The beauty of releasing....

DSCN0046I am encouraging the most precious woman that I get to share vision with for Deuteronomy 6 Woman to step out in her giftings.  She is a young mother and she is a wife and she is involved in sharing her love of Jesus with the community, and she is stinkin' cute...I need to video her words, because they do not do justice without her Mandie expression;)

She sent me this the other day, and I thought I would share it as a guest blog, because I so share her sentiment. And I have found healing and comfort and blessings from action that symbolized change of thought or mind or release. I hope you enjoy this:)

It's summertime! Those words are magical for us moms. With that comes relaxation and trips to the beach. I love the ocean and more than that I love watching my children play along the shore, screaming at every wave and trying to catch every seagull that lands within ten feet from them. Poor birds, I'm sure we leave them traumatized every time. I love watching them race to make footprints and write their names in the sand before the next wave comes. It was that simple act of joy that lead me to thinking very deeply one summer. We had made a spur of the moment, one day beach trip to the coast, to my kids it might as well have been Hawaii - sand is sand to them. During that time I had a lot of things weighing on my heart and it was effecting my walk with Lord. I was beginning to feel dragged down. I knew in my heart I needed to release it and let my savior take the burden from me but my head just wouldn't let me. So I walked down the beach a bit, my kids under the watchful eye of my mom, and I kneeled in the sand. I began to write down everything that burdened my heart, finger to wet sand I poured out my transgressions. Then I prayed, I poured out my heart to our God and as I did I watched as a quiet wave washed over my marks in the sand and as it returned to the ocean all it left behind was a smooth surface. Just as the wave washed away the physical my Savior washed away what sin had written upon my heart. He made it clean again. He made His daughter whole again.

Isaiah 53:5 tells us "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed."

Sometimes we just need a physical representation to remind our flesh how much He loves us, how freely He gives it and how mighty His love is. How that love, through His sacrifice, brings us a peace beyond all understanding. What can wash away my sin...nothing but the blood of Jesus...what can make me hole again...nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Mandie Carney

I encourage you today to release.....finger to wet sand, casting stones in a river, planting a forgiveness garden of wildflowers, or releasing flower petals in the wind. Be free as you were created to be!!!!

In His Wings, Ro