Summer Series: Glory in the Ruins
The Summer Series has totally blown us away from start to finish. We are completely humbled by God's hand so clearly at work in the lives of the girls reading, and we're hugely excited for the future. If you've only just started following More Precious, the entire series is collected here and is also linked at the bottom of this post. We're praying the posts will continue to be encouraging, affirming resources for girls from all walks of life for a long time to come.
We wanted to explore a little more with you one of the themes that has returned in almost every single post: the idea that God uses our 'ruins' for His glory. Indeed, the big picture of the Bible is the journey from judgement and ruin to restoration and glory – and central to this truth is our Saviour, Jesus.
“In that day I will restore the fallen house of David. I will repairs its broken walls. From the ruins, I will rebuild it and restore its former glory.” Amos 9:11
God works by putting ‘the old’ to death and creating something new in us. This is the Gospel: we are made new in Christ . And God is also at work in our present situations, rebuilding our ruins and renewing us from the inside, day by day.
But, our Summer Series isn’t a display cabinet of fully-restored, fully-repaired lives. Nor were all our tough, painful questions fully answered. Living for Jesus hasn’t become easy. Cracks remain. Yet, it is through these cracks that God’s presence has truly shone. Just as in the art of Kintsukuroi, God’s grace shines like gold through the cracks in our lives, so that others might see that in our brokenness, our Creator is restoring us.
Each of the posts this summer has been personal, with themes of struggle, mistakes, rejection of God’s will, straying hearts, painful decisions; but all have returned to the work of God’s saving grace. Grace that fills up all our hurt, our cracks, our pain, our brokenness. And through these honest stories, so, so many girls have been pointed back to relationship with God: He really has been glorified in our brokenness.
“Sometimes the cracks remain so that the glory and light of His presence can shine from within us for others to see.” Elfrieda Nickel
Our lives will never be clean, perfect and sorted – not on this Earth. We are cracked and broken, we will make mistakes, and we will continue to choose our own way above God’s perfect will for us. But like a potter, God repairs us, shapes us, and moulds us, filling our cracks with His glorious grace, making us whole again. And when we are at our most broken, we can know the character of God most fully; truly learning to walk as children of light and of promise even in the darkest times.
For we are Christ’s, we have been redeemed, and we are being renewed day by day, restored in the love of God. Glory in the ruins, always.
All around Hope is springing up from this old ground Out of chaos life is being found in YouBeautiful Things, Gungor
And provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendour. Isaiah 61:3
Summer Series: Glory in the Ruins
Grief // Beauty & physical appearance // Sex before marriage // Returning to God // Choosing who to date // Insecurities about skin // Physical boundaries in dating // Marriage (1) // Marriage (2) // Anorexia // Doubting your faith // Pornography // Peer pressure // Singleness (1) // Singleness (2) // Modesty // Sexual sin // Depression // Stress // Perfectionism