Issues. We all have them.
Some are neatly swept under the carpet, while others linger in plain sight. Trouble is we are so use to seeing them they no longer appear to bother us. But they do. They come up in our reactions. Our responses. Our replies. Wouldn’t it be nice, no not
nice more like downright fantastic to be free of the issues that bind us?
Dare to Ask
In Jennifer Renee Watson’s new book Freedom! The Gutsy Pursuit of Breakthrough and the Life Beyond It she dares us to ask God a question. “God, what do you want me to do with my ‘More Issues Than Vogue’ Life?”
That’s a really good question. One that I’m asking Him myself. Though in the last fifteen years the Lord has definitely loosed many shackles from my heart, mind and emotions I know I still have issues that linger in plain sight and maybe one or two hiding under the carpet; can’t see them therefore they don’t exist mentality.
Stuck girls tell the same stories. Cry about the same things. Dwell on hurts instead of the wild pursuit of healing.” Jennifer Renee Watson
Don’t get all fussy on the wording stuck girls. Freedom! was written for women. I know men can get stuck too. In my own life I have been that broken record, not always repeating my brokenness to friends but most definitely to the Lord, and telling the same story over and over in my mind.
I was stuck because I didn’t know there was a healing to be had. I knew Christ had the power to somehow set me free. It was more of a head knowledge than a heart knowledge. It was a cry for mercy to a savior that seemed far off. To a savior that I hoped would not only hear me but heal me. Gosh, heal me in one full swoop at that.
My healing didn’t come all at once it came in small increments. One step at a time. One shackle loosed at a time. Looking back I know that was God’s mercy, He knew I would not be ready for all my issues to surface at the same time. He knew I was not in a position to hear all He had to say in one moment of revelation.
Philippians 3:13 b “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead”.
I wanted Jesus to kiss my hurting wound, give me a hug and all would be well. Instead He invited me to participate in the healing process. I not only had the privilege of bringing my wounded heart to him. I also got to make the choice if I wanted to be healed. We can’t heal ourselves, but we can choose to receive healing. For me that meant I had to stop looking back. Stop rehearsing old wounds. Forgive and start looking forward. It was one thing to stop looking back, but to believe anything could change for the better was a stretch.
It did change. One day at a time kind of change as I leaned in on Jesus. As I spoke scripture over myself. As I believed what God said about me. It changed, because I changed. Because Jesus changed me. And He can change you too.
Ask the Question
What did He want to do with my “More Issues Than Vogue’ Life” ? Simply put He wanted me to give them to Him. He wanted me to know how to live free. Free in the freedom that only Christ can give. I challenge you dear sister to ask God the same question, “God, what do you want me to do with my ‘More Issues Than Vogue’ Life?”
I leave you with one last quote from Jennifer Renee Watson found on page 35 of Freedom!
“Your freedom journey is this: It’s you reaching out to take hold of Jesus and telling your whole truth. It’s you signing up to be active on your healing because your soul is worth your attention, Everything you do flows from it.”
We don’t have to live with a More Issues Than Vogue’ Life. It takes guts to pursue breakthrough to freedom and guts to live beyond it. It’s time to become gutsy.
Freedom! The Gutsy Pursuit of Breakthrough and the Life Beyond It can be found in bookstores and on Amazon. Please note: I am not being paid to promote this book. All opinions are my own. It really is a very good book, one I believe the Lord will use to help set many free.
Jennifer blogs at https://www.jenniferreneewatson.com/
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