“And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.” –J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)
2017 was a fantastic year. I started a new ministry called Ezer Rising where I get to share my passion for women, equality, and healing/freedom for victims of abuse. I also quit my job and started working as a freelance social media manager and am loving the freedom this has given me to focus on a load of other things and also have a job where I get to do things I love and enjoy. Also, the church I lead worship for moved into a building and we are seeing not just numerical growth but such beautiful community and family being cultivated – all things I love and am passionate about. Lots of good things!
2017 was also the year I told God that I was done with religiosity and tradition that didn’t bear good fruit, set people free, or lead people closer to the loving, kind, and healing nature of the Trinity. I am on a journey to discovering the real Jesus (for myself), encountering the depths of the Spirit of God, and shedding lies/bad doctrine that I believed about God most of my life. I am getting better at accepting that I won’t get an answer to every question, will not always understand His answers, may not like the answers, and may even be offended at some of God’s answers (*gasp*).
Over the last year I have gotten a lot of messages from people encouraging me as I walk out this journey, many telling me they have been following my process on Facebook, and others have been sharing their own revelation with me – it’s been pretty amazing! I’ve also gotten some pretty cruel messages accusing me of being a false teacher, leading women down to the paths of death (for saying women they can preach and teach and are not under the authority of men but are men’s equals), and that I have gotten very off base and am backsliding – however, I can assure you – none of that is true. I have not felt more certain of my identity in Christ and feel closer to God than I ever have! I am finally seeing God for who He is and believing that He is better and more incredible than I ever thought!
So, I decided to relaunch my blog in 2018 and open my journey up to you and share with you my process. I can’t guarantee it will always be sparkly and glittery but I think it will always be challenging, exciting, and encouraging. I invite you to come along with me as I seek out the nature of God, dig deeper into Scripture (while trying to keep my American lens from clouding my vision) to better understand the Bible and its origins, and to ultimately cultivate a deeper, more intimate relationship with God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit – and I pray that for you as well.
Welcome to the journey. I am pretty excited to know God more and encounter His heart more deeply this year!
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. – Psalm 27:4