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How God Transforms Broken Lives into Beautiful Stories

By: Guest Blogger

Our hearts can be broken in thousands of ways for this is a heartbreaking world. But the good news is that Christ can heal our broken and crushed spirit.  The One who will uphold us with the right hand of His righteousness cares for us abundantly and can wrap liniments around our wounded hearts. The One whose breath births galaxies into being also births healing into our broken hearts.

Our brokenness can be a canvas to show God’s light to others.

To us, broken things are despised as worthless, but God can take what has been broken and remake it into something better, something that He can use for His glory.

Broken things and broken people are the results of sin. Yet God sent His Son, who was without sin, to die for us so that we might be healed (2 Corinthians 5:21). On the night before He died, Jesus broke the bread and said, “This is my body, which is broken for you” (Luke 22:19).   

Jesus went to Calvary to die for our sins so that if we accept Him as our Savior, we can live in Heaven with our Lord eternally.

Only when we surrender to Christ can we be restored and transformed.

I love what 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Let us be thankful daily for God’s amazing love and grace! Without the broken body of Jesus, we could not be made whole. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Our deepest wounds can birth the deepest and greatest wisdom and treasures.

Through our trials, we learn to cling to Christ and our trust and faith grow abundantly. Hannah tasted salty tears of infertility (1 Samuel 1). Elijah howled for God to take his life (1 Kings 19). God does great things through the greatly wounded.

God cares for the broken and He can change our broken hearts into a beautiful story.  

There was once an alabaster jar that broke to give Christ all the glory (Matthew 26:6-13). Our lives through our brokenness can be used for the Lord and for His glory! When we lean on the Lord through our trials we will see that God provides the best path for us.

When we have a broken heart our brokenness can lead us to glorify Christ.

In Christ — no matter the way, the storm, or the story — we always know the outcome. Our Savior surrounds us and loves us unconditionally. When we know and love Christ, we can cling to the promise “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

I’d love to hear from you below.

  • How have you seen God work through your brokenness?

This beautiful guest post was written by Emma Dieterle.

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25 Responses to How God Transforms Broken Lives into Beautiful Stories

  1. Hannah says:

    I loved how gentle this post was. This year has been filled with a lot of brokenness for me and this was a soothing reminder of who my precious Savior is. Thanks Emma!

    • Emma Dieterle says:

      Hi Hannah! I am so glad my article refreshed you to remember that even through our hardest times.. God can make our brokenness into a beautiful story! Just know that God is always with you. He will heal and restore your soul. Psalm 23:3 says, “He shall restore my soul.” Many blessings to you!

  2. Paige says:

    Our church just lost a loved one. There’s a lot of brokenness. There is also peace, knowing that the the boy who died is now with Jesus. Joy in the midst of tears. I am learning so much through this time, and I know others are as well. It’s also bringing our church together in a special way. Thank you so much for the article. Please lift up a prayer for the family of Isaiah.

    • Emma Dieterle says:

      Dear Precious Savior,
      We know that you are so good and you are always faithful. We are thankful to you that Isaiah knew you and his heart was rooted in your Word. We are so abundantly grateful now that he is in your holy presence. There is now more tears or suffering.. but true joy.. dancing before your throne. But now Lord we pray for this hard time for his earthly family that you would give them your peace and comfort them. Surround them with your overflowing love. We pray for the whole body of the church that through this hard time that they would unite together and lift one another up in prayer. We thankful that you hear our prayers and you know what’s in our heart. Thank Father for your love. In Jesus’s Name.. Amen

      My family and I are praying for all of you!

  3. Hannah Noonan says:

    This is an amazing message and having been through and going through a lot of brokenness Thanks you

    • Emma Dieterle says:

      Hi Hannah!
      I am so glad that you enjoyed the article. Remember that even through our hardest trials.. He can make them into a beautiful story. I am lifting you up in prayer Hannah. Just know that He will heal and restore your soul. May the Lord bless you abundantly!

  4. Mary E. says:

    Thank you for this post!
    I’ve just put an end to a relationship with a guy I love so much, because of some problems on my side. I feel broken. And the worst is I don’t want to heal. I don’t want to forget how great it was with him, and what an example he still is for me. I don’t know if it is a sin. I’m not revolted, I’m just very sad, and I don’t want to stop being sad, because it would then really be over. Have you ever felt that way? How do you deal with it? Thanks!

    • Emma Dieterle says:

      Hello Mary!
      I am glad you enjoyed my article. Just know that even through these hardest times.. that God can make our broken hearts into a beautiful story. Maybe God ended this relationship, because He has someone far greater for you.. the perfect match ahead, but you have to be patient and rely on God’s timing. This new season for you is a time for you to get closer with the Lord, keep yourself washed in the Word, and listen to Him. I know this is a very hard time right now, but God is good and He knows just the right plans for you! I will be lifting you up in prayer! Many blessings to you!

  5. Agnes says:

    My marriage is broken. My husband and I quarrel a lot. there is no trust. The relationship has turned a little violent. I gave up so many things to live with him in his city. I live away from my family.At the biggining I cried so much for being far away from them. I know the Lord can help us. My husband has talked about divorce but I still hope the Lord helps us. Thank you for this post.

    • Emma Dieterle says:

      Hello Agnes!
      I am glad my article helped you during this very hard trial in your life. I will be lifting you and your husband up in prayer that Christ would unite you both together in His love. Just know.. that you are not alone.. He is always with you and will never forsake you. Isaiah 43:2 says,”When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” Blessings to you!

