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Crushed but not Destroyed – 2MefromHim Devotional

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Crushed but not Destroyed – 2MefromHim Devotional

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8,9




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Crushed but not Destroyed scripture

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed... 2 Corinthians 4:8.9 #MondayMeditations #overcomer #hope Click To Tweet


Crushed but not destroyed by a long night reflecting on recent events, I guided my car through the dense fog. Poor visibility turned vehicles to ghosts as crosswinds buffeted me on the wet pavement. I was alert to every shadowed vehicle, behind and before, aware of how fast life changes forever, as events of months past destroyed much of life as I knew it.

My back ached from a frenzy designed to distract me from a season different from any Christmas of my life. No longer filled with illusions of perfection, I enter the New Year convinced the worst is past. Shoots of new growth stir in the cocoon of my bruised and battered heart.

Not in Despair

Much as the fog lessened as I neared my destination, I felt the stir of new wings longing to flutter free of captivity. I am changed. Hints of freedom and strength signaled release from the confines of my cocoon, the mere potential of new life held captive within. Soon, new wings will allow me to soar high and free.

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I felt the stir of new wings longing to flutter free of captivity. #captivity #freedom #survival Click To Tweet

Not Destroyed

Recent trials banished remnants of childish misconceptions. What age failed to accomplish, loss and harsh reality achieved. Through it all, God carried me between His shoulders, as a father bears his weary child. Though weariness of mind and body often rendered me oblivious to His undergirding strength, Jesus bore me onward, nonetheless.

Lifelong assumptions may litter the dark and rocky path behind, but new awareness of God’s faithfulness and unyielding strength brighten the path ahead. In the words of the beautiful old hymn, “I am His and He is mine.” I begin again to know the perfect peace of a life hid in Christ, after months bound in a dark cocoon and veiled in frozen fog.

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I begin again to know the perfect peace of a life hid in Christ... #Jesus #peace #life Click To Tweet


When earthly stability foundered, God stood firm and unshakeable until I awakened to recognize whose shoulders bore my weight. With footsteps steady and sure, my Lord never loosened His hold. He carried me when all I assumed unshakeable fell away, and awakened me gently to the knowledge that I survived intact, changed, and beautiful.

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I survived intact, changed, and beautiful. #renewal #JesusChrist #regeneration Click To Tweet

Through the unexpected twists and turns of life, I stand, changed, but certain the being who emerges from this cocoon is more complete than what I was before. Though crushed, I am not destroyed.

© Copyright, Norma Gail Thurston Holtman, January 17, 2020


Norma Gail - AuthorNorma Gail is the author of Land of My Dreams, winner of the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. The sequel, Within Golden Bands, will release in 2020. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Historical Writers of America, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 43 years. They have two adult children. If you’re interested in connecting with her, follow her blog, or join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, or Amazon.



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