remember you

Posted: January 10th, 2011 | Filed under: life | Tags: | 9 Comments »

“We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t. Success often lies just the other side of failure.” Leo F. Buscaglia

God would not have allowed you to be broken if He did not think you were worth rebuilding. Natural life builds things within and without that God does not intend to keep. Buildings built on buried childhoods are knocked down so the child can be free.

I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places— firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. -Isaiah 58:11-12

He brings us to the place where hope was clear. The time before the journey made you old. The place where children live. He brings you back to yourself so you can remember you and Him.



9 Comments on “remember you”

  1. 1 Eileen said at 5:28 am on January 10th, 2011:

    Success often lies just the other side of failure.” So true.

    One of my favorite quotes is "Falling down doesn't make you a failure…staying down does."

  2. 2 April said at 6:20 am on January 10th, 2011:

    oh. I love this. and the pic at the bottom is utter sweetness.

  3. 3 Sharon said at 6:32 am on January 10th, 2011:

    Thank you for this. I am thankful that he felt I have the strength to endure it too.

  4. 4 Serena Woods said at 7:59 am on January 10th, 2011:

    yes, all those things. 🙂

    I remember living in Florida when I was little. We lived in a trailer park that had a long dirt road nearby. My brother, sister, and I decided to take a walk on the first sunny day after a few days of rain. I was about 5, my sister was 3 and my brother was 2. We happened upon a huge mud puddle in the middle of the road and decided to go for a swim. We were an absolute mess and I didn't want to get in trouble, so I had us all chuck our clothes in the ditch on the side of the road and we walked home like three woodland elves, with thick Florida mud as our only clothing.

    this photo reminds me of that day. 🙂

  5. 5 Justin said at 8:24 am on January 10th, 2011:

    Great post and such a good reminder, Serena. Difficult to see this when we're in the midst of suffering. We are clay.

  6. 6 Serena Woods said at 8:28 am on January 10th, 2011:

    Very difficult. Yet, we're still alive, so what is there left, but hope?

  7. 7 Brandi said at 9:19 am on January 10th, 2011:

    Sometimes I find myself angry for my past. And more often than not, I would just not discuss the way I was raised in fear of the way others would judge. Now, as a mother, I find my past creeping its way into the way I parent. It makes me cringe. I am learning that while I understand my past, I cannot get stronger looking back all the time. My kids deserve more and God didn't have everything happen just so I could stay in a pit. He sees beauty where I thought there could be none. I like you Serena Woods. You invoke thought and that can be a good thing. 🙂

  8. 8 Becky Roode said at 11:35 am on January 10th, 2011:

    Thank you for this, Serena.

  9. 9 Marlene said at 6:01 pm on January 10th, 2011:

    "God would not have allowed you to be broken if He did not think you were worth rebuilding"

    What a powerful statement!!!

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