We are so excited to announce the relaunch of Jubilee! I think the new cover is splendid. All proceeds go directly to Beautiful Brokenness and will help fund our permanent home!
How Can Brokenness be Beautiful?
A free presentation that explains the metaphor of beautiful brokenness. A friend captured video on the day I started Scooter in the round pen, a process known as "breaking" a horse. I think this will change the way you see brokenness, and Life!
I will see you in the round pen!
"Ask the animals and let them teach you ..." Job 12:7
Beautiful Brokenness is a Christ centered discipleship and teaching ministry offering practical help for families and individuals who desire a deeper awareness of, and intimacy with, Jesus.
What can horses teach me about God?
How about dependence? My horses (like sheep) are utterly dependent upon the shepherd (me). I am utterly dependent upon Jesus. I am His. Most of the horses at Beautiful Brokenness have been rescued. Jesus has rescued me, and not just from Hell. Jesus has rescued me from my broken beliefs, emotions, patterns and thoughts.
My biggest challenge as a believer was that my experience did not line up with what I knew to be true. I KNOW God is good, all the time, but sometimes it doesn't feel that way. When I BELIEVE something that is not true, I often experience anxiety or anger. What do I do with these negative emotions? I can use them to identify my thoughts and beliefs. When I understand how to take thoughts captive (before they take me captive), hold them up to Truth, and choose Life - then I experience authentic freedom. Regardless of my circumstances.
As the horses here learn a single most important truth their behavior changes, because their belief changes. Once a horse believes that the human is a safe place, that the human can be trusted, everything else changes.
This is my problem as well. When I do not believe that Jesus is sufficient in and for every single moment, I find myself caught up in a whirlwind of anxiety. When I do not know how to choose Life when my circumstances are very painful, I wind up worried, struggling to make sense of Truth through my lens of pain.
If you are struggling to make sense of this life, I hope you will join us!
Jesus makes several promises that may or may not feel true when I am faced with pressure. He promises that He will never leave, nor forsake me. He promises that He will supply my need. He promises that nothing can separate me from His love.
These promises can sound dim or dead when faced with pain.
Painful circumstances can include:
Death of a loved one
Divorce or conflict in marriage
Abusive or painful relationships
Suicide of a loved one
Exhaustion from daily living
Our greatest joy at Beautiful Brokenness is to help participants see how to process their circumstance through the lens of Truth, rather than struggle to make sense of Truth through the lens of pain. (Job 42:5 "... my ears had heard of You, but now my eyes have seen You ...)
Our other joy is to help believers take hold of concepts like identity, belonging, rescue, redemption and reconciliation. These are HUGE concepts that are often shaped by our experience. We LOVE to help Christians see and appropriate the Heart of The Good Shepherd through our tangible metaphor of beloved rescued horses.
Horses are our modern day sheep and they help us see His Shepherd heart, His constant presence, and His perfect provision
The Dance. This is a metaphor for the way Jesus invites me to dance with Him.
Brokenness is not a term found in the Bible, but I hear believers talk about brokenness often. The definitions of brokenness vary depending upon our understanding of the word. I spent years believing that God was out to "break" me ~ no matter what. This made me feel afraid when painful events occurred, and I would get busy trying to figure out how to make God stop the pressure. What did I need to do better? How could I be more pleasing, obedient, useful?
No wonder I was afraid!
What if Jesus has BROKEN the law of sin and death? What if God is committed to revealing His heart, His perfect provision, His sufficiency in ALL things?
What if Romans 8:1,2 are true?
I believe Romans is true. As is the rest of the Bible.
I hope you will explore the pages and chew on how Beautiful Brokenness is different than you might think.
Katy loves to share Beautiful Brokenness in a variety of ways. From individual appointments, live demonstrations, women's retreats, youth retreats and online programs, Beautiful Brokenness is all about sharing a tangible picture of Rescue, Redemption and Reconciliation, and practical, real life, moment-by-moment applications.
"Beautiful Brokenness Ministries truly has been life changing for me. The picture of brokenness Katy uses to show us how much God loves us truly opened my heart and mind to seeing God's love for me in a way like never before. I wish everyone could see the presentation live and in person. I highly recommend it to anyone, especially young women. "
Sandy Walton ~ Demonstration participant and Women's Ministry Leader