Breaking the fear of “Letting Go…” -Letting Go series Part 1

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We all have fears… fears of mice, snakes, and spiders, perhaps.  There are many outward fears that may stir our senses into spine-chilling dread.  In the still, small quiet of the world, inward fears will creep into our everyday lives… sometimes unnoticed, sometimes earth-shattering to our souls.  This ‘letting go’ series is one that has been on my heart since the New Year has begun.  I know that each day brings new fears and new overcoming to behold.  This short series is meant to help do just that… letting go of what entangles us.

Hebrews 12:1  Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

This verse has become my focus for this year as it continues to ring through my mind and indwelling into the depths of my heart.  I thought this “Letting Go” series would be perfect to chalk it up and clean it up!

The start of this blog is first and foremost a huge “letting go” moment for me.  I have prayed and written, stayed up late on my knees and journaled, cried out and begged for “the perfect plan” for this blog.  With great grace from God, I am set free to “just write,” as my Pastor/Writer husband says.  What are our fears of starting with a clean slate, something new, a creative outlet… a canvas never painted before with an off-color palate.   We often think we do not have the right starting blocks, the perfect foundation, all our ducks in a row beforehand… and never start at all… or never finish at all.  Days, months, years, decades later, here we are with the same bounding passions and ne’er a path to run them.

As this passage whispers hope into the ears of the seeking soul, start where you are… with what you have… with all that is within you.  This brings glory to a Great God.  The fears that ‘entangle’ us just may be the fears that catapult you and others into a renewed, profound realm of freedom with your relationship with our Creator, the one, true and living God.

What entangles you?  What has helped you to overcome past fears?  What has resulted from simply ‘Letting Go’ and letting God have complete control of the reins of your life?    Please share if you would like that we may all ‘run with endurance the race set before us.’

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Why Did Jesus Take on Flesh?

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At the center of this and every Christian season is the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  This mysterious bundle of joy is none other than the eternal Son of God who took on flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14).  That’s the very thing we celebrate here at Christmas—the enfleshing of the Son of God, the incarnation.  He was sent on a mission from the Father to save sinners, and one of the absolutely necessary things Jesus had to do to complete His mission was take on a flesh and blood body just like we have.  But, why was that so crucial?  Why did Jesus take on flesh?  The Bible gives us at least ten reasons.

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