Dear Friends and beloved of God,
I would like to share with you what God has been doing in my life recently. For many years, I have sensed God’s call on my life to teach women about the grace of God found through Jesus Christ. I have wrestled with God for almost a decade about the “how’s”, “when’s” and “where’s” of this ministry, seeking His guidance and leading in my life to fulfill all that He has called me to do. A couple of years ago, God led my husband and I overseas to a country that does not allow Christianity to be taught publicly, which I still find to be an interesting place to launch a new ministry. It is here that God has finally, I believe, begun to clarify His calling in my life and provide me with the direction I need for moving forward.
A few months ago, God gave me a very interesting vision (for lack of a better term) called Paper Doll Princess Ministries. In the vision, I was teaching the biblical truths I have learned about the abundant life we have as a new creation in Christ using life-sized paper dolls. It’s hard to describe, but within less than 5 minutes, I had, what I can best describe as a sort of download, of multiple message ideas using these props as visual aids, along with the name of the ministry, and other specific direction for moving forward. It was an awesome moment. Now, for those of you who know me, don’t think I didn’t question this a few times since then. I have asked God on multiple occasions, “Really? This sounds a little crazy!”, but He keeps confirming it over and over.
Since then, God has opened the door for me to teach and minister in several venues here and I have begun to put these messages to paper (no pun intended). Part of the vision is to write a book series called The Paper Doll Princess, with teachings on what it means to be a new creation in Christ and how to practically walk that out or “put it on”. Ephesians 4:24 says we were taught to “put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Do you see the dress up aspect of the paper doll theme yet?) What I am realizing is that many Christians, even mature Christians, do not understand the work of God in a new believer. For example, I’ll give you a quiz…At salvation, what part of you became a new creation? What part of you did not? What part of you is currently still undergoing a process of transformation? If you are created in righteousness and holiness, why do you still struggle with sin? Are you walking in all the power and victory that God has promised through His word? If not, then why? These are just a few of the questions I want to address within this blog and teaching series. I’ve been a Christian since childhood, and have attended church as long as I can remember; however, I have heard very few messages even touch on these questions. The truth of the miraculous work of God in the believer is liberating. Understanding that truth is foundational to the success of our Christian walk while in this body.
In addition to beginning my speaking ministry and writing the first book in the Paper Doll Princess series, I was led (I believe) to build this site and begin this blog. The purpose of the blog is to open the door of discussion pertaining to these important truths. As you can see by the style of this site, my heart and primary calling is to reach women, however, men are welcome to weigh in (as long as you can stand all the “icky girly” stuff).
For those willing to seek a mature understanding of who you are in Christ and who He is in you, I encourage you to subscribe to this blog.
Eternally yours In Christ,
Bonny Allen Ibarra,
Founder of Paper Doll Princess Ministries