It has been a while since I have written due to the many changes in our lives: moving to Hungary and working full-time have been the biggest changes for myself. Through it all, God has brought me to a place of wonder before him every morning. But…to get to that place of wonder, I had to walk through a valley, a sea of brokenness, and times of weariness as I strived to do it all on my own.
I am reading the book, Breaking Free, by Beth Moore. I had heard about it but was afraid to read it 🙂 I knew if I read that book, I would need to look at some serious issues of insecurity in my life – and hey, who wants to do that 🙂
Here is a brief list of what I have learned so far. If it is in quotes, it’s from her book and all Bible verses are given with the reference.
“I am not the exception and neither is my situation.”
God can free me – Romans 8:37, “No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” italicized by me
“Whatever we are gripping to bring us satisfaction is a lie – unless it is Christ.”
“He is the Truth that sets us free. “God does not condemn you. He calls you. He wants to set you and me free. To set us free from things that just lead us to the pit of despair.”
Even after so much idolatry and turning a deaf ear to God’s message, God still declared the following to the Israelites, “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:21
This part was personal to me because of how much I struggle in this area with various things. “Another obstacle: settling for satisfaction with anything else. God gave this practice a name I was unprepared to hear: idolatry. Anything we try to put in a place where God belongs is an idol. The nation of Israel traded in what their hearts could know for what their eyes could see. So many times have I done that myself.
So much more – these are just brief quotes from my journal. What I have really found is that time in the morning with God is priceless. It’s the best part of my day, it’s the wonder of my life really. No matter how much I screw up, I have found the following to be true, “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23.
If you happen to read this and think negative thoughts about yourself and your life or struggle with going back to the same sin over and over again, I encourage you to read Beth Moore’s book, but more so, I encourage you to read the story and letter God has written to you personally…in the Bible. He’ll speak to you and guide you through it, because He loves you with a passionate love that is unsurpassable, all encompassing, never failing and because “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
Let’s not run to God for temporary relief – let’s walk with Him daily in steadfast belief – Beth Moore – not a direct quote.