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Full Abandonment, Real Trust

“We will not encounter Christ as our best friend, as the source of all true goodness, as the One who provides the sweetest pleasure to our souls, until we abandon ourselves to Him. And full abandonment, real trust, rarely happens until we meet God in the midst of shattered dreams, until in our brokenness we see in Him the only and overflowingly sufficient answer to our soul’s deepest cry.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, Page 172-173

Questions for Reflection:
• In what areas of your life are you holding on to other things, perhaps good things, as your source of goodness and pleasure in ways that keep you from abandoning yourself to Christ?
• What freedom might result in your life and what power might be released to others if you embrace Christ as your greatest treasure?
• Would you be willing today to ask God to reveal Himself to you as “the only and overflowingly sufficient answer to [your] soul’s deepest cry”?

The Most Passionate Yearning Of Your Heart

“When you realize that your desire for God is the most passionate yearning of your heart, you’re in the spiritual condition to recognize God’s hand when He makes it visible.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, Page 88

Questions for Reflection:
• Do you recall a time when you were deeply aware that your desire for God was the most passionate yearning of your heart?
• What were the circumstances that stirred your hunger for Him?
• In what ways did you encounter His faithfulness during that time?
• Spend some time today offering your heart to Him anew and asking that He open your eyes to His presence and purposes.

Be Encouraged That It Bothers You

“If you’re seeking God in the middle of shattered dreams, if you’ve become aware of your desire for Him but are having trouble finding Him, be encouraged that it bothers you. The more you’re bothered by not finding Him, the more aware you’re becoming of how badly you want Him. Abandon yourself to God. Let the Cross bring you confidence that He is with you and will reveal Himself to you.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, Page 88

Questions for Reflection:
• Take a moment to quiet your heart before the Lord.
• Share with God your longing or lack of longing for Him.
• What do you want to ask Him to do in your heart today?

A Dream That Remains Alive

“God is always working to make His children aware of a dream that remains alive beneath the rubble of every shattered dream, a new dream that when realized will release a new song, sung with tears, till God wipes them away and we sing with nothing but joy in our hearts.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, Page 78

Questions for Reflection:
•  What makes hope difficult for you today?
•  If old dreams are now out of reach, what kind of story do you now dream of your life telling?

Always.

“Shattered dreams are the prelude to joy. Always. In the middle of our pain, God is working for our joy. At some point, He works in ways we can see.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, Page 72

Questions for Reflection:
• In what areas of your life today is it difficult to believe that joy could ever be restored?
• Does the thought that shattered dreams are a necessary precursor to joy strengthen your endurance?
• Take some time to write down any ways that you can see God at work.
• Share your heart with Him about the pain that remains unresolved.

You Long To Be Part of MY Plan

“In the deepest part of your soul, you long more than anything else to be a part of My plan, to further My kingdom, to know Me and please Me and enjoy Me.  I will satisfy that longing.  You have the power to represent Me well no matter what happens in you life.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, Page 43

Questions for Reflection:
• Is there anything currently making it difficult to believe that your deepest longings are only satisfied in your relationship with Jesus?
• In what areas are you feeling powerless to represent Christ well in your present circumstances?
• Present yourself, with those unmet desires and felt weaknesses, to the Lord today in prayer and ask Him to reveal Himself to you in the midst of them.

The Branch Must Draw Life From The Vine

“A recognized desire for God exposes our idolatry and sets us on a better path.  But only a fulfilled desire for God provides the power to consistently resist the lure of lesser pleasures and to stay anchored in Christ when life’s storms rage. The branch must draw life from the vine or it withers and dies.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, Page 91

Questions for Reflection:
• In what areas of your life are you most tempted to live from your own resources and expect God to bless your efforts?
• When you live conscious that He alone is your source of life, how are your choices and relationships impacted?

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