ahead.

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  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Neal. Thank you for reading and sharing. I just tapped over to your site. Neat layout! I will explore some more later today. Thanks for stopping in. Blessings!

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  13. Neal Saye Avatar

    We all feel broken from time to time. Thanks for reminding us of God’s ability to fix any- and everything.

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  14. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Rocky. I’m reminding myself as well. Blessings!

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  15. Rocky Avatar

    Thank you for this reminder to lean on the LORD when we are discouraged.

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  16. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, brother. God Bless you as well.


  17. Alan Kearns Avatar

    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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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Our scars lead us to God. That’s a great thought, Beth! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Beth Alisan Avatar

    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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  20. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen, brother! Yes He can.

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  21. jesusluvsall Avatar

    Thankfully Jesus can make us strong in the broken places and take our brokenness and create something beaufiful

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  22. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Like you said, Bridget, it’s hard to do much when those broken moments surprise us. But God is able to turn brokenness into blessings. Thank you, and God Bless.

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  23. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    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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  24. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Crystal. We get a whole week for Thanksgiving this year. Glue is already drying.

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  25. Crystal Byers Avatar

    I hope the upcoming time off provides the perfect opportunity for the glue to dry, good as new.

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  26. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    Yes I have!

    It’s painful but oh so worth it!

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  27. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Spoken like someone who has been there and done that, Barb. You are correct. Change is bound to happen. Might as well roll with it.


  28. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    God uses our brokenness to bring about change. Embrace it and enjoy the ride.

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  29. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Good point, Gary. We get the deliverance and He gets the glory.

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  30. Gary Fultz Avatar

    Good one David. When God fixes us he leaves his golden outline for all to see.

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  31. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re right! Next week is next week. As I told another commenter, things were actually much better the next day. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings!

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  32. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    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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  33. francisashis Avatar

    Thank you very much sir for your assurance of prayers.God bless you abundantly.🙏

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  34. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  35. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I will indeed pray for you, Francisashis! Thank you for sharing your vulnerability. We need more of that these days.

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  36. Betty Avatar

    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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  37. francisashis Avatar

    Sir,basically I am a weak person so I need more prayers to remain firm and I am sure you will pray for me.God bless.🙏

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  38. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Bruce. Thank you for reading and commenting. Our posts today are essentially about the same thing—I’m tired. Blessings!

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  39. Bruce Cooper Avatar

    Well said David, thank you.

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  40. davidsdailydose Avatar

    And thank you for reading. Having learned a bit of your personal story, I know you are certainly a person who is strong at the broken places. Blessings!

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  41. francisashis Avatar

    Thanks a lot for sharing another masterpiece.With Jesus we (sinners)are more beautiful and durable.God bless.Take care.🙏😊

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