When we hear this word, so many images come into our mind. We picture a flag flying in the breeze and the service members who fought for our freedom as Americans. We picture a woman standing in a field, arms stretched open wide- free to take it all in. We picture a child singing at the top of her lungs- free from fear of judgement.
Perhaps one of the most profound moments in my faith occurred one summer at church camp when I was about 18 years old. After one of our worship services, we were each given a simple sack and were asked to go on a little walk. As we walked, we came across stops along the way with a basket of stones and a sign with sins we may or may not have done. Many of these were simple things that pretty much every single one of had done- as simple as telling a fib to our parents. Others were much more personal. And at each stop we were asked to pick up one of these stones if we had been in those situations. It started as a simple enough task, but by the end our bags were heavy and hard to carry on our own. But as we reached the point where we didn't know how we could go on, there stood a cross under which we were able to dump those stones.
As Christians, we have been given an incredible freedom through the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross. We are free from sin, free from Old Testament laws, and free from shame. The dumping of those stones that were weighing us down was the perfect illustration of Christ taking away the burdens that we put upon ourselves. We were not promised a life without problems, but we were promised that Christ would always be there beside us, helping us carry that cross.
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures
My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace
I think we all need this reminder on occasion- to know that we don't have to carry it all on our own. Christ is with us, and through Him, we can have the freedom we desire.
This is just what this month's Illustrated Faith monthly devotional kit- Free to Flourish- provided for me. Take a look inside:
Do you desire to live your life in freedom...the freedom God desires for each of us?—Freedom from...? Freedom to...? In the Free to Flourish devotional kit, Bekah Blankenship insightfully gives prompts for "prayerful thought and reflection" and desires us to "step into the freedom God has so sweetly given each one of us." "I am certain of God's plan to bring you out of an existence of simply surviving into one of thriving. You were made to flourish, my friend!" —Bekah
1 plastic pouch
1 devotional booklet
1 clear stamp collection
1 roll of washi tape
1 sheet of cut-out paper pieces
2 cardstock sticker sheets
1 magnet1 thank you card from Shanna
First and foremost, this kit is absolutely beautiful. The floral look is gorgeous and perfect for the upcoming spring season. And the colors? Oh how I love the gorgeous green, pink and blue... a gorgeous combination! But beyond that, the message is beautiful. One of the first pieces I took notice of upon opening my kit was the tip in that stated simply, "She laughs without fear of the future." (Proverbs 31:25). This is the life that God wants for us... not a life of burdens, but a life of freedom. Free to laugh. Free to sing. Free from fear. Free from shame. Free to dream. Free to flourish.
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Are you the girl in the field, or burdened with chains? How can this devotional kit help you?