In the Let Hope Rise documentary, Joel Houston of Hillsong shares:
"I feel we’re at our best when we’re broken because that’s the moment where God gets to be made evident. He gives us an opportunity to love and to trust and to operate from his strength, not our own.”
It was only when I found myself completely broken with nowhere else to turn that I came back to church to discover what a life of faith could be like.
The first service I attended at City Life Church, I was scared. I didn't know what to expect. The music was loud. I loved that! The people we're surprisingly genuine and joyful. I felt the pastor prepared a message just for me. She spoke to the burdens of my heart and I was infused with fresh hope. All my life, I had moved from one defeat to the next. For the first time, I felt a love and peace I had never experienced before.
My heart transformation wasn’t immediate. It took time for me to trust God's love, and realize how much I was already loved and accepted.
I didn’t have to be slimmer or more successful in order to prove my worth and value. The freedom I fought so desperately for was already made available through what Jesus accomplished for me.
I don’t know if you’d consider yourself a Jesus follower or not. If you’re scared like I was, while intrigued about what a life of faith is like, please reach out to me. In time you may discover what Jesus meant when he said:
"Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Put My yoke upon your shoulders—it might appear heavy at first, but it is perfectly fitted to your curves. Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. When you are yoked to Me, your weary souls will find rest. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30