There has been a consistent theme written throughout my life. A theme only the Lord could weave throughout my story.
Redemption. I am drawn to stories of redemption. I read stories of redemption. I long to be a part of stories of redemption. My very life is a story of redemption.
I love a story of a former alcoholic who was led through brokenness to recovery and into a life singing glory to God.
I love stories of weight loss transformation - freedom, health, hope, all wrapped up in someone's journey.
I love stories of homes - formerly beat up and broken, restored and given new life.
I love antiques in all of their imperfections - restored or reused, made beautiful all over again.
Beauty to ashes. Hope from the brokenness.
My very own story is one full of brokenness; one that is laden with pain, fear, and mistakes. One that was redeemed at the age of twenty when I met my best friend and Savior. And His work wasn't done there on that day when He captured my heart. His redemptive work has continued on in my heart each day since. Sanctification truly is a redemptive work, isn't it?
He's woven within my heart a desire to live in redemption, share about redemption, and partake in other's redemptive stories.
It's part of why I love refinishing furniture. It's part of why I've loved recovering our former-foreclosure.
It's part of why I have a heart for the brokenness of so many third-world nations.
It's part of why I love helping women recover their physical and emotional health through healing their gut.
It's part of why I studied counseling, and theology, and education: because redemption occurs when those three come together.
It's why I so purposefully see hope for all people, why I can see the beauty beneath their brokenness so very easily.
This life, it's about redemptive hope. It's woven throughout each of our stories. Even if the redemption is yet to come, even if the redemption is still buried beneath pain and heartache. It is there.
The Gospel is hope and redemption lived out in the flesh by our Savior. It's His story of redemption, and it becomes our story of redemption when we allow Him to captivate our hearts with it.
Our lives are stories of renewal. Our lives are made up of little and big stories of hope. A day restored, a year restored, a relationship restored, a heart restored, a moment restored, a life restored. A world restored to Him. There is hope, no matter the situation. There is beauty in the ashes. Always.
I'm so very excited to be working on a project that will launch in just a few short weeks. One that puts my search and love of redemptive stories before the eyes of anyone who is willing to engage in it with me. Go follow my Facebook page HERE so you won't miss a thing!
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen." - 1 Timothy 1: 12-17