After years of abuse as a child, I built prison walls around my heart only the bars were made of anger; anger trying to hide the rejection and hurt I had experienced. I so desperately wanted to find the emotional intimacy that I didn’t get as a kid.

Until one day, in the month of July 1981, I met Someone. He reached down into my broken mess and rescued me. That Someone is Jesus Christ, and since then I’ve been in a relationship with Him and He continues to give me a Fresh Start EVERY SINGE DAY. The Bible says in Lamentations 3:22-23, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

Having experienced such pain and wounding as a child, to be able to experience His mercies every day is such a gift. AND it’s not just for me. It’s for each of you too. God is no respecter of persons. What He does for me He will do for you too. There are 3 things I want you to take with you today:

Having experienced such pain and wounding as a child, to be able to experience His mercies every day is such a gift. AND it’s not just for me. It’s for each of you too. God is no respecter of persons. What He does for me He will do for you too. There are 3 things I want you to take with you today:

Having experienced such pain and wounding as a child, to be able to experience His mercies every day is such a gift. AND it’s not just for me. It’s for each of you too. God is no respecter of persons. What He does for me He will do for you too.

There are 3 things I want you to take with you today:
1. God is the Greatest Advocate for Women
2. God loves Fresh Starts
3. God ALWAYS provides a way out of temptation.

God is the Greatest Advocate for Women

His genealogy is dotted with women who lived outside of societal norms for their time and culture. Women such as Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba brought such things in His history as incest, prostitution, adultery and interethnic marriage which was forbidden in that culture.

Author and psychologist, Dr. Diana Langberg, writes, “Jesus arrived as the seeming illegitimate son of a virgin in a culture that should have stoned her because she was very much outside the parameters. She did not maintain her role or place in that society…He went from there to swim upstream by saying things like looking on a female as a sex object is the equivalent of adultery (worthy of stoning in that culture). He began His ministry by blessing an unnamed bride in Cana. Women publicly traveled with Him, a stunning and offensive situation in that culture. He treated one woman as a male disciple when He affirmed her presence at His feet and treated another as an apostle when He paused in His work of saving the world to raise a girl-child from the dead, returned a son to a widow and brother to two grieving women. He accorded women dignity, honor, safety, education, and privilege.” And maybe that’s why He could relate so well to women and loves giving them, us, a Fresh Start.

God Loves Fresh Starts

You find her story in the Gospels (Mark 5:21-43, Matthew 9:18-26, Luke 8:40-56). Tired and weak, this woman had endured bleeding for 12 years.  She spent all of her money seeking help from physicians and still was unable to find a cure. Hearing that a man named Jesus could heal the sick, she desperately wanted to find Him. After searching for Him, she found Jesus in the midst of a crowd.  Pushing her way towards Him, she extended her hand and touched His hem.  At that very moment, she began to tremble knowing that she was healed. Instinctively, she fell at His feet and told Him her story. Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” (Mark 5:34) Like Tina, she experienced hope, grace, and love.

Another woman, desperately in need of help, was pulled out of a room and into the street as the men looked forward to her stoning. She was caught with a man who was not her husband. Taken to Jesus, she was sure her life was over, but instead, she found life and not death, grace instead of judgment, love instead of shame. Jesus’ final words to a broken and promiscuous woman were, “Go and do not sin again.” There was no judgment in his words. Her sexual activity was not a secret to Jesus. They both knew what she had been doing. Yet the words, “neither do I condemn you,” took the condemnation away, filling her with hope.  If there was a judgment to be found it was in the hearts of the self-righteous men who brought her to Jesus hoping to stone her to death. Rather, they came up against love personified and scattered away. The woman experienced healing because of this life-giving encounter with Jesus.

And finally, we find Jesus speaking to a Samaritan woman about issues of the heart. Sexual customs and prejudices were eradicated by Jesus when He spoke with her. The Bible says that Jews had no dealings with Samaritans let alone a Samaritan woman. He revealed that He knew of her five marriages as well as her current relationship.  Astonished by His revelations of her life, she became a Christ-follower and influenced many in Samaria to become followers as well. John 4:39 (NAS) says, “From that city, many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‘He told me all the things that I have done.’” Because Jesus was THE ultimate advocate for women, each life-giving interaction between Jesus and these women ended in something positive: freedom, healing, and conversions.

God Always Provides a Way Out from Temptation

As you begin your journey with a fresh start, you may encounter some of the same people, situations and old temptations will rear their ugly heads. Please remember that our God ALWAYS PROVIDES – ALWAYS PROVIDES – ALWAYS PROVIDES A WAY OUT.

1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

When you feel stressed and your back is against the wall and you are tempted to do something you know is wrong…Look around, be observant and aware. He will provide a way out.

Remember Ladies, He passionately loves you – each of you – you are precious beautiful women. He loves giving you a Fresh Start and His mercies are new for you every single day. Let me pray. “Father, thank You for fresh starts, for Your unending love, and Your mercies that are ours every single day. We love You. Help us to glorify You with our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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Julia Mateer

Laughing hard with friends, strong black tea, quiet moments with her husband, are some of Julia's favorite things. One of her greatest joys is having authentic conversations with women about relationships, parenting, and leadership.

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