Five Minute Friday:Broken

Stained Glass Hearts

stained glass by ahisgett

Stained Glass by ahisgett


A dear blogger friend of mine posted on ‘being fine‘ and I felt drawn to write my thoughts on the façade of fine.

Fine.  Amazing how one word can mean so much and yet can tell others so little.  That tiny word can hide so much.

Why do we insist on being fine?  Why do we feel that we owe it to the world to be fine?  Why do we hide behind a mask of fine?

It’s so tough to break past that façade isn’t it?  We want to appear strong and put together when on the inside we are hiding in a corner like a frightened child and wishing someone would see past the confidence to the pain.

Doesn’t matter who you are, we all have days when we are so far from fine.  I feel like it’s tough as a Christian to break through that wall.  In the body of Christ we should be able to be honest and cry out our pain, but so many have been met with judgement and criticism.  We believe that ‘with God we should all be fine’, He provides peace.  However, we’re all human and human life is rife with pain and fear.

With God we can get through it, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t need each other. We need the hug, the prayer, the comfort, the listening ear.  He’s created us to encourage one another.  If we can’t be brave enough to admit that we aren’t fine, how can we ever really be fine?

We all have moments where our hearts feel like they’ve shattered, or when they are poise on the edge of destruction.  Thankfully, that’s where the Lord works.  If we let Him, He will scoop up all those shattered pieces and put them together in the most beautiful tapestry we could imagine.  With colours and light that reflect all the beauty, strength and joy that has been made out of the brokenness.  Often times, he uses others.

If we could all see past our own brokenness to the shattered glass hearts all around us, perhaps we would go a long way towards healing.  Maybe we could admit that we’re not ‘fine’.


Want to get in on the fun of Five Minute Friday?

Let’s write… unscripted, unedited, unchained.  Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right.

Here’s how:

5-minute Friday1) Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word. (click on the 5 minute Friday image for the word prompt…it changes every week!)

2. Link back to Lisa-Jo’s blog (and don’t forget to invite others to join in).

3. Make sure to encourage the five minuter who linked up before you.

Often I say I am ‘fine’ when that is far from the truth.  When I get past my fear of telling a friend what’s really going on, I am always touched by their reaction.  Most of us would love to help a friend.  If you’re not really ‘fine’ today, why not find someone to talk to.  Give them a chance to help you and make life brighter for you.  You’ll feel better.  🙂



7 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday:Broken

  1. Mia says:

    Dear Sarah
    Thank you for tackling this big problem amongst Christians. For a long time, I was influenced by the praise-and-thank-God for everything teaching. I still battle to heal from all the hurt and harm this has caused me.
    Blessings XX

    • sarahssundry says:

      I hear you Mia. I am all for praising and thanking God for everything, but sometimes that’s easier when we can talk to each other about the hard times. My Italian heritage keeps me from hiding a lot of my emotions. lol I am learning, slowly, that we can talk about what’s troubling us. It doesn’t mean that we are cursing or blaming God! He’s okay with us talking.
      I’m sorry for the pain that has been caused. We are all made in His image, but we are all so flawed. I pray that God will heal those hurts and surround you with His perfect love!

  2. dancinmoma says:

    Beautiful words. Found you via Lisa Jo – and just did my first Five Minute Friday at It’s amazing how a simple word like “Broken” can get you writing. 🙂 God Bless.

    • sarahssundry says:

      Welcome to FMF DancinMoma!! Loved your post. 🙂 Wonderful to know that we can be mended, even from a complete shattering. Handled with care from the great Restorer! Blessings and thanks for stopping by!
      ~Sarah 😀

  3. I’m returning your five minute friday visit. The image of shattered glass hearts all around us is hauntingly beautiful! I think we all wear masks at one time or another, but I find that I’m most drawn to other Christians when they are willing to boast in their weaknesses, so to speak. 🙂

  4. Tanya M. says:

    Oh Sarah, this subject brings me to tears every time. It’s so easy for me to point fingers at every other Christian I see wearing the “I’m fine” mask, even though I put it on just as often. *sigh* Thank you, sweet friend, for spreading the word. This was a beautiful post.

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