As you visit this blog, may you be blessed beyond measure. May Jesus pick up your wounded soul and hug you so close to His heart that you will hear the rhythm of His faithful love for you! May Jesus break the chains that keep you from flying in the freedom of His love! May He give you faith to use the wings He has given you!
Sometimes it is through the most painful times in life that we learn the most about Jesus’ love. Out of a despairing point in my life – Depression and New Beginnings – “Freed to Fly: Hope, Healing, and Freedom for Hurting Souls” originated.
Shackles of insecurity, legalism, abuse, shame, fear, and bitterness sometimes feed off each other like parasites and bog us down in despair with no strength or confidence to move forward. But Jesus never grows weary of lifting our bruised and bleeding souls with the assurance, “My child, I care, I understand you, I have been there.”
Through His powerful love and grace, Jesus breaks the chains. When insecurity tells us we can’t, we can do all things through Christ Jesus. When legalism swings its swords, in Jesus we are free. When memory triggers plunge us back into past abuse, in Jesus we can heal and be whole. When shame poisons our perspective, in Jesus we are beautiful and valuable. When fear freezes our faith, in Jesus we grasp courage. When bitterness sours joy, in Jesus we can forgive and move on. When depression sinks us into despair, in Jesus we can dance a victory. When losses, in many different forms, zap our physical and emotional strength, in Jesus we can trust that God has a plan.
Is our faith always strong? No. Do we always feel freed to fly? No. Are we always happy? No. Jesus has said that “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Yes! Jesus has gained the victory for us. Only in Him, we can face whatever lies before us. Only in Him, we can survive and thrive. Only in Him, we can learn to dance in victory.
And one day, if we are grounded in Christ Jesus, our groans will change to glory. “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18) So fly, my friend, fly! Fly to Jesus. Fly in Jesus. Fly for Jesus.