  6. Clara B says:

    I have recently been deserted and called fat by who I thought was my best friend. My heart is broken and I don’t know how to move on. We have been friends for so long. I was previously self-conscious about my body size and this doesn’t help at all. Any help? Thanks.

    • Krystel Lumacad says:

      HI Clara! I want to let you know that you are not alone. I was being bullied by a lot of people because of my body size. I did not have a good childhood in school because classmates would bully me verbally and even physically. But what’s more hurting are the words they say to me. It really broke me. Growing up, those hurtful words affected my life and my self-esteem. Until now, though I am already a Christian there are times that I would suddenly remember those things and feel insecure of my body. In Psalm 139:14 it is written, “I praise you because I am FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
      You are wonderful and beautiful no matter what other people say to you. Hope this helped 🙂 Cheer up!

    • Emma Dieterle says:

      Hi Clara,
      I want you to know that you are beautiful. God has created you in His image. I know how hard it is, but God will pull you through this rough trial and He will make you even stronger in Him. Song of Solomon 4:7 says,”You are all together BEAUTIFUL, beautiful in EVERY way.” You are beautiful and wonderfully made. His love for you is mightier than the waves of the sea! (Psalm 93:4) I will be praying for you Clara! Love and blessings to you!

    • Val says:

      I’m really sorry this happened to you. I don’t know in what context or with that intention this person said that to you, but I know that no real friend would make fun of you, make you feel worthless or “less than”.

      I understand your self consciousness, every girl has this problem to a certain extent: I know I have it because I connect the idea of being beautiful with being loved, which I deepely desire. When I’m tempted to criticize how I look or I have doubts and I feel self conscious I look at pictures of people I admire, both people I know and famous people (like Mother Theresa). They are beautiful because of the ability they have to love other people and care about them. In the end I’ve never read on a grave “she was so hot” but things like “loving mother, caring daughter, wonderful friend”: the relationships we build and how we care for others are are what matters.

  7. ParisN says:

    I am a broken girl. I have grown up with parents who have drugs addictions and struggle with alcohol. I never knew my dad until mid teens and can count on one hand how many times i have met him. My mother as much as she loves me can be very nasty and say hurtful things when she is mad like ”i wish i never had you” or ”you’re cut from my life don’t contact me ever again”
    I never had any friends growing up i was badly bullied. I myself have suffered with drugs and sexual sin, never trusting anyone, being in a relationship with physical abuse and even an abortion.
    I could list everything that has happened but that would take some time. Most times i feel unhappy and broken like there is no hope. I reached out to girldefined about this a few weeks ago for months and months i have been praying for more than half the year on what God can do for someone like me as i felt i was too broken and was to far gone finally this was posted up.

    Thank you so much.

    • Barbara le Roux says:

      Praying for you* Dear God, help her to see and feel the hope that is in You, I pray that all the parts of her life that was broken before, will be redeemed before her eyes. And that she will bear great fruit for your kingdom and glorify You with her life. Show her the great love You have for her and may she know how much she is worth and rejoice again! Amen

    • Emma Dieterle says:

      Hi Paris!
      Just know.. that there is hope.. that God can mend your broken heart. He loves you so much and He will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. Psalm 93:4 says, “Mightier is the waves of the sea is His love for YOU.”I encourage you to spend time praying to the Lord and listen to Him. Share your heart to the Lord, because He hears you. Psalm 34:15 says, “His ears are attentive to our cry.”

      Dear Precious Savior,
      We know that you are so good and you are always faithful. We pray for Paris now.. that you would surround her with your overflowing love. Show her that she is beautiful in Your site and that she is loved by you and that she is worth far more than rubies (Proverbs 3:15). Help her to see that she has a Heavenly Father that loves her abundantly. I pray that you would mend her broken heart and that you would restore and heal her life. We pray that her broken life would turn into a beautiful story for your kingdom. We are thankful that you hear our prayers and you know what’s in our heart. Thank you Father for your love. In Jesus’s Name.. Amen

      Love and blessings to you!!

      • ParisN says:

        Thank you so much i feel very blessed for all the kind and encouraging words from everyone xx
        I feel refreshed and at peace and will continue to get closer to God.

    • Val says:

      Dear Paris,
      My heart breaks while reading how hard your life has been. I can’t imagine how you are feeling. It might look easy for me to say but you are not too broken (in the Bible we read “Behold, I make all things new”) or too messed up for God and you have an unique place in this world.
      You are an unique human being, so special that no other human being even created will be like you, and this means that the role you can play in this world, no one can play.

      God loves and likes you and also, this world is full of good, generous, kind people who would like to treat you well, as you deserve. I’m sorry you have experienced mostly the bad side of humankind.

    • Rooster Roof says:

      God will heal you, but the process will take time, keep following the way of Jesus, you are already in a better place than before, keep going, his love covers you, his sacrifice cleanses you and one day you will bring other broken people to him through the compassion you have learned from your experiences. God has big plans for you.
      May god bless you ParisN and thank you for sharing your testimony.

    • Joy says:

      You are so special. I am praying for you!!!!!!

  8. Krystel Lumacad says:

    Nice message! Really helpful to everyone and I believe every person is broken or has been broken at least once or many times in his/her life. Truly Christ can heal broken things in our lives, may be it our hearts, family, peace, marriage, relationships and so on… Thank you so much for this post! God bless!!

    • Emma Dieterle says:

      Hi Krystel,
      Thank you so much! He has the power to do anything…He can restore and heal our lives and hearts. Many blessings to you!

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