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Hello everyone! Freedom. That word is synonymous with the celebration of our country’s birth for those of us in the US. We have a whole day dedicated to it here. It is also a word that describes our political process and the lives of most of us in this country. Today, however, I want to talk about a different kind of freedom. I want to talk about freedom of the soul and heart – freedom of the internal person. We can have all the personal liberty we want on the outside but if we are in bondage on the inside, we aren’t free in the truest sense of the word. 

I hesitated to post today’s blog photo. I don’t want the focus to be on the ring itself, but on what it means to me. I purchased this ring over the weekend because of what it represented to me. This ring represents all the healing I have been through over the last few years, particularly this last year. The purple amethyst presents royalty. This ring means freedom, royalty and wholeness to me! I am a Daughter of the King! I am loved, cherished, wanted, worthy, more than good enough, and accepted by the only King Who matters, Jesus Christ! Jesus has spent the last year solidifying this in my heart and removing all influences both inside and outside to the contrary. I can assure I have not always whole-heartedly believed these things. I knew them in my head, but they had not moved from my head to my heart. 

On Sunday, while doing my weight regimen after a long cardio workout, I was listening to Red, one of my favorite bands. As I did my thing so speak and listened to the music, Jesus began to show me how free I truly am! I saw myself in my mind spinning in a field of beautiful flowers in a beautiful dress. The field was covered in gorgeous wildflowers, many of them purple, and I was spinning and laughing. The sun was bright, and the sky was very blue. I had the biggest smile on my face and a man I could not see was laughing with me somewhere near me. I know that was Jesus! This is not something I would normally think about. Call me crazy if you like, I don’t care. I don’t know if that was a vision or a picture He put into my mind or what, but I knew I was free! I am free! I finished what I was doing and sat down and cried tears of joy! Everything He has been doing in my heart this past year has culminated in that moment of freedom and understanding that true freedom. 

I am free from self-doubt. I am free from the pain rejection. I am free from the pain of not feeling good enough. I am free from the feeling of not being wanted. I am free from the pain of abandonment. I am free from disappointments. I am free from the opinions of others. I am free from people-pleasing. I am free from all the lies wrapped around the pain. I am free from the feeling of inferiority. I am free from the need to do things that help me for the approval of others. I am free from the approval of others. I am free! In the places where there was pain, Jesus is filling me with love and healing. In the places where I needed approval or acceptance or to feel wanted, Jesus is filling me with Himself, with joy, and with more love because He has already accepted and loves me! To be free from the pain and the lies that have held you captive and tried to destroy you - that is indeed true freedom! I share this freedom with you! You too can me free! 

Who can honestly say they are truly free? Does any of this resonate with you? Are you truly free? There is hope and there is freedom! His name is Jesus Christ. He calls to you, come to Him! Come to Him and be truly free! He understands more than you know, and He will not judge you. He will meet you where you are, there are no strings attached. Come to Him all who are weary and burdened, and He will give you rest for your soul (Matthew 11:28). 

Revelation 3:20; Behold, I stand at the door [of your heart] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me.

Isaiah 61:1; The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and commissioned me to bring good news to the humble and afflicted;he has sent me to bind up [the wounds of] the brokenhearted, to proclaim release [from confinement and condemnation] to the [physical and spiritual] captives and freedom to prisoners… In freedom and love, Elizabeth  

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