Redemption Hurts

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Someone asked me what is the main theme for my second novel, Almost There, and I answered redemption. Briana has to look her ugly past in the face, forgive herself and accept the forgiveness of God before she can move past it to a life of peace.

It’s like this, no one told me that when God forgives sin, he often makes you face your sin to learn from it and that, my friend, is forgiveness that hurts. It is painful to look your sin in the face and say, “I did that and I am truly sorry.” It is even more excruciating to look sin in the face and say, “Wow, that was me? I really did that?” Yes, you did.

God doesn’t offer a caveat on His grace. There is nothing you can do to repay the gift of redemption. You must take it with a remorseful heart. Part of that remorse is facing your sin for the dirty, ugly, pathetic, nasty thing that it is and learn from it. If you don’t see what it is for the truth of it, you risk a repeat performance and more of the same. You don’t have to be scared, God is with you. He forgave you. He will be there to wipe tears and heal the hurt.

Do you remember telling your mom that your leg hurt and she said it was growing pains? Pain isn’t always a bad thing. With facing your sin comes pain, but you must face it to grow in faith. You must realize where it was that God saved you from, what life you had that His grace redeemed you out of, and what mortal sin you were forgiven. When you face your self, your sin, you can grow into that person that God can use for His glory. If you don’t face your sin, deal with it and move on, then this life, this hard, painful, struggling, forgiven life is for nothing but your self-serving purpose, not God’s will.

Think about that thing you are avoiding looking at, that tucked away sin that needs light shined on it, yeah that one, deal with it, today. The sooner it is dealt with the sooner you can praise God for the redemption that follows. Briana learned that lesson the hard way.

~Lori O’Gara

Merry Christmas from the O’Gara Clan

For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Merry Christmas!

From our house to yours.

The O’Gara Clan

Merry Christmas

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Announcement: Please Wait

You might see my second book Almost There  listed on Amazon, it’s not available yet. This is a place holder.  Please wait! Don’t purchase from third-party sellers, they can’t get a copy either, so you’ll pay them more and wait longer. Amazon is working on the issue. Thank you! 

~ Lori O’Gara 

In the Pursuit of Happiness

In Amlost There the main character Brianna Sabine Dario has the belief that she is not worthy of happiness. Throughout her story we see her pursue it and when she gets close to attaining joyful peace she bolts away.

How many of us can relate to the feeling of not being worthy? We sometimes wallow in the difficult situations in our life because we feel we do not deserve better. We laminate over the sadness and accept it as just how life is meant to be.

This is a device of evil. We can and should embrace the happiness no matter what is happening to us. Even if the world is crashing down on us if we grab that one thing, that one blessing that makes us smile, we will come through the storm succeeding.

Believe that you are worthy and deserve happiness. Fervently pursue it and do not settle for less.

~ Lori O’Gara