Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Broken Dreams


Hi! Lucy here.

During my short time here on earth I've kicked my toe on lots of bumps in life's road. I'm sure you have as well. Some of those bumps have been quite substantial and I've had to sit for a bit and reevaluate my life.
Broke my heart. Made me cry. Rerouted where we lived. Almost made me give up.
I have a poem stuck to my fridge which has helped me over the years.

Broken Dreams

By: Margaret Fishback Powers.

As children bring their broken toys
With tears for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God
Because He was my friend.
But then instead of leaving Him
In peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help
With ways that were my own.
At last I snatched them back and cried,
"How can you be so slow?"
"My child," He said, "What could I do?
You never did let go."
I've learned to let go of:
My family. Most of my relatives live interstate. I've learned to let go and just enjoy the times I get to see them. As my children have gotten older I'm learning to trust that God is far more capable than I to look after them. :)
My dreams of a HEA, or Happy Ever After in romance speak. I'm a single mum. I've had to let go of my husband and trust that God will bring him back to Himself in his timing--not mine.
My little family a few years ago.

I've learned to let go of perfection in my writing. I still aim to do the best job I can and will try my hardest to be as clear and error free as possible, but I'm not ever going to be perfect. Here is a pic of my first story when I was editing it... Yup. Far from being perfect. But a lot better than the original. :)

I've learned to let go of hurts. To not let others words, opinions, negative attitudes take up residence in my heart or mind.
But most of all I've learned to trust. Trust God. For me, he is the boss and I try to listen to Him. Try to give him my broken dreams and then leave him to fix them, or fix me, in his own time.
I'm a work in progress, and I'm sure I'll kick my toe on plenty of more problems in the future. :)

What about you? Do you have a poem, or a verse that you read or ponder when you are down? I'd love to hear it if you'd care to share in the comments below. :)




13 comments:

  1. Lucy, beautiful post. I like thinking of myself as a work in progress ... we learn the most in the trials I believe and we also see how much God loves us. But gee letting go is hard, isn't it?

    I love your faith and your can do attitude - a real inspiration to me. Can't wait to see your novels in print and soon.

    Bless,

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    1. Hi Ian :) Thank you. Yes--a WIP, a great way to describe ourselves. :)

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  2. Beautiful post, Lucy. Surrendering to God is a challenge for most of us,almost all of the time. I really liked your poem, especially God's response at the end..."What could I do? You never did let go." Great reminder to relinquish, every day.

    Blessings to you as you continue to see God work in your family life, and in your writing. I know there are great things ahead for you. xx

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    1. Hi Dotti! Yes, I love God's response as well. All the best to you also as you write for His glory. :)

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  3. Thanks for your beautiful, honest post, Lucy. It's so inspirational to see someone sharing their heart and their experience like that. I'm sure this will come through in your writing too, and be a great encouragement to many.

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    1. Hello Carol :) Thanks for stopping by. I try to be open and honest with lots of things, it's only by being vulnerable that I can share myself with others, be it through my words in a story, or a friendship with others. :) God bless!

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  4. Such an encouraging post, Lucy. I like to be reminded God is in control. Makes my soul sigh and let go. One of my favourite scriptures is Psalm 139. I'm precious to Him. Amazing! Bless you, Lucy.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your fav Psalm. :) What a difference to our lives knowing that we are precious to God. That we have worth. God bless you also. :)

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  5. Lucy, thanks for your honest and inspiring post. Romans 8:28 is a verse I hold onto during times of trial and hardship. I love your poem - thanks for sharing :)

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    1. G'day Narelle! I love Romans 8:28 as well. So glad that God has a purpose for ALL things, and that he never wastes things that happen to us. :)

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  6. Thanks for the wise thought, Lucy. I love your philosophy. Thanks for the poem too. I knew that Margaret Fishback Powers wrote the 'Footprints' poem that everyone knows so well, but didn't know she wrote this one too.

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    1. Hi Paula :) Thanks for stopping by. I love the "Footprints" poem as well. :)

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  7. Great post Lucy. Thanks. It's not easy to let go. Harder for some of us than others, I suspect.

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