24 April 2014

Drenched in Redemption

Founders Note: Today on the blog we have one of our monthly contributors Vannessa. She is sharing her heart on this months theme: Purity. We hope you are encouraged by her words as much as we were. You can find out more about Vannessa and our other monthly contributors on our about page



Whenever I hear the word “Purity” my mind naturally goes to the times in my life when I felt 

like I acted anything other than pure. I’ve avoided writing on this subject simply for those 
reasons. As a matter of fact, I think that is why it’s taken me so long to submit this article. To sit with Jesus and discuss this subject seemed daunting really. 

Oh but sweet dear sisters, God is truly faithful. He reminded me of a time when He showed me what purity looked like. It was after I had returned to the fold after a time in the wilderness. It must have been Easter because I was sitting with Him and considering the Cross. Then He showed me that here I was standing in front of the cross holding a dirty and tattered garment. As I held this garment blood, as red as anything I’ve ever seen, flowed from the cross. It filled my garment. When I looked down the garment was white as snow.

When we have entered into a relationship with The Almighty all that we have done, thought, 
said, believed is covered by the blood of The Lamb! We are new, blameless and pure in the 
sight of the only One who matters, Our Savior. 

A few years ago I spoke to a group of teenage girls about my life as a teenager. Talking about 
that time, and my testimony was heartbreaking as I spoke with regret and sadness. But as I 
began to allow tears to run, I felt God speak this truth into my heart, “But, you are redeemed!” 
I was able to express to them, that while they may feel they had messed up, disappointed God 
and their parents, that there was redemption for them, all they had to do was accept it. That’s 
true for you and I my dear friends, as well. We can walk around with our heads held high and 
our hearts cleaned, because we are drenched in redemption.

Purity can only come from Jesus. We can’t make ourselves pure; we cannot be good enough on 
our own. But, when we look to our Father, we can know without any doubts that was he sees is 
a heart who desires to know Him, that’s real purity. And so, let me pray for us:

Heavenly Father, 
As we lay our pasts, our present and our future down at your feet we can rest assured knowing 
that you have covered it all with your blood. You hold us with your scarred hands, and you see 
us. Jesus if a sister of ours is reading this and they are unsure of where they stand with you, I 
ask that you send the Holy Spirit to prompt them in giving their hearts to you. I ask that you 
continue to bind our wounds and hold our hands as we walk through this sometimes dark and 
dirty world. We need you, because nothing else will do. Thank you for redemption, thank you 
for all you did in flipping this girl’s life right side up. I’m thankful and we love you.
Amen

2 comments:

  1. Vanessa, thank you so much for taking the time to share your heart with us, and to encourage us. Your words have great power.

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  2. Thank you so much Hillary! :)

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