A Life Set Free

Updated: Oct 17, 2020

“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. My book 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.

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.”

Then, 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 ~ Everywhere. He seemed to be hiding. I couldn’t find Him. Finally, thankfully, 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. I was 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 God 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 and 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... Please trust Him today. He loves you. Blessings, Beloved. A Life Set Free is available at A Life Set Free (free try of the audible book) https://www.amazon.ca/Life-Set-Free-story-faithfulness/dp/1092493484

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About Me

Rena was born a block away from a fascinating tide pool in Vancouver, British Columbia. (She loves tide pools, painting, reading, writing...)

She has been an  Elementary and High School teacher for 18 years - is married and has four adult children - and has had the amazing opportunity to travel the globe as an Ambassador with the Department of Eternal Affairs.

Rena began writing her story - one of rejection, betrayal, and healing from brokenness - while sitting under a mosquito net in China. Two years later she put all the scribbly notes together at a guest house in Haifa, Israel. "A Life Set Free" was born.

"Bubs Bunny Goes to Camp", "Mommy & Baby's Journal", and her latest book -"MANHUNT" - Book 1 in "The Narrow Path Trilogy" -are all available on Amazon.

God took an abandoned, fearful child and is using her life to show the impossible is possible when our lives are surrendered to Him. He can do more than we ask or think. She sincerely hopes this blog blesses and encourages you. 

Blessings, Beloved.



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