Laresa Watkins

Freedom and a Giveaway!

Oct 15, 2015

This Bible verse really got my attention during my devotion time the other morning.

freedom verse

Isn’t that beautiful? It meant so much to me as I read it.

I have not felt too free lately.  I have felt a slave to my schedule, to my to-do list. So much so that when I had the opportunity to do things that were good and fun and freeing and even for the good of God, I would just get angry that someone has the nerve to ask me to do something else!  What were they thinking? Don’t they know how busy I am? How dare they invite me to this!

I took a good hard look at my schedule and, after much prayer and counsel, eliminated something that may surprise you: a Bible study.  I will miss it so, especially the wonderful women that I met there, but this is an area of my life that is being served by my church now.  At the time I joined the Bible study, my church was in a more stagnant state and I had to go elsewhere to get the in-depth Bible study that I needed, but now I am happy to say that my church is providing that for me. Having that extra block of time every week has been such a relief to me, and I feel freedom in my days that I haven’t felt in awhile.

I know what it means to be free, but I looked up the definition anyway and found it very interesting.

1. the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint:
He won his freedom after a retrial.
2. exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.
3. the power to determine action without restraint.
4. political or national independence.
5. personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery: a slave who bought his freedom.
6. exemption from the presence of anything specified (usually followed by from):
freedom from fear.
7. the absence of or release from ties, obligations, etc.

As a saved person, I experience a freedom that other people don’t.  Sure, I live in a free country that is blessed with “political or national independence” where I am at liberty to do as I please.  I have personal liberty and I am not “under physical restraint.”

But I have so much more than that.

I am free in my salvation.  Freed from the external control and bondage of sin (of course I sin, but I am forgiven), free to pray directly to God to help me make decisions about how to spend my time and my family’s time, free to be joyful and at peace no matter the circumstance.

This freedom is great, and I hope you have it, too.


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This post is day 15 in the #Write31Days writing challenge.  Click the image below to see the rest of my posts in this series.  (Halfway there! Yay!)

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