I’m participating today in a writing flash mob in which we write for 5 minutes flat on the provided word prompt with no extreme-editing. The idea is to get past our perfectionism and just. do. it.
Today’s prompt: Remember…
In a couple of weeks my eldest will be baptized. I’m remembering when I was baptized and the scenes and feelings I had when I first came to know Jesus. Whether it was the pastor’s words or what resonated in my heart loudest, I most recall admitting I was a sinner.
I walked the aisle and people stood in line to greet me afterward as tears streamed down my face. It was all so overwhelming, the emotion of it all. I also remember the decisions to stray from God, the choices leading me on winding paths, and later, the choice to listen to His voice.
I remember the first time my heart felt freedom. It was truly a gift received and the tears then were borne of joy and acceptance and from the child of a heart who is loved.
More than anything I will teach my child that she is free. She is no longer a slave to her flesh! She belongs to the Spirit and if the Son has set her free she is free indeed! Freedom is a scary word for some because they equate it with license.
Freedom means we have a choice each day. Not only to entrust our lives to him, but to entrust our day to Him. A moment by moment decision.
There’s a difference between living in the past and putting down stones of rememberance. I will remember when I felt trapped in my humanness and how I walked into freedom. I will remember the beginnings of faith but I’ll also celebrate the leaps of growth.
And it will be my great delight to see my daughter begin walking out this exciting adventure of living with God. In Him and Him in her.
And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of theLord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” Joshua 4:5-7
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