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The Messy Beautiful Romance of the Gospel (And A Special Announcement)

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.

  • MargrietFebruary 16, 2015 - 5:29 pm

    Hi! Found your blog trough the Peony Project tread and I really love your post. Very insightful and inspiring! I hope to check back here soon! x Margriet childoflight.nlReplyCancel

  • ToriFebruary 16, 2015 - 8:43 pm

    This is so awesome! I think it’s amazing that God is using you to help reach people who need encouragement and prayer. Life is hard… it can be difficult to have our inner being reflect our words and desires, but the Holy Spirit can give us the power we need to do it and to make the changes necessary. Powerful stuff! Sending love from The Peony Project šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • BritneyFebruary 16, 2015 - 9:04 pm

    I love that quote! What a great way to look at life and to remember that God will always amaze us with things we could never imagine possible!ReplyCancel

  • Heart of a Philanthropist Blogger KimFebruary 16, 2015 - 9:21 pm

    I absolutely love the way you put this! God is perfect, Holy, almighty, and we are the dust of the earth. Yet, HE chose to love us! Amazing! God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Megan ElfordFebruary 16, 2015 - 10:49 pm

    Your decision is so inspiring! God’s really been speaking to me about being more intentional in my online presence and this is another confirmation of the importance of always being aware of the necessity of sharing the gospel in every aspect of life!ReplyCancel

  • Dr. Michelle BengtsonFebruary 16, 2015 - 11:39 pm

    Very inspiring! Intentionality is so important. God was very intentional with us!ReplyCancel

  • Anna | richaskingsFebruary 17, 2015 - 1:20 am

    “God making a way for us to get back to that full glory of Eden ā€“ unbroken intimacy with Him, total harmony with fellow men, and dominion & fruitfulness in all our work.” This! This is so good. And I love the vision behind your newest change! Thank you for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • AmyFebruary 17, 2015 - 1:57 am

    I love your blog! It’s so inspiring to come across a Godly woman and I love your honesty! I grow up in a Christian church where there were expectations of us.

    I struggled a lot growing up and I felt like one of the only ones who was struggling because it seemed to me that everyone hid their struggles.

    I’m so encouraged by you and your new direction. I pray God blesses you.ReplyCancel

  • Mary CollinsFebruary 17, 2015 - 1:58 am

    Thank you for such a meaningful post. I like the way you described the gospel as messy and even offensive to some. That was true in biblical days as well as today. There is such a strong push against God and His ways in todays culture that many seem to find the truth repulsive. Yeah, it is definitely messy but our God can handle mixed up men as we find our way back to HIm.ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra McAllisterFebruary 17, 2015 - 2:16 am

    Thank you for sharing such a lovely and meaningful post. You are such an inspiration. God bless you.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer DeFratesFebruary 17, 2015 - 2:19 am

    Interesting how God can direct us when we’re listening. Sometimes I feel stuck like I’m not sure what direction to take, but if I focus on listening, I always hear Him telling me why I am where I am or what step next to take. Good luck on your new directions, but it will bless those God intends you to reach.ReplyCancel

  • Maria HassFebruary 17, 2015 - 4:03 am

    I loved this post. I understand. I think every Christian should evaluate their lives to reflect the gospel. Transparency is difficult but oh so necessary.ReplyCancel

  • JamieFebruary 17, 2015 - 4:28 am

    I really respect your desire to be “YOU” on the blog and in all areas of your life! My God bless your endeavors to bring Glory to His Name!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany M.February 17, 2015 - 5:44 am

    Love the free printable! Such a beautiful, and wise, bit of truth we all need to remember. šŸ™‚ I found you through Blogging to Success, but I am just falling in love with your blog! We have a lot in common in regards to our mission statements. Great to “meet” a fellow Christian blogger! Keep writing!ReplyCancel

  • Lori AlexanderFebruary 17, 2015 - 5:58 am

    In order to preach the Gospel to a dark and decaying world, they must be able to see Jesus in us or it profits us nothing. Our life should be defined by grace and love for this defined our Savior’s life. Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • Andie ConnFebruary 17, 2015 - 6:29 am

    This is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Sherri SFebruary 17, 2015 - 7:49 am

    This is so true and bravo for your courage! I’m trying to be more REAL and transparent even though it feels vulnerable, I’ve only been blessed by it! I’m growing closer to many women because of it. Thanks for sharing this!ReplyCancel

  • Amy HagerupFebruary 17, 2015 - 8:47 am

    Yes, God does/has made a way for us to come back to Him. Blessed be His name. So happy to be connected to you, AmyReplyCancel

  • Jody ThomaeFebruary 17, 2015 - 10:11 am

    Oh yes! the beautiful romance of God’s romance of our hearts!!
    Thank you Samantha for the reminder.
    As always, love the creative beauty and artistry of your blog!!
    Peace, JodyReplyCancel

  • LayneFebruary 17, 2015 - 10:45 am

    Awesome job for taking leaps of faith and being intentional. God is so good!ReplyCancel

  • AishaFebruary 17, 2015 - 9:16 pm
  • SarahFebruary 17, 2015 - 10:53 pm

    The free print is beautiful! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal & Co.February 18, 2015 - 1:13 am

    Oh I love this!

    And how am I just now landing on your blog? Amazing stuff here.

    Following you on Instagram now. I spy some inspiring things I must have!

    Thank you for inspiring me today!ReplyCancel

  • CherylFebruary 18, 2015 - 8:17 am

    This was an awesome post and I love reading your perspective on the gospel. Just how you put the words together really spoke to me. Since I started seeking God my life hasn’t been the same. Thank you for this šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Lucy ferFebruary 20, 2015 - 1:59 am

    What I don’t understand is this. If we have freewill (in fact we have no choice to have it) then surely prayer is futile as if God in any way intervenes then he is taking away our free will?ReplyCancel

  • Cheri GambleFebruary 20, 2015 - 5:38 am

    May God continue to bless your ministry as you speak out for Him!ReplyCancel

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