Brokenness, Grace & Truth
I lost a piece of myself when my brain broke in 2014.
There I said it. And for the first time I can say it without shame. Without judgement. It’s not a curse, it’s just a fact of living with brain injury.
I’m not the same woman my husband married. I’m not the same person who gave birth to my daughter. I’m not the woman I’d always imagined I’d be.
And for the first time in 7 years, I’m okay with that.
Two things this week brought me to this place of peace and acceptance with my brokenness. The first was Operation Freedom Sweep with my dear friend Danika Deva. The second was today’s featured post, It Happened One Summer by Katie Dale.
She shares her story of when she “went crazy one summer.” In the most simple, matter-of-fact, non-judgemental, vulnerable, and beautiful way I’ve ever seen, she tells the world about the summer when she lost her sanity. When you read her story, you’ll see this is no exaggeration. It’s just what happened.
God gave her healing, not by a miracle, but through medicine. So now she walks in His healing by staying faithful to both Jesus and her medication every day.
So I’ll tell you what I’ve learned though Danika’s Operation Freedom Sweep (a post for another day), and by how Katie shares her story.
We all fall short of the glory of God. No one is righteous, not even one. But I’m no more broken than I was before disease took a piece of my brain away. Instead, I’m more complete than ever, because Jesus filled that piece of me with Himself one dark afternoon on Calvary.
Katie, thank you for what you do.
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Thanks for being vulnerable, Valerie, “I lost a piece of myself when my brain broke in 2014. There I said it. And for the first time I can say it without shame. Without judgement. It’s not a curse, it’s just a fact of living with brain injury.”
I think there is a place of acceptance for the person who experiences brain injury and for their family. My son has a brain injury and we have accepted the “new” him. It’s a process. And there’s grace for everything we face – individually, and as a family.
Thanks so much, Lisa. This was hard for me to write, so I really appreciate your encouragement. Prayers for your family. It sounds like your son is loved very much.
Thank you for sharing my piece this week Valerie, and thank you for sharing your story as well. We need that openness and vulnerability to be able to heal, process, and relate to one another. What a God we serve who cares for us in every way.
I’m so grateful for women like you, Katie, because you make the rest of us feel like we’re not alone and that someone understands us.
Thank you, ladies, for opening your hearts and sharing your stories with us!
Wow! I love this line: “But I’m no more broken than I was before disease took a piece of my brain away.”
Thank you, Ashley!
This post is such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing about how God so beautifully took your brokenness and turned it into deep strength.
I’m glad this was inspiring for you, Helen. Thank you for your encouragement and support. It makes the vulnerability a little easier.