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A Life Set Free...

Updated: Apr 14



Have you ever felt God prompting you to do something? I have. A few heartbeats ago, while sitting under a mosquito net in China, I felt God leading me to write ~ so I did ~ non-stop ~ from morning to night. Two years later I put all the scribbly notes onto my iPad at a guest house in Haifa, Israel. It took several years for God to prepare my heart to write my story. It is a story that is only possible because of God's amazing compassion, grace, mercy, and love.

I had a lonely childhood. I felt abandoned, rejected, unloved. Years living in other people’s homes convinced me I was the outsider ~ not belonging ~ so alone. It sounds crazy, but I am thankful now. God used the scenes of my life to give me a greater heart of compassion for others.

As a 21-year-old university student, I was disillusioned with life. I felt like there was a black, empty, hollow space growing inside me. The emptiness, darkness, and hopelessness of my life overwhelmed me. I decided I had nothing to live for. It seemed suicide was better than living. I considered jumping out a window on the 18th floor of an apartment building.

While looking at that window, deciding what to do, I had a vision. I don’t know what else to call it. It's hard to explain. It had been a cloudless day but now thick clouds seemed to appear just outside the window ~ obscuring everything. I knew they weren’t there, yet I could see them. I could see through the clouds and I saw a throne. I could not see His face but I knew the One seated on that throne was Jesus. I knew He was crying for me because of the pain, sadness, and brokenness of my life. He spoke ~ not with words I could hear ~ but with words that resonated inside me. “Rena, this is not My plan for your life. If you turn your life over to Me, I will bring more beauty out of your life than you could possibly imagine at this moment.”

Then, incredibly ~ in a split second ~ I saw my entire life ~ kind of like seeing a high-speed video. It was too fast to see details, but I had the impression it was an incredibly beautiful life. Wisely, I chose to live.

I began searching for God ~ everywhere. He seemed to be hiding. Finally, thankfully, there was an invitation to a prayer meeting and I found Him! I was broken-hearted that I had grieved Him by my life choices. I repented of my sins and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Saviour. Because of His mercy, I was forgiven.

He saw a sad, lonely girl and In His great love and compassion, pulled me out of darkness into His amazing light. I was adopted into His beautiful, forever family. A child of God. No longer alone. Such amazing love. If I had died that day I would have missed out on so much God wanted to do in my life and throughout eternity. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus set me free from the law of sin and death. I found Him ~ yet ~ I am seeking Him still.


A Life Set Free is a story of miracles and God’s amazing grace. It is also a story of incredible adventures I never dreamed I would live ~ praying with a voodoo queen in Haiti, staying at an orphanage in the jungle in Uganda, sharing the love of God in Mexico City as an earthquake shook the ground under my feet, leading a dying woman to Jesus in Belize ~ so many incredible stories. Did you know YOUR story is being recorded in heaven? It's the story of your life. I wonder if you will see it one day in a high-speed video format? God loves you more than you can imagine. I pray He will strengthen you with power in your spirit, in your inner man, that Jesus will fill your heart and mind, and you will be transformed into His beautiful image. A Life Set Free is available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.ca/Life-Set-Free-story-faithfulness/dp/1092493484 or as an audiobook at A Life Set Free .Please scroll down and leave a comment. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Blessings, Beloved of God.






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Guest
Mar 15, 2023

This message resonated with me this evening...the Law of the Spirit, sets me free from the Law of sin and death. Amen!

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Rena Groot
Rena Groot
Mar 15, 2023
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I am so thankful this little message about the love and faithfulness of God resonated with you. 💖

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Guest
Mar 14, 2023

Thank you for sharing this powerful story. May God continue to bless you many times over. --Loretta Eidson

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Rena Groot
Rena Groot
Mar 15, 2023
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Thank you, Loretta. It’s really God’s story…He kindly invited me to be His for time and eternity…and all I can do is thank Him. 💖

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Guest
Mar 14, 2023

What a beautiful piece full of passion and compassion. Thank you for sharing so intimately. Rena, this is powerful and I am looking forward to interviewing you on Never Ever Give Up Hope for the full story. -- Carol Graham

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Rena Groot
Rena Groot
Mar 15, 2023
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Thanks so much for your encouraging words, Carol. I’m so thankful God loves us and it’s not His will for any to step into eternity without Him. You can find so much encouragement from Carol here. https://prayingmiracles.com/ 💖


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Eve Williamson
Eve Williamson
Dec 21, 2022

Thank you so much for sharing your story Rena! I praise the Lord for His intervention and salvation in your life! You are a blessing to me. He is so merciful and long-suffering to all of us. I also lived a broken, sinful life for many years while growing up in an abusive, alcoholic home. My stepdad was cruel at times. I praise the Lord for my mother who never gave up on Dad, but she led to church. I gave my life to Jesus in a Good News Bible Club! Years, later I rededicated my life to Jesus! We have served as missionaries in Ukraine for many years. I am so grateful for God's second chances in my life.

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Rena Groot
Rena Groot
Dec 22, 2022
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Dear Eve,

I’m so thankful Jesus intervened in your life. You‘re right—Jesus is so merciful and long-suffering to us. He has brought beauty for ashes out of your life. I’m so thankful. Blessings, beloved of God. 💖

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Guest
Dec 18, 2022

My mama shares some of this brokenness Rena, but I see her looking for love in the wrong place. Please pray for her. May our Lord continue to bless you.

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Rena Groot
Rena Groot
Dec 22, 2022
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I pray Jesus will help your mom see what she is is really searching for is the love of God. I pray He comforts your heart while you wait for God to get your mom’s attention. Be patient. Trust Him. Blessings. 💖I

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