{the release of freedom}
from a girl who is breaking free

Everyone is trying to be someone, but not everyone ends up being who he or she set out to be.

Life often leads us to believe our circumstances define who we are. We are conditioned and trained to believe that what we do and say tacks onto the list of who we are becoming.

And to a certain extent, it may seem true. But it doesn't have to be that way.

As the new girl at She Seeks, I've been getting to know this community. Even in my short experience here, I've noticed that we are similar. We have similar thoughts and fears, plans and expectations, tensions and dreams. We have similar seasonal feelings of failure and shame as well as victory and confidence. We take a lot of things to heart and are easily disillusioned when things don't quite pan out the way we imagined in our mentally perfect world. We all make mistakes and will all continue to make them.

But even though what we do may feel defining at that moment, what we've done or where we've been doesn't have to define us forever. There is hope and freedom from life's circumstances. There is restoration and healing from the brokenness of pain. There is redemption and empowerment towards something better, more worthwhile and meaningful.

When we sit in our guilt, oppression, or shame, there is a physical, emotional and spiritual stop on who we become. There is something inside our hearts that won't let us be free to experience life new and fresh. And though our heart may long to be free, there is something that just won't let it release.

The Bible calls it "held by the kingdom of darkness."

"For [God] has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. {Colossians 1:13} And through him God reconciled everything to himself. [God] made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault." [Colossians 20-22]

This passage brings me to tears because I do not deserve to be free. I have deliberately offended and broken the law of God, and yet He still sees me as perfect. He has declared me holy and blameless because He loves me that much, though I find it absurd.

Paul writes, in 1 Corinthians 1:18: "the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." The very POWER of GOD is what you and I now live in. It makes absolutely no human-sense but it's true. It rattles my mind every time I sit and think about it and there are times when I doubt God's love for me. But that's doesn't make it any less true.

I am with you sisters. I am breaking free from the guilt and shame and bondage and sin just like you. Let's walk this together, living in the power that comes from Jesus. He sets us free. It's true. So very true.

Resources...

{W}hole by Lisa Whittle

"Cast your cares upon the Lord, for He cares for you." — 1 Peter 5:7

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Julianna is currently obsessed with birdcages and butterflies, because they remind her that she is free to fly wherever God is taking her. She blogs at http://juliannamorlet.blogspot.com/

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