“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:32

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Welcome back to WOTW! It feels good to finally return after another hiatus . I can’t even begin to tell you all what has taken place since the last time in December. But I have a new, fresh perspective for my writings and for my blogs. I almost want to start over! Last year, I was writing my posts more as devotionals to teach and share. I’ll still continue in that but I realized that I received more feedback on one of my most vulnerable posts (scroll through to find it). This year and moving forward, my goal is to give you all the raw truth. I want to share as much as details about my life as possible: what I’m really going through, how I’m feeling, and what I’m experiencing.

I realize more now that it’s not just the truth we know that sets us free but the truth we share. These past few months I’ve been given the opportunity to get to know the people in my life more intimately. There are relationships with members from my church that have grown, and even relationships across the country that I’ve deepened because of the truth that has been revealed. After each encounter it left me feeling like, “wow I actually know this person now.” It makes the person that I thought I knew even more familiar and easier to relate to and confide in. But then it made me pose the question, “who knows me?” Outside of the very few friends and family that I’ve opened up to…nobody.

I realized that if I were to die today very few would be able to say that they knew the real me. That’s not how I’d like to depart. I want to leave this earth the way that Jesus did: open, honest, and transparent. He left everything on the table; His hands were clean. There were no secrets left and even the things we don’t know He told us that we wouldn’t know them until He returns. There are no cliffhangers with God, so what does that say about you and me?

I’ve also learned there’s a difference between between intimacy and secrecy. When talking about Jesus and His disciples, we always mention The Twelve ( Peter; James and John, the sons of Zebedee; Andrew; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Thaddaeus, or Judas, the son of James; Simon the Cananaean, or the Zealot; and Judas Iscariot) HOWEVER did you know there were hundreds , if not thousands of disciples? A disciple is a follower and as Jesus went sharing the Good News, which is Himself, more people began to follow Him. The Twelve disciples were those who Jesus were most intimate with. These were men that have seen Jesus pour out His heart to His Father, they’ve seen Him sound asleep in the midst of a storm, and they’ve seen Him at temples. These men had full access to Him because they desired intimacy, and Jesus provided this intimacy.

Intimacy is what we keep for ourselves for a select few, while secrecy is what we keep for ourselves from others.

I desire intimacy with my own disciples, or followers, this year. I don’t want to keep my life for myself rather I want my life to be readily available to those who need it. I care about all of my readers, whether five or five thousand, and I look forward to sharing my life and developing a more intimate platform with you all.

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