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a broken broom…….

bent to the point of almost breaking, but still sweeping paper just like an unbent broom.

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a broken notebook…….

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falling apart but still holding  a student’s papers.

What I noticed about these broken things was this…….

They hadn’t been thrown away.

They hadn’t been cast aside.

They hadn’t been deemed “unworthy” of their original purpose.

Today, I’m thinking of so many of you who I know feel broken, bent to a point of nearly breaking.

In many ways your life may feel as if it is falling apart.

This is what I want to say to you today if you find yourself feeling like this broom or notebook,

“God is still using you.”

You are valued.

You are loved.

You are worthy.

You are still needed.

You have a purpose even in your brokenness and pain.

God doesn’t throw away broken people or people who are falling apart.

No, He does quite the opposite.

Listen to what God does with those who are broken,

Psalm 34:18

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

He saves them!!!!!!!!!!!

Listen to what He does with those who are falling apart,

Col. 1:17

He is before all things,

and in him all things hold together.

He holds them together!!!!!!!!!!

Today, lean back in these promises and know that God loves you and still longs to use you……

even through your brokenness and your pain.