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Freedom’s Eve….

Freedom comes in increments and measures, inch by inch and no matter what the freedom means in real terms to you, the only way it will come in entirety is firstly in our mind, and then in our will, it may come in our emotions later on…I have experienced freedom in so many ways in my life but as time goes on I learn that there are more areas within me that need to be freed, and even the areas I am more than aware of are still yet to find that place of true freedom.Life is an untangling of ourselves and with each loosened knot comes a little more freedom and space.I am thankful for God that He has brought me the most freedom into my life, and each day I trust him and follow His ways it comes in increasing measures.I realise that I have quite a few more knots that need loosening and untying, as I become free I find knots that I never even knew were there. The knots often get loosened by the things that I least expect, and at moments I never imagined. It can be very uncomfortable as the loosening happens but once I adjust to it I find that I become more of me than I have ever been before and once I embrace this it strengthens my core and helps me to find my place in the life that God destined and planned for me.

The price of freedom is often huge, sacrifices need to be made, sometimes things need to be surrendered, obstacles may need to be dealt with and mindsets need to be shifted but freedom is priceless and its value is priceless.

Whom the Son sets free will be free indeed!

Just something to think about!

Advance, Retreat, Advance…

So I have been on a little retreat, it doesn’t always turn our exactly has you have planned but I love how it did turn out. I planned to write a lot but instead took a lot of photos. It was so nice to just be away from all the normal things you have to do and today this little retreat come to an end…

So in a few hours I will venture back into suburbia from the little piece of heaven in which I have been into the life race that I am in. I haven’t come up with too many ideas of how I could transform my life to resemble even slightly what life is like up here in the country. It would involve not doing a lot of things in which I have no choice but to do…

So I need to find the places of solace in amongst the hustle and bustle of what it is. Looking through the eye of this camera lens has given me a new perspective on life too… I was taking photos which I could use on my Facebook pages and in my blog posts and what I discovered again is that the ordinary can be so magnificent if we change our glasses!

An old jewelry box which indeed was so special, and probably once prized has been relegated to a shelf on the window in the spare room. When I looked at it closely, it was SO intricate, the colours of the mother of pearl effect on it were so spell binding… and yet one such as this had possibly become more ordinary.

I wondered how many special things in my house, indeed my family and friends had been accepted as ordinary. When I look at them again afresh may I see with new eyes, open to the simplicity’s and intricacies of the things right under my nose, at my fingertips and under my feet!

So as I transition from retreat to advance…. Lord please help me to stop and smell the roses and look at them again for the specialty that they are. Just subtly tucked away from the conscious gaze of the people that pass by, particularly me… busy as I may be!



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O LORD, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me. You know my downsitting and my uprising; You understand my thought afar off. You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have beset me and shut me in–behind and before, and You have laid Your hand upon me. Your [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot reach it.
~Psalm 139:1-6~


Oh I am so relieved that there is one who KNOWS me! One thing that I always long for is to be understood and for people to know me. When they don’t in the past it has troubled me but now I understand that this is not always to be and I should not be drawing my security from this.

On the other hand being ‘known’ maybe a thing that a lot of people will run from as they do not KNOW the love of God for us and the freedom and release that this can bring into our lives. It’s a release from the captivity and prison of hiding and covering up things in their lives.

I think it’s almost like a learned behavior if you know what I mean. I straight away got a picture of two little girls playing, best friends. They are talking as they dress their dolls and then one little girl tells the other something really important, something close to her heart, something sad or difficult. The reaction she gets from the other little girl is quite unexpected… She laughs at her or perhaps makes fun of her. Possibly her reaction is one of shock, distaste, or rejection.

As a young and innocent child things will be shared and spoken of but children soon learn to cover things up, hide things and be careful what they say as they experience different responses from people they encounter in their lives. Don’t they say once bitten twice shy.

When we find God, (he already found us and he is waiting) it is again a process of learned behavior to learn to trust, to learn that it is safe to be known, truly safe and truly known.

We learn one experience at a time that when we let him ‘know’ us, he still loves us. After all actually he already knows us completely, more than we know ourselves but it as we open different areas to Him that we experience being known and loved in a safe way.

I’d say that sometimes there are things we don’t even really know about ourself but as we learn and grow forward God allows us to come to know these things about ourself so that then we can allow him to transform these things from glory to glory into his image.

God loves us completely even when we are not completely changed into his likeness, and then gradually he transforms the things He knows hinder us.

So He knows us in that deep way and he also knows practically what we are going to do and what roads our paths will take and it says he knows our thoughts as well. He knows how we think and what makes us tick. He saw what formed our thought processes and our behaviours. And yet with all this knowledge he doesn’t turn away from us or turn us away from him.

These verses make it completely clear that he is protective of us, he lays his hands on us. This is said in a very calm gentle way. All of this is just too much for us to completely understand. I think that in part we just have to accept it and try to allow our minds to grasp the tail of it I out understanding.

The longing of people’s hearts is to be known, and this is the one person and place where it is possible on more levels than we could imagine.

We are known and loved!

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