The romance of the gospel is this: God created man for all the full pleasure of paradise, we got separated from Him at Eden, and we spend our whole lives searching for a way back into that secret paradise.
That, to me, is the beauty of the gospel. God making a way for us to get back to that full glory of Eden – unbroken intimacy with Him, total harmony with fellow men, and dominion & fruitfulness in all our work.
The gospel is all about mess + filth + brokenness and how light burst in on the scene to redeem it all. It’s all about how He makes beauty from ashes, a bride from a harlot, a princess from a pauper. There’s nothing nice, or clean, or safe about the gospel. Its radical, audacious, and offensive to many. But it is wide and strong and good. And it is all for me and you.
Something has been stirring in my spirit over the past few months, and I feel that now is the time to finally make it happen.
You see, I’ve been reflecting a lot about how my life reflects the gospel that I preach. This question has been heavy on my heart — “If people were to take slices of life, any slice, would what they see be consistent with what I profess?” I want my inner being to be consistent with my outward life.
Because there are so many important, scary issues that we don’t talk about enough in church/as a Christian community, aren’t there? As the Godly Womanhood blog grew, I started to get emails from Pastor’s wives and young women wanting someone to talk, pray, and walk through their struggles with – struggles that they couldn’t share with their church community.
If I don’t get real, how can I free others to be real? How can people see the redemptive romance of the gospel in my life? I’d love it if we could start to sometimes tell the truth to people; when people ask, “How are you?” to have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully.. Even if that makes them scared or uncomfortable at first.
These are the reflections that have led me to this decision for change. I don’t want to just preach the romance of the gospel any more; I want my life to be the gospel. The story of God redeeming this daughter of Eve. I want to connect with this community on a more real, personal level, which is why (starting tomorrow) I am changing my Instagram name from godlywomanhood to samanthawiraatmaja. The Godly Womanhood Shop’s account will remain the same.
I can’t wait to see where God is taking us with this new vision/direction, and I am thankful for those of you who have come along for the ride! As a thank you for being so great, and to make up for any confusion this change will bring, I am giving away this free print! Just click on the image below to download the free print.