As I can I want to offer a fresh word of encouragement sharing from my experience how our Father God meets us in the middle of loving and living out our faith to draw others to freedom. The road to freedom can seem long and hard not unlike the experiences of living as refugees from war torn nations, walking out of years of abuse and pain in broken relationships, facing the reality check that comes with unplanned pregnancy, and the great journey to healing from trauma and adverse childhood experiences. I fully believe we are offered so much more than we ever experience as Christ followers. We settle for a life in bondage to the elemental nature of this world and continue to live as Hagar when in fact we are daughters of Sarah.
Galatians 4:31
31 So, brothers [and sisters], we are children not of the slave woman, but of the free woman.


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Living in God’s Light

11 And don’t even associate with the servants of darkness because they have no fruit in them; instead, reveal truth to them. 12 The very things they do in secret are too vile and filthy to even mention. 13 Whatever the revelation-light exposes, it will also correct, and everything that reveals truth is light to the soul.[d] 14 This is why the Scripture says,

Arise, you sleeper! Rise up from the dead and the Anointed One will shine his light into you!” Ephesians 5:6-14

John 15:19 (TPT)

19 If you were to give your allegiance to the world, they would love and welcome you as one of their own. But because you won’t align yourself with the values of this world, they will hate you.

I have chosen you and taken you out of the world to be mine.


Walking with those who have known the things done in secret can be disconcerting to say the least.  Over and over there is a quandry in my run from such evil-and the person who experienced it, to fear such evil-and overreact and magnify the evil, or trust the One God sent to deliver us and move steadily forward.  [John 6:29 Yeshua answered, "Here's what the work of God is: to trust in the one he sent!"] It says quite cearly in Ephesians 5:13 that "whatever the revelation-light exposes, it will also correct..."  Here is the work of trusting, here is where I choose to gravitate in my quandry.  There is no darkness, no experience in this life that Jesus cannot illuminate and correct.  Consider that.  There is no wrong done to a child that left them vulnerable for ongoing abuse, exploitation and pain that it cannot be corrected.  There is no place in the darkness that can hide the hurting ones from the love of Jesus.  He hears the heart cry...He takes them out of the world and makes them His.  Not only do I marvel at what He rescues from, I marvel at how intimately he does so and how I have witnessed over and over again...his care for the one.  He chooses the one out of a family of despair, out of hopelessness and to the one who accepts His offer, He offers hope and healing.  I marvel at His love for His creation.  His intimate, amazing gift of being raised from death to life.  We are the ones He chooses to surround these chosen ones (as we once were) with a community of love, acceptance and hope.  Not giving in to the lure of glorifying and magnifying the darkness but allowing correction and truth to have their way.  Not giving in to a despair that can overwhelm and drag to the depths.  Not losing hope that He loves, He saves, He exposes the vile and filthy to wash it away.  We are the community of His making being knit together in perfect harmony to give and have a place for each lost, hurting, and returning one.  We do not have to reconcile, understand, or know all the answers to be the right people, at the right time to be part of helping these ones to stay in the light.

May you know the light corrects as well as exposes!  May you know this intimate place of hope for yourself! 

May you choose to trust the One He sent!