FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Recent research* has found that heartbreak can cause physical pain and other health issues. This makes sense, especially considering that researchers agree that rejection and pain—both emotional and physical—are processed in the same parts of the brain. So how can a thing that affects us so profoundly on both an emotional and physical level actually benefit us?
When it comes to heartbreak, Jodi Rosser is an unintentional expert. Having experienced the grief of a miscarriage, a divorce, and the loss of her best friend to pancreatic cancer, Jodi discovered that she could go either of two directions: run to God or run away from Him.
In her new book, Depth: Growing through Heartbreak to Strength, Jodi describes her own struggles with heartbreak and offers help to other women who are going down that same road.
“There is something about being taken to a place of heartbreak,” she says, “where you have to choose either to run to God with your pain or run away from God in anger. I chose to run to the Lord with my pain: every hour, every day, or every minute if necessary.”
And it is in running to God, according to Jodi, that heartbreak can transform from what feels like purposeless torment to something meaningful.
For many, this is a new way to think about heartbreak, a thing that most of us go to great lengths to avoid. “My hope is that the reader will discover intimacy with God as He redeems her pain.” Jodi explains. “As she relies on God’s strength, she will see His plan to not only heal her broken heart, but to grow her roots deeper in her faith. As her relationship with the Lord deepens, she will desire to share her story and help another hurting heart. I believe this is when it comes full circle. When we share our broken story and how God faithfully met us in the pain, we will change the trajectory of another grieving soul. This is my prayer for this book.”
Jodi wants to help other women see that their greatest heartbreak can catapult them to their greatest growth. She encourages them to invite God into their pain and tearfully grieve, but also be expectant that God never wastes their tears and can use this heartbreak to deepen their roots in Him.
There is power in the idea that God never wastes our hurt but can turn it around and use it for our good if we are willing to let Him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jodi Rosser is an author, podcaster, and speaker who serves a steadily growing audience through her podcast, Depth, and her blog, Heartbreak to Strength. Having walked through multiple heartbreaks (divorce, miscarriage, and cancer), Jodi now inspires women to grow deeper in their faith and to find hope, joy, and purpose through their unexpected storms. For ten years she served in children’s ministry and women’s leadership at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. She lights up the most when she shares her testimony using her cracked clay pot, a visual reminder that God shines brightest through our broken places. She is raising two teenage sons in Southern California, where she teaches science to elementary students in the STEM Lab. Jodi loves to connect with readers on her website, jodirosser.com, or on Instagram, @jodi.rosser.
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