Monday, January 16, 2012

Free



Boat wake. Loud singing. Prayer vigils. Brain-churning speeches. Long walks. Private talks. Nature trails. Kite tails. Raucous laughter. Waving flags. Protests and Support Parades. Celebrations pushing into dawn. Driving with the windows down. Books with characters vastly unlike me. Engaging in a rowdy debate. Worship in my home. Worship in a church. Worship anywhere I feel like it. Smiling at an interracial couple holding hands. Locking in my vote. Voicing my thoughts. Having a voice. Fighting for the rights of others. Righteous anger. Caring. Letting the Bible light me up inside. Respectful disagreements. Encouraging. Concert lights. Walking away from a fight. An African American choir. Music pulsing through my veins. Choices. Letting go. High fives. Birds against a milky backdrop of snow. Everywhere and nowhere to go. Planning. Hope. Tomorrow full of breath. Heaven waiting. No fear in death. Truth.
Truth.
Truth.

What makes you feel free?


Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
Thanks MLK Jr.!



*On a private note, I’d like to express my gratitude for honorable & dedicated law enforcement!

**photo by flickr

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  2. Free at last, I agree with all of the above:) Beautiful way to start this Monday Wendy, thanks.

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  3. Love this, Wendy. And thinking about you.

    Music - really good, soul moving music - makes me feel free.

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  4. Truth, and the knowledge that I was bought with a precious price sets me free.

    Happy Monday,
    Karen

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  5. Beautiful!
    Worshiping in the privacy of my living room, however the Lord would lead me.

    Free.

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  6. I love all the visuals this invokes! Thanks for posting it.

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  7. Truth.
    Speaking the truth.
    Embracing the truth.
    Sometimes it's harsh.
    Sometimes gentle.
    But it's always freeing.

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  8. Worship. Freedom from legalism. Family togetherness. Discipline. Routine. Friendships. I could go on...

    What a great exercise, Wendy. I love your list.

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  9. Reading about moments such as these make me feel free. :) Thank you! Have a lovely week.

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  10. Singing in front of a crowd but knowing I'm doing it for an audience of One. Reading my Bible and knowing it applies to me when God says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love."

    Beautiful post, Wendy. Simply beautiful.

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  11. A truly inspiring post for today, Wendy.

    Freedom for me is wrapped up in love. Knowing that I am with people who love me for who I am, who will do no worse than laugh at my foibles, or roll their eyes when I'm obnoxious. Love makes me free. I am never more free than when I feel God smile at me.

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  12. oh, Wendy I love your list. It gave me goosebumps. Truth sets me free. I always have to go back to Scripture. I'm praying God fills you with hope today. He is faithful and good. Love you, sister!

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  13. I love this! It's always nice to come by here on Monday morning! (Or afternoon in this case)

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  14. Beautiful post, Wendy.

    Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV

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  15. God's truth!

    Beautiful Wendy. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Reckless abandon in worship.
    Finding countless ways to worship all day long.

    Lovely post, Wendy!

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  17. Kara, thanks so much & thanks for the mention on your blog today, too. Meant a lot.

    Katie, I hear ya! One of my daughters like to say every time she hears it, it makes her move. I so get that.

    Karen, Me too.

    Jessica, Crazy how many cannot do that.

    Cindy, I'm a visual person so it makes sense I'd want to picture all of these.

    Beth, You have me thinking...harsh truth (spoken with malicious intent)...is it freeing? Not the kind of godly truth I believe you're referring to, but the other kinds. Stirred some thoughts there in me, that you did, Beth!

    Sherrinda, Freedom from legalism. Ah, the sound of that!

    Hey thanks, Andrea. Cool that I could add to that for you.

    Lindsay, I always thought it would be cool to have a powerful singing voice. Mine is powerful alright, but nothing anyone needs to hear. ;)

    Anne, I forgot one biggie that you mentioned. Love. It's a keeper.

    Melanie, You are a beautiful light.

    Susan, Thanks for saying that & woo hoo to 300.

    Loree, Amen & Congratulations on your agent news!

    Heidi, Yes, that's the kind of freeing truth that seeps into the bones.

    Amy, Love that--reckless abandon in worship. Yes. And yes.

    Lots going on here folks. Not only is it birthday month in these parts, but we've encountered something heavy and tough lately. It's once again teaching me to find so many things to be thankful for.

    You all are included in that lot.
    ~ Wendy

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  18. So much, I wouldn't know where to begin. But today, I'm celebrating it all :)

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  19. Love this! Absolutely love this!

    Look where the Lord has brought us! Simply amazing.

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  20. Love this post, Wendy. It's so YOU and so uplifting.

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  21. Worshiping Jesus, waving an Amercian flag, and warbling the Star Spangled Banner. I can't even sing for crying.

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  22. With my current stage in life, I'd say silence. :) And fresh air. And God's Word. Preferably all of them together. :)

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