January 12, 2015

Free | One Word 2015

This word came early. And I didn't even want to fight it or try and "top" it. It may be one word for a whole year, but to me, it does not put me or my life in a neat little box I can control. The very meaning of this word for this year defies a box.
Let me amend--my amazing God defies a box.
This word the Lord gave me gets me out of the box. It colors so many facets of my heart and shoots outward like beams of light into my life.
To the right is a picture from a small journal I keep. And that is all I have written out for 2015.
No lists, no hopes, no goals written out yet.
Just freedom.

I hesitated writing this post. 2015 has thus far been a wonderful whirlwind and I would not trade a moment of it for the world. But other than this one word that's already inexplicably come to mean so much, I don't have a blessed thing figured out. *Note to self: add to free surrender.*
More than anything, F R E E is a word that describes who I am in Christ. Free from condemnation and fear are the two big ones. Free to be me. Free to see myself the way God sees me. Free to choose not to give into fear, insecurities, and to not dwell on who I think I am and beat myself up about it. 

This F R E E has interweaving layers. Haven't yet figured them all out. The widely encompassing one is my identity in Christ. It needs to color my self-worth with the bright joy that comes from keeping my gaze on Christ and actually believing in how He sees me which is the farthest thing from how I see me.

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free...m
ost assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.John 8:31, 32, 34-36