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A Second Rebirth {Velvet Ashes}

I am so honored to be joining Velvet Ashes as a regular contributor. (I’ve also been managing our Instagram account if you haven’t checked it out!) Velvet Ashes is an online community that provides a safe place for women serving overseas to come together with their stories and authenticity, their rejoicing and their weeping. Follow me over to read my first full post here!



Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, 
unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:3

I knew these words as a young teenager. I could quote them for you and show you where they were highlighted on the pages of my New Testament.

These words were what took me into the water with Jesus. Never mind that my baptism took place in a swimming pool on a Tuesday night. These words convicted my twelve-year-old self in such a way that I wanted to surrender my life to Christ forever.

I was born again that Tuesday night, and I became a part of a new Family.

And for the next fifteen years, it worked pretty well for me. I carried my Sword, I claimed His promises, and I taught anyone who was willing to listen about the Glory that was set before me.

The faith of my teenage years and early adulthood was even enough to motivate me to move abroad. But over the years of church attendance, service trips, and volunteer work, the faith I carried was also more than enough to puff me up before the throne of God.

Read the rest here.