This week, in this new devotional series, I shared a few things about myself that you may or may not have known. I share, because I have always heard, (and found) that a problem shared, is a problem cut in half.
I share because I believe God would not have allowed me to walk this path unless He had plans to already redeem my challenges & suffering (“If You Want Me To” – such a great musical piece & declaration for this walk).
I share because I know I’m not alone – because others shared with me first.
And I share so that you will know you are not alone too.
I declared as well, that you and I are simply one-of-a-kinds!
I gave you my one paragraph that for me, sums up how I see freedom today; freedom in Christ, that is.
“Freedom doesn’t mean a golden ticket to do anything I want but rather freedom to choose to not do the things that won’t bring life or speak life; for me or others.“
I asked you if you were set free – and I asked what you were doing with that freedom today.
Living the Karah (blessed) life is all about choice. It’s not about denying the complexities of life, but acknowledging AND choosing hope & a grateful heart. As I stated in my first message, life can be very hard sometimes. We may go through seasons that seem unending. That’s why I need that personal relationship with God that Jesus died for me – and you – to have.
You don’t have to accept it – freewill exists too – but in accepting it, we get the gift of strength for the journey. We get the gift of peace that surpasses all understanding. We get the gift of fellowship – not just with Him (which to me is mind-blowing!), but with others also on the journey with all it’s crazy twists and turns; brothers & sisters. I can’t do this life without those gifts. I can’t do this life without Jesus.
He doesn’t promise a perfect life on this planet with no sorrow, no pain, no physical or emotional struggles. I mean, did you read what He went through here? What He does promise us, is, that we never have to go it alone. When we say “yes” to his offer to surrender to Him, we will never again be alone – here or hereafter.
Yes, there are times of miraculous deliverance in this earthly realm, and I still pray for those! But other times, that deliverance is manifested in the next, not here. However, in “letting go and letting God”, we don’t have to have it all figured out or strive to make things happen according to our will, and that my friends, leads us into a place of gentle waters. Peace. I know that’s what I need. I’m going to keep pursuing it.
Lord willing, I’ll be back with you on Monday ❤
Psalm 139, 34; 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 8:36; Hebrews 13:5.