"This [blog] was written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing, you may have life in His name." (John 20:31 ESV)
It's true, I've always been a writer. For as long as I can remember, I've had journals and "novels" and letters scrawled with words lining my heart. I love words. I love the way words can bring a man to his knees and raise him back up in one simple sentence. I love the way the Creator used words to stitch together the beauty of ashes and rain down a storm of roaring love.
I believe that our lips hold tsunamis and our tongues carry thunder.
"The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry, and a wise friend’s timely reprimand is like a gold ring slipped on your finger.” (Proverbs 25:11-12 MSG)
A few years ago, I realized that God had given me a love of words for a reason, that writing was my gift. I realized that this gift that I hold has the power to do an immeasurable amount of good or an immeasurable amount of bad. I decided that I would give back to God by making my words matter, by using them to serve, love, encourage, and equip hearts in a way that I would be unable to do otherwise.
Then, in February of 2017, God whispered into my heart a dream, a journey of words to heal the lost and the broken. So Wholeheartedly Messy was born.
Our mission here is to...
Our calling is to serve God above all else, to serve each other, and to serve you. Jesus set the example as the ultimate servant, and we're following Him. He is where lives change and hearts transform and the world revolutionizes. We believe that servants, the ones who get on their knees and wash icky, dirty feet, the ones who are giving their all for Jesus Christ, are the ones who will lead this generation back to Truth. Our mission is to serve you and make a servant out of you.
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)
Our calling is to love God above all else, to love each other, and to love you. Again, Jesus sets the ultimate example for what love should look like, and here at Wholeheartedly Messy, we're trying to live out that love. We believe that the real, raw, hard, and messy love is the only way this world is going to change and hearts are going to be restored. We're choosing to love because we believe that love is the greatest thing of all. Our mission is to love you well and to help you love both God and others well.
"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ And the second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 ESV)
Our calling is to be encouraged by God, to encourage each other, and to encourage you. All through Scripture, we see God's great compassion for people and His willingness to encourage the hurting. We believe that those who are hurting should not be left hurting alone. We believe in giving hugs, having giggling fits, and giving lots of ice cream to anyone who shows up at our virtual doorstep with a broken heart. For we believe that building each other up is part of loving others. Our mission is to encourage you in a way that makes you want to encourage others.
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." (1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV)
Our calling is to be equipped by the Word of God, to equip each other, and to equip you to follow Christ. In the New Testament, Paul speaks a lot about working together and teaching each other because, as Christians, we are united as one Body, as one Church. We are the Body of Christ, and under that name, we have a duty to share the love of Christ with all the world by our words and by the way we live. We believe that before we can give, we must first receive. Our mission is to equip you so that you can equip others.
"Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ." (Ephesians 4:11-13 NLT)
Are you lost, dear one? Broken? Searching? Trying to find your place in this world?
Welcome. This is a safe haven for you to let down your guard, let go of your worry, and run with complete abandon to Jesus. This is a community built up on the love of Christ, and we are here to serve you, to love you, to encourage you, and to equip you.
Here are our words, handed to you like a treasure. Here are our words, given to you laced in love. Here are our words, a resounding echo of hope between each syllable.
Are they like honey to your soul, like fine jewelry on your finger?
I pray that they are. We build kingdoms with our words here, and I earnestly pray that our messy words heal your messy heart.