In what ways has Christ set you free?
On this 20th day of our faith adventure, let’s share our stories.
There was once a teen who had no idea of her worth or value. She was unchurched, angry, hurting. She was running as fast as she could, but it didn’t seem to take her where she needed to be.
Then she met Jesus. . .
There were layers and layers of healing that needed to take place. God was patient as that teen became a woman.
She learned that God is good and he fully understood the plans he had for her. She didn’t understand how to be a mom, but she was assured that her past didn’t identify her and that she could write a new story with her family. Sometimes that young woman took huge steps of faith, only to fall flat on her face but she learned to get back up. There were moments when the Word felt murky, but the Holy Spirit deepened her understanding. Sometimes she tried to hide from God, because she felt that she wasn’t growing “fast enough,” and scripture reminded her that God would complete the work he began in her. Now she’s a Bible teacher, a “Gaga” and she lives free and has for years and years.
Yet she knows there is still growth and truth and joy and unfamiliar territory ahead, and she’s ok with that.
Years ago my prayer was, “God, help me.” Today my prayer is that I’ll never forget how many times he has answered that cry. [Read more…]