“Be brave strong and courageous; seek adventure and truth, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
My wife put this verse up in our son’s bedroom. I honestly had never heard it before, but I love it. I am moved by how empowering it is to hear, and know, that God desires for us to live confidently and in the freedom of knowing he loves us.
Often our past experiences or current circumstances feel like they drag us away from living in freedom. Freedom to live out our dreams. Freedom to experience and share of our gifts and talents. Freedom to experience healthy intimacy with others. Freedom to seek adventure. Past disappointments and hurt can hold us back. Fear can quickly move in and scare us to the point where we doubt ourselves, become passive or even feel enslaved to our current circumstances and feel frozen.
Consider how agreeing with fear devalues our worth. Consider what your life would be like living in freedom. What would it look like?
God desires for us to live in freedom because it brings Him great joy as a Father. He wants us to know He is there to comfort us when we hurt, protect us when in danger, reassure and defend us when afraid, and there to help us up when we fall down.
Most commonly he does this through other people. We need support in our lives to help us move through fears to freedom. Processing with someone we trust and to reframe past experiences, more centered on our true worth, aids in that journey.
However, when we find ourselves lacking in support it’s important to remember that God hasn’t abandoned us or stopped caring. It’s doesn’t mean we have no worth. We may just be at an intersection in life. We may need to give old wound attention because the pain is now too much to bear. We may be needing some space to grow and rediscover or reunite with who we are meant to be.
In these times it is also important to remember we are valuable. If I am valuable then my needs matter because I matter. This helps with voicing the need of support, because if I matter, then my needs matter.
This is why the option of counseling can be so helpful. It offers a safe space to vulnerably share and process our fears, confusion, grief, sadness, and worry without being judged. In our most vulnerable times, it’s important to be heard, to be understood, to be seen, and to feel valued.
Remember you are not alone and there are people here to help support you through your most vulnerable times.
You have worth beyond measure and it’s never too late to live in freedom and experience your dreams and all that life has to offer.