A Life Set Free

Updated: May 3

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

John 8:36

I started writing my story while sitting under a mosquito net in China. Two years later I finally put all the scribbly notes onto my iPad at a guest house in Haifa, Israel. It took several years for God to prepare my heart to write this story. I could not have written it sooner. It is written from a place of forgiveness, healing, wholeness and freedom.

Following God has been an incredible adventure. All glory and honor and praise to Him, now and forever. This is a true story about the love and faithfulness of God.

This is the story of a life set free.

I had a desperately lonely childhood I felt abandoned, rejected, unloved.

Years living in other people’s homes convinced me I was the outsider not belonging

so alone

It sounds crazy but I am thankful

I praise God because He used everything to give me a greater heart of compassion for others

Fast forward

as a 21-year-old university student I was disillusioned with life

I felt like there was a black, empty, hollow space

growing inside me

The emptiness darkness and hopelessness of my life overwhelmed me.

I decided I had nothing to live for It seemed suicide was better than living

I contemplated jumping out of a window

on the 18th floor of an apartment building

While looking at that window deciding what to do I had a vision I don’t know what else to call it

It was so strange

this is hard to explain...

It had been a cloudless day but now thick clouds seemed to appear

Just outside the window obscuring everything I knew they weren’t really there Yet I could see them

I could see through the clouds

and I saw a throne

I could not see His face

but I knew the One

seated on that throne

was Jesus

I knew He was crying for me because of the pain and sadness

and brokenness of my life

He spoke not with words I could hear

but with words that resonated inside me

“Rena, This is not My plan for your life. If you turn your life over to Me I will bring more beauty out of your life

than you could possibly imagine at this moment.”


incredibly In a split second

I saw my entire life

It was kind of like seeing a high speed video

It was too fast to see details Yet I had the impression that it was

an amazing, incredible, beautiful life

Obviously... I chose to live

This next part the unveiling of the “video”

was a process

I began searching for God


He seemed to be hiding

I couldn’t find Him



there was a random invitation

to an obscure prayer meeting

and I found Him!!! I was broken-hearted that I had grieved Him

I repented of my sins and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Saviour

Because of His grace and mercy I was forgiven

I became a child of God

Adopted into His beautiful

forever family

No longer alone

Such amazing love

If I had died that day I would have missed Out on so much He wanted to do in my life and throughout eternity.

This is the story of God’s amazing grace in my life.

He saw a sad, lonely girl

In His great love and compassion

God pulled me out of darkness into His amazing light.

He has given me a hope and a future

A beautiful life

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus

set me free from the law of sin and death.

I found Him Yet I am seeking Him still...

Blessings, Beloved.

A Life Set Free is available at



About Me

Rena was born a block away from a fascinating tide pool in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has taught Kindergarten to Grade 12 in a Public school, Christian schools, homeschool, and in an International school in China. She has four beautiful children...a baby in Heaven...a very cool husband...published three books (A Life Set Free, Mommy & Baby's Journal, and Bubs Bunny Goes to Camp) and painted a few paintings. God has given her incredible opportunities to be involved with short term missions around the globe as an Ambassador with the Department of Eternal Affairs. Her personal story is one of healing from brokenness. God took an abandoned, fearful child and is using her life to show that nothing is impossible when our lives are surrendered to God.  Her greatest joy is to bring joy to God's heart. She  sincerely hopes this blog is a blessing to you. 



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