As a young girl, I was confused.
At times I was happy, at times I was sad. My coping mechanisms resulted in me being an even more complicated and difficult person to be around.
The grace God showed me as I grew up in these broken circumstances was the Church. No matter what sort of desert I found myself in, God always provided the river of church life to flow alongside me, bringing his comfort, shelter and love.
This gift of knowing the church is something I will forever be thankful to my mum for.
I gave my life to Jesus’ about 4 times before I actually fully committed and surrendered my life to him at the age of 21 or 22, when he flooded my life with his Holy Spirit.
Since that day, when I fully acknowledged who he was and grasped something of the immeasurable love and sacrifice demonstrated at the cross, I’ve been on a mission – to know him more, to love him more, to become more like him, and to make him known to others. Even though for much of the time I was still in the same circumstances, I was not the same old me – I was a new creation, similar to how it is described in Isaiah 1:18.
The last six years, though, have taught me that to press into God, to be honest before him and confess my sin, leads to a life of wholeness and freedom.
It has also taught me, to be honest with myself and with others.
Whatever sadness, sin, suffering or crisis we may come up against, he is able to deliver, heal and restore us.
We don’t have to inherit the sin of previous generations or carry yesterday’s baggage.
I know who I was before I met Jesus, and I know what sort of woman I am today; and though I’m still on the journey, I’ve discovered time and time again that the more I cling to him, the more he is made beautiful and glorious in my life.
So many of us women struggle with insecurity, comparison, unforgiveness, gossip, jealousy and the everyday challenges that womanhood throws at us.
But when women gather together and genuinely support each other, we have the opportunity to throw off these things and reflect Christ in a beautiful and glorious way.
This is not always easy to do but we have to really try.
I want to be a woman of God – an uncomplicated follower of Jesus who breaks free from the cycle of the past and lives a ‘big life’ for God.
I want to leave a legacy behind.
And through this post, I want to encourage you to do the same.
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