Solace In Broken Places

The title of this blog is a frequently searched quest by everyday people living in an uncertain dysfunctional, misguided world. How can you possibly obtain solace if you’re broken? How do you get to a place of rest or peace in the middle of chaos? 

While doing my own self-reflection in the middle of turmoil. I discovered that it is truly obtainable to be at peace, right while all “hell” is breaking loose. Thank you, Jesus! (praise break) 

I researched the definitions of the two words solace and broken and these two words definitely work hand in hand. 

Definitions;

broken- violently separated into parts; damaged or altered; not working properly; violated; subdued completely; cut off; not complete or full 

solace- to give comfort to in grief or misfortune 

On the surface, it is clear there is a broader meaning for broken. However, with solace, the definition is simplistic and eloquent. 

With a personal emotional understanding of “broken” I can attribute to the disconnection, confusion, isolation, and hurt.

While coming to know “Solace” I experienced reconnection, peacefulness, and joy. 

Throughout this growth journey, I realized that I was taught at a very young age that it is not acceptable to describe or perceive yourself as broken, due to the negative connotations associated with the word. So masking of the internal hurt received from all the brokenness lingered for quite some time. Presenting a fake smile and not speaking about disappointments, devastations, loneliness, and emptiness. I moved through life pretending that I wasn’t drowning, and suffocating inside. 

So the question still remains; how do you get there? How do you obtain peace in the middle of a storm? 

How I came to a place of peace in the middle of my storm developed through building a true relationship with my Heavenly Father. I became so engulfed in heavenly encounters that I stopped focusing on worldly things or issues. I put my trust in God and sought after the things of God instead. I submerged myself in His word and what God had to say about me and this life He provided me to be living. I also focused on what God’s heart is about His people and what that looks like. 

God’s desire is for everyone to be at a place of rest and utter peace. Where resilience, perseverance, calmness, and humility reside. This is a place of tranquility where nothing and no one can penetrate. 

(“Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always].” Colossians:15 AMP”

Truly walking with Jesus side by side through every decision, and circumstance allows for a fellowship that is complete and total with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is where Father God wants us all to be. Where nothing is lacking.

(“And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.” James 1:4 AMP

Living in complete and total assurance, and comfort. (“O may Your lovingkindness and graciousness comfort me, According to Your word (promise) to Your servant.” Psalm 119:76 AMP

To maneuver through the storm I also had to develop a routine that currently renews my thinking. 

Concepts to help weather the storm;

  1. Locate the scripture for what you’re dealing with; (Isaiah 26: 1-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:”) (John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”)
  2. Let the word change your thinking (proverbs 23:7)
  3. Mediate on the answer found in the word (Joshua 1:8)
  4. Let what you say agree with what you believe (Romans 4:17) 
  5. Start thanking and praising God for the answer(s) you are looking for! 
  6. Pray in the spirit often (1 Cor 14:2, 14)  (Jude 1:20 “But you, beloved, build yourselves up on [the foundation of] your most holy faith [continually progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], pray in the Holy Spirit.)                                                                     

Reciting daily affirmations also aided in restoration of my peace.

  1. Jesus is my sabbath!
  2. Jesus is my source!
  3. Jesus is my rest!  
  4. God is working for me (Matthew 6:25-29). I am being repositioned (Isaiah 43:19)
  5. God is making me whole (1 Thessalonians 5:23 & 2 Corinthians 5:17)
  6. Fear tolerated is faith contaminated, I will not fear!

Our Father never designed us to be in chaos, uneasy, fearful, worrying or doubting. There is only one definitive work given and that is “labor to rest”.  (Matthew 11:28-29)    

So rejoice in the Lord always; enter into his courts with thanksgiving and with praise. For it’s His peace He gives to us; not as the world gives does He give.  

In Jesus name Amen!

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