At a young age, many people begin to dream about the excitement of getting engaged. But when I got engaged, I felt terrified. Why? Because I had a secret: I was walking around with a broken heart. After being abandoned by my father—and having already gone through one failed engagement—my heart was in shambles.
After being abandoned by my father—and having already gone through one failed engagement—my heart was in shambles.
What was I so afraid of? Could I commit to loving someone forever? Would I allow someone to love me?
As a consequence of my broken heart, I struggled to give 100 percent of myself to anyone or anything. So, I began to ask God to mend the broken pieces of my heart. I knew if God didn’t restore my heart, my marriage would be over before it even began.
I turned to God’s Word, and read in Ezekiel 36:26: “I will give you a new heart and a new mind. I will take away your stubborn heart of stone and give you an obedient heart” (GNTD).
Twelve years and two kids later, my marriage is stronger than ever—and my heart has been restored.
Over time, God began to repair my heart. I no longer walked around feeling bitter and sullen; instead, I walked around with a heart fully capable of loving those around me. Twelve years and two kids later, my marriage is stronger than ever—and my heart has been restored.
Are you living with a broken heart? Do you feel like your heart has been shattered because of a broken relationship, a broken home or even a broken promise? Are you afraid your “heart of stone” has kept you from loving others?
God wants to restore your heart. And he wants to give you a new heart, one that will allow you to be loved and love others. If you’re seeking to restore a broken heart today, start by meditating on these three promises from God’s Word:
- God has the power to heal your heart.
He heals the broken-hearted and bandages their wounds.– Psalm 147:3 (GNTD)
- God is near.
The LORD is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope.– Psalm 34:18 (GNTD)
- God cares for you.
Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.– 1 Peter 5:7 (GNTD)
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