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Brenda and the AGTM team

Shattered Memories

by Brenda McGraw

Shattered Memories2It was Mother’s Day. We went to church and came home to start preparing for a visit from our children, my husband’s mom, and all her sisters and their families. I had only been part of the family for a few years.

I had been praying about and pursuing a relationship with my husband’s family and his three children, and it wasn’t always easy, but we were adjusting. I knew God was in control and I had decided that I would just try to be myself and not force myself on them. I loved being a mom and had birthed two children of my own. However, when you marry someone who has children from a previous marriage, it is never easy. Society has made it even more difficult and adds the word “Step” in front of mom. It’s almost like a dirty word.

Over the years my relationship with my husband’s oldest daughter had grown and I finally felt more accepted by her. I was thankful and so excited to receive a beautiful card from her on this Mother’s Day. Within the card she even voiced her remorse for some of the last years and was happy to call me more than just a stepmom. I was overwhelmed with goodness and love.

The house was full of family and kids running around, excited to be together. My blessing continued when I also received a gift. I opened it to find a beautifully framed picture of her and her new husband from their wedding day the previous month.

Then . . . all of a sudden I dropped the picture and it shattered. My heart broke into pieces along with the glass that scattered over the kitchen floor. Tears welled up in my eyes and I couldn’t keep them from streaming down my face. I was hurt, embarrassed, and so incredibly sorry.

It meant so much to me, and I felt I had ruined the moment. I slipped out of the kitchen and up to my bedroom so no one would see me crying. After finally getting to the point where I could control the tears, I made my way back downstairs to my family.

My memory of that shattered picture reminds me of our lives at times.

Life can be going along well and then something drops into it that can break us, such as the death of a loved one, a marital separation, or a number of other situations. We don’t always have control over what is going to rock the world in which God has placed us.

But unlike the shattered glass that could not be put back together, God can restore the brokenness of our hearts. It may not be as quick and easy as buying a new frame for a picture, but our hearts can be healed.

We have to trust the One who has been called the “Mighty Physician,” “Redeemer” and “Almighty God.”

We can:

Trust Him to either put back the pieces of a broken relationship, or heal our heart to move forward.

Trust Him to help us overcome the loss of a loved one. Even on days like Mother’s Day, we can trust God to remind us of the love that relationship brought, instead of focusing on our loss.

Trust Him to take the beginning of a relationship with what the world calls stepchildren and teach us how to call them our daughter or son without a “step” in it.

God’s plans are always for good. Even when life appears shattered, we can place our confidence in the One who loves us with an everlasting love.

“My days have passed, my plans are shattered. Yet the desires of my heart turn night into day; in the face of the darkness light is near.”
Job 17:11

 

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BrendaMcGraw book picBrenda McGraw is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller, “Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where she has a team of writers sharing truth and hope with others.

Brenda currently lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and three of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack.. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study. Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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