The Truth Will Set You Free

I am so excited to be writing the final post for “The Loved Bible Project” July Identity Challenge. It seems so fitting, that God led me to write for these two verses that talk about freedom.  We’ve spent 31 days in God’s word. Praying, writing, thinking, processing, loving, immersing, meditating. God’s promises about what is to come for us are incredible. He promises freedom.

  • Freedom from feeling inadequate
  • Freedom from our past mistakes
  • Freedom from the mistakes of others that affect us
  • Freedom from the lies of satan that tell us we are not enough
  • Freedom from the pressure to be anything that we are not
  • Freedom from expectations
  • Freedom from overwhelming fear.
  • Freedom from sin. 
  • Freedom from shame.

{Excerpt from my first post for The Loved Bible Project, You are Free}

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Jesus said…’If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…truly, truly I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.’
{John 8:31-36, emphasis mine}

As I reflect on the last 31 days, I am so encouraged by the promise made to us in this verse.

What would this generation of women look like if we truly loved and lived like we believe the freedom God promises in John 8:32? We would love more passionately. We would serve without fear. We would share with reckless abandon. We would forgive. We would flood the gates of heaven, praying and petitioning for what God has put on our hearts. We would be faithful in the small instead of feeling inadequate to attempt more. We would run to Christ, chains broken and spirits encouraged.

What do you need to be freed from? Write it down. Stare it in the face. Share it with a trusted friend. And the declare God’s word over it. He promises that if we abide in his word and are truly his disciples, freedom will follow. Today, tomorrow, next week, next year. Maybe he frees you through counseling, a friend, a book, prayer, more time in the word, accountability, community, or any combination. God is big. So much bigger than we could ever comprehend. God’s word is living and active and his love is steadfast. His promises are all given in faithfulness to his precious children {Psalm 33:4}.

Let’s start living like we believe that if we know the truth of God’s word – if we know who we are in Christ and find our identity in him – the truth will set us free. And if the Son sets us free, we are free indeed. 

You are overwhelmingly loved.
In Christ you are enough.
And through Him you are set free.


I encourage you to head over to The Loved Bible Project Facebook page {here} and check out the beautiful ways they are spreading love in Christ and to sign up for their new challenge beginning in August based around Jennie Allen’s study on Daniel {more info on her study here}. If you are visiting from The Loved Bible Project page, know that I prayed for you specifically as I was writing this. I boldly asked God to give me words to speak His truth. Know that as sisters in Christ, you are valued and loved here at Our Simply Abundant Life.

You are Free

Today I am writing a post for “The Loved Bible Project.” I encourage you to head over to their Facebook page {here} and check out the beautiful ways they are spreading love in Christ. It’s not too late to jump in to their July Identity Challenge either! If you are visiting from The Loved Bible Project page, know that I prayed for you specifically as I was writing this. I boldly asked God to give me words to speak His truth. Know that as sisters in Christ, you are valued and loved here at Our Simply Abundant Life.

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You are loved. You are enough. You are free.

Romans 8:1-2 says “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”

Therefore – As believers, we are set free from the law because Jesus shed his blood on the cross to cover all our sins. We are released from the law and free from whatever held us captive (Romans 7:6). In Christ we are made new, and the standards of the world no longer define us.

Now – Today. Tomorrow. Next year.  God is here with us. He sent the Holy Spirit to be our helper (John 14:26) and He will be with us until the end of the world (Matthew 28:20). God is with you always – in your moments of redemption. In your moments of sin. In the deepest valleys and the highest mountain tops, He is with you. And he loves you. He accepts you. He wants you.

No Condemnation – Condemnation is a statement or expression of very strong and definite criticism or disapproval. There is none of this for Gods people.

Free  – Not physically held by something. Not held by death. Not held by sin. Not held by shame.

There is therefore no condemnation. Can we just let that sink in for a minute, friends? Because God sent his only son to die on a cross for you and for me, we are free from the law. We are no longer bound by sin and death. We are set free right now, at this very moment.

  • Free from feeling inadequate
  • Free from our past mistakes
  • Free from the mistakes of others that affect us
  • Free from the lies of satan that tell us we are not enough
  • Free from the pressure to be anything that we are not
  • Free from expectations
  • Free from overwhelming fear.
  • Free from sin. 
  • Free from shame.

Your mistakes do not define you – Jesus defines you. As a believer in the one true God, nothing you do can separate you from the freedom that comes in Christ. Nothing you do can separate you from the love, mercy, grace, and redemption of Christ.

You are overwhelmingly loved.
In Christ you are enough.
And through Him you are set free.

 

 

 

Giving Up Control

Giving up Control

I almost always feel the overwhelming need to figure out all. the. things. Now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not next year (when some of these un-named things are actually happening). But NOW. Before I sleep. Before I relax. Before I can focus on the here & now.

And yes, it is in part because that’s just how God made me. Type A. Planner. Organizer. People please-er. List maker.

But God is challenging me to see it’s also because I don’t fully trust him. I don’t want to bother him with things I can obviously (not) figure out quicker/better/more completely than He can. 

In my last post I don’t want to be comfortable I said that God and I were wrestling with some things.

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To the Beach!

