Let’s Be Vulnerable

Molly Piper seems to be one of the most vulnerable bloggers out there. She’s gone through a terrible loss and writes about it. And people hear her. They resonate with the pain she feels. Empathy draws people in so powerfully. She’s written about vulnerability before also, and her authenticity is obvious.

But it’s also clear that she doesn’t complain. She voices frustrations and pain, but in a way that isn’t seeking pity or comfort. It’s revealing and messy, but not degrading or depressing. It leaves a taste of hope in your heart, that things will get better, either in this life or the next. That God is faithful and is working everything for the good of those who love Him. Even the hardest things.

I don’t mention Molly to puff her up, but to hold her up as an example to follow. Let’s draw others in like that. Let’s speak truly about our struggles, our weaknesses, and be encouraged by each other toward Christ. Let’s invite others into our lives to bring about healing and help one another through the good, bad and ugly.

Let’s be vulnerable.

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A Terrible Statistic

A statistic that crushes my spirit:

At least 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men are or will be victims of sexual assault in their lifetime.

A truth that gives me hope:

12 “For thus says the Lord:
Your hurt is incurable,
and your wound is grievous.
13 There is none to uphold your cause,
no medicine for your wound,
no healing for you.
14 All your lovers have forgotten you;
they care nothing for you;
for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy,
the punishment of a merciless foe,
because your guilt is great,
because your sins are flagrant.
15 Why do you cry out over your hurt?
Your pain is incurable.
Because your guilt is great,
because your sins are flagrant,
I have done these things to you.
16 Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured,
and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
those who plunder you shall be plundered,
and all who prey on you I will make a prey.
17 For I will restore health to you,
and your wounds I will heal,
declares the Lord
,
because they have called you an outcast:
‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’

Out of the darkest place, the most grievous wound, the most rotten heart, the Lord restores. And all the promises of God find their Yes in Christ.

Jesus is our only hope.