“Isn’t it ironic that I have the deepest fellowship with Jesus when I give up my need to control the relationships in my life? My relationship with Him grows rich when I place my reputation in the hands that are scarred by the hatred of others.”
“Stupid, stupid hyperactive conscience! How it gets me in trouble. How it harangues me, stifles me, keeps me from experiencing Jesus. I’m so busy recounting my losses and failures, then determining to “do better” that I miss His capability inside me. I am so capable, so in control, that I miss His power.”
“Folks may wonder why I’ve spent all this time looking back, dredging up what God sees of my story, what my eyes see. Jesus says truth sets people free. This is my way of doing that—of telling the stark truth on the page so others can be set free. .. why do I go through all this recollection? So God can renew me so I can help others find healing.”
These are quotes from Mary DeMuth’s amazing memoir, “Thin Places,” in which she opens her heart to reveal painful memories of abuse, abandonment and rejection.
But, wait! Mary also offers hope for anyone who’s struggled with these same hurts. Hope in a Father God whose love is more than enough to heal and restore. Hope in the Jesus who redeems the broken places of our lives, turning us into trophies of His grace. Hope in the Holy Spirit whose power operates independently of our performance.
I am gifting my copy of “Thin Places” in a drawing to be chosen from those who leave a comment and their email address at the end of this post. I pray and believe that God will direct me to pick the person who most needs to read Mary’s story. Someone who needs to know they’re not alone, that God can and will help them out of their pit of despair into His gleaming freedom.
You have until Tuesday, April 27 at noon to enter. I will post the winner on Wednesday, April 28.