The Fulcrum of Belief.

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The words from Psalm 139 hung in the stillness of the air – and in my heart. I felt the tension as I held up a hand-painted coffee cup.

“We are marvelously made. Fearfully and wonderfully made – like this cup. Designed perfectly to hold beverages, adorned with flowers. Lovely. Someone thought of this cup, its design. Determined how it should be shaped, how it would be cradled in someone’s hand, where its handle should go. How much liquid it would hold. And that someone then took that thought and made the cup. The cup is the craftsman’s worksmanship. Created with a purpose. Just like you. Just like me.”

The faces smiled, and I took another breath. I reached for the hammer.

“But what happens when the fearfully and wonderfully made is broken?”

And for the first time in public – to a room of strangers, I named the breaks in the cup that was me.

I’m sharing the rest of the story – about the breaks and about living in the tension of God’s sovereignty – at my friend, Elora Nicole’s blog. You can find it here. And let me know how you wrestle with sovereignty and purpose. I’d love to know.

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About Ronne Rock

Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems." 

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