I Can Do What I Want...
"When I get grown..." Growing up in a very strict household this was pretty much my mantra. That and, " I can't wait to..." Can't wait to get grown and do ALL the things my folks wouldn't allow me to do." ::
I grew up during the time when you didn't ask your parents "why" and if you were crazy enough to ask them... It was met with a stern, "Because I said so!" Along with a look that said, "Try me if you want to!"
My folks are great, and I'm sure they were parenting the way they were parented.
However, growing up with a strict, critical and authoritative father, led me to believe that God is like that too.
Therefore, just like my dad was basically the LAST person I'd run to in times of trouble so was God. 😢
A.W. Tozer said, "What we think about God is the most important thing about us."
I had the opportunity to put this theory to practice at a retreat a couple of years ago and was astonished by the results.
In that exercise we looked at the life long impact our thoughts about God has had on us. In the 5-day challenge I'll show you how to apply this going back to December 31, 2017.
Understanding how unconsciously learned beliefs from your childhood are still affecting you today is an impactful exercise to kick-off your freedom journey.
Whenever I would reach a certain place in my life something would happen where a portion or all of it would tank, then rebound again, tank and rebound again.
Following the last "dip", instead of rushing out to make up for perceived lost time and income I took some long deep breaths and have spent the past few years "under construction"
Busying myself with studying the Bible, counseling, psychology and habits. Transformation and how people change. Why some changes stick and others don't.
Learning up-close and from afar from wise people, healed people, people that were broken in some of the same places and ways as me.
Initially, it was for sure a self-focused endeavor. I viewed it as putting on my oxygen mask. I desired MORE than anything to be whole, mind/body/soul. To be FREE from striving, performing, being disengaged and generally dissatisfied with life. I desired to raise healthy children. Smash some generational curses. Instead of dragging them along simply ‘cause that’s how it is. 😕
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve yet to arrive (Philippians 3:12) but I’m so fired up for this journey that I want to bring as many of my sisters with me that’ll come.
We’re going to have disappointments and trials in this life. Failures and upsets. We’ll wound and be wounded by others... it’s inevitable. It’s what you do NEXT that matters most.
How do you rebound? Recover? Repent? Forgive? Beg forgiveness?
We’re ALL on a journey. How will you travel?
I used to believe that being able to do, say, go and be whatever I wanted was what it meant to be free.
That could be true, unless in that perceived freedom we begin to make poor choices that result in binding consequences. 🤔 I’m still breaking chains due to poor choices made many years ago.
The Believer’s Freedom
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
1 Corinthians 10:23 (NIV)
What believes do you have about freedom that are actually keeping you in bondage?