Have you ever just felt like your life was a mess? Or maybe even a Hot Mess? But a Holy Mess? That’s a whole other level! Just reading the title makes me relate!
What if our Holy Messes were apart of God’s Holy Purpose for us?
What if God’s Holy Purpose could not be carried out in us if we didn’t have our Messes?
Our messes are God’s platform to carry out His greatest plans. He doesn’t need us to do this, He WANTS US to carry out His plans. He could have chosen to live anywhere in the world but He chose to reside in our hearts.
I want to introduce you to Michelle Rabon the author of a Holy Mess. She actually wrote “Holy Mess” as both a traditional book with a coordinating Bible study. The benefit of the book is to help women find freedom from the messes of their life through Christ and walk forward in faith. It will help women see that God meets us in the midst of every mess we will face in this life and He will walk us through it all.
So let’s get started!
Heather: What is the story behind Holy Mess? What drove you to write this book?
Michelle: I never set out to write a book in all honesty. I accepted Christ at the age of 19, but it took until my late 20s to really understand what it meant to be a woman radically changed by the Gospel. I know God saved me and changed me, but I didn’t know how I was supposed to live that out.
From the time I was 19 to my late 20s, I was married, had three children, lost my father, brother, mother in law and had two miscarriages. There was a lot of life, a lot of hurt and little understanding of how the Gospel could meet me in the midst of it all. Holy Mess really is 10 years of hard fought lessons in one book. Everything God has used to teach me about what the Gospel really means for our lives every day.
I wrote the idea on a piece of paper three years ago. I knew that all I walked through was not without reason and it was meant to be shared. The desire of my heart and the burden God placed on my heart was to help other women see the power of the Gospel for every area of her life.
Heather: What does it mean to be a woman who is radically changed by the gospel?
Michelle: Being a woman who is radically changed by the gospel is a reflection of the power of what Christ can do in a woman’s life. When we accept the gift of salvation and surrender our lives to God because of Christ, who went to a cross on our behalf – God begins to shape us into His holy daughters. Our perfection isn’t required because He meets us in the midst of our messes.
When we are radically changed we are moved from our old way to a new way, a new life. A life of abundance and hope. It does not mean God is offering us a perfect life, but He says I will meet you in it. He says I am with you every step, and He will be faithful to bring the holy to His radically changed daughters.
Heather: What was your favorite and least favorite part of the process of the Holy mess?
Michelle: My favorite part of the process was learning so much about the women of the Bible. There is so much that God will teach us through the people in the pages of Scripture. Their stories resonate with us because they are like you and I, just a few hundred years between us.
My least favorite, having to walk out what God was teaching me, every word I wrote I lived out first before it found its way onto a page. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it.
Heather: If there is one take away message you can share from the Holy mess what would that be?
Michelle: That if God can change the women of the Bible then He can change you, and when He changes you, He will walk this life with you.
Michelle is a wife and mom of three who is learning to embrace the messiness of life and walk in the grace of God. When she isn’t chasing or homeschooling her little ones, she is writing, drinking coffee, and serving women in her local church. You can find her at Displayinggrace.com, Instagram @displayinggrace and Facebook @displaygrace
All book information is at www.holymessbook.com
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