Central to the Heart

Inspiration and Encouragement


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Dwell in Him

broken heart (1)I just wanted to remind you today to dwell in the One who has made you! Please don’t dwell in the mistakes you’ve made. This only makes you feel worse. My prayer for you is that you would be able to see mistakes as an opportunity for growth. We can learn from our mistakes and work towards not making the same mistake again. It’s hard to see worth in our flaws when we dwell in them. When all we see is the broken mess we have become we just get discouraged. But there is something about our broken mess that is beautiful. Sure, brokenness can look bad when it’s scattered all throughout on the floor, but what if we viewed it from a different perspective? God makes all things beautiful, including you and me… and our brokenness. He sees the pieces of our messed up lives shattered on the ground, and He reaches His hand down with unconditional love and picks up each broken shard piece by piece with heartfelt compassion, shaping our brokenness into something beautiful. He even leaves His own mark on us after the restoration process is complete to remind us of who we are and Who our identity truly lies in. My friend, it doesn’t matter what it was that broke you, He forgives you. And trust me, He is not going to let whatever it was that made you fall down and break make you feel worthless. The pain you have felt has been hard… keep holding on – He will use it for His purposes. He is using whatever you are going through to get you to where He wants you. Keep trusting and keep believing! Hold on to His promises! His love restores all our mess!

“For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal…” (Jeremiah 30:17)

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Scars

Cross-FSIn life we go through hurts, we go through pain, and it can leave scars. But our scars actually can help heal.

That’s not a typo. At least not from my experience.  I believe it helps someone so much more when they have someone coming right alongside them who has been through something similar. That way they understand and they can empathize.

Trust me, don’t you think God puts you through deep hurts for a reason? I promise you He does not allow it because He hates you and likes to see you suffer. He loves you so much and He knows just what you need. He will never push you beyond your limits. He just wants you to trust Him as you hang on through the pain, and afterwards He’s going to use your story to help somebody else.

The perfect example of this is Christ Himself. We may think He doesn’t understand anything we go through because He was just perfect and never had to deal with ‘tough stuff’, but that kind of thinking just doesn’t make sense to me. Jesus was tempted just like you and me. And you want to know something else? He was on the cross for OUR sins. Don’t you think He knows what it’s like to be mistreated? To be abandoned? To feel forsaken?

On the Cross His very own Father turned away from Him! Trust me, if anyone can empathize with what you are going through, it’s Jesus who actually took up your sins upon Himself. Jesus Christ went through pain and left this world with scars of His own; scars that were undeserved.

“He was wounded for our rebellious acts. He was crushed for our sins. He was punished so that we could have peace, and we received healing from His wounds.”
(Isaiah 53:5,  GOD’S WORD Translation)

We may get scars in this life, but that does not mean we are without hope. Don’t forget you belong to the One who overcame it all, and that means you can make it too!

Please don’t give up, and use your scars to help heal someone else!


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Mistakes Happen

its-not-your-past-that-defines-youNo matter how hard I try, there is nothing I can do with absolute perfection. The fact is, I am very much a failure. I’ve messed up countless of times. I fall short constantly, and I never measure up. I am a broken person in need of a lot of help. I let fear and worry control the way I think and feel. I am filled with so much negativity. And you want to know my biggest and most serious flaw? What holds me back the most is that I believe the lies of the devil. This is all true about me, and maybe I am not the only one who is a broken person. Maybe you are struggling with things too (or maybe it’s just me) but just know we don’t have to dwell on the fact that we are fallen people. We cannot erase the mistakes we have made in the past, that’s the truth, but thank God there is Someone who can erase the mistakes from our past.

Our mistakes no longer define us when we accept that Christ is the One who took our place and died for us so that we could be made right with God. We are all messed up with our mistakes and this is why we need Jesus because in our brokenness, He can make us whole. He takes away all our mess ups and all our failures so that we are on longer defined by that. So with all my mistakes, all my failures, all my struggles, and all my brokenness, I am made whole when I accept the fact that I am a sinner, a person who makes mistakes, falls short, and experiences failure, and I am in need of a Savior, Jesus Christ, who took my place on the Cross and got what I deserved so I could have eternal life with God in Heaven. This is what He does for all of us! We are forgiven and set free from the mistakes, mess ups, and failures that held us back before because Jesus took care of all that.

[God] is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. (Ephesians 1:7, New Living Translations)

In saying this, I hope you know that you have what it takes to overcome. Don’t let whatever happened in the past stop you. We all do things we may not be too proud about, and maybe it has left us with regret, but this doesn’t have to be the way we live our life. We can get up, learn from our mistakes, let it make us stronger, and keep pressing on, living this life we’ve been given with passion and purpose. We can do this together! Know that you are never alone! I’m praying for you and I believe God is working through your life to bring you the healing and transformation you have been looking for.


Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, stories, words of encouragement, etc., or any other Bible verse that comes to mind, and thank you for reading!