Beautiful: The Mess We Are

"We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah."
- Amy Grant

Isn't it something to ponder; as Amy Grant so eloquently sings the lyrics above, that God really does want to hear all about our hurts, our sadness, our deepest darkest thoughts? We are relational beings, and the need to share our lives and connect with our hearts to other hearts is part of our experience as we walk through this life. It's normal to need to 'talk' issues out with those we love and trust. But have you ever had a hurt so deep that your need to 'process' and talk through it went beyond the 'expectation' of those you trusted to listen? Lets face it, sometimes we can tire each other out. So what then? Where do we turn?

"Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus is where we turn. People my let us down...

...but God never will.

People may tire from our need to 'talk', but God will never tire of us. He loves us in a way that goes beyond our human understanding and experience. The truth is, we all grieve and process hurts and losses differently. There may be heart ache in your life that will take years to process and grieve, there is no shame in taking all the time you need to heal. I am not saying we should remain 'stuck' and wallow in our sadness. God's Words to us are many about the thoughts we think and how to heal...

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2

But when we 'cast our cares upon Him' we have a loving Father who wants, really wants, our 'truth at the moment'. The lyrics in Amy Grants song really cut through and help us to see what an amazing and authentic Savior we have; and how He desires an intimate and authentic relationship with us.

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God loves a lullaby
In a mothers tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes.
God loves the drunkards cry,
The soldiers plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes.

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah.

The woman holding on for life,
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes
The tears of shame for what's been done,
The silence when the words won't come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes.

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah
Better than a church bell ringing,
Better than a choir singing out,singing out.

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

Better than a church bell ringing
better than a choir singin' loud
singin' loud

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If you are hurting today, you have a safe place to run. God's arms are open wide and there is enough room for all of the hidden places in your heart. Pour it all to Him; 'The beautiful mess we are, the honest cries of breaking hearts are better than a Hallelujah' to Him.

Photo Credit: artchick2002

Who we are...

Keeping it Personal: not as in keeping it to yourself. It’s not, NOT sharing with others or being in your own private thoughts and keeping "it" -- what ever "it" may be to yourself.  Not ‘keeping it personal’ in the selfish sense of the phrase similar to a child who wants this to be “mine, mine, mine” or an adult who doesn’t want to share a good idea, thought, or compliment.

We’re keeping it personal – we’re about the relationship, sharing what’s real on a personal level. We’re taking the “impersonal” out of what society has made impersonal to speed up the process, to get going with the next thing. We want to inspire you to keep it personal in your daily interactions. Inspire you to look for the moments where you can impact the lives of others around you by sharing your experiences and your story. By freely giving compliments and encouraging words to others. We want to motivate you to reach out to others by keeping it personal, by using your special gifts and talents; by being real, honest, kind, genuine. We want to educate you and provide you with ideas that will impact your life, which in turn, you can share to impact the lives of others.

Keeping it personal is what customer service lacks. Keeping it Personal is what can turn an acquaintance into a life long friend. Keeping it Personal is what can give someone hope who is hopeless- because you were transparent and shared a story they could relate to. Keeping it Personal and sharing your passion could be the start of an organization to help a family in need or a homeless/runaway on the street. Keeping it Personal is dropping that personal handwritten card in the mail. Taking action with those lingering thoughts; NOT ignoring them. Keeping it Personal is taking the time to make a phone call to the person who’s been on your mind. The personal touch may be just what one person needs on a particular day to bring joy to their world.

Our mission is to be a daily reminder for people to keep it real by keeping it personal. Through sharing experiences + stories online, we hope to inspire you to keep it personal as you connect with your community and others around you.