Friday, September 19, 2014

Free to be....ME~

These are my thoughts....
Only my thoughts about ME~
 
I often reflect on my life, my journey so to speak....
I'm pretty sure all this reflecting comes with age as I'm fully aware I'm getting older.
I have thought about during my life journey that I have been through many seasons....
 
OK, this is the time right now, if you don't want to here me ramble...
then close out this window on your computer :)
 
Now, for those who were curious about my ramblings or just simple bored than lets chat....
I was thinking about being free, and at what seasons in my life did I feel free....
 
~As a child I was free, you know, carefree in a childlike manner.
 
~As a youth I was free, but the free that comes with running wild and being a rebellion.
This type of free came with a price, and the price for me was depression and anger.
 
~Then in February 1991, I learned what being "Set Free" was....
I came to know the Lord as my Savior, what a glorious clean free feeling that was!
 
~For the past 22 years I have continued to grow in the Lord,
taking steps forward and sometimes a few steps back.
The most glorious thing is the freedom in Christ remains FREE.
 
So, why am I thinking and talking about being free, if I say that I'm free in Christ...
Well, here is why...... 
 
 
 
When I look at this picture of Mary Ann she's just as pretty as a picture.
It takes work to look as pretty as a picture, and often times it comes at a price.....
Let me explain....
 
Once set Free by Christ to live my life for Him I still had to deal with Me,
now I tend to be a perfectionist and it's awful hard to feel free when your a perfectionist.
Then there were a multitude of other things that kept me from being Free....
Here are a few things I bound myself with...
 
~A super clean organized house, well groomed children looking as though we might have guest at any moment, buying/teaching the most popular curriculum even if my children and I both hated it, dressing a particular way, eating only organic or NO sugar, keeping to a unrealistic schedule,
And so on, And so on, And so on....
Like any of these things were making me a better wife/Mama, or more holy.
 
 
Ugh! these things are hard to keep doing when they are self inflicted.
I know we are suppose to take care of all these areas, but not when they are your idol....
Or when they steal your ability to be free.
 
This past year was a year of awakening for me....
Coming back to a place of freedom, seeing/remembering who Christ created ME to be....
He wants me to be ME and Free....
Only living up to His expectations, living in His free grace and mercy.
 
 
Being free is like the above picture of Mary Ann...
Having a dirty face, wearing Sophia rain boots on a sunny day, letting your hair be tousled,
singing a song with others listening, and riding a boys bike...
Being Free~
 
Thank you Lord for your love and patience with me during all seasons...
Thank you for changing me and setting me Free...
And thank you for opening my eyes to what is truly important to you....
Accepting and loving others....
For who you created them to be!
 
~Seeking to live a simple free life, and loving who I am in Christ~
 
 
 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Matthew 12:30-31

12 comments:

Sally said...

I love this post. Free indeed! There is nothing we can do, no rules we must follow, to earn God's love. His grace is free! It is A gift!

God always comes DOWN.

God bless you and your family.

Narelle said...

Amen!!!

Lynda said...

Old habits/imposed values are difficult to break as are new ones difficult to establish - - but we continue to persevere. The important thing is we don't give up. We are blessed, blessed, blessed beyond words for a fact!!! God is amazingly good to us and lets us grow in HIM at our own pace. Thank you for sharing.

Laura said...

Thank you to those who took the time to read my ramblings and to those who commented.

I feel I must say, I continue to be the type of person who likes organization...as I function better with things in proper places. And I do still like my children looking tidy and often times my littles matching. The great thing is it's no longer an idol to me that runs my thoughts...it is simply who I am, who Christ created me to be.
Blessings ~
Laura

Nikki said...

Such a great post Laura! My husband and I often speak of this very thing. How blessed it is to be FREE! :)

Kait said...

Thank you so much for sharing this post! It was so encouraging to me! I'm in a different season than you (I just have 2 little girls, 2 years old and 10 months old) and I've really been struggling with keeping my house the way I want and wanting to have my girls dressed perfectly every day.... This was just something I needed to read! I love your blog and hope you continue blogging. Thank you!

Juanita Unrau said...

Thanks for sharing this! I hope and pray you have the wisdom to impart that freedom to your now adult children who continue to live and work with you. Your post got this song in my head; enjoy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKSQjSdU8VA

Alice said...

Dearest Laura,
this is such a wonderful post! Indeed, one can be organized AND free at the same time: it is who we are as people in the Lord that defines us.
It is a beautiful reminder for us to keep true to ourselves and to our Lord, and let our real self shine.
Alice

Momma said...

Sounds like a beautiful revelation to me.

Momma Bug said...

Laura, I love your thoughts!
Embracing the freedom that Jesus intends for us takes courage I think. Once experienced, it's hard to remember why we were so determined to hold on to our methods, formulas. and pride. I am loving this freedom too friend and am so excited to see my sister reveling in grace!
It is good.

Hugs!

Kelly Blazon said...

Beautiful words Laura :)

Laura said...

Thanks again everyone for stopping by to visit, and your kind words.

Juanita...
I love that song and have since it came out...cause don't we all have dents and rips? Franceca is one of our kids favorite singers.


Life is what it is life, and without the Lord I can't imagine how it would be, because with Him all things are possible:)
Blessings~
Laura