Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Walking in Freedom

Here we go...

Nothing in my brain but fingers are itching to "write". Kind of tired of everyone being attacked by satan. Feeling pretty sick of him. There is a victorious life for us all to live but he keeps trying to trip us up. For me - I am letting him. He uses the same things, he is not very creative. So, why do I keep falling for it??

I asked a group of friends to "get real" yesterday and you would not believe the things that people are dealing with. Well, sure you would, because you all are dealing with them too. But for some reason most people keep those things to themselves. Like if they don't talk about them then maybe they'll just go away. That is exactly what satan wants. Secrets, things in the dark...we need to expose them to The Light!! Just because we struggle and have issues does not make us less than. We are not "worse Christians". We are not a burden to our friends. We are not alone!!

It has been a burning desire of mine to see others walk in freedom. I've tasted what that freedom walk feels like and it is GOOD! I want it back. I want to love the Lord more. I want to "want Him" in my life. Does that make sense?

God is giving me more physical healing and that is wonderful!! But...I want my heart to be healed. Not from the divorce, not from the heartache of the kids, not from fear (although all that healing would be great). I want my heart to be healed - I want it to be a heart that is sold out for Jesus. That is not so easily swayed by the lame tactics of the devil. I just want to be in love with the Lord Jesus.

Are you struggling? Are your burdens heavy? If you don't feel like you want to share them here (you can always be anonymous), please find someone to "get real" with. Freedom is ours. HE has already purchased it with His own blood. Let's live in it!!


23 comments:

The Emery's said...

I would love to be healed with you, Sheryl.

Love to you, Love to us, Love to God.

Robin said...

Amen! You're post reminds me of one of my favorite song lyrics..."he knew carrying secrets to the grave was impossible to do, the secrets carry you." God has called us the body of Christ, we weren't meant to function alone, we are made to work together, in Him. I have been struggling lately, and I KNOW that it is due to not being in the Word lately. That's how satan sells us his lies, he keeps us away from God's Word because it is the Truth and then away from others who will speak that Truth to us. Thanks for the encouragement/spiritual 2x4! :o)

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

This is exactly how I am feeling today. I am letting satan get me down. I want to "want" Jesus to have all of me, but at the same time I am tired of the race. Having a bad day with my back, today. I have let it color my whole outlook and my children have seen a not so pretty me. I feel so guilty when I lose it with my children. It isn't their fault that I am where I am. I could really use your prayers to day. I am feeling like a total failure.

Now if that isn't just laying it all out in the open, I don't know what is! Did I scare any of you away? I sure hope not!

Anonymous said...

Thank You for this post. Why is it that we all wear a "Poker Face"? I fear judgement. What did I just say fear but fear is not from the Lord. Working to not wear a "Poker Face".

I think because my spirit desires to be healed I am drawn a song by Hillsong entitled "Take it all"..here are the lyrics.

Searching the world
The lost will be found
In freedom we live
As one we cry out
You carried the cross
You died and rose again
My God
I’ll only ever give my all

You sent Your Son
From heaven to earth
You delivered us all
It’s eternally heard
I searched for truth
And all I found was You
My God
I’ll only ever give my all

Jesus we’re living for Your Name
We’ll never be ashamed of You
Whoa o oh
Our praise and all we are today
Take take take it all
Take take take it all

You sent Your Son
From heaven to earth
You delivered us all
It’s eternally heard
I searched for truth
And all I found was You
My God
I’ll only ever give my all

Jesus we’re living for Your Name
We’ll never be ashamed of You
Whoa o oh
Our praise and all we are today
Take take take it all
Take take take it all

Jesus we’re living for Your Name
We’ll never be ashamed of You
Whoa o oh
Our praise and all we are today
Take take take it all
Take take take it all

Running to the One
Who heals the blind
Following the shining light
In Your hands
The power to save the world
In my life

Running to the One
Who heals the blind
Following the shining light
In Your hands
The power to save the world
In my life

Jesus we’re living for Your Name
We’ll never be ashamed of You
Whoa o oh
Our praise and all we are today
Take take take it all
Take take take it all

Jesus we’re living for Your Name
We’ll never be ashamed of You
Whoa o oh
Our praise and all we are today
Take take take it all
Take take take it all

Jesus we’re living for Your Name
We’ll never be ashamed of You
Whoa o oh
Our praise and all we are today
Take take take it all
Take take take it all
Take take take it all

He And Me + 3 said...

Praise God that He paid for our Freedom! He that the son sets free is free indeed. So glad I have been set free.
blessings,
Mimi

Faye said...

I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN.I CAN TAKE IT TO THE CROSS, BUT THEN I WILL GO BACK AND PICK IT UP.I THINK THAT IS WHERE OUR FAITH COMES IN,AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS SO HARD FOR ME!I ENJOY YOUR BLOG SO MUCH.YOU ARE A BLESSING TO ME. HAVE A GREAT EVENING! BLESSINGS, FAYE

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Your post so touches home with me....I am having a down day. We all wear so many masks...Thank you for your transparency.

Leslie said...

