love never gives up

neverThere’s no such thing as a perfect family.

Unflinchingly honest. Real. Heartfelt. Brokenness and Beauty.

 

I have been so excited to share this book with you. The Beauty of Broken is by Elisa Morgan; writer, speaker, and former CEO of MOPS International.

Elisa shares her growing up years involving divorce and a mother who struggled with alcoholism, her struggle with infertility leading to adoption, her children’s teen years including drug addiction, teen pregnancy, and also death and homosexuality.

Beyond these struggles, her words speak to our hearts. None of us is perfect. So the story that we tell ourselves: that our families can be perfect, our children need to be perfect, that we need to be perfect parents, is a myth. It’s a story that is unkind to all involved, because it is unattainable in this world.

I’m thankful Elisa Morgan had the courage to write this book. I think all families would benefit from her honesty. A story of real life, hope, and a love that does not give up. Her words open up space for forgiveness and grace, something that is so needful in every family, in every relationship.

 

We all make mistakes. We all experience hurt.

God does not give up on us. Love does not give up.

download (5)Comment to win a copy of the book.

When have you found beauty in the broken? What does forgiveness and grace mean to our imperfect lives? 

8 thoughts on “love never gives up

  1. I find beauty in the broken every day, in my own life. My academic career’s sunk, and I’ve got an illness that’s killing me by degrees, but if I choose, I can find beauty in all of this.

    It’s given my wife the chance to shine in a new career.

    It’s given us dogs that would have died – sadly, scared, and alone.

    It’s given me friends that I’ll never meet, and a blog readership that is humbling. people want to know what I think? Really?

    I would love to be able to confidently plan for next Christmas. But I can’t. I may be here. I hope so.

    I’d love to teach again, but it won’t happen.

    Would I trade the present for those “love to’s”?

    Not a chance.

    The grace is being given a heart so that – at least sometimes – I can see the beauty, even when it hurts too much to stand.

    It never hurts too much to love.

  2. This sounds like a great read! I heard her speak a few years back at a conference. She shared bits and pieces of her story. I’d love to read the whole thing. The freedom to admit that we are flawed, that we fail, is so important. And for people to love us in the midst of all the hurt is nothing short of God’s love and grace.

    • It is so important. I was so surprised when I realized who she was and that she shared so fully her life. I found it very encouraging for someone to be so honest and real in their faith, even in a place of leadership.

  3. Reading that has me gathering in breath to fill me up and somehow lift me, feeling that there is hope in this madness to be content with how things are, with who I am. My heart reaching out grasping at the possibility of relief.
    I know that sounds weird and jumbled, I don’t know how else to describe it. It just makes me HOPE, I guess. I am finding beauty in the broken right now. As I struggle to figure out what is wrong with my sweet baby’s insides, and struggle to give it over to God, and struggle to rest. I find beauty in her smile. In the moments of calm and peacefulness when she’s feeling well. In the running back to God over and over. In the desperate realization that I am so so so broken and unable to do anything on my own.
    In other words, I’d love to read this book 🙂 LOL

  4. Wow. The beauty of broken? It’s a lesson that I definitely need to hear…. especially as someone who is super hard on herself when things don’t go ” just right” ( which let’s face it… Is pretty much always!)

  5. Psalm 34:18 says “the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” That is the beauty–that he is God with us, Immanuel. In the midst of our pain.

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