Broken Beauty

I am linking up for Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on the new Five Minute Friday blog. Today’s prompt is “Support.” This community is such a gift to me. As I settle into a new community, I am trying to find rhythm and routine once again. The Five Minute Friday Twitter party along with one of my other favorite Twitter chats #SlateSpeak which is hosted by the Slate Project are two places I have longed for and are once again bringing me some routine. I am sad when I miss these Twitter parties. We’d love to have you join us on Thursday nights for our Twitter party.

One must break to become whole again. At the beginning of the summer, I felt incredibly broken. Yet God placed some amazing people into my life; who have helped put the broken pieces of me back together again. There was my friend E.G. who dropped everything, drove 30 minutes, just to be with me. She even brought wine. There were my friends who gave an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on. This interwoven community of friends and family who have supported me through it all.

God has this way of always knowing what we need and placing incredible people in our lives. A community; online and in the flesh. A community who continually shows me Gods love. A community that truly knows both our pains and sorrows. A community of support that comes in the forms of texts, hugs, packages, phone calls and so much else.

These beautiful souls that together pick up the pieces and piece us back together. We will never be the same. We will forever be changed by our life experiences. God takes us in our brokenness, pieces us back together, and it is through the cracks where the light gets in. Out of our brokenness, we are made even more beautiful! For it is the cracks, that tell our stories!

(Check out the Japanese art form kintsugi)


54 thoughts on “Broken Beauty

  1. Love this, Tara. I have a homemade example of kintsugi on a shelf behind me, a huge decorative plate that was on display at a Pier One, and broken. Barb bought it at full price, so the plate would not feel disrespected, and I spent months putting as much back together as I could.

    It will never be whole, but it is even more beautiful for that.

  2. Tara, such a beautiful post. God is truly gracious. He created us to need each other. YOu are blessed to have a beautiful community who surrounds and pieces you back together.

    You are a blessing, friend!

  3. We were meant for community, whether it be physically local or emotional over a distance. I know what you mean about a season of brokenness and I am forever grateful for those who walked with me (and those who still do) through those difficult times. Thank you for the reminder that our brokenness can be make beautiful.

  4. I’m so glad you have that community, Tara! I get caught up in “do it myself” attitude and when I stop and let others care for me, I’m so amazed at who God has brought into my life.

  5. I just knew this summer wasn’t all “peaches and cream.” You hid it well. So glad your friends rallied – and now, you have new digs, a new job, and you’ll make new friends. Life will be exciting! xo

  6. As soon as I saw your title I knew I was going to love your post! (This will make more sense soon!) I love how God makes beauty out of our brokenness, and I love the song too. It was you who introduced it to me last year when you shared about it in your guest post. πŸ™‚

  7. Yay for amazing friends! Your words remind me of these lyrics I ran by this week: “Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack, a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.” -Leonard Cohen

    I’m so glad they brought you the filling and the love you needed. You give it all around here.

  8. Passed the test. Okay, second draft!
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful post.
    This reminded me of wheat. How the husk actually protects the seed inside it, and how that must crack for the seed to become a plant. And the next breaking of the soil as the plant comes up is what leads to the growth!
    Why do breaking and dying and growing all seem to cycle together? I don’t know, but I’m there with you, sweet sister!
    I can attest that God is GOOD and coming out the other side, His rewards are so great!
    You are like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. You don’t smell like smoke. πŸ™‚
    So thankful for your consistent support, every time I post. I am sorry I didn’t make it over your way this week until now. It seems the weekend is my only time to catch up!

    • Oooh I love your analogy to wheat. As a farmers daughter, granddaughter, niece, it made me smile because it is so true. God is indeed good and God’s rewards are indeed great. Ooh you know, I don’t smell like smoke….thats so true. Love you too friend!

  9. Oh, Tara, I have just recently sang this song to myself as a prayer. A reminder that God is a creator of beauty in the most messy or barren of situations in life. “Out of our brokenness we are made even more beautiful.” Thank you so much for this reminder

  10. Beautiful post, Tara. I’m so glad you were able to experience that community support — and that God so lovingly puts our broken pieces back together.

  11. You’re now the 4th in recent weeks I’ve seen mention the art of kintsugi. What a beautiful art, especially when it’s one that’s applied to our lives by friends. Glad you feel that support through your community of friends.

  12. Yes Tara. One of my very favorite worship songs. And once again we’re writing in similar veins. After a hard year, healing is coming and a plethora of support too. We’re the same yet not the same. I always go back to a talk Patsy Clairmont used to give “God Uses Cracked Pots” We’re cracked and broken, but we’re still useful girl!

  13. “For it is the cracks, that tell our stories!” I got a good chuckle out of that! Those places in me I frantically stuff with this and that are the windows into how God has worked in my life. It’s silly to cover up what will give God glory!
    Visiting from #53 in FMF.
    God bless!

  14. Tara I just love love love your heart. I am so glad that God has placed so many wonderful supportive people in your life to really show you how much you are loved. They truly were and are His hands and feet.
    Love hearing “Beautiful Things” by Gungor.

  15. So good to have amazing friends who are just there when we need it, and bring wine – bonus! So glad that you are discovering your rich support network

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