Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Today my son informed me that he needs a new laptop. His appears to be working fine and he's only had it for just over a year. After further questioning as to it's condition, he responded, "It's working, but it's broken". Apparently, it's fulfilling all the tasks required, but the hinges have snapped and one of the keys is missing.

I was thinking of how often I'm functioning and going through the motions, yet my 'hinges' are broken. My relationship with the Lord has been distanced and I'm operating under my own power. I'm looking good on the outside, but my heart is far from God. I'm working, but I'm broken.

Webster's defines a 'hinge' as anything on which matters turn or depend; a cardinal point; pivot; the person or thing around which something turns. Anything that becomes 'unhinged' falls apart and separates from the source. The same is true of my life. If I don't stay connected with God, I can be going about my daily life, but not joined to my Source. He, if you will, is my 'hinge' holding my life together.

I was just reading in Luke 4 a couple of days ago that Jesus came "to heal the brokenhearted" (vs.18). Jesus came to repair and restore. He came to minister and mend. He came to secure and save.

Maybe your hinges aren't broken today, but they are 'rusty'. They need the polishing of His presence and the cleaning of His grace. It's so easy to be working on the outside, yet broken on the inside. Praying that the God who restores will repair and heal any brokenness in your life today. "There is a time to mend". Ecc.3:7

"To heal a broken body
To mend a broken heart
To knit together healthy homes
That once lay torn apart
To glory in the praises that
His grateful children sing
These treasures are the pleasures of the King"

("The Pleasures of the King", Steve Green)


elaine @ peace for the journey said...
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elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I'm staying hinged, but I've sure got a squeak today. Can't quite put my thoughts around it, but it's there nevertheless. I hate the subtly of the unknown. I'd rather know what's causing the ache...the easily identifiable, instead of just wandering around wondering as to the root of my squeak. Does that make sense? Today has simpy housed a discontent that I can't abide.

I think we all have days like that. Hitting the bed early tonight in hopes that some meditation and rest will be the needed balm to soothe the squeak.


Shane said...

I love that thought... it's working but it's broken. That's a great description of my life... I'm surviving - just not thriving. I'll be praying that we all find our restoration as well today. Thanks Joy!

Amy L Brooke said...

Nicely put. Thanks for you continued encouragement!

Loalled said...

worded nicely.
thank you for shaing.


p/s thx for recently coming to my blog as well.

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Joy..
I was visiting blogs and came across yours. So I thought I'd say heloo!! I enjoyed reading this post.
Now I'm checking my hinges lol, yep got a few needing a bit of oiling or W2-40 for the squeaking as well
(sigh). I shall be back to read more it's kinda late here. Aloha Joyfulsister

Yolanda said...


Don't you just love how God gives us each one, a vision/dream and a way to share that with others through our blogs, for HIS GLORY?!!

What a great vision this gives, with being rusty, squeaky, etc.

Lord, I want to be hinged, smooth and timely.


Paula (SweetPea) said...

This is so good. "It's working but it's broken."

But did you hit the nail on the head. Working on the outside but broken on the inside. That is what I feel. I've said for some time I feel like I'm just going through the motions.

Shane said it well...surviving but not thriving. Wow. I don't want to just survive. I want to thrive. This has been an ongoing struggle with me for several months and I'm asking and pleading with the Lord to show me how to thrive and to fix my broken parts.

Thanks, Joy.

Marilyn said...

It's so easy for me to get something "out of joint" and still try to keep limping around in my spiritual life. Seems like when I get one thing "fixed", something else needs oiling or replacing!

By the way....your new hair-doo looks nice!

Marilyn in MS

Lynn Cowell said...

I don't know when you posted the haircut pic, but I love it! Glad to know you are keeping those hinges well oiled.
You were in my prayers today.

Leah said...

My hinges are just plain ole worn out!! I worked like a dog yesterday 'staging' the spec house that we have for sale and haven't sold yet. Good grief. We got a lot done andhopefully it will help the sale possibility but I am just exhausted. Headed to work today so no rest today.

Thanks for the wonderful thoughts.


Melinda said...

I just loved this, probably because I can SO RELATE! Couldn't help but think that while your son needs the help of the Geek Squad, I need the help of the God Squad. :o)

Thanks for a lovely, relevant word!

Cindy said...

Working on the outside, broken on the inside. Interesting! So many people, even Christians, make their lives seem perfectly 'perfect' on the outside but they are broken hearted on the inside. Makes me feel a need to study this more. Great post.

Ang baylis said...

What a great picture you painted here! I will think of Him whenever I look at a "hinge". I need to stay connected and am a mess on my own. Thanks, Joy for a simple, yet very deep post!
Angie xoxo

Speaking Thru Me Ministries said...

oh i have not thought about Steve Green in so long!!! thank you for the thoughts and I will be checking my hinges!! love, Leigh