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A Redeemed Daughter

Saturday’s Walk for Freedom was a success. I speak of the success of awareness. There were 400 people in attendance and because these people are aware of the travesty of sex trafficking that number of people can only grow as time goes on. My heart was touched by something the founder of Free Ever After, Cynthia Magallenas said. She shared a bit of her story and confessed to a life that had gone astray in her teen years which led to many poor choices. Two words stuck in my head, worthless and redeemed. Cynthia shared how she was preparing for her wedding day by choosing her dress. Her fiance asked her why all of her choices were ivory and not white. She had come to believe that her worth had become tainted and she did not deserve a white dress. God spoke to her in that moment through her fiance and said that she was not whom she once was and she had been redeemed. She was a very deserving beloved daughter who should wear a white dress.The very thing that sets us apart as women in God’s vast creation; our beauty and light, is the very thing that comes under the greatest attack from Satan. Tall, short, fat, skinny, rich, poor; whatever you look like or circumstances in life may be every woman has at one time felt feelings of worthlessness and being taken advantage of. ¨If only I was prettier, smarter, skinnier, funnier (insert adjective here), then I would get the security I am desperately searching for.¨ You will never compare to your ideal of what woman should look or act like. Once that becomes painfully clear Satan’s armies are right there to affirm and continue reaffirming that lie. The problem with what Satan and the world would have you believe is that it is nothing but a vicious circle. I experienced this cycle. During my own period of rebellion and years of poor choices I searched for acceptance and security. I may not have received any money for sexual favors, but I certainly gave it up on more than one occasion  in hopes that the other person would somehow be convinced that I had something meaningful to offer. Most of the time I was rejected, which only reaffirmed for me my worthlessness. Worthlessness, a dark and lonely place of little hope. It seem like despite all of your best efforts, Satan just keeps saying, ¨nope, not good enough.¨ Can you imagine the agony of having to stay in that isolated place. Have you heard the good news? Cynthia Magallenas has. I was fortunate enough to, as well. We heard that we’re not meant to stay in that place for we had been chosen. We have been redeemed through the blood of Jesus!

“I called on your name Lord, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.” You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.” O Lord, you took up my case; you redeemed my life.” Lamentations 3:55-58

The truth is no woman is worthless. We are adopted into a glorious kingdom (Romans 8:15). God tells you and I that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come!” (2Corinthians 5:17). So, you go girl; wear that white.

 

Shameless plugs, check out these two awesome ministries:

http://soldnomore.org/

http://freeeverafter.org/

2 Comments

  1. I am commenting to myself, yay I am such a dork! Anyway, I was reading in Isaiah today and came across something that created beautiful imagery on the joy of the redeemed. I hope it feeds your soul the way it did for me. Read Isaiah chapter 35 for a little spiritual milk…

  2. Carena. Thank you for sharing this story of Cynthia, and thank you for sharing more about your story. I too have learned from our culture to find my worth and identity in what I can offer a man, only to leave feeling more worthless and ashamed. But Jesus has set Cynthia free, He has set you free, and He has set me free. And I know, in the deepest place of my being, that I am redeemed, I have been shown mercy, and I am God’s treasured possession. And also thank you for Isaiah 35, very rich promises to live into.

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