For weeks now I’ve been struggling with this idea of “broken” that I’ve seen so many believers embrace.

It’s all over Facebook and Instagram, speakers are preaching it from the platform, and authors are writing books about it.

As I’ve wrestled with this concept of “broken” I turned to the one and only reliable source I know, the Bible. I’ve dug into God’s Word looking for scripture to back of this idea that believers are broken and found none – brokenhearted – but not broken.

It’s not Biblical.

There is no doubt that many women we know are hurting deeply.

Women are struggling with:

  • Depression
  • Mental Illness
  • Rape
  • Abuse
  • Infidelity
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self-Harm
  • Anxiety
  • Anger

And the list goes on…

Many of our women are wounded and struggling and I don’t dare downplay those very real hurts and struggles.

But it is Satan who whispers they are broken.

Jesus declares in John 10:10 (CEB) “The thief enters only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.”

God is a God of redemption, hope, joy, and healing!

We must step up and remind our women of these truths.

It’s time we lower our women through the roof to the feet of Jesus so that He may heal them. (See Luke 5:18-19).

We can encourage women to step out of the dark and into the light.

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Mandisa does just that through the songs in her newest album, “Out of the Dark”.

Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called ‘Out Of The Dark’ because that is exactly where God lifted her out of!

I came across this radio interview below where Mandisa speaks frankly about what happened. You may want to share it on your Women’s Ministry Facebook page or with a friend in need of some encouragement.

Mandisa sings in the title song, “I was deep in the shadows, I was blind and alone. But your love shined down and lit a fire in my soul”.

Mandisa does not for one moment sugar-coat the depression and suicidal thoughts she struggled with. This album is real and raw but so filled with joy and hope!

Just as God is using Mandisa to share the hope found in Him, God can use us to:

  • Speak words of truth and encouragement.
  • Share names of Christian counselors with our women and drive them to their appointment.
  • Support women who need medication, counseling, and professional help.
  • Text, email, and send scripture verses filled with hope and encouragement.
  • Step in and provide practical help with childcare, cleaning, and meals until the ones we love have found their way back into the light and are living life to the fullest.
  • Gift a hurting friend with a copy of “Out of the Dark

Let’s lower the mat and refuse to leave our friends and family in the dark.

You can check out the song “Unfinished” in the video below.

You may also want to read:
How to Minister to Angry Women
How to Minister to Spiritually Mismatched Women
Encouragement: Blessing Bags
8 Ways to Encourage One Another

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