COME BROKEN // LEAVE REDEEMED
The mission of my life / blog / ministry is to exalt Jesus. To make it less about me and more about Him. To be willing to leave it all if and when He asks me to lay it down and follow Him. My mission statement, or anthem, if you will, beautifully encapsulates the gift that we have been given by Christ: COME BROKEN // LEAVE REDEEMED.
Here’s what I mean by that…
COME BROKEN : Jesus didn’t come for the righteous or for those who have their lives totally figured out. He came for the broken, the weary, the outcasted. Our God isn’t a “get it together and come back when you do” God, He’s a “right now” God! Jesus is calling you with open arms to COME BROKEN.
LEAVE REDEEMED : And here’s the best part. He doesn’t leave you there, in your brokenness. He takes each broken bit and gives it purpose. In exchange for Himself, He makes you clean, dresses you in white, and breaks down that shell around your heart to reveal the fullness of who you were created to be…HIS. So yes, you come broken, but darling, you will always leave REDEEMED.
There I was, cuddled in a mountain of clean laundry on the floor of my friend Kelsey’s room as she conquered the much-needed folding mission ahead of her. As she folded, and I snuggled with her puppy, we were having one of those deep talks about Jesus that really feel like you’re being wrapped up in a perpetual hug, surrounded by twinkly lights and your favorite vinyl record in the background. It was there, on the floor, when the vision of my purpose hit me with crystal clarity.
For years upon years, I struggled with my purpose. I felt like everyone else knew what they were supposed to do with their lives, everyone around me seemed so sure, so confident, so purposeful. But, not me. This lack of vision caused a constant state of restlessness (Proverbs 29:18). In my heart, I knew that God wanted to do big things with my life, but it was so difficult for me to find clarity and vision. When I finally came into the right relationship with Jesus, and accepted Him as Lord of my life…everything changed. This “purpose” business no longer was about me, it was all about Him. Instead of focusing so hard on what to do with my life, I lived in complete adoration of Him.
For the first time in my life, I wasn’t worried about “finding my purpose” because I was so full. I knew that He would show me the works that He had for me when the time was right (Ephesians 2:10). That November night in Kelsey’s room, was what we like to call the “commissioning.” As we talked about how great He was and what He was doing in our lives, all of a sudden, I started speaking my vision into the room. Kelsey stood up, mid-tank-top-fold, and pointed at me with a huge smile on her face, “THAT, girl. THAT is your PURPOSE.”
You might be thinking, what exactly was that vision? Well, it was a dying to my old dreams and rising to a new one that He had seeded in my heart. It was the idea for this blog, for true community, for setting millennial women FREE through experiencing the love of Jesus.
My prayer for you is that this site, my writings and stories, devotionals, and community would spark in you that same Truth … that we truly don’t need to become anything in order to be worthy, but it all begins and ends with whose we are. As my friend Stephanie May Wilson recently told me, “everything comes back to identity.” Once we know who we are, and whose we are, the path is set in front of us. All we need to do is keep our eyes on Him, seek a godly life, and fall more in love with Him each day. He will take care of the rest :)
My mission is to create a space to bring women together, to spark conversation and growth, to encourage women to stand boldly and confidently in their faith. I’m all about having real, vulnerable conversations because those are the kind that breaks chains and set us free!
This community is for the girl who wants a deep and fruitful relationship with the Lord, who wants to live with Him first, who wants to foster deep, soul relationships with other women who love Him. For the girl who struggles with her broken heart on one day, and bounces with joy the next. For the 20-something year old who is trying to juggle dating, finding her purpose, friendships, and finding time for God all at the same time. For the young wife who is wanting to find purpose in her marriage, who wants to be refreshed by a community of women who lift her up, support her, and pray for her. This community is for you. I hope you join us!