I really began suffering from depression and anxiety attacks about 7 years ago. I take medication for these afflictions and it helps a lot. However, I have found being open about it is beneficial as well. I know so many people suffering from the same thing or have at least experienced it at one time in their lives. Believe it or not, there are people in the world who can relate to whatever it is you're going through. You're not alone in your trials. This especially goes for those of us who know Jesus.

Lina said...

Yes! Well said Sheryl! I grew up in a family that was all about keeping secrets...then I became a wife (for a horrible season) who kept secrets. No more. Transparency is my M.O. now. It doesn't mean telling everyone EVERYTHING, but it does mean being REAL. God hasn't allowed me to survive stuff so I can hide what He's done! Thank you for your good word today.

Susan said...

Praise God for FREEDOM and for being REAL!

I attending an amazing conference this weekned.

Everyone of the keynote speakers stood up and was REAL as they shared their deepest struggles and greatest VICTORIES!

God can't fix something until we bring it to him and out in the open.

Great post!!

PS Glad you're feeling better♥

Laura said...

Sheryl,

I am so honored to call you my friend. Your openess and realness means so much. Calling us to be real before our GOD and those close to us is so vital!
In order to have freedom, we must be real and honest. I know that GOD is doing a new thang!!
I love ya,
Laura

Nicole said...

Amen to freedom!!! I agree with Laura, God is doing a new thang!

Peace out-don't know why I typed that. Just came to mind. I think I'm a little tired. Need to head to bed.

Thanks for your words on my post today.

Praise the Lord for your physical healing. A lot of times this will come as a result of our spiritual healing. That is our greater need! My pastor just gave a sermon on this. It was quite thought provoking.

God cares more about the journey than the destination (something I've discovered along the way). Love to you!!!

In Him,
Nicole

Amrita said...

Yes sherly I have many burdens and heavy loads. If I was not a Christian I would have thrown in the towl.

Heather of the EO said...

I've been talking about this very thing a lot lately with a couple of friends. Why is it that we think we can't tell? I think an even greater trap people have fallen into is pride and judgment. If people weren't unaccepting for the most part, we wouldn't be so scared to share. If we accepted each other's secrets with grace and loved each other through things more willingly, we'd feel that freedom to share and to live freely so much more.

I'm rambling, hope I made sense :)

Transparent Mama said...

This is what I love about reading all these blogs by women who Love the LORD. There is an authenticity that you don't get in the few minutes at church. We sometimes get it in a good Bible study, but how amazing that we can get it daily with our blogging friends.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Yes, I'm struggling as of late. Yes, I'm heavily burdened. Even in the midst of the joys of selling a house that was burdensome and buying a house less-burdensome, I still have such a heavy heart...for this one man...one man...unknowingly lost in the sea of satan's web of lies...so sad...so helpless as I'm not able to be close to help him see...oh how I want him to walk in true freedom...oh how I want to want in true freedom...of healing...of the pain...and also a deeper longing for Christ...as you perfectly said it. I was just thinking that I dont' know if I will ever be truly healed from this pain....wanting a dream, having that dream, losing that dream...still having that dream...and a godly dream. I don't see true healing this side of Heaven but I tarry on...in this boat alone...me and Jesus as no one else seems "brave" to jump in this boat of belief...belief in the impossible and I understand why...it's wearing on one's heart and mind....to see nothing happen...
sorry for the book...

nancygrayce said...

I think if we're Christians we can expect to have troubles! I have been so troubled lately over my child's actions. I have been praying for his deliverance from drugs and a lifestyle that is just awful for almost 19 years. I don't think it means we aren't victorious, we are, through Jesus....but we get down. I also suffer and have since childhood with severe anxiety.

I don't know anyone who doesn't struggle in this earthly life. I'm praying with you! Glad to hear you're physically better!!!!

Gathering Hope said...

I too want to be healed with you Sheryl. From suffocation, anxiety, obsessive compulsiveness, worry.
The "get real part...I'm not sure I can/want to let go of them.

I'm always lifted when I visit here. Thankful that God gives you the heart to share such things, secrets.
Love to you
Sherry

Jennifer said...

So real and so true. Keeping all of our fears, doubts and worries is what feeds satan. We need to bring it all to the light!!

Great post!

Blessings to you,

Just a little something from Judy said...

Sheryl, Once again you opened up your heart and shared your realness with all of us. Many, many thoughts were running through my mind as I read your latest post. I have come to one very real conclusion, and that is, I know God has a very special plan for you. Look at your comments...read them...know that you have lots of support, love and care. Your journey, as painful as it is, will be used to help so many others. Just keep looking up dear friend, and never forget that "greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world."

-stephanie- said...

We were discussing this at our bible study this afternoon. If people would allow themselves to really open up, especially at church, we feel a whole lot of repentance and healing would be going on. What is wrong with us! I bet God is just waiting on us.

Muthering Heights said...

Amen!!! :)

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Sheryl,
This is something that really needed to be said and it is something that we all need to deal with. I wonder sometimes about the different masks that we all have and do wear, but God wants us to be free of these masks. you are so on target my dear sweet friend.


I believe because of you having such a pure heart towards God that he is going to mightily use you to help free people from these bonds.
I see the fervent spirit in you, that because of having been freed , and knowing how it feels to be free, you are wanting it for us all. Praise the Lord for you. Blessings,
Sue