Last week we (mom, dad, sister, hubs, me) spent a week at the beach! I don’t post a lot about our personal lives because that’s not what this blog is about. BUT I do want to encourage you…to get away! I am blessed with a family that values time away from real life and time spent with each other. Some of my sweetest memories are from vacations with my family and I don’t take for granted the times we get together and the fact that we all truly enjoy this time spent together. We love each other and love spending time together. It’s even sweeter to spend a week together now that we don’t all live together!

Whether it’s just a trip to a nearby town for a night or a week long vacation to an exotic location, intentional time with family is so important! Keep reading for a few pictures of our week together!Read More »

I Don’t Want To Be Comfortable

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Someone recently asked me what my writing strategy is.  Do I plan out posts, write them in advance, follow a formula or series? The answer is honestly – no – I rarely have a plan. I simply have a prompting from the Holy Spirit. Sometimes it takes weeks for me to finish a post and other times it’s less than an hour. I have posted my heart and later felt I should take it down or edit what I wrote. I simply listen to the Lord..and when He says “write”…you’ll find me here.  I’ve been silent here on the blog lately for this exact reason. God hasn’t prompted me as often as I hoped this summer. But, I started this blog out of obedience to Him and I want to continue to honor Him in all I do, including in what I write and share here.

We’ve been wrestling lately, God and I. He’s been messing with my heart and stirring me to choose boldness. To claim his promises as my own and trust him to provide in big ways that don’t look like my ways.

I’m also reading Anything by the founder of IF – Jennie Allen. In her book, she challenges us to pray the prayer – anything – I will do anything, God. Anything you want. 

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Year {Three} Lessons

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{Three} beautiful years of marriage. Redemption. Blessings. Loving like Jesus. Choosing to forgive. Learning to trust. Letting go of control. Perspective. Grace.

Grace upon grace up grace.

Many married and singles gave my husband and I advice prior to marriage and we’ve given some advice since getting married to those about to embark on this exciting journey. And while it was all good, well-meaning and full of truth, you just don’t know until you are there.

You don’t know how to process hurt. You don’t know how to rebuild trust. You don’t know how to love unconditionally. You don’t know forgiveness and grace.

And I’m still learning. But I’ve also learned.

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DIY Sunshine Basket

 

IMG_5524Do you know someone who needs a little extra sunshine in their lives? I certainly do…we all need a little “pick-me-up” every now and then! Today I’m sharing a fun DIY that can hopefully bring some sunshine to brighten someones day!

This “DIY Sunshine Basket” is a thoughtful, cost-effective gift for a friend who just needs a little something special to brighten up their day.

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Finish Well

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Never have I longed more for the slow days of summer. I am an early to rise kinda girl, but I certainly prefer a slow start to the day. I linger. Linger over a cup of coffee. Linger over a verse God brought me to. Linger over my sleeping man. Linger over baking muffins. I like to move slow and watch the world awake – it reminds me of Lamentations 3:22-23 – “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (emphasis mine).

The last 18 months have been HARD. We moved from one busy season to the next with little time to catch our breaths, in the midst of learning to love each other better and mending our hearts after being hurt deeply by people we love. I graduated from grad school and took a full-time job. My husband started his third year of teaching and his first year of seminary (full-time). We moved into a house that is now filled with community and love on a regular basis. God led us to a new church which brought new opportunities and answers to prayers. I can look back and say God is good. He is so – so – faithful. But goodness…this season has been rough. As quick as I can be to proclaim God’s faithfulness, I can dig my heels in and yell “That’s it God – I’m done! I quit.

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Abiding in God’s Truth

“You are nothing more than a warm meal and a clean house”
“Your purpose isn’t significant compared to the work of others”
“He deserves so much more than you have to offer”
“You don’t deserve what God has blessed you with”

Lies. That is what those statements have in common. They come from the enemy and they come loud and persistent, and even more so if I haven’t been in the word consistently. So that’s where I go. I abide in Christ I seek his word – his truth. The sword of the spirit is God’s word {Eph. 6:17} and his word is inspired and available to us. To fight the lies. To fill us with truth.

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
{John 15:9}

What does it mean – practically – to abide in Jesus? To remain in God’s love? To dwell in his presence?

I think as believing, professing Christians, it has a lot to do with believing the truth we have stored in our hearts, giving ourselves the grace to approach a holy God even when we don’t feel worthy, and surrendering our hearts, minds, and souls to Jesus.

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A wife’s perspective on seminary

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I knew before Eldon and I were married that our lives would be involved in ministry in some capacity, as he is a gifted worship leader (I may be biased…but the Lord works in great ways through his music!) and has always wanted to pursue ministry and leadership in the church. That being said, I never imagined I’d be in this season. Until recently I haven’t felt worthy or called to this life. But God is good and he has a purpose for all of us, planned an orchestrated from before we were formed in the womb. I can see now how God was using my circumstances to shape and mold me to be a strong, grounded, and supported wife and helper (who still needs a whole lot of grace) and to ultimately love others in a way that furthers the kingdom of God. God has been opening my eyes to the unique ways he can use both myself and Eldon and I as a married couple. I feel burdened to joyfully and wholly pursue ministry in whatever capacity he has for us, and I can say with no reservation that I am ready to come beside my husband in his ministry as well, no matter how “big or small” that may look.Read More »