Hi friends and welcome to the Arise, Beloved blog. We have an amazing team of writers behind this blog and our desire is to speak truth into the lies that cripple us and shine light into the darkness that isolates us because we believe that now, more than ever, the Church desperately needs women to be restored so that the world can be set ablaze. Our hope is that you find comfort, solace, and peace in knowing that you are not alone, you are not too far gone and there is ALWAYS hope to be found.
Hello my dear sisters and WELCOME!! We are so, so happy you are here and we are humbled and amazed that the Lord has asked us to start this journey.
Over a year ago, God began to cultivate a mustard seed of a kingdom-sized dream in each of our hearts. The initial cultivation process was something that took place in each of us separately and was uniquely personal to the healing of our wounded hearts. God had a lot of work to do in each of our hearts in order to prepare us to step into the role of starting a new ministry. Before we could receive this kingdom dream, we had to receive God’s restorative and healing love in our own lives which has been a long process and while the Lord has done mighty deeds in our lives, His work is far from done. Over the course of a year and a half the word “RESTORE” surfaced in our lives over and over and over again until it became the resounding heartbeat of our prayer life.
We have seen the Lord do mighty works of restoration in our lives and it is our firm belief that He desires to do similar works of restoration in each of your lives as well! Through this blog, we hope to share our hearts with you so that you may come to see the Lord’s tender love and mercy in your own life.
My own story of restoration began to truly take place a year and a half ago when I was about to embark on the most insane thing I had ever done in my life: walking 500 miles across Spain, in 35 days as a pilgrim on El Camino de Santiago. I had just graduated from Franciscan University and was quite honestly, grieving the end of that chapter and desperately missing the girls who had become my best friends. I was alone with my 18-year-old brother for 8 weeks in Europe, cut off from almost all contact with everyone I had left behind in the States and feeling very alone and very crazy. We started our trip off in France, wanting to dedicate our pilgrimage to Our Lady in Lourdes and I will forever be grateful that we did. Our last day in Lourdes, I took a solitary walk through the beautiful stations of the cross on the hill behind the Grotto. Although this was my second time in Lourdes, it was my first time walking through these Stations and I was completely alone, high above the rest of the Lourdes Sanctuary, meditating on the Passion of Christ and surrounded by the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. At the very top of this mini-mountain is the Crucifixion scene. And at the very top, as I poured out my heart, filled with fears and anxieties about the next two months, filled with grief and pain at leaving a place that I had loved so very much, I heard the gentle whisper of Jesus.
He spoke to me so clearly, so sweetly, and so very tenderly.
“My beloved, I died so that you might have life, and have it more abundantly. I died so that you could be free. I did not die for you to keep on barely living. Awake daughter Zion, the time for slumber has ended. Awake and live. Truly live.”
Over the course of the next five weeks, the Lord sang a beautiful song of restoration over my life, showing me over and over again that His plan for my life was a life filled with joy and hope and love – here and now, despite the brokenness of our world, despite the inevitable pain and sorrow I have experienced and I will experience again. My honeymoon with Jesus (as a dear friend of mine so aptly titled my Camino trip), was such an immense outpouring of grace and love, and it was in the healing and receiving that the Lord planted the seed for this ministry deep in my heart.
My desire, dear sisters, is that you might come to find healing and freedom in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
“I have heard your prayers, I have seen your tears, behold, I will heal you.”
– 2 Kings 20:5 –