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Jennifer Watson is a former Broken Girl, pastor’s wife, a mother of two miracle babies, and a writer who believes in the power of God to take broken things and create a masterpiece, a display of God's splendor. Jennifer Watson

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  1. Thank you for this great reminder. My husband has contributed so strongly to helping me kick my doubts to the curb and give my worries up to God. That support is invaluable! And so is your encouragement here today.

  2. I cannot tell you how much this ministered to me. I have some baggage that I’ve carried around for a while now. Thinking I have given it up. Praying that the Lord will give me the grace to allow the Savior to take it away once and for all.

    • Barbie,
      I’m so glad you are taking that trash to the curb! We all carry baggage around… it’s such a beautiful thing when God sets us free and our load becomes so much lighter!! You are so precious!

  3. In my world, outer clutter equals inner clutter. I’ve been trying to go through the trash, both seen and unseen, to make room for the One who gave His all. Thank you for the timely reminder. You’re so right. It’s trash day.

    • Southern Gal,
      So true…outer clutter equals inner clutter! I love your comment about making room for the One who gave His all. He is so faithful and never seems to mind our messiness!

  4. I really needed to read this today. Thank you for the reminder “His approval of you far outweighs your critics; believe what the word of God says about you!”
    I am going to continue to take the trash out to the curb each time I find it lurking in the corners of my life and mind.

  5. I love this Jennifer and the image (“this broken one”…in popular posts at my site and others i’ve written too)…I have been writing about all of this so much recently and I don’t think I’ll ever stop or stop needing to hear it…it’s the stuff of being His. Feeling kindred with you sister:) thanks again, Abby:):):)

  6. Yes! He desires a holy people set apart for His Glory. Your post made me think of C. S. Lewis’ quote: We’re not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.

    We have to stand firm in the knowledge that whatever He does, He does in the most Loving way possible to accomplish His Will.

  7. Thanks for sharing this. Good insight. Jeremiah 1:5 is a favorite verse to me. We all carry our trash around. I hope that I am an encourager to others and not the critic. Need to watch that beam in my own eye. God created us in His own image. Maybe it would be good to remember that when I feel like being critical of someone and inflicting pain on them.

  8. Yay for trash days!! God is doing this in my life right now. I didn’t realize hard it is to get the garbage out sometimes, especially the old, stinky stuff. It’s no fun to hold on to, and freedom is in giving it up! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Oh, thank you for the wonderful news! Someone else mentioned the impact her husband had had on her self-doubts, and I too am blessed with the gift of that kind of husband. But after 29 years, I still think I have to be the “perfect” whatever as that’s what my mother expected. Some things we really have trouble giving up. Thanks for reminding me of God’s goodness and cleansing power.