As we fire up the grills and prepare for fireworks in celebration of Independence Day, I encourage you to pause. The celebratory routines are fun, but what happens after the great food and fireworks are gone? Truth be told, millions will sink back into mental or spiritual bondage which has become the norm. Whether it is them feeling bound by their situation, which they fear will never change, or bound in their mind, tortured by their past. The issues of life can easily entangle and overwhelm us for sure.
However, there is a remedy and a way to be truly set free. if you find yourself bound in your mind, body or spirit, I encourage you today. There is hope and an answer that works. How do I know, you ask? Because I once was lost and bound by my circumstance until Christ set me FREE. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before. I'm not talking about rules or religion, but of a real relationship with a God who loves me and custom created me. A God who loves me unconditionally with all my flaws and frailties. Because of His love and kindness towards me, I was able to place all my mess, disappointments and insecurities at His feet and trade them for freedom. True freedom that only comes through Him.
On this Independence Day I encourage you to invite Him into your heart if you haven't already. It's easy. Simply open your mouth and invite Him into your heart. He is ever present and waiting on you to open the door. I guarantee you it will be the BEST decision you will ever make, and from this day forward you can truly celebrate Independence Day with new meaning.
We are into the second month of a new year. Some have gotten off to a great start. However, there are others who have found themselves distracted, discouraged or defeated. It's a good time to do a quick assessment and reset if needed.
What do you want this year? Why do you want it? And last but not least, how are you going to get it. The enemy is clear about the awesome plans that God has for you, and that's why he focuses so hard to get you off track. But the question is, are you clear about that plan and are you willing to do what you have to do to walk in it? Are you REALLY ready to walk in your destiny are you just playing around?
Regardless of which side of the spectrum you sit, I challenge you today to ask yourself, am I currently living in the fullness of what God has for me? Am I actively using my gifts and talents and pursing my life's purpose? If not, the next question is why not? Could fear, doubt or distractions be getting in your way? How about a long list of excuses you have held on to for far too long? Some may be dealing with exhaustion because they have been fighting with the real issues of life hitting them upside the head daily.
The first step is often the hardest step. If you are like me, sometimes when God gives you a vision it can be a little overwhelming. When you begin to look at where you are in comparison to where He wants to take you, you can be paralyzed by fear if you aren't careful.
I was reminded this morning, that God isn't expecting me to go from 0 to 10 over night, so i shouldn't place that type of pressure on myself, nor should you. He is simply waiting on us to take the first step. He will give us grace for the step we are on as He prepares us for every step ahead.
Be encouraged today and take the first step towards your destiny.
Dr. nicole steele
Through Her Priceless Posts, Dr. Nicole Steele shares her Priceless Perspective on real life issues pertaining to women, girls, families and youth workers.