Updated: Aug 27
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:1-5
My name is Emma and I am the Life Coach here at Wings. This means I am the go-to-gal for our women during the weekdays. I also coordinate our wellness curriculum where we focus on holistic care physically, as a reflection of the innate value each of our women hold. This summer I have been unpacking the book of Romans. In the past week these few verses above have spent some time rolling around in my mind, specifically how they relate to our work here at Wings. What a security we have in Jesus. The gift we have to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. The ability to rejoice, regardless of circumstance, is so crucial in the restoration journey because we do not rejoice in the success of the day, the choice of the women, or our own work, but rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. I take great comfort in knowing the glory of God is being worked out in each woman who walks through our doors. It is no small miracle that she has made it to this point and that alone deserves highest praise.
This summer was a bit quiet around Wings when we had a few open beds. We prayed and petitioned for more women to come, in anticipation and hope of the glory of God. We gathered together and praised God for who He is, what He has done, and what is yet to come. Flexing the rejoice muscle is what carries us through this mission. We have grown in character and confidence in Christ. And we hope for what is to come.
A hope in Jesus does not put us to shame. Looking onward, past Wings, to Jesus we know we are secure. That God be glorified in this mission and that God be glorified forever and ever, onward past Wings. My prayer is that you would be encouraged in joining the rejoicing of heaven. This mission is purely an outpouring of the glory of God, spurred on by those who hope in Jesus.
By: Emma, Direct Care Coach