How to Recover from being BROKEN

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18

Many of us have suffered through brokenness at different times spiritually, financially, relationship break ups, job loss, death of a loved one, etc. What we do in our brokenness impacts the timing of our healing process. My divorce broke me in a million little pieces and God healed me even though it didn’t happen overnight. In fact, it’s been a long and difficult journey. However, I’m finally sensing level ground and readiness to step into a different season of my life. How do we recover from being BROKEN?

B – Be still in the Lord.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

This is the time we need to keep the course by what we know is right—praying, reading our Bible, fellowship with God’s people, etc. It’s not easy to push past our brokenness, but we will find our peace if we don’t give up.

R – Reach out for help.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15)

It’s not always easy to reach out for assistance to make it through our pain. However, God uses other people to hold us up through the painful times if we are willing to humble ourselves.

O – Open up to a change in God’s plan and purpose for our lives.
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)

We can get tunnel vision and only see one way for our purpose to be fulfilled. However, God’s plan is always much deeper and broader than what we can know in our finite human abilities.

K – Keep the faith that this brokenness is working for our good.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:28-31)

We may not have expected this time of brokenness, but God knew it from before we were born. He’s predestined us to get through this time and work in us His good pleasure leading to a greater purpose.

E – Expect times of difficulty, but recognize that we don’t have to stay there.
“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5)

We will have times of weeping and sorrow in our brokenness. Our comfort comes from the hope and peace through the Spirit of Christ—He relates to our sorrow just as He wept on the earth.
N – Next thing…moment by moment.
“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” (James 4:14-15)

Sometimes looking towards the end of the day, week, or month feels like eternity. We take each moment by moment trusting in the Lord to provide, protect, and meet us right where we are in this season.


Dear Lord, I’m broken in this season and need Your help to lead me. I know that my hope and strength reside in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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