Every year we go to the beach to gather with friends and family. One of our favorite things is to look for shells. The shells that catch my eye are the broken
pieces….like these. The ones that have been broken so long and been tumbled around in the ocean so much that their edges are smoothed out and rounded.

God notices the broken too. Broken ones like you and me. The ones with shattered dreams and splintered lives. Those of us wondering what’s next because everything we’ve known before is gone. The weary ones and sick ones and those of us asking what it’s all for. The ones of us with doubts and fears. Those with regrets and mistakes and failures stacked up high. Those of us on the edge of something new but scared to take the leap.

He sees you. But more than that….He loves you.

Give Him your broken heart. All of it. Your questions too. All of them.

He makes beautiful things out of broken ones.

“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. ”  Psalm 51:17 NIV


Here’s how I repurposed
some of the broken shells I’ve found…….a frame for one of our beach pictures.

14 thoughts on “Broken

  1. Love this Marie. I so well remember the sea shell “hunt” and competition at the beach. I love how you made the frame …very cool. I’m reading Ann Voskamp’s, “The Broken Way” and there’s so much to embrace about God using us in our brokenness. It seems it’s the best way to speak into our lives and also to help us connect and comfort others. Thank you!

    1. Yes Joy. I’ll never forget when I heard Beth Moore speak years ago during one of my most painful seasons on 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. Praise God I have had opportunities to comfort others as God comforted me. I know you have too because I’m one of those you’ve comforted.

  2. This is so beautiful. I can use the same idea as we got back from our beach vacation last week.
    Also, I wanted to share something my son while collecting shells. As I was throwing away the broken ones, he said” Mom, why are we not keeping the broken ones too, broken ones are also beautiful in some ways”, I was so overwhelmed.

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