After we watched the Blue Like Jazz screening, my former writing professor Judy and I went to the St. Clair Broiler for some late-night breakfast and conversation.

A few things you should know about Judy: she is brilliant, a gifted writer and teacher, and she loves Jesus very much and connects with him in lovely and unique ways like Taizé and lectio divina.

One thing she said to me over pancakes and French toast was this: “Some people hold their brokenness at arm’s length.  Some people embrace their brokenness.  And some people celebrate their brokenness.”

That’s what I want to do– celebrate my brokenness.  I am not ashamed of my obsessive-compulsive disorder.  The Lord’s power is perfected in my weakness.  His grace is sufficient.

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9b).

How about you?

3 thoughts on “brokenness

  1. You are amazing, JL. ❤ I don't have the right words to express how beautiful you are, inside and out, so I will borrow a few from my good buddy, Maya Angelou. ;-P,
    "A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself." There is something so beautiful about people accepting themselves and not striving to be someone else. If we can't love ourselves, how can we love others?
    Your blog is so God-glorifying and I hope a gazillion people read it weekly!
    (I personally don't have issues w/ OCD…
    but none of us are perfect and your blogs apply to me every time in some area or another!) Thank you for being brave enough to admit your faults. I too, am one to celebrate faults. I laugh at myself…alot. 🙂

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