Freedom for the Good Little Church Girl was conceived when an unidentifiable, yet overwhelming desire penetrated the core of how I perceived God. Have you ever had that feeling? You see other Christians living in complete peace and joy, even in the middle of their struggles, and you wonder where you took a wrong turn. For me, it took a long, hard seven years for me to retrace my steps all the way back to the beginning.
I had learned how to “do” religion. I went to church, prayed, read my Bible, and did all the things a good little church girl is supposed to do. Since learning excited me, I studied diligently. I knew the Scriptures, but it wasn’t until I began searching for that “something more” that I finally found Jesus. Through the love I found in Him, I slowly began to change my perception of God. He was no longer the taskmaster who demanded obedience out of fear. He became the God who loves me even more than I love my grandchildren. He greatly desires to hold me close, calm my fears, and reassure me of His love. This never-ending, unrelenting love caused me to fall deeply in love. Now I absolutely want to obey Him – not because I think I have to, but because I know I love Him so!
Religion can’t create your path to God – no matter how hard you try. None of us will ever get everything exactly right, but with Jesus going before and behind us, God makes our way perfect. Your acceptance of God’s love, Jesus’ grace, and your friendship with the Holy Spirit allow your joy to overflow.
I can tell you with 100% of my being that Satan does not want you to read Freedom for the Good Little Church Girl. He fought me on every front last year to keep this story from getting out. He wanted to silence me (and he almost did), but God came to my rescue. Satan wants to keep you chained to your not-enoughs, if-onlys, and I-shoulds because he knows those things keep you, and your loved ones, away from real joy. Authentic, pure joy is magnetic. Those without it want it, and those who have it have discovered its source.
Is there room in your life for a little more joy? Can you shed another layer or two of captivity? No matter your level of freedom, there is always another level to discover. That’s what makes walking with Jesus so exciting.
I’d like to share a snippet of Freedom for the Good Little Church Girl with you. If you’d like to read more, you can purchase a copy by clicking on Perfection Road’s “Store” tab. Let me assure you that this book has been a labor of love. No profit comes from book sales. Your $10 purchase does, however, allow me to give more copies away to ladies who might not be able to afford to purchase their own. Knowing we are redeemed to live in freedom puts a spring in everyone’s step. Thank you for taking the time to walk with me.
Maybe you grew up showing your love for God by striving to do all the right things. Your passionate love of learning inflates your mind and God’s word fascinates you. Your friends even labeled you the “One-Who-Has-It-All-Together”, but secretly, you know that’s a big fat lie. Rather than feeling the joy of the Lord, your anxious heart feels depleted. You find yourself constantly striving to prove your goodness.
Or perhaps, you realize you are bound by something, but have no idea what it is – much less how to escape it? When all is still and quiet you often wonder if you are experiencing all God has in mind for you. You may not know it yet, but freedom is what your heart longs for.
Then, there are a few of you who’ve already found life-changing freedom, but desperately need to relate to all those good little know-it-all church girls and boys who continue to stand heavily on your very last nerve. You know, the ones who view your passion for Jesus as an insincere display of emotion. You need insight into their world to help you understand their struggles.
I want to give each of you a peek at the inexpressible joy you will experience when you let God lift the window shades of your heart – the ones secretly lowered by unnecessary beliefs, unfortunate circumstances, or negative emotions. It could throw Light onto a freedom process that, at first glance, might seem unwarranted or perhaps too messy to consider – if not downright impossible. But freedom’s irresistible Light has the power to slowly beckon you out of your dimly lit room into the eye-squinting, toe-tapping, song-singing sunshine of real freedom in Christ.
Your journey will look different from mine. The covert emotional thugs holding you hostage may have different faces, but their motives, techniques, and determination will be the same. I am no theologian, certified counselor, or scholar, but I have earned an honorary doctorate in finding freedom. My seven-year journey led me straight into the loving lap of God, the gracious arms of Jesus, and the sweet, intimate fellowship of the Holy Spirit. If you aren’t there yet, that’s exactly what I want for you! It is possible.
Excerpt from the Introduction of Freedom for the Good Little Church Girl
“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”