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my journey + welcome | 1

We all have things that have happened to us along the path of life that have greatly affected the people we’ve grown into. Sometimes those things seem random; sometimes they seem planned. Either way, significant moments in time shape our worldview, determine how we live life in community (relationships) and even affect our view of God, our Father.

I’ve lived a very blessed, very fortunate life. At the ripe old age of almost 49, (ha!) I can look back, even now, and see God’s hands weaving the story of my life into a tapestry. He’s woven every moment of my journey into this beautiful cloth that reminds me that He’s never left me. He’s been with me through the good, the bad, the ups and the downs. A moment has never been wasted. My life was planned and He is redeeming it all for His glory.

You see, we are all significant. That’s a tough statement for some of us to embrace. We can believe it for others, but for ourselves? Well, no.That’s not me, thank you very much. But we all are invited to be sons and daughters of the Most High God. His longing to be our Father, to be in intimate relationship with us, makes us significant.

It has taken me a long time to figure out that He loves me just because I’m Mary. He doesn’t love me because I’m talented or gifted. He doesn’t love me because I am a hard worker or because I keep the rules. He simply loves me because I’m His daughter. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters, you know? I’m His kid. He’s my Dad. And He loves me. Period.

Over the course of the next few weeks, you'll see posts that are titled, "my journey + _______." These posts will be my story from darkness to light; from rules to relationship; from living as an orphan to living as a daughter. After 40 years, that little girl has finally found peace . . . all in the arms of a loving Father who simply said, “You, my dear, are more than enough.”

Throughout these posts you’ll read words like “inner healing” or “heart healing.” I’m simply referring to the healing we walk through when we allow God to come into our hearts and heal the broken places that have governed our way of living for too long. Healing of the heart is vital in a Christian’s journey. We cannot operate from a worldview that is shaded by things that caused us trauma, hurt or grief. Jesus came to bring us life overflowing; He didn’t want us to just get by. So finding healing for those broken places is super important!

You may also find references to Scripture that have helped me, sustained me and even changed me as I’ve walked this journey out. I will reference the “enemy of our souls” and even use the term “Enemy” which is simply referring to Satan, demons and/or the general evil in this world that we face daily.

The tools I share with you (which were so graciously shared with me by others on this same journey) are meant to help you find your own heart healing. You may find yourself wanting to pause and say out loud some of the prayers I write in these posts. Do it! By the end of this series, my hope is that you’ll feel yourself wrapped in the arms of a loving Papa who says to you over and over again, “You, my dear, are more than enough!”

So, grab a cuppa and let’s spend some time together. If my story can help you find peace and healing, then everything you read here was worth it.

Welcome, friend.

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