From broken to diamonds

by Jamie Zenteno

We are all broken.

As I sit here looking at the words I'm typing on the screen its so hard to even stay focused. You see what I've learned in my 29 years of existence is that you will have those times that rock you to the core.

Oh ya you know the ones.

The kind that take your breath away like after you try to do a handstand and fall over on your friends wooden deck. (Yes lol I did that in second grade at my friends house . . . oh it hurt!!) You just want to lay there for a while until your body recovers from the painful shock of what just happened.

Life is like that.

Sometimes it just takes your breath away and you have to sit and be still to recover from the painful shock of what just happened.

We're in a time where we are entering a new season. (Yes I was totally preachin to myself last week when I said you have to learn to love your CURRENT season well.)

We just left our church. No ill will intended. No bad feelings. We just knew that it was time to step down and start a new season God was calling us into. Some people have encouraged us and others have left things to be spoken behind walls as silent arrows to our heart. God sees. God knows.

A friend just reminded me that its pruning season for us. A time to cut off the dead things that aren't healthy for us. That means cutting us from one place and grafting us in somewhere else. She encouraged me this morning that, "Only healthy connections should be kept .... or you'll never truly get strongly rooted."

My dear sweet friend thank you so much for your words of encouragement. It means more than you'll ever know today.

John 15:2 - He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful

If you're coming out of a broken season, a wounded season, hun there is always joy in the morning.

I know the hurt that this life brings runs very deep sometimes. . . leaving scars sometimes.

But you know what . . . remember that all of the ashes that you have right now God can turn into beauty.

Isaiah 61: 3 To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.

You don't have to do a thing but surrender your hurt to him. He takes care of the rest. He gives peace. He replenishes. He restores. He avenges for us.

Last year my engagement ring snapped in half for the second time. The first time I took it in and they fixed it. You guessed it I was back 4 months later with a broken ring again.

Only this time they send it back to the manufacturer to find that the gold used was compromised. They only kept the diamonds and remade my ring with a stronger better material.

Every time you're broken go back to your maker, God so he can remake you into something new and stronger. He'll toss the junk and only keep the good stuff. . . like the diamonds.

My ring one year later, still looks brand new and hasn't broken at all.