Freedom

July 27, 2020
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Romans 1:20 – For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature. So, they have no excuse for not knowing God. (NLT)

Being a C.E.O. meant that my husband worked 9-10 hours per weekday, spent 79 percent of his weekend days on conference calls, and went on numerous out-of-country business trips. Between his demanding career and my feeling like a single mother raising three children, we became spiritually and physically exhausted. The more Garry climbed the corporate ladder, the more caged-in we felt, leaving us less and less quality family time. Previously, we had laid all our decisions before the Lord and asked for His will to be done, then rested, knowing that we were in God's perfect hands. Reading a quotation from Eric Ludy made it clear what needed to be done: "Don't try to build Me into your life anymore. Instead, build your life around Me." There it was. We needed to take a giant step back from our busyness, take a vacation, and do some soul-searching — time to reconnect with our Master.

A month later, we arrived at our destination, a Dominican resort, just in time to witness one of the best Caribbean island sunsetscapes. As nighttime fell, the ocean spread out like a satin sheet of raven black, for as far as one could see, and then beyond. We could feel the healing effect of the ocean air, and we drank it in.

I squeezed my eyes shut and thanked my Maker for sharing His magnificent handiwork with us. In Jesus' name, I asked for forgiveness for being so willful and controlling. I prayed that this vacation would be a time of surrendering to God's will for our lives. We had long forgotten about the gift of freedom that came with our salvation. The more control we surrendered, the more freedom we felt!

Galatians 5:1 – It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (NIV)

We left the island ready to head home, feeling spiritually healthy and renewed.

"Faith is having the courage to let God be in control." – Daily Dose.

To be spiritually healthy and live as God intended, give Him the reins to your life. Listen to the Master's voice and fulfill your destiny. Trust God in all you do, and don't return to the ways of the world. Pray with me:

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, I watch as You care for even the smallest of creatures, and I stand in awe of the majesty in Your handiwork. You know me better than I know myself. Therefore, in faith, I pass You the reins to my life and surrender my will over to You. Thank You, Lord, for Your Word, as it comforts and reminds me of Your promises, plans, and provision. Great is Your faithfulness. Amen.


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Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Lois.


    Thank you, Lois, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.


    Well-said, Lois and well-described picture of your before and after. Thank you for writing it.


    I sure identify with that. Lived that same life. It was very lonely. We need to “Let go and let God.”


    Great is Your faithful… How true it is.
    Be blessed Lois.
    Thanks for a good word today.


    A message so many of us need, Lois. The busier we get, the harder it is to hear God’s voice. I used to think he willed it that way as I was working towards things I thought he wanted, but we need to quiet ourselves and take time to reflect to really hear Him. Thank you for the reminder and God bless!


    “Great is thy faithfulness, O God our father”
    Thanks for this reminder. We can’t all escape to a holiday haven, (especially at this time) but we can all “reset” to trust in our Father’s love.
    Bless you, Lois, for sharing this with us today,
    (BC)


    What a wonderful experience that must have been!
    It is very hard to back away from the demands of the corporate world.
    Thanks for sharing.


    Dear sister!
    Thank you so much for your encouraging devotional!
    “Great is His faithfulness!!” Amen!!
    Blessings to you and your precious family!

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