// I will build my life upon Your love. It is a firm foundation. And I will put my trust in You alone, and I will not be shaken. //

Build My Life: Housefires

A firm foundation stands after the storms have passed.

Welcome, Chasers!!

We’ve been doing this for a solid 7 months! Come on! This month one of the biggest things is the 4th of July! So we thought the best theme for our series this month is FREEDOM. So that’s exactly what we will be talking about in

Riding Free

Freedom is defined differently for everyone. Life comes and we see the other side of the fence and the grass look so much greener. Some may experience that new grass and find freedom. Some, however, may not. Freedom, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is

The quality or state of being free.

In my life, I’ve known freedom. In different ways. Being adopted I had a sense of freedom from a poverty. Though I didn’t appreciate that until I was older. I’ve also know freedom from education through graduations. Then there’s the freedom I’ve received that saved my life.

My life was built on the foundation of Christian values. I’ve known about Jesus. The “storybook” character that causes people “to be set free.” I’ve known a lot of facts about Him. Which is ok, until it’s not. When is it not? Well, if you have to ask yourself when you may already be there.

To save some time, I’ll remind you back to a blog post way back when in Knowledge Have I. It has some fill in the gap details. Having gotten to a place where I looked at myself in the mirror and was ashamed and disgusted, I was not ok. I looked at my life and realized it was my life. My goals. My ambitions. I had lost a sense of who I was in Christ.

Briefly, I gave my life in 09′ at an Acquire the Fire conference. I knew I loved God. But to serve Him wholeheartedly, I didn’t really know what that looked like. I played church. My foundation in Christ shook until the bare bones of the foundation showed.Up until 2014, I knew of God. His ways were good. But mine sounded better. I didn’t know the price of my actions. I definitely wasn’t ready to pay the price of God’s plan for my life. Especially because I couldn’t see it.

Sometimes you just know. Whether you know God or not. Something is just off. I went to a tent revival the night I had that very feeling. Feeling the lowest I had ever felt. But also like me, no one would ever know. But God did. God knows each one of us so well He knows what will shake our hearts. What will get our attention. A word of knowledge was spoken “sadness.”

That word forever will be my victory point to stand on. I fought and fought that dreaded word. Because it meant I had to be vulnerable. After a battle with self-esteem, and broken trust. Anything even remotely related to vulnerability was tossed out the door. But when God’s hand moves your heart. It’s time to deal with something.

One of the deepest ugly cries I’ve ever released, I was free. I encountered the living God. That night I rededicated my life to the fullness of knowing Jesus as my Lord and savior. That turned my life upside down. I was restored.

However, some of the actions of my previous “B.C.” (Before Christ) life were not. Some for the better, and some for the heartache. Because our action has consequences. It doesn’t make the things we did right. They still happened. The way we treated people, talked about did. Anything did to another human being or yourself. BUT GOD…This is a picture I did a few weeks after my rededication. It symbolizes the freedom I felt when I let Christ in, fully surrendered. It reminds me of where I’ve been, but also the hope and a future. Those things in our “B.C.” life may remain, but our response to how they affect us change.

This is where you come in. Because of my “yes” to accepting freedom, I now choose to release freedom. These blog posts help me connect with God. But the fruit of what I’m doing is hopefully impacting your life as well. Which in turn I hope will empower you to impact others. However, that looks. Go & do!

I know this is a different writing style than previously done. I felt a series on freedom should start with testimony. What better testimony than that of my own. I will, however, leave scripture down below to show, what I believe lies up with the word of God.

A foundation built on anything other than Christ will fall. It may look pretty living outside God’s plan. You can probably survive there. But it’s not what God intended. You never know what or who you’ll meet along your journey of faithfulness. You’ll grow beyond your dreams & enter into His destiny for your life when you walk in obedience & vulnerability.

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

John‬ ‭8:36‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“O LORD, You have searched me and known me.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Next week we will discover how freedom looks like for other people. You won’t want to miss it. It’ll be between life and death.

If you’ve found this enjoyable, please like, & share! If you’ve got a testimony of how these posts are transforming your life, we’d love to hear that too! Until next time, peace & blessings!!