“One by one, we come to God–young and old, wealthy and homeless. Not one of us is alike, yet we’re the same. We’re all learning to live the life God promised, and longing to be fulfilled.” -Danise Jurado, Fulfilled
We live in a my way, right away kind of world. All you need to do in order to see what I mean is flip on the television. It won’t take long before you are completely inundated with marketing ploys designed to birth thoughts of discontent:
My phone doesn’t have a screen that big, or a network that fast.
If only my spouse behaved more like that.
I wish I had a body like hers!
If only ______ were different in my life, I would be happy. Fulfilled.
But, there’s a problem with this train of thought…
We have an eternal void that can only be filled in Christ.
The world around us can’t satisfy us. We exhaust ourselves trying to shove worldly possessions and achievements in the God sized hole in our heart.
When we take good things and make them ultimate things, we set ourselves up to feel discontent. Simply put, if we seek our contentment in anything other than Christ, we will never live the life God promised, a life Fulfilled.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6).”
The deep longing each of us has to be fulfilled is a symptom of a heart that is disconnected from God.
As I was reading through Danise Jurado’s new book, “Fulfilled: Learning to Live the Life God Promised,” I was immeasurably blessed by how beautifully each chapter drove home the truth that our biggest need has already been fulfilled in Christ.
The first two chapters entitled “Forgiveness” and “Restoration” brought me to tears on more than one occasion. This past November I came to know the Lord, and finally found my identity in Christ. The years leading up to my salvation had been rough ones. In receiving God’s grace, I realized I had to make peace with painful experiences from my past, and forgive those who had wronged or hurt me. It’s been almost a year and I can honestly say that I haven’t looked back.
But, as Danise states so perfectly:
“God began to show me that true forgiveness is so much more than just simply forcing hurtful memories out of my mind (Fulfilled, page 16).”
“It’s difficult to feel complete when your life is filled with broken pieces. God mends the shattered fragments through the beautiful and sometimes painful process of restoration (Fulfilled, page 17).”
We counter a discontent heart with God’s promises and truth.
Throughout the book, Danise shares both personal stories and practical applications to help readers identify sin in their lives and learn to live the life God promised. Her transparency in sharing makes it easy to relate. Quite often, I found myself thinking, “ME TOO!” And, I’ve already started to incorporate some of the practical steps she gives in order to fill my personal needs with God’s Truth.
Breaking free from old mindsets and destructive behavior can be difficult. Danise explains that once we identify the lies we believe, replace them with God’s Truth, and pray for God’s guidance throughout the process, we gain “control of the runaway train or roller coaster that once dictated our lives (Fulfilled, page 49).”
“Freedom is a gift that God freely and lovingly gives to all of His children through Christ Jesus, but it is also very much our daily choice (Danise Jurado, Fulfilled).”
We must chose freedom in Christ.
Don’t live your life in vain pursuit of possessions, achievements or attainments! They were never meant to eternally fulfill you. God warns us against this heart condition in the book of Matthew:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21).”
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (John 6:35).”
Instead, be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).”
“God has provided all we need to stand firm (Danise Jurado, Fulfilled).”
When we learn to live a life fulfilled in Christ, we awaken our complete God given potential. We find Contentment. Freedom. Restoration. Hope. Courage.
If you have ever felt like you needed some positive change in your life, or have tried to change but were unsuccessful, then this is definitely the book for you! With 119 pages and 13 chapters, Fulfilled book is an easy read for the avid reader like me, as well as those who rarely pick up a book.
The official release date is August 25th (one short week away), but you can pre-order on Amazon HERE. 50% of the net proceeds are being donated to LA Dream Center, where Danise has served as Director of the Transitions Program and as a Pastoral Counselor since 2001.
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Special thanks to Danise Jurado and Kaitlyn Bouchillon for the graphics and for giving me the opportunity to review my first book. It was an honor to preview this awesome work God breathed through you, Danise. Two BIG thumbs up!