If it wasn’t for…

If it wasn’t for the scars on my heart, I would not be able to love you with the gentle forgiveness that you need. 

Thank You Lord for each scar that paved the way for love.

If it wasn’t for the hardness of my heart that He chiseled away bit by bit over the years of training me as His son, I would not understand the hard lines on your face, I would refuse to give you a second chance, and a millionth one like He did for me.

Thank You Lord  for your chisel that paved the way for tenderness.

If it wasn’t for the fire that burned all that I owned and built in me such thankfulness for little things, I would not see the beauty right in front of my eyes.

Thank You Lord for fires that paved the way for joy.

If it wasn’t for depression that plagued my soul so deep and took my breath away more often than I care to remember, I would judge you so quickly, I would stop reaching out, I would simply move on.

Thank You Lord for my pain that paved a way for understanding.

If it wasn’t for my Father, the Master Potter who, with patience and such care, is shaping me today, I would surely lose hope when I look in the mirror.

Thank You Lord for Your work that paves the way for victory.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann

one thousand#624 Scallops for dinner

#625 The giggles of my Power Girls

#626 Seeds and flowers and trees and sunshine in the spring



  1. Barbara,
    This was so beautiful. It felt like you whispered it to me, and you were telling my story…
    Peace and good to you, sister pot, and Happy Mother’s Day


  2. “Thank You Lord for each scar that paved the way for love.”

    I was just thinking and praying this morning over a friend’s scars and how this person can ever get past them. Being thankful for them is a great start. They do pave the way for love. Beautiful truth, Barbara.


  3. I love it! I’ve found that I’m much more willing to reach out to others because I’ve been where they are. I want them to feel welcome and accepted and loved.

    Thank you for another wonderful post for Motivation Monday!


  4. Dear Barbara
    It is so true that our Pappa needs to refine us in the refiners fire of suffering to burn away all that is of the flesh so that He can shine through us!
    Blessings and love


  5. a beautiful post 🙂
    my heart scars remind me of the scars on the feet and hands of my Savior.
    Thank you for sharing your words, your heart with us.
    (I found your blog via Proverbs 31 Thursdays)


  6. How blessed we are that God redeems the pain and the difficulties that we go through and uses them for His glory. It’s a comfort to know that our tears aren’t wasted and that He can use our weaknesses and turn them into strengths with His power.. Struggling with something yourself can cause you to have empathy and understanding for others who are going through it.

    Thanks so much for linking up to the “Making Your Home Sing Monday” linky party today! 🙂


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