Personal Liberty

    Freedom: Personal liberty as opposed to bondage or slavery I am so glad to be born in America. So often I wonder why I was born in a land of so many freedoms, while someone else millions of miles away was born into an area of oppression and hardship. I know things are not always easy here in the US. As one of our writers brings to light this edition, there is a terrifying and growing slave trade here that rivals any other country. There is poverty, hunger, unemployment, abuse, and many other areas that are keeping America …

Becoming a Slave and Gaining Freedom

Freedom is, by definition, the power or right to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Slavery is, by definition, a relationship where one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty and fortune. As a teenager I had been engulfed in a life of sin. I was captivated by its lure and enticed by its stronghold. I was a slave to sin, until freedom pursued me and I began to allow God to draw me to Him. As I entered adulthood, I aspired to be happy. I longed for all the normal …

Thankfulness is Best Lived Forward

  When I think of the word thankfulness I get a picture myself as a young mother. I’m wiping the sweat from my brow and the hair from my eyes. Whew!  I was not sure how I could get it all done. But thankfully, God made a way. Most of the time I was waltzing somewhere between flustered and flabbergasted. I’ll admit that a lot of the time I was overwhelmed with things instead of thankful for them. One day I was standing on my porch watching one little daughter go down the street to play and another little daughter …

Freedom from Condemnation

              The Holy Spirit Frees Believers from Condemnation   Imagine yourself in prison for committing some crime and awaiting the day of your execution. Your final meal has been served and soon you will be placed on the stretcher and brought into the gas chamber. But as the final strap is being buckled, a man appears and announces he has just received a letter from the governor of the state to drop the charge against you; that you’re not to die but be freed of the charge. While living in sin and condemned to die, Christ died for you and …

Real Freedom

Confession time. My parents traveled a lot, even when I was a teenager. Several times they left me at home because I had school and work. One time they went with another couple and left my mom’s car at home. One night I decided I’d go for a ride. I got in the car and started out the drive, went down to the end of the street and out on the highway. As I rounded the first curve I realized I was really doing a dumb thing – dangerous, no driver’s license and more. I prayed. “Oh God, if you’ll …

Freedom and Personal Liberty

I am so glad to be born in America. So often I wonder why I was born in a land of so many freedoms, while someone else millions of miles away was born into an area of oppression and hardship. I know things are not always easy here in the US. There is a terrifying and growing slave trade here that rivals any other country. There is poverty, hunger, unemployment, abuse, and many other areas that are keeping America from becoming the amazing place it could be. Comparatively, however, the United States is a pretty great place to live. We …

Fear As A Slave Driver

My feet pounded the pavement as I considered three specific situations with which I was struggling — anger toward my children, conflict with my husband, and bitterness in a situation where something didn’t go as I had hoped. My thoughts floated to the Exodus text I had just read that morning. In a way, I had to admit, I felt enslaved by these situations. Seeking to discover guidance from the text, I asked myself, why did Pharaoh decide to oppress and enslave the Israelite people? The answer leapt from my memory. Fear. It all came down to fear. For reasons …

Not Sick of Slavery

Are you fond of going to the doctor? Or do you wait until the last possible moment? When my mom was living, I always laughed at her because anytime I had the slightest sniffle, she urged me to visit the doctor. My first reaction, though, is usually to wait. Surely, it will go away on its own. Surely, my immune system just needs time to work. Sometimes that rationale worked. But sometimes it didn’t. I remember several times I waited too long and paid a hefty price in pain and discomfort. I think we naturally bear quite a bit before …

Slavery From Blessings

Tears spilled down my cheeks as I choked out, “I’m just so tired.” My writer friends encircling the table didn’t exactly know how to respond at my sudden outburst. I’m sure from all appearances I seemed as though I not only held all the proverbial plates at once but spun them with the skill of a circus performer. But the truth became evident as my eyes grew red. I was crumpling underneath the weight of it all. What is “it,” you ask? Well, that’s an interesting story. Before I even bought my first training bra, I had a desire to …

Freedom in Jesus

Freedom in Jesus…three words that hold a multitude of meaning. Once you meet Jesus, the freedoms you experience are innumerable. One that has been on my mind, recently, is the freedom to dream. I’ve been thinking about it more than I ever have, so believe me when I say, that’s a LOT! You see, most of my life has been spent dreaming. When I was a kid, I would literally spend hours at a time just letting my mind create scenes that I hoped would someday come true…some were feasible, but others were just plain outrageous.  I suppose it could …

Class Is In Session!

  When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.)  So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?” Exodus 15: 23-24   The desert became a classroom for the Israelites in their journey to the Promised Land. God chose Moses as His professor and mouthpiece to teach them His truth. He sent tests to examine their faith and give them opportunity to behave they like they believed. This passage includes one of many tests the Israelites will be given in their desert …