If you’re like me, you think someone telling you to wear a more modest swimsuit or to “cover up more” is offensive. You think modesty takes away your freedom (Galatians 5:13). After all, God created us to love who we are, why can’t we just show […]
Author: Cami Hall
You feel lonely. You think you’re broken. You’re wishing you could go back to innocent carousel riding days. Does this hit you right in the heart?
I hear you. Your feelings are real, they’re valid. But listen, you’re not too far broken that the pieces can’t come back together.
Oh beautiful friend, I’m not sure what you are going through but I sure do know how these things impact your heart. Maybe you’ve lost your virginity and wish you could take it back. Maybe you fell into the wrong crowd. Maybe you feel as though you’re friendless. Maybe someone you loved was taken from you and you’re angry at God.
I guess I just want to encourage you that you aren’t alone in what you’re going through. Our God doesn’t just reign, He’s relational. Reach to him in your pain. He’s near to the broken-hearted.
Prayer is so much more than a one way conversation. In fact, it’s not one way at all. Maybe it feels as if you’re not getting answers. Maybe you don’t feel comfortable praying. But I’m here to encourage you to cozy up to the Lord like an old friend- He is listening, He is acting, He is shaping the life you live. Let Him into that dark and scary corner of your heart. He’s waiting to switch on a light and guide you to freedom. He’s ready to break all of the chains holding you hostage.
This freedom creates joy that surpasses the feeling you had as a kiddo on a carousel.
📸 by Jason Slater , JOY by Jesus
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good man someone might dare to die? But God demonstrates his love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since his blood has now justified us, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! – Romans 5:6-10
"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." – 2 Corinthians 5:21
— Cami Hall (@joybyjesus) August 9, 2017
Woah, that’s a lot of info so let’s break it all down. Jesus was sinless, meaning He never did anything wrong. He was perfect. He never gossiped, nor did he lie. He never was anything other than Holy. But they nailed Him to the cross, and He let it happen. Why? So we didn’t have to die for our sin. Why? Because He knew the plan of redemption because the prophecies in Psalm 22 were to come true.
Remember what He did for you. He died the death you, and I deserve so that we can be free. Rejoice in that but remember the cost of your freedom, His life. His suffering. Choose to live in freedom today, friend, for it is finished.
Thank you, Jesus, for the good gift of mercy and patience. Thank you for this Good Friday, for this gift that we discover in the resurrection. It is finished & Hallelujah we are free!
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