Flower In Hand

1 Peter 2:16 (CJB)

16 Submit as people who are free, but not letting your freedom serve as an excuse for evil; rather, submit as God’s slaves

Definition of submit

submittedsubmitting
to yield to governance or authority
1a to yield oneself to the authority or will of another : surrender
b to permit oneself to be subjected to something 
  • had to submit to surgery
to defer to or consent to abide by the opinion or authority of another
 
The struggle of freedom is so often choosing to use it, and choosing to submit perceived freedoms under authority.  So many of the day to day battles are around this point.  Tempers flare, arms cross, eyes roll, "I know" creates a shield of unyielded uncertainty...hearing a young woman say she desires to be free but seeing her actions dig her deeper into bondage and stubborn, bitter rebellion.   She is going after a cheap, unyielded freedom that says "I can do what I want, when I want, how I want" not wanting to submit to the process of restoration, healing, learning something new...submitting to authority that creates safety, security and leads to growth and change. 
 
At the end of the day if my will is not submitted then I am not free...
 
I am not free to be restored, to heal, to learn, to grow, to be in relationship with..
 
Am I...are we...willing to model this, to trust that our submission as people who are free to an ultimate, purposeful, loving authority is true freedom.  When I truly put my guard down, reflect what I see "mirrored" all around me...I see I have a long way to go.  Areas of pride, fear or rejection, indecision, restlessness, discontent that I do not want to submit to my Heavenly Father nor to the accountability of my peers...to allow myself to be seen, to be known, to be challenged.
 
Am I willing to be challenged in leadership?  Am I willing to concede I do not have the answers?  Am I willing to change my routine and habits for the good of another?  Am I willing to hold hard lines and clear boundaries?
 
Submission is a true act of freedom and one I must choose to live out daily.  Just as the ones we love cannot call on the name of Jesus unless they have heard [Romans 10] they cannot truly submit to Him if they have not seen it first in me.
 
May you be challenged to submit freely every area of you life on the inside and out!  May your example of submitted freedom lead many to the purposeful living out of faith in Christ Jesus! 
May we submit our will truly and freely to the will of our Father trusting the leading and guidance of His Holy Spirit!
 
 
 REST 1

The story of Hagar and Sarah has deep meaning to me and demonstrates the endless love and mercy of our Father God.  He has called us to be Sarah and to live as daughters and sons of the free woman and to no longer live as sons and daughters of Hagar, the slave woman.  I  feel called to write out the heart of God, to encourage and come alongside those called to walk alongside of those still in bondage.  Walking out the full freedom and inheritance we have received in Christ is not easy but it is possible.  We do not often realize our need to push into full freedom...we so often settle for a form of freedom unwilling and unknowingly continuing to walk in patterns and paths of slavery. Learning to walk fully in our inheritance as daughters and sons of Sarah is why I write. Galatians 4:31

 

A marker of living and modeling freedom in Christ is entering and setting our minds on rest.  The enemy takes many things; and nothing, in my opinion, is more crucial than REST.  We are promised rest.  We are exhorted to rest.  We have to be taught to rest.  Restoration, healing, discernment, wisdom, peace of mind and body, wholeness, strength and purpose are all found in rest. 

Without rest there is no freedom.  Without rest there is no joy.  Without rest there is no entering fully into the promise. 

The young women I have lived with and loved and those I am walking with now have been taught to fight against rest, against quieting their heart and mind to feel, to listen, to know, to yield. 

They run...they argue...they fight... 

Isaiah 30:15  (CJB)

15 For this is what Adonai Elohim,
the Holy One of Isra’el, says:
Returning and resting is what will save you;
calmness and confidence will make you strong
but you want none of this!

 

Am I any different?  I run, I argue, I fight...eyes fixed so often on the incomplete, the unfulfilled, the seemingly impossible.  I am asked to return and rest...to walk in calmness and confidence to model this within my home, my work and my relationships.  

May we choose to enter His rest, set our minds to rest, and deny ourselves anxious thoughts, striving, and the tyranny of the urgent.  May we be willing to model and live trusting Jesus.  May we by our example show the way to the dear ones running so far from freedom, from peace of heart and mind, from the place of hope and healing.

 

Exodus 33:13-15 (CJB)

13 Now, please, if it is really the case that I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways; so that I will understand you and continue finding favor in your sight. Moreover, keep on seeing this nation as your people.” 14 He answered, “Set your mind at rest — my presence will go with you, after all.” 15 Moshe replied, “If your presence doesn’t go with us, don’t make us go on from here.