Jesus died to set us free (Luke 4:18), free from sin and free from ourselves. We are so often our own worst enemy, but life also offers many barriers to living the life Jesus meant for us to have. I hope to offer words of encouragement and inspiration to help others enjoy their jubilee in Christ.
In the Hebrew tradition there are several special holidays or festivals. Some last a day, such as the Sabbath, others several days such as Pentecost or Chanukah. But there is one holiday that lasts an entire year, a Sabbath year; a year of rest. A Sabbath year occurs once every seven years. Crops would be gathered every year and stored during the sixth year then during the seventh year no crops would be planted or harvested; the land would enjoy a year of rest and the people a year from laborious farming.
Then there is the Jubilee year.
The 50th year is not only a year of rest but of freedom and restoration, of being returned to your homeland. For me it began with returning to my home in Jesus. While my jubilee celebration is taking place in my 50th year, in Jesus it can happen anytime.
The idea of a Jubilee year has come to mean much to me over the past ten years or so and now that I’m in my year of Jubilee it is even more precious. God prepared me for this time and he did a great work in me in the ten months prior to my departure. He freed me of financial burdens, of material possessions, of a boxed in way living. Mostly he freed my heart and soul to trust him in the deepest areas that I haven’t wanted to let go of.
The idea of the jubilee journey came to life on February 2, 2009, when the creator of the universe asked me to go on an adventure with him, a jubilee journey. Now this is not just a life journey or journey of the heart, no, this was a road trip with Jesus. We’re talking nearly two years traveling the US and Canada living in a minivan converted to a mini-camper.
True to the jubilee year (Lev 25), Jesus set this captive free and restored so much of what had been lost; my step-dad’s family which I hadn’t seen since his death 20 years prior, the restoration of my daughter who had been dancing with the devil for the past several years and he restored my heart of a family betrayal. Even as great as all of this, he was just warming up to an event that Hallmark movies are made of.
This blog began as a way for me to journal my experiences on the road for friends back home and has become my mission to provide others a way to a jubilee life. These entries will recount the joys, frustrations, miracles and laughs as well as valuable lessons of trust, freedom and reconciliation. The bottom line…no matter how hopeless a situation, no matter how many decades a circumstance seems dead, Jesus can restore it. Maybe not the way you imagined but in way that will heal, help others and bring Him glory, and at just the right time.
Enjoy the tales of my Jubilee Journey.
Update: this journey is over and a new one has begun. If you would like to read stories of God’s work and see photographs of the places Jesus brought me begin with “From where I came“. You can then follow the path Jesus brought me on that was lined with many jewels. You can read them all or pick out topics that you believe will bless you the most.
Thank you for visiting & God bless,
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What an incredible journey to undertake, to truly live the spirit of a Jubilee Year. God bless your journey in many, many ways.
Thank you, it was unbelievable.
may you have a beautiful journey!
Hope all is well on the journey. God Bless
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The “Jubilee Year” began for me when I was 46, and increased by vast increments until my 50th year when many chains fell off. Now that I’ve been set free, I’m learning how to live like a free woman instead of a victim and a slave. For that reason, I love your theme, speaking of the faithfulness of Jesus to do all He said He would do!
Count me in, I’m following you so I can rejoice in your Jubilee Journey! 🙂
Praising Jesus who IS our Jubilee!
Thank you for your comment. How similar our stories. How remarkable our Lord when we let him…or often when we don’t, and in the most amazing ways. I would have never thought during the depth of depression, Christmas 2007, that Jesus would use my two year road trip to encourage others in their walk with Jesus. Everyday is exciting now as I wait to see what he’ll do next. Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you find encouragement here.
Thank You for liking my Painting !!! Visit any time !!! 🙂 *Cynthia
I would like to nominate you for the Field of Flowers and The Lighthouse award. I hope you can find the time to participate. I sure enjoy your blog!
Thanks so much Cee, what an honor – two. How fun. It may take me some time but I’ll get to it.
Thank you Ana for stopping by and liking my post. I like what you’re doing on your blog. Mine has my reflections on faith. Keep up with your great work, I’ll be reading of your journey. God bless.
Thank you for the encouraging words. I enjoy yours too. You said you have a “reflections on faith”. I looked but I’m not sure what I’m looking for. Is a post or category?
I have a Faith Category on the right in the side bar where all my faith-related posts are in. Sorry I did have links to the pages of my categories up but removed them as they look untidy. I will put them back up to make them easier to find. Thanks for your input Ana.
Beautiful. God bless you on your jubilee journey.
Thank you for visiting, Ana
Dear Ana, happy to invite you to a tea party and please enjoy the Perfect Set of Awards. Have a beautiful day!
Greetings! Awards time, fellow blogger!
I nominate you for the Inner Peace and The Lighthouse Awards.
You can check. http://wp.me/p32YrK-1tx for more details.
Have a wonderful day!
Thanks, its an honor, i’ll get to it as soon as I can. Have a great day, Ana
Fantastic blog you have, keep it up. Thanks a lot for clicking on my photo. Really appreciate it. Regards @Della
Thank you so much and thanks for visiting. I’ll be by your place soon:)
Hi, Ana! I met you so early on in my blogging adventure that I didn’t know enough to like this page and leave a comment to introduce myself, lol. Well, I’m glad to know you and here’s how to find me at MyFitnessPal, AngieMc6 if you find you like it and want to have community there. Thanks!
I know what you mean. I took several years for me to learn anything. Perhaps because I wasn’t trying to be a blogger, but now I love it. I’m still learning, always so many questions. i’ll check you out at myfitnesspal, I think it would be helpful to have a community of people with like goals
Yay! Happy Friday 🙂
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Thanks for checking out my blog! I really enjoy reading about your journey, Ana. So interesting!
Thank for visiting, Hope you can visit again soon, Ana
May God continue to be with you and bless you on your journey!
Thanks Bill, come back for a visit anytime. Have a great week, Ana
I will and thanks for your visit to mine.
Bonjour! Nice blog! I look forward to read new post. Bye. Kamila
Hello…Just wanted to thank you for liking and following my blog. i shall look orward to reciprocating.
Thanks for visiting, Ana
Hi, I really liked your blog and I have nominated you for ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ just click on this link http://stepping2yourdreams.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/one-lovely-blog-award/
Thank you, I’m honored. Ana
Journey of memories ….nice
Thanks for all the likes. Glad you enjoyed my journey.
I like your blog, and look forward to seeing more. Thanks for stopping by mine.
Thank you, glad you stopped by.
Hello! You have very interesting and colorful blog! I enjoy it.