“So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through.”
John 8:36 (MSG)
“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.”
Galatians 5:1 (MSG)
As we come to the end of the first quarter of 2018, it can be tempting to fall back into the same traps that slowed our progress in past years. I have become vigilant in identifying and rejecting the broken cycles of fear and doubt that once held me captive, threatening to ensnare me once again.
Walking out our journey to lighter living, means being intentional about maintaining our freedom. We may not be able to control everything that happens to us in life, but we have been given the power to respond to life in a way that maintains our freedom.
Today, refuse to be entangled in situations, conversations, relationships, commitments, habits, or thought patterns that draw you away from God, and lead you back into bondage.
Rejoice in the freedom we have received, paid for with Christ’s sacrifice on an old rugged cross, and released to us by His resurrection from the grave.
Let God’s reckless love overtake you today, and live lighter!
“Prior to taking my 40-day journey to living lighter, I became intensely and unsettlingly aware of a heaviness I couldn’t shake, in my body, mind, heart and life. I felt weighed down, and struggled to move forward into the next season of my life, despite sensing the blowing and stirring of the winds of change.
The expression “caught between a rock and a hard place” couldn’t adequately describe the constricting pressure I felt. I began to see myself as small – and shrinking by the day – in comparison to the magnitude of my life’s circumstances. Being a wife, mother, educator, leader, believer, all felt like too big a task for someone as insignificant, undisciplined, and ill-equipped, as I saw myself.
The truth is – I was very right, and very wrong, all at the same time!”
∼ Excerpt from 40 Days Lighter: A Devotional Journey for Women Determined to Live Free!
So here we are. In the midst of one of the most difficult seasons of my life, God used my struggle to draw me to His heart and propel me towards my purpose.
Today, if you are feeling heavy, weighed down, defeated or overwhelmed, I encourage you to SUBSCRIBE and receive your FREE download of the first five devotions from my upcoming book 40 Days Lighter: A Devotional Journey for Women Determined to Live Free!
You will find encouragement to get you through your week, and inspiration to begin your journey to living lighter!
~ Andrea ~
For a writer filled with so many words, this morning I found myself speechless, without the adequate means to express my sheer joy and utter gratitude to God, and all of you. In the last day and a half, I have received so much encouragement, love, and support as I shared my dreams and vision for my first book.
I truly believe this birthday will be a significant landmark in the overall timeline of my life. Something has tangibly shifted in the atmosphere, and I am ready to walk boldly in my purpose, and be everything that God has created and called me to be.
Thank you for being a part of the shift.
The response to the announcement of my upcoming book 40 Days Lighter: A Devotional Journey for Women Determined to Live Free has been incredible! Even more so, the number of requests to find out how you can support my publishing efforts have been mind-blowing. I am humbled by your love, generosity, and belief in the dream that God has given me.
So here are some ways to help me make this dream a reality:
- PRAY – and keep praying – for me, and that God’s Presence would be evident in the writing, publishing and marketing process. Pray that this book would be a means by which God will mend hearts and change lives.
- SUPPORT – Share! Share! Share! Help me get the word out about 40 Days Lighter so that others can experience this journey to living lighter!
- GIVE – If you believe in this work, and can sow a seed into this project, I humbly appreciate and welcome your assistance. As a part time educator and part time seminary student, this book is a major investment, but one that I am believing will make an impact for the kingdom of God.
God has expanded the vision for this book in ways I never imagined, and as I partner with God in my obedience to do this work, I am believing that He will make provision for the vision.
With a grateful heart, here is the link to contribute towards this project:
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Andrea St. Louis