WOW , that was my first word as I closed and finished 218 pages of the book If You Only Knew – by Jamie Ivey.
The book shows the attempting pursuit of God through a series of heartbreaking, surprising , and understanding stories. Though my story is not exactly like Jamie’s, if I were to insert my sins/flaw , and story where hers is , I couldn’t help but to feel THIS IS ME. Even more I can’t help but to think how many more of us woman (even men) have some “if only you knew” stories.
I do not want to give any parts of the book away, because I urge everyone to grab a copy. However , something that really grabbed me in this book was her pure authenticity , and how she was open with the whole wide world. I know this wasn’t easy , and we might not ever share all of our stories with everyone , but something powerful I learned is that sharing with somebody opens up the door for Jesus to come in. when I read through all 10 chapters of her book it was as if something was lifted , and I didn’t feel so alone anymore in my walk and in my journey. This story unleashes how we become free, … Jesus is waiting on us . we don’t have to have shame or guilt , as she put “just remember , Jesus is better “.
Not only does she tell us her story , but she shows us how we become free , from whatever is keeping us bound.
“ shame over past sins that have already been forgiving is not from God. No matter how much you go to church , or read you Bible, or give away lots of money, you’re not improving Christ forgiveness for you”.-Jamie Ivey – Chapter 9
THAT RIGHT THERE! I mean I am guilty of thinking Lord what else can I do or say to right my wrongs in my past , so you can actually forgive me. That thinking is common but its wrong because there is NOTHING we can do. Christ has already done it .
One of my favorite chapters of this book was Vulnerability Breeds Vulnerability , chapter 9 (Cough my BLOG name lol). After reading that chapter It was a reminder why I started by blog , because being vulnerable is not for me it’s for others too. Looking back on those moments in my life , I wish I knew it was okay to talk about my hurt , and the pain I was going through, I wish that knew I was free from guilt and shame. Now I know , and I want others to know.
“Thank God I’d been willing to be vulnerable. Something beautiful happens when were vulnerable”Jamie Ivey- Chapter 9
Something beautiful , I can’t help but tear -up as I say those words because when I think where God has freed me in some of those areas I am overwhelmed by his presence and power. There are so many quotes and inserts I would love to give from this book , but instead I will let you all pick it up, and allow God to speak to you through every page!
Love yall ❤