10 years ago I was a trembling teenager on the bathroom floor. With tears streaming down, I peered at my Bible open to John 8:36.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Only moments before my spirit was crushed by my failings. Though a picture-perfect athlete and brain on the outside, on the inside I was crumbling under the weight of unreasonable self-expectations and self-righteousness. No one else knew about the war within me, except for God.
And so He brought this verse. So simple and so succinct, it rang in my heart with hope like I’ve never experienced before.
Just before it, Jesus had convicted the Jews for relying upon their heritage and good works, instead of living by faith (John 8:31-35). He proclaimed all were enslaved to sin, and I realized that was me. Enslaved.
I was a slave to perfectionism, pridefully striving for my own glory in the world and denying my Creator. But this, this verse, this promise by Christ’s own lips, promised freedom.
All of my life I had chased after freedom and truth. I repeatedly attempted to know them, to achieve them, to feel them. I wanted to know why I was here and what I was supposed to do, but was weary from the world’s empty answers.
The dead ends appeared endless. Then I learned about this Savior, His compassion and His true glory, and the longings for liberty became reality.
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
My inadequacies, my sins, and my wrongs, were washed away and replaced by His sufficiency and righteousness. I was finally abiding in His word.
I was set free, and you can be too.
I am Danielle, but most call me Dani. I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and this blog creatively shares the new life I have in Him through deep devotionals, faith-filled fiction, personal tales, and colorful photography.
My hope is to deepen your understanding of your identity in Christ through everyday bibical truth, truth that frees.
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I’m married to a wonderful man, Isaias Muñoz, who encourages me to live by faith everyday! We recently welcomed our first baby, a little daughter named Amariah. A Central Californian girl and Cornell University alumna, I also enjoy capturing God’s glory through the camera lens, concocting sweet treats, and jumping into other worlds on my Kindle. You can also read my longer testimony.
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Statement of Faith:
I BELIEVE in the one and only, holy God of the Bible. We are all separated from God by our imperfect, sinful nature, and He came upon the Earth as a perfect man, Jesus, to restore a relationship with us by dying the death we deserve and conquering death through his resurrection.
Jesus lived the life we cannot not live, one of unceasing love, wisdom, obedience, selflessness and most importantly, sinlessness. By placing our complete faith in Him as the Savior and obeying His Word we will have eternal unity with God.
God understands us, because He created us. True life and hope is found through Him. And the Bible is our living comprehension of that amazing grace. I seek to dig into its richness on this blog to better know our living Lord.