Oh, To Be Set Free ..

Have you ever hungered to be set free … tired of carrying such deep wounds, anger, bitterness?  How often we feel a weight and don’t even know what to call it!  Is it a never-ending sadness, cynicism, bitterness, …  what is it in your life?


There were years when I carried this huge weight of anger and unforgiveness. But, most of those years I was in denial ~ and though my actions may have showed rage ~ I was convinced I had life, and myself, well under control.  Nothing could have been farther from the truth.

 for I see that your bitterness has poisoned you and
evil has you in chains”  Acts 8:23 (CEB)

Others may well have understood I was poisoned by bitterness and bound, but not I ~ until events/circumstances brought me to my knees, and I made a choice to hand it all over to God ~ and with that, I received His unconditional love and freedom!  Oh, by God’s grace and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, I am free!

You can be too!!

When I see that deep hurt in others, I so desperately want to share how they can be free as well.  But often times … like I was back then … eyes are blinded, hearts hardened and not open to this gift!  (“…among them the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving to prevent them from seeing the illuminating light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God…” 2 Corinthians 4:4 (AMP)

To all th0se hurting, whether by people, events or even church … please know there is help.  Know this to be true:

God loves you so very much, just where you’re at ~ no matter what is going on.  He is not angry, His arms are reaching out to you!  He simply wants your willingness to reach out to Him and ask for help!

God makes everything come out right; he puts victims back on their feet … God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love. He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear (in awe of) him. And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins. Psalm 103:6-18 MSG

I distinctly remember the day I began the journey of healing … oh, that you may allow His Love in, beginning today!  I encourage you to pray this prayer, and receive His pure love and freedom:

Dear God, I know that I’m a sinner and that my sin separates me from You.  I realize that I can’t do anything to earn my way into heaven.  I believe that Jesus took the punishment for my sins by dying on the cross and coming back to life. Today I accept Him as my Savior and Lord.  Thank You for forgiving me and saving me now. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

God’s Love and Blessings to you,

Heart Check …

Since our words and our actions all stem from our heart, let’s start the new year by checking our heart ~ our whole heart.  Let’s look inward and listen to what it is saying.  Our heart ~ our inner person, inner feelings, deepest thoughts and inner self.  “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7).heart pic

Most of us may quickly say ~ my heart is full of integrity, understanding, compassion toward others, tenderness, giving, helping and feelings of love … and you’d probably be right.  However, let’s look and listen to our whole heart, for scripture says that “our heart is deceitful above all things.”  (Jeremiah 17:9).  What else is our heart saying?

As we listen to our inner thoughts, what we speak and how we act, we may get other clues as to what else is in our heart  “… for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.”  (Luke 6:45). 

Allow yourself a moment to take honest inventory.  Don’t worry, there are no surprises to God who intricately created us and knows everything about us ~ and LOVES us unconditionally!!!  And, “there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus…”  Romans 8:1

I encourage you to spend time with God today ~ and every day ~ checking your heart.  For as you acknowledge and release the destructive pieces, there will be room in your heart for pure love, healing, peace, joy, freedom, wisdom and the ability to freely run ~ accomplishing all of the wonderful plans God has intended for you!

Begin the honest inventory, by remembering how much God loves you, and all that He has done for you through Jesus Christ.  Then ask Him to gently show you the hidden areas of your heart that may be filled with fear or hate; unforgiveness; disappointments, sorrow, cynicism, resentment, pride, anguish, hurt and the hardness of heart.  In this personal conversation ~ prayer ~ humbly come before God, listen and receive His love, His Wisdom, His healing and His grace.  Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ( relief and ease and refreshment and  recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.”  Matthew 11:29

He never intended for us to carry a heavy, burdened heart, even if we’ve learned to mask it with humor and laughter.  Instead, if we allow it ~ He intends to carry it for us, while we walk with Him, looking to Him for all His wisdom, understanding, and the good He has planned for us!

“My child, pay attention to what I say.
Listen carefully to my words.
Don’t lose sight of them.
Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
for they bring life to those who find them,
and healing to their whole body.

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.”

Proverbs 4:20-23   (New Living Translation)

May you have the most blessed 2013!  And, if I may encourage you through God’s Word, please contact me coachmichelle@charter.net

“And you shall love the Lord your God  out of
and with your whole heart…”  Mark 12:30