Monday, October 17, 2011


Soaring Eagle, Lochaber Nova Scotia  Photo: Tracy Auton Stuit


Nothing to Hide

There is nothing covered that will not be revealed,
and hidden that will not be known.

Nothing to Lose

Whom have I but You?

Nothing to Fear

Perfect Love casts out all fear.

Nothing to Prove

If God be for me, who is against me?

Are you free? 

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.  
Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."

~ John 8:34-36 ~

I have been wrestling with issues of slavery this past while.
It takes humility to stand in front of a mirror and acknowledge the bondage you have chosen.

Yes I did say chosen. 

I recognized last week a propensity I have for putting a whole lot of effort into appearing free rather than putting that effort into seeking out the only One who has the power to truly set me free.

The results were not pretty.

I ended up in a fetal position in my bathtub with a cloth pressed over my face sobbing my heart out.

Life is too valuable and too short to play "let's pretend" :

Let's pretend we're ok.
Let's pretend we're strong.
Let's pretend we have it all together.
Let's pretend we're not scared.

It may work for a while but it will all unravel eventually. 
I can testify from first hand experience!

I pray that you find true freedom this week as you step out and meet the challenges that are uniquely yours. Those challenges are opportunities for you to turn and find freedom in Jesus.

Today, if you find yourself struggling, if the battle is raging and you feel weary and battered, leave me a comment and we will stand together.  We will go to the Father together and find grace in times of struggle.

Freedom is yours for the asking.
You can trust the One who paid the price for that freedom.
What He says He will do...HE WILL DO.

Come fly free....for real...


  1. Juanita, I'm in the tub with you. I am so tired of pretending that I'm strong. I just want to scream! To get it out. To be authentic with people. I want them to see the mess I'm in and embrace it. Not run from it. Isn't that what we are called to do for each other. I'm praying for you Juanita.

  2. @Michelle: AMEN! I'm praying for you too. Authenticity is a gift we give to each other and to God. We're not trusting otherwise. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!!