Where Hope & Forgiveness Collide…

So I’ve Been Reflecting…..

Every time I open Facebook I get this daily reminder from Time Hop of a new event which happened on the very same day. It may be 1 year, 7 years or 10 years that shows up. Today, 4 years ago showed up and boy did it take me back!

You see, 4 years ago today I was in a country in North Africa with my mom. We planned a Mother – Daughter adventure to a restricted access nation for me to take her Bible Smuggling for the very first time. All day today pictures have been showing up of us catching trains, sitting in Tuk-tuks, walking the shore of the ocean and of course… one crazy picture with a monkey on our heads!

It is a trip I will never forget! ✈️ 💕

What made this trip so special, wasn’t the excitement of the travel or the super cool opportunities to share the gospel – though that was pretty amazing! This trip was special because I got to experience all those incredible moments with my mom.

For years my mom and I had a difficult – broken relationship. I won’t go into any details, but we needed a lot of healing. Honestly, Jesus was the only one that could restore us. We both prayed for years. We both desired to have healing. But, I think we both were uncertain how, or even if, God would restore.

What amazes me today – is I hardly remember those difficult years. They have been replaced by incredible memories that came through Redemptive Love and Forgiveness. Jesus took all our hurt, fears, unforgiveness, mistrust, and blame, then in one massive sweep He humbled us. He spoke light into our darkness, forgiveness in our hesitations, truth into our lies, and healing into our hearts.

I’m so thankful and grateful to Christ. I can’t imagine my life without my mom. I love that my kids adore her. Even my dog gets excited when she comes to visit. What seemed impossible for years, in a lot of little God – Moments our hearts were restored through Christ.

You may be asking – so why are you telling me all this? I have come to discover what my mom and I have experienced is rare. Not because others can’t have it, but because many who have broken and wounded relationships refuse to humble themselves and allow Christ to truly bring healing and reconciliation.

Can I tell you something? Jesus loves to heal. In fact, He was bruised for our healing. Jesus loves to bring reconciliation. He died on a cross to reconcile you, me, and a lost world to a right relationship to His Father. He loves to restore. He conquered death and rose from the grave to declare life over our deadness and hope over our hopeless situations.

Jesus not only deeply cares about our broken relationships, He provides all we need to walk in reconciliation, genuine love, redemptive healing and guiltless freedom.

I pray if you are reading this, and If you have a relationship that is broken or makes you feel despair to even think about it – know this, Jesus can renew your hope. He gives the kind of hope that will stir your prayers, bend your pride, empty your accusations, and enlarge your heart to trust again. Also know and believe through Christ, you can have renewed passion to selflessly give, serve, and authentically love that person, who you feel has wronged you or hurt you.

Never forget – Forgiveness is a gift freely given to us, so we can extend it freely to others.

—Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)—

Don’t you think it’s time to let go of past wrongs and embrace a future of healing and restoration?

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