When I decided that being a food blogger was no longer the best use of my writing because I was limited to recipes and food it was kind of difficult but, kind of invigorating to know I was about to surrender to a push I’ve felt from the Lord for many years now. I would never have made it this far if it weren’t for the power of the Lord’s redeeming love and planning.
The even more curious thing is that redemption doesn’t ever stop. Our sin always tries to wage war in our lives and our minds. We are always being pointed back to the cross for our
I have had such a challenging few months full of so much joy but, also full of change and adjustment and growth. When I get in these anxiety filled periods the enemy tries super hard to make me question if I am truly a child of the Lord. I battle surrender especially during periods like this and struggle sometimes hourly to have peace and be still. I forget that I am a redeemed daughter of the highest King.
Soren Kierkegaard said – “God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, it be sure, but, he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.”
Redeemed is an old-school word. It means to buy something back and to restore it to the original intent. Imagine our God lifting up something from the junkyard of our lives and restoring it to a glorious work of art. He makes beautiful things. This is redemption.
Early on in my walk with Jesus I just fell in love with the word “redeemed.” The word radically altered how I saw myself and how I viewed my new identity— I came to understand that something is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. If grace saves us, then it is redemption that transforms us and frees us from bondage.
As I began to read and study the Bible, the concept of redemption gripped me and wouldn’t let me go. I would literally spend hours in my Car with the sunroof open reading the Gospels.
The idea that God intentionally pursues, rescues and restores us to Himself is all packaged in that one beautiful word—redeemed.
I love this word for more than just theological reasons, but for very personal ones.
I was once the girl marked by shame—the sinner with the past. When I looked back on the girl I once was, the choices I made, the hurt I experienced and caused, the regret I carried— I was blown away by the fact that Jesus would willingly and lovingly take all of my junk and restore me to something badass.
This word means I’m not the girl I used to be; I am who my God freed me to be! Jesus declared me to be a new creation.
Jesus redeemed painful memories from my past and gave me a future and a hope!
Jesus redeemed me from the lies I believed … and set me free with His truth.
Jesus redeemed the little girl who thought she was unlovable… and showed me my worth in Him!
Jesus redeemed the 20 something woman who looked for love in all the wrong places and poured out on me the greatest love I’ve ever known.
Jesus redeemed broken relationships and brought wholeness, forgiveness and peace.
Jesus redeemed the emptiness of my past and crowned my life with good things.
I hope you always know God has planned every single moment of your life & is going to use every detail to glorify Him and sanctify your hearts.
I absolutely believe every saint has a past and every sinner has a future!
I hope the next time I’m doubting the power of my creator and redeemer that I’ll return to this post.
Thanks for letting me share. I hope you know you are exactly who and where God wants you to be my friends!
All my love!