Tuesday, February 16, 2010

In Other Words Tuesday ~ Freedom

I'm excited to be hosting "In Other Words Tuesday" today. As the host, I get to choose our quote for this week. :)

This quote is perfect for me, especially during this season of my life. After much prayer ...trust and obey is my theme for 2010.

I struggle with trust and I tend to prefer staying in my comfort zone. I've written about this often. I believe the Lord is teaching me life lessons as I learn to walk by faith and not by sight.

I love this photo of my cousin Rod with his baby son. To me it's a picture of total trust. The smile on his son's face shows the freedom of knowing Daddy will not drop him.

That's the kind of freedom I long to live in ...day by day.

But I have a heart choice to make moment by moment. As a believer, I have the promise of God's love. He will never leave me nor forsake me.

The whole chapter of John 15 is devoted to Jesus teaching how to ...abide in Him.

But abiding is a choice. On this side of eternity, we still have our flesh to contend with. But the Lord has provided His Spirit to empower us to overcome the flesh.

I believe it comes down to TRUST.

If I truly believe God's Word, I will obey Him. As Scott Samter of Opening His Word Together teaches ..."abiding manifests itself in obedience".

The only way I can obey is when I abide in Christ and trust Him.

I can then lay down:

  • My life
  • My fears
  • My personal preferences
  • My way
  • My loved ones
  • My desires

I can submit my plans to His since only the Lord knows my deepest desires. He has a plan and a purpose for my life. And He knows what's best for me.

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find out I missed out on His best for me ...because of fear.

How about you? Will you allow God to work in and through you? Do you want to live in true freedom from fear?

Remember that God is love and He is trustworthy and faithful.

Blessings and love,



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23 comments:

Denise said...

You are so very wise sis, blessings and love to you.

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Can I just say AMEN!

Praying that each day you will find it easier and easier to trust in His love for you and faithfulness!

Hugs precious friend!

Love you,
Jill

Tami Boesiger said...

Thank you for the reminder that abiding is a choice. Why does it seem easy in theory, but MUCH harder in reality? I know for myself it takes lots of practice.

My word for the year is TRUST also. At first it scared me wondering what I'd have to go through to learn it, but even that was falling prey to fear.

May we both gain a new sense of peace as we work on trust, Debbie.

Beth in NC said...

This is so timely Debbie. God must be working something deep in me because everywhere I turn there is something about fear (which is lack of trust).

Thank you for sharing. Ahhhh, to soar like that little baby -- not a fear in the world.

Love you,
b

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

My greatest desire is to come to a place of maturity in my faith that I can truly live free from fear and anxiety. In my heart I know the Lord has it all covered but my carnal self deals with it every day so I'm constantly taking my thoughts captive and turning them over to the Lord.

shopannies said...

I agree it is so hard to let go and lay down our lives but we know if we do the freedom to be exchanged is wonderful

Tammy said...

I love that picture of trusting Daddy.

True freedom does come from abiding in Him. I just wished I had learned that sooner. Great post!

love and hugs~Tammy

Debbie said...

As someone who has suffered with anxiety her whole it is DEFINITELY a day to day, sometimes moment to moment DECISON to make to abide in Him and trust. Soo much easier said than done when there are times your world is just plain upside down. Thanks for all this and I will just say AMEN to it all. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Debbie

Karen said...

That was great Debbie. Love the picture it did show what trust is all about. It's a heart choice we often have to make. Thanks for hosting today, have a good one. Karen

JottinMama said...

That picture totally says it all!

I LOVE IT!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

-Kate :)

sonja said...

Debbie:

There is nothing quite as strong as speaking right from within the heart of the message. You are dong that so beautifully, and in this whole process, you are learning to know God in new ways, the very ways that are answering your own prayer of 'trust and obey'. This is a wise and honest posting, and a message for me as well.

Love you,

Sonja

Twinkle Mom @ Sunflower Faith said...

That is so true when you shared,"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find out I missed out on His best for me ...because of fear.

This is a convicting post (in a good way) on so many levels! God bless you dear Sis.

mamas*little*treasures said...

Thank you for being the hostess this week. And thank you so much for the reminder that trust and walking in the truth of the Word is always available to us. Unfortunately we frequently forget ;o) We need the encouragement of our friends to help us stay focused. Blessings today, Nina @ mamas*little*treasures

Claudia said...

Only trust in an amazing God who will not let us fall can bring true freedom from fear. Thank you for stating this truth so eloquently.

Loren said...

Debbie~

this speaks volumes to me! Fear is one that is a constant battle! Sometimes fear can be a good motivator while others it is downright paralyzing!

May we walk in the wholehearted obedience that the Spirit calls us to do so that we won't miss a thing God has for us!

Love you

Carol Joy said...

It's the way you put this that shouts out at me!!! Among others, to be able to lay down FEAR, PERSONAL PREFERENCES, LOVED ONES....that's as huge as it gets, and you are so so right, it is TRUST AND OBEY once again. Every single day anew.

Thanks bunches for this one!!

xxxxxx
Carol Joy

Nic said...

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find out I missed out on His best for me ...because of fear.

Very wise words indeed. I learned from my father who was clinically depressed and had chronic OCD all of his life that to fear the unknown, to fear that which has not yet happened (and therefore might not happen) causes one to miss out on so much of God's blessings and beauty in life.

Thanks for hosting this week. I loved the quote chosen!

Debra Kaye said...

Oh Debbie,

Trust is a hard one for me too. Sometimes it can just feel like you are going to jump off a cliff and nobody is going to catch you! But God always does! He is so faithful!

Love you sweet sis!

A Gracious Home said...

I enjoyed your post and agree with you. I find as I grow older walking with the Lord daily is effortless. That's a wonderful picture. Doylene

Smelling Coffee said...

I love this Debbie! And especially that picture of the trusting little boy and his daddy... That's what I want to be too!!!

Love you and am praying...

Jennifer

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Perfect post and photo. The photo shows that perfect peace and to me also shows that when we trust in Him, like the little one, we can have the freedom to "fly".

Blessings & Aloha!

Maxine said...

These words are sooo good, and so needful in my life. I want to trust Him more than I do; I want to be like your cousin's son, knowing He will never drop me. I know I don't trust Him nearly as much as I should and do appreciate your words. Blessings to you.

Kristen Andrews said...

very true, blessings to you!

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