Where to start....
I read the Bible as the love story of God's grace and redemption for man, from Genesis to Revelation. The thread is unbreakable, woven through every story, poem, allegory, prophecy, battle, warning, celebration, journey, heartbreak, triumph. Granted, this thread can be difficult to pick out sometimes, but I've found it there.
Just so, this blog is not about childhood trauma. It's not about a dysfunctional childhood. It's not about depression, anxiety, grief, anger, or mental health. No.
This is God's story of my life. A lot of the story is hard: painful, raw, ugly, full of deep emotion. But don't let that fool you...the most important part is the beautiful, redemptive thread that has been woven through it.
I've entitled this blog "taking the long way" because really, that's how it seems in my life: like I take the long way to grow. Most recently, I have been on a terribly long, arduous inner journey, through much darkness and pain. But along the way, I have learned some things - even when I wasn't aware of learning them - and thanks be to God, I have finally come to a place of wholeness and freedom in Jesus that I couldn't have imagined! I long that God would use my story to touch you - to give you hope along your way and to lead you to his side.
Like Jeremiah, an Old Testament prophet in the Bible, "if I say, 'I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,' his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot." (Jeremiah 20:9)
Thanks for your words in this blog, Jessica and for sharing your pilgrimage. It is good to hear your heart!ReplyDelete