Finding freedom….

Freedom, a word that symbolizes release from, peace in & truth over the darkness. A word that is often symbolized by the beauty of a bird, souring above all the nonsense, all the noise.

I have found that it is most often my own personal struggles that rob me from the joy of pure & relentless freedom. It’s the acceptance I desperately want from my parents & siblings, the affirmation I need to feel genuine love, the gentle tone I need to soften the blows of criticism. But it’s also in the struggles that I carry my heart, my love, my compassion. I realize without the acceptance I so badly desire, I wouldn’t be so quick to give acceptance to a stranger or friend in need. Without the affirmation that I need to feel true, genuine love, I wouldn’t then speak so much love into all those I care for. Without my heart that gets hurt so easily, I may not be as compassionate or caring over the very words I choose to speak & breath into this world. See it’s the very burden we carry that often prepares us for the world. That burden that strengthens our heart & spirit to not only survive it but to use it to comfort and love.

Freedom is found in knowing who you are, who you were created to be. Knowing you were beautifully & wonderfully made. Not perfect but prepared. Knowing that while every human on this earth may judge, condemn or hurt you, your freedom is not defined nor given by them.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,

I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14)

Freedom is found in faith. Faith that you are here with purpose. Faith that your struggles are not punishment but preparation. Faith that you have already been set free. A wonderful, beautiful man named Jesus walked this earth. He lived among us, suffered along side us & then brutally & gracefully died for us, so that we could be free.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)

The reality is that life is hard. Plain & simple. No one escapes this reality. Whether we face internal struggles of self worth & depression or external struggles of broken relationships & financial stress, we all have it. We all have our bag of crap. It’s not the crap that defines us, it’s what empowers us. Empowers us to sour above, to fly freely, to survive.

“The brutal doesn’t break us because the beautiful sustains us”Glennon Doyle

What are you surviving today? What burden, hurt, lie is holding you down? Cut it loose, set yourself free. Own your part & let the rest fall upon the shoulders who bear it. This is your life, given to you at a cost, to serve & give Him all the glory. When we stop living to please the very people that hold us down, we can finally be set free to live, love & sour above all the nonsense, all the noise.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)

Xoxo,

Melanie

-It is always my hope that these words will find who they are intended for.

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