God interrupted my new normal. He made it undeniably clear that His
plans for me were different. Bigger. God’s intentions were for freedom —
the freedom of His people, the women who were captives, slaves to their
life-wounds. God called me to face the pains of my past so that my
Girlfriends in God might face a future of freedom when they hear my
His plans of emancipation required that I obey Him, listen to His voice, follow His instructions.
quivered and doubted. I made excuses about why I couldn’t do it. I felt
completely unfit and unqualified for such a task. It was risky. But God
met me at my doubts. He called me to courage and is using my
broken-into-beautiful story as an instrument of deliverance, truth,
power, and freedom. Yes, I make mistakes along the way, but God is
powerful in, through, and in spite of each one. Through each surrendered
day, God is leading as only He can. With power, with purpose, with
love. And I pray right now that this story — my story — will bring you
to a new place of promise and freedom through the grace of Jesus Christ.
fresh and fiery mission is God calling you to trust Him with, friend?
Let me encourage you to stop with the excuses. I’m living proof that God
will free anyone from her shame and can use anyone for His purpose.
Step up to the burning bush — into God’s presence. Listen to His voice.
Obey. Follow. Take courage. Trust Him with your past and with your
tomorrows. Allow His grace and love to decide what your mission should
But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my
power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. (Exodus
Dear God, with a trembling heart, I approach
Your throne of grace today in reverence and humility, fully aware that
You are holy and I am not. Speak, Lord. Show me the plans You have for
me. Bind me to Your Word and to Your strength so I will have the courage
to obey. May my brokenness be restored for the beauty of Your glory.
Please help me to trust You with my today and my tomorrows. In Jesus’s
name I pray, amen.
[written by Gwen Smith]