My Journey to Freedom [Book One] from abuse, codependency, faulty beliefs about Christianity, to a personal encounter with the Unconditional Love of God by Susan Hopkins
This book is dedicated to women. Hear these loving words from your heavenly Father: ‘You have loved ME well; you have loved OTHERS well, but you have not yet loved YOU the way that I love you.' “And I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty. 2 Cor 6:18 (AMP)
Ten years after Susan walked down the aisle of a church and gave her life to God in the service of others, she renounced Christianity as she knew it. She just couldn't try and fail one more time. She was tired of never being ‘good enough'; tired of trying hard to be the ‘perfect' daughter, mother, wife; and she tried even harder to be a ‘good' Christian. She couldn’t seem to meet anyone’s expectations, let alone her own.
It was impossible to know that an hour later she would have a personal encounter with the unconditional love of God that would change her life forever. “I am your heavenly Father,” He said. “You are My child. I formed you in your mother’s womb. I gave you your name, your gifts, your talents and your personality. All I have ever wanted you to be is ‘yourself'. I have a purpose and plan for your life that can only be accomplished if you choose to be the person I created you to be. If not, you will miss your destiny entirely. I will place a burning desire in your heart to be My disciple, and I will give you the power to do whatever I ask you to do. I love you more than any earthly Father ever could.”
Letting go of her preconceived ideas about Christianity was not the end but rather a brand new beginning. Clearly, Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship. It’s not about trying harder to be ‘good enough', it’s about trusting more. Christianity as God intended is a life of rest, abiding in Christ and He in us through the power of the Holy Spirit; a life of abundance where we never have to worry because He provides everything we could ever need or want. She was relieved because all she had to do was be ‘herself'.