Do you sometimes read someone’s words and say, “YES!” It feels like every chapter of Shauna Niequist Bread and Wine has made me feel like that. I just finished reading the chapter about her mom titled, what my mother taught me, and something stirred inside of me. She said that she realized her mothers closest friends, and those that felt most connected to her, were so because “her honesty invited them to be honest too”. I want, like Shauna’s mom, to be able to share my darkest times, my most honest moments, in order for others to feel like they can share them too. To bring them out of the dark and into the light! For freedom! “it’s for freedom we are free” and I don’t know about you, but I desire more and more freedom. for myself, and for those I love. and for those I don’t know. So while it might be “counter culture” for me to share so much of my life online, and in real face to face conversations, it’s for freedoms sake. I’ve lived a life of bottling things up for far too many years, and it hasn’t done me much good. It’s only when I open the flood gates, confess, share, be honest – that others feel compelled to be honest too.
I’m going to sit down, and let the floodgates open up, and be honest about where I’ve been. It’s hard. but it’s healing. stay tuned.
ps- I wrote this before the holidays took over. but it still rings true, and I still have a few posts I’m working on finishing. thank you for walking this with me. it seems like everywhere I turn people are talking about this idea of freedom in christ. I heard Jennie Allen recently say, “our vision is to be free + set others free. If we aren’t free we can’t set others free. If we don’t set others free, we can’t remain free”. Amen to that. So. It’s for freedom —