Whoa, mama. Has it been a day already. (It’s only about 7 in the morning.) Well, just to explain briefly, my husband Byron left this morning for his first trip out of the country! He and a group of some of my dearest friends are on their way to Sweden to minister at a youth camp. Byron and our friend Chris will be the two speakers at the camp this week, and my friends Eddie and Brittany Thomas will be leading the worship. Aaaah! I’m so excited for them!
Yesterday was a blur of packing and saying our goodbyes, and doing some official “sending” off as a family. I’m so thankful to have a family that is supportive and loving. We were up until 12:30 a.m. and then back up about 4:00 a.m. so Byron and the group could get to the airport. And then, well, I was so wound up I couldn’t really get back to sleep. I hope I don’t crash later!
The best things in life are free. I could list all the wonderful things that are free in my life. Hugs and kisses, baby snuggles, cuddle time with my girls, sunsets, enjoying a good book, gazing at the river, joy, peace, laughter, song, the presence of God, friendship, tickling baby piggy toes…. The list could go on and on.
I could write about how there was a time in my life that I doubted if I would ever be free. Free on the inside. Oh, I was sure about my salvation. I knew I was going to heaven and that one day I would be free there…on the other side of eternity. But, I really didn’t know if it was possible to experience freedom for myself while here on earth. There was a time I was so tormented by depression, anxiety, and fear that I was literally locked in my own prison in my mind. But then… Jesus.
All the things I now enjoy in my life are because of Him! Because he came and died and truly did pay for me to be free on the inside here and now, I enjoy all the things life has to offer. Every good thing comes from the Father! And we get to enjoy them because of Jesus. I’m SO thankful for his love and his freedom!
He did set me free. It didn’t happen overnight. It didn’t happen in one church service in one altar call. It happened on a cross two thousand years ago. And, I realized it day by day as he led me by the hand, out of the darkness by His glorious light.
I really am free today! No more depression. No more paralyzing fear. And, graceful friend, if He can do it for me then He can do it for you. You can hear about some of the keys God has given us that help us realize the freedom we have in Jesus here!
This week’s Song of the Week, called No One Else, was recorded live at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. Enjoy the freedom of the Lord as you listen and worship with Cory Asbury and Laura Hackett Park. Woohoo! Go Jesus!