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Bonnie Gray is the author of Sweet Like Jasmine, Whispers of Rest, wife, and mom to two boys. An inspirational speaker featured by Relevant Magazine and Christianity Today, she’s guided thousands to detox stress and experience God’s love through soul care, encouragement, and prayer. She loves refreshing your soul at...

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    • I loved the way you share your struggles in live to your new walk with Christ.. I felt and could relate to your story and needed this reminder that love in Jesus is our freedom..

  1. Bonnie,
    Romans 8:1 and the story of Jesus you so beautifully unwrapped sets me free. Because Jesus came, lived, was rejected, betrayed, hated, suffered, and died a horrendous criminal’s death upon a cross. Because death couldn’t hold Him and He rose from the grave, leaving all my sins He took upon Himself in hell where they belong. Because of this, I don’t have to be perfect or earn my salvation; guilt can’t touch me; others can’t define me. Because of this there is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus. This sets me free from the guilt of sin and the pain of death. Because of Jesus I am free to dance and live life in abundance….despite the world and its pain. Awesome post Bonnie and so appropriate for this week! So glad that little girl found the greatest Book….
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. So beautifully said, Bonnie. Thank you for sharing His love in your post.
    God bless you,
    Susan

  3. Wow Bonnie, I cannot imagine how scary this all was to you as a young girl , but you persevered !
    Such a great way to tie this all into Independence Day !
    This is so well written and absorbed , thanks for the inspiration and reminders .

    Hope y’all have a blessed and safe day .

  4. I am learning from the Lord how the past shaped my experiences, how I allowed the enemy to creep in. Freedom is precious and freedom in Jesus, even more so. I have been busy blogging but I am going back to listen to some of your podcasts. You are right He knew more suffering and rejection that anyone, I wrote a post called You Have To Bleed, and you do figuratively, to understand Him. I am so happy you have overcome and for His favor on you.

  5. Bonnie,

    Great testimony on the love of Jesus. I have been a “church” girl most of my life. I was there in the choir, doing youth activities, etc. Not really being a “free Christian”. Shortly after I married in September 2004 I “heard” the gospel for the first time. It was on a Wednesday night I declared my independence from this world & got baptized. I have had ups and downs along the way. Lately I’ve been on fire for God. I want to do as much local mission work as I can & share His love with others. With His death & resurrection I am free to dance, sing & shout to the Lord loudly!

    Blessings 🙂

  6. Hello my kindred spirit! So very comforting that we shared the same fatherless experience. I longed for a father i didn’t know who left a wife and five small children in a third world country with no means of survival. He was a US Army soldier who got an order to Monterrey Army Post in CA and promised to send for us. But never to be heard from nor seen again. But God… an child Evangelism missionary (Ms Margaret) came to our small town one day. She played her accordion singing “Jesus Loves Me.” Then she told the story from the Bible of the lost sheep in the night and how the loving shepherd left the rest of the flock to search for that one that was lost! In my child’s mind I was that little lamb in the arms of Jesus. That day as a child, I found a very loving father and Savior! O what joy floods my heart and soul! And the rest of my growing up years was history with Jesus Christ as my Daddy!

  7. These words of yours, Bonnie, especially spoke to me: “We have Someone who honors our suffering.” I had never thought of the “honors” of suffering, but there are at least a few: He honors us with his presence and strength to get through it; he teaches and guides us as we persevere. You have been honored through your suffering, and now your readers benefit from the wisdom you gained. With you I praise God for his love that has set us free–even in the suffering.