Long before Gwyneth Paltrow became famous for her role in The Avengers and her lifestyle blog, she starred in a movie in the late 90s called Sliding Doors. I was obsessed with this film for many reasons. First of all, Gwyneth sported this amazing pixy cut hairstyle, and I was convinced that I needed it too. Praise the Lord above that some sensible hair stylist told me that I had waaaaaaay too much volume to carry off such a style. Hence, I held fast to my “Rachel cut” from Friends for another decade or so. (But that is a topic for another day.)

What fascinated me about the movie Sliding Doors was the plot. In the film, we watched how the life of Paltrow’s character was forever altered by the mere sliding of a subway door which caused her to miss a train. The film revealed how her life would have proceeded had she successfully made that train and how it proceeded when she missed it. The two storylines of “what if” played out side by side on the silver screen.

It is a fascinating concept, right? The thought that one decision could alter the destiny of one’s life forever.  Ironically, it was around that time that my own life headed down a radically different path. What was the decision that caused such a trajectory shift? It was the decision to follow Jesus.

I was in my mid-twenties when Jesus Christ redeemed me from a life of emptiness, brokenness, sin, shame, and selfishness.  Before Jesus, I searched for love, life, wholeness, and meaning in all the things the world offered to bring happiness. Instead of finding life, I was in a downward spiral of destruction. Thankfully, God’s grace intersected my hot mess, setting me free and setting me on a path to freedom.

Initially, I understood I was forgiven and was beginning to see evidence of the abundant life promised in God’s Word, but it would take me years to fully realize how radically different my life would become because of Jesus.  What I’ve come to understand after nearly two decades of this redeemed life is this:

JESUS DIDN’T JUST SAVE ME FROM MY SINS, HE RESCUED ME FROM THE SCRIPT SATAN HAD WRITTEN FOR MY LIFE AND FREED ME TO LIVE THE INCREDIBLE LIFE MY HEAVENLY FATHER DESIRED FOR ME.

Jesus said: I am the gate. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief (Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness. John 10:10

Honestly, I shudder to think where I would have ended up had Jesus not redeemed me. “What if” I had resisted the Gospel message and continued in my self-destructive ways? Satan didn’t want me healed from my wounds. Satan didn’t want me to know the fullness of real life in God. Satan didn’t want me to marry the amazing man God had planned for me. Satan sure didn’t want me preaching the Word. Satan didn’t want me to become a mother and raise godly children. Sure, Satan had a plan to destroy me but he has no power that  can stand against the God who redeemed me!!!!

Over the past few months, the Lord has renewed in my heart incredible sense of gratitude for His redemption. You would think this renewal is strange coming from a woman who is the founder and leader of a ministry called Redeemed Girl. Perhaps it is my age, and I can now look back two decades in absolute awe and wonder at what Jesus had done in my life.  Or maybe it is the fact that I’m now a mom to a precious little girl and I am struck by the enormous “what if” my life had gone according to the script Satan intended for me rather than the one Jesus has given me.

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11

I call myself a Redeemed Girl because that is who I am. Jesus redeemed every aspect of me. My childhood wounds, my purity, and my relationships. By following Jesus and applying His truths I’ve experienced freedom from Satan’s lies of rejection, freedom from chronic insecurity, freedom from addictions, freedom from self-hatred, and freedom from fear. I stand today not perfect but perfectly loved. I stand whole today in Christ and ready to tell the world that Jesus is truly the way, the truth, and the life. He is my Redeemer, and I know He can take any life, broken, messy, or torn apart by sin, and make it something beautiful.

YOU ARE A REDEEMED GIRL!

I believe each of you has a story to tell of God’s redemption. In this age of skeptics about religion, no one can argue with a transformed life. Our mission this year at RGM is to share your redemption stories with the world.  We are calling this endeavor, “I’m a Redeemed Girl.”  We believe there are millions of women in the world who need to know that Jesus can heal, forgive, restore, and rescue. Women across the globe need to know that their sexual brokenness, eating disorders, abortions, infertility, abuse, divorce, arrest, or secret shame is not too much for Jesus. They will learn this from reading your story!

By now we’ve all seen those cardboard testimonies. You know the ones where people stand on a stage and hold up a poster board that reads who or what they were before Jesus. Then in a dramatic flip, they flip the poster to share who they are now because of Jesus.  We want to turn social media into a platform to praise Jesus. Instead of cardboard testimonies, we will turn Instagram and Facebook into holy ground where we tell the world that Jesus is better!

Girls, we want to share your story and let the world know Jesus can transform a life!

How to participate in the #IAMAREDEEMEDGIRL movement:

1.    Email us at info@redeemedgirl.org to submit your story.

2.    Include a high resolution/ good quality photo of yourself.

3.    Briefly tell us your redemption story. Don’t worry about perfectly writing it or making it sound any certain way, simply answer these questions:

  • Hi, My Name is ________________________ and I’m a Redeemed Girl.
  • Before Jesus I was ….
  • Jesus has changed my life ….
  • I wish the world knew that Jesus can ….
  • Redemption in my life means ….

I can’t wait to share your stories of redemption with the world. Please don’t hesitate… contact us today.

 

For His Glory,

Marian

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