Darla Colinet is the founder and CEO of God’s Transforming Grace. She is an inspirational speaker, author, and consultant who dispels the confusion and lies about love and domestic abuse through God’s truth and Christ’s exceptional love design. Darla brings hope, insightful revelations, and practical strategies through her authentic personal stories from thirty years of domestic abuse in three marriages. When she’s not serving God from her home in Colorado, she and her husband, Alan, are off on their travel adventures.
Darla is a certified life coach and Christian coach, a member of the women’s ministry core team at Timberline Church in Colorado. She is a consultant for churches and their staff to understand how to live in Christ’s exceptional love design and to recognize and support victims of domestic abuse.
“The butterfly does not look back at the caterpillar in shame, just as you should not look back at your past in shame. Your past was (is) part of your own transformation.” Anthony Gucciardi
This book is a true work of heart. Darla takes her complicated and often painful experiences and shares honestly and unashamedly to help Christians struggling with their own cocoons. Her ability to gently present the lessons she’s learned and the truth of God’s true and perfect love in her brokenness offers hope and healing.
Darla’s story reveals there is no one size fits all, seven easy steps to do this, and not that self-help book. She illuminates Christ’s truth to see his love design as we walk our unique life’s journey of transformation with him. Reflecting God’s love as the foundation of her life, Darla asks the tough questions:
· What is a love design?
· What is our love design?
· What is the perfect love design?
· What difference would it make in your life and relationships if you could live in perfect love?
· How do you move from your imperfect love design to Christ’s perfect one?
Come walk and work through this life-changing experience of becoming and embracing God’s design for your life. Laugh and cry as Darla shares her personal trials and triumphs in her quest for true love, for herself, and her purpose. In your journey, you may discover Christ’s exceptional love for you!
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I have often been dismayed that our common portrayal of “Christian love” has more often been a betrayal of Christ’s love. Darla’s gentle reminder that we can only do what we know set the tome for the entire book. By the end of the study, I was profoundly surprised and “changed” by the principles, all sound and biblically based, contained in this study.
The potential for the impact of this study on individuals, either using it as a group study or a personal private journey, is staggering. I highly recommend it to anyone searching for a clear picture of how God’s infinite, unchanging, love could play out in their lives, homes, and Christian fellowship.
Each chapter, with the resources and exercises in the workbook, is like a portion of a road trip. It’s not a quick fix, but a carefully and prayerfully presented part of a journey leading to the clear goal of truly reaching understanding Christ’s love design
One of the greatest benefits of taking a journey is the opportunity to discover new things which can change everything. To begin any journey, you need to know where you are right now, and an idea of where you want to end up. All journeys begin right where you are.
(page 84) Discovering Christ’s Exceptional Love Design
My quest to find true love after my first abusive marriage led me into two more abusive marriages that also ended in divorce. However, six years into my third abusive marriage, I began diligently studying God’s word to figure out how I kept being deceived about love. His scriptures and truth began to speak to my heart.
He showed me how my broken love design was formed, and the lessons I had learned about love, relationships, and abuse throughout my life. He revealed how my faith and walk with Jesus had given me strength and hope. As I worked with Jesus, he healed and transformed my broken love into his love design.
All the shattered shards of my heart and life have become God’s masterpiece. My journey to find true love and to stop feeling lovestarved has equipped me to help other people who feel unloved, unlovable, and those who are still looking for his true love. It has given me a path to share Christ’s exceptional love design.
If you have struggled to find true love or to feel loved, you are not alone, and there is nothing wrong with you. The truth is, you have been missing Christ’s love design. And you can only do what you know. Don’t be deceived into the self-shame of the enemy by beating yourself up in your mind or with your words. Don’t fall into the trap of asking yourself why you can’t find true love, why you don’t feel loved, or why someone doesn’t love you.
(Page 94) God will reveal and confirm his truth as Jesus begins to transform your heart, mind, and broken love design. As you walk hand in hand with Jesus and know his heart, you will learn how to dwell in his unconditional love and share it with others. You will see your broken love being transformed into his healthy love. You will choose words and actions that would mirror Christ’s instead of reacting.
You no longer have to look for true love in your life because you are living in it in your relationship with Jesus every day. Since the day you accepted Jesus Christ into your heart, you have had his unconditional love living in you. Now it’s time to be courageous and let it thrive and multiply in you and flow out to others.