What is keeping you up at night?

I am so grateful for those of you who took a moment to answer our survey. The survey was prompted by a question asking me to describe the woman reading my blog. Who are you? Honestly, I was surprised by much of what I found, so I am thankful for the prompting to stop and listen. However, there were a few things that didn’t surprise me; Freedom being a hot topic was one of those things.

The heart of a woman desires to be free. We all long for it, even though each of us defines freedom differently. One woman can wrestle as much with people pleasing as another woman wrestles to be freed of an addiction. Another woman avoids mirrors and what they speak to her as much as another battles her past. One is tormented by her mind while one carries the weight of never measuring up. Though our chains look different, we cry out for freedom just the same, and for good reason.

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.
— Luke 4:18

How many of you, like me, have gone through a season where you finally felt set free only to find yourself right back in a new place of captivity? I remember a few months back battling the spirit of offense. It wasn’t something I thought I truly needed freedom from until all of a sudden everything was offending me. Little things that I typically wouldn’t have thought twice about would keep me up at night. My mind started wandering and thoughts weighed heavy on my soul, and for a few days I forgot that I had the power to turn it off. I teach this, right? I speak to the power of turning off the thoughts and renewing my mind, yet I was suffering from temporary amnesia. Rochelle, you know how to handle this. I needed to hear myself, I suppose. Ha! So I did, what I usually do, when I am wrestling with something unsure if I am a target of the enemy or a product of molding:

I soaked myself in worship music. There is power in praise!

I stilled myself and allowed the Holy Spirit to work it out. There is power in rest!

I renewed my mind with His Truth. The Truth will set you free! (John 8:32)

I believe that God works things out of us in His timing, and obviously it was the time to deal with offense.  When we realize that God is working in us to mold into the person He has called us to be, we can surrender to the molding without allowing it to send us back to a pit. I surrender!

Sweet friends, it is the will of God that we are set free, as evidenced by the words found in Isaiah 61 and fulfilled by Jesus in Luke 4…I have come to set the captives free! God didn’t send His son to a horrific death on a cross to take on the sins of the world, so that we could remain captive. No, He did it so we would have life. Don’t you want to take hold of His promise…

I come that you might have life to the full (John 10:10)?

What is keeping you up at night?

What has robbed your peace?

What is stealing your joy?

Is God working something out of you or calling you to hand something over?

The enemy has no authority to keep you in chains. In the words of one of my favorite singers, Tasha Cobbs,  “It is time to use your keys. “

Remember His Truth:

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
— Galatians 5:1

In His Wings,