Dancing in Freedom!

“But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works – this person will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25

I’ve heard this message countless times and honestly, I had kind of grown numb to it. When my husband and I would visit his home church back in his hometown, the pastor liked to finish each Sunday with the congregation reciting that popular verse, “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

Granted, I now have it memorized and did not need to follow along with my bible but that was it for me. I knew that God had written his word for me to respond and not just hear it. I knew that, as my mother would say, God hadn’t sent His word to simply go in one ear and out the other. However, it’s the next few verses that have given me a gut check this week. And the word that grabbed my attention – freedom. You’ll notice it stuck out in such a way that it has become the new title of my blog. (link to song that accompanied that inspiration below 🙂 )

The freedom that we have in Christ is available to us but how often do we live in light of that freedom? What does that look like to look intently into the perfect law of freedom and persevere in it? This passage in James has spoken to my heart as I’m approaching a new season – one of complete uncertainty. This is how I felt the Lord speaking to me as I journaled this week while digging into the first chapter of James:

You, Casey, can hear my word and even believe it’s true but if you do not take my word, recognize that there is freedom and power and redemption packed in my words and walk away different than when you first came to me – you are simply a hearer and not a doer. My word was not meant to simply be read, stamped on your wall or even to get likes on social media. Every word I’ve spoken to you in this book is meant to literally change your life. Let my word in. Let it change you. 

Ladies {and maybe Gents, too}, the freedom we have in Christ is this {and so much more!}: we are not in charge, we are not alone, we are forgiven. We can fall into the arms of Jesus and trust that He is at work and He is moving. We can be brave in this journey because we are not walking it alone. We can let go of the weight of our sin that is heavy on our shoulders because  Jesus has already carried it and we can walk free because of His grace.

I want to invite you to go on a journey with me as I seek to claim the freedom that is mine {and yours, too!} through God’s Grace. I’ve left info below if you’d like to follow along as I dive into a new study that is available for purchase online through Kristin Schmucker’s shop. I want to make myself available to you so feel free to follow me on social media and reach out to me. I find true joy in walking alongside my friends and praying with them through this journey we call life and I’d be completely humbled to walk this road with you too.

Until next time I pray that you will tune in to the redemption song that God has set in your heart and that you’ll dance in the freedom that He has given us through His grace.

❤ C

freedom and grace

Freedom and Grace Devotional for Galatians

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