Walking Wounded

This week, a woman was murdered in Bloomington. I did not know her, but my heart goes out to her family, her friends, her neighbors. I am so deeply saddened that her life was cut short. I pray that she knew Jesus.

This week, a woman was arrested for murder in Bloomington. Her mug shot was shown on every channel, along with a bit of her story- well, let’s be honest, it was only the worst bit of her story, the bit that allows us to generalize her, categorize her, diminish her to a set of behaviors and consequences. But here’s the thing:  I know Donna Mae Bastyr.

Our Breakthrough team met Donna over a year ago, stressed and scared, outside the Salvation Army Shelter. We helped her get into treatment. We drove her to court appearances. Shared meals with her. She had burned a lot of bridges. Addiction does that. We spoke life into her as best as we knew how. We talked about next steps, dreams, God’s purpose for her life. We encouraged her to lean on Him and keep moving forward.

Every so often, Donna would reach out to one of us. She’d send pictures of her with her son and express her gratitude for the support of family members. She was happy to have completed a treatment program. She was saddened at the loss of a job. It seemed that her life had smoothed out into a routine that was working for her.

This tragic turn has shocked us, but it does not change our resolve. Even if this is the only post like it on the entire internet, I want this to be stated publicly- for her son, for her family and for Donna- that she is loved. That she is a precious, beautiful daughter of the Living God. That there is NOWHERE she can go from His presence. That this isn’t the end of her story.

And pray also that God’s revelation would be released through me every time I preach the wonderful mystery of the hope-filled gospel. Yes, pray that I may preach the wonderful news of God’s kingdom with bold freedom at every opportunity. – Ephesians 6:19-20 TPT

I Am

Last night’s message from Wild Hearts Adventures founder, Paul Lanhart, dealt with the question, “Who Am I?” We often define ourselves by what we do for a living, what we do well or what others say about us. If a situation comes along that contradicts that definition, it can throw our lives into a tailspin.

A much better question: “Who does God say I am?” The answer is the same in every circumstance:

And God made man in His own likeness. – Genesis 1:27

Every single moment you are thinking of me! How precious and wonderful to consider that you cherish me constantly in your every thought! – Psalm 139:17-18

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. – Jeremiah 29:11

For you are my treasured possession. – Exodus 19:5

Through our union with Christ we too have been claimed by God as his own inheritance. Before we were even born, he gave us our destiny; that we would fulfill the plan of God who always accomplishes every purpose and plan in his heart. – Ephesians 1:11

Let’s have renewed minds that believe what God says!

41 But he raises up the poor and lowly with his favor,
    giving them a safe place to live where no one can touch them.
    God will grant them a large family and bless them!
42 The lovers of God will rejoice when they see this.

Psalm 107:41-42a  TPT

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