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Freedom to Choose

One of the best gifts we can give each other is the acknowledgment that each of us is answerable to God first and foremost. Imposing our opinion shuts down a relationship. Listening with an open heart keeps it open.

We may disagree with someone’s perspective, opinion, decisions, or beliefs, but when we realize that God is the One responsible for them, not us, we free that person to explore all God has for them without fear of our reaction.

We must be careful to not assume we know God’s plan for another’s life. And we must be careful to respect and honor their God-given right to make their own choices.

If we are concerned about someone’s choices, the best thing we can do is to pray for them that God’s purpose in their life prevails. We can trust God to accomplish His purposes for them, just as we can trust Him to do the same for us!

Tioga George - the power of being yourself

The Power of Being Yourself

For the past 12 years, I’ve followed the blog of a retired gentleman who turned a cancer diagnosis into an adventure. On the day he finished his chemo treatments in 2003, he bought a motorhome and set out on an adventure that would last 15 more years. He started a blog to keep his family and friends informed of his whereabouts and adventures. It wasn’t long until others started following it, too. Over the course of his blogging life he gained a significant following.

Full surrender to Jesus

What Full Surrender to Jesus Looks Like

I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord,
Over mountain, or plain, or sea.
I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord.
I’ll be what You want me to be.

Corrie ten Boom and Pamela Rosewell Moore
Corrie ten Boom and Pamela Rosewell Moore

It’s been years since I’ve heard this song. But for the last number of days, I’ve been humming it over and over again. I’ve also been reading about Corrie ten Boom and Pamela Rosewell Moore, Corrie’s companion and caretaker during the last decade of her life. The lives of both these women, fully surrendered to Jesus and anything He called them to do, reminded me of this song. It inspires me to continue to surrender myself and my life to Jesus, no matter what He asks of me.

real relationship with God requires boundaries

What it Means to Have Proper Boundaries with God

I’ve always thought of boundaries in relationships as drawing a line to keep unhealthy behavior at bay. You know, such as needed for an abusive spouse or a friend who keeps infringing on your time and space.

So when I got to the “Boundaries and God” chapter in Cloud’s and Townsend’s book Boundaries, I was somewhat startled.

Why in the world would we need boundaries with God?

how to have a balanced life and healthy relationships

The Key to a Balanced Life and Healthy Relationships

A mentor once introduced me to a simple diagram which has brought me much clarity in living a more balanced life and having healthier relationships. It helps us know when to say “yes” and when to say “no.” Most importantly, it puts God in His rightful place, resulting in freedom to live a fulfilling and purposeful life.

Is there something hijacking your purpose?

Is There a “But” Hijacking Your Purpose?

“If your life were a sentence, how would it read? That is, if you simmered down your entire life into one short statement, just two clauses with a conjunction in the middle, what would it be?”

When I read this question in Kari Patterson’s book Sacred Mundane: How to Find Freedom, Purpose, and Joy, I immediately thought of my life purpose statement. Surely that defines me, I thought, and in many ways, it does.

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