At a young age, many people begin to dream about the excitement of getting engaged. But when I got engaged, I felt terrified. Why? Because I had a secret: I was walking around with a broken heart. After being abandoned by my father—and having already gone through one failed engagement—my heart was in shambles.
What was I so afraid of? Could I commit to loving someone forever? Would I allow someone to love me?
As a consequence of my broken heart, I struggled to give 100 percent of myself to anyone or anything. So, I began to ask God to mend the broken pieces of my heart. I knew if God didn't restore my heart, my marriage would be over before it even began.
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I turned to God's Word, and read in Ezekiel 36:26: "I will give you a new heart and a new mind. I will take away your stubborn heart of stone and give you an obedient heart" (GNTD).
Over time, God began to repair my heart. I no longer walked around feeling bitter and sullen; instead, I walked around with a heart fully capable of loving those around me. Twelve years and two kids later, my marriage is stronger than ever—and my heart has been restored.
Are you living with a broken heart? Do you feel like your heart has been shattered because of a broken relationship, a broken home or even a broken promise? Are you afraid your "heart of stone" has kept you from loving others?
God wants to restore your heart. And he wants to give you a new heart, one that will allow you to be loved and love others. If you're seeking to restore a broken heart today, start by meditating on these three promises from God's Word: