I’m Done Chasing Freedom: Sign Me Up

Most days, around 5 o’clock, I want to strangle life.

I do perfectly fine from 7am-4pm. 4pm starts to get a little dicey, and then 5pm…

I’m hungry, I’m tired, and, more than any of that, I’m emotional.

For 38 years of this life, I have struggled to reign in my emotions. It’s better than it was, but I want more.

I want freedom.

Emotions are my yoke. I walk through my life, secure in the knowledge of God’s great love for me, Christ’s unmitigated sacrifice for me, and the Holy Spirit’s counsel and care for me. However, I so often look around me at the world and pick up my yoke of emotions, heaving it on to my back, and then I let it push me until my face is in the dirt. Why?

It’s painful and it’s unnecessary.

But there’s good news for me, and for you:

We’re invited to stop chasing freedom.

Galatians 5:1 blasted through my life when I was a new mom, a new pastor’s wife, in a new location, and wanting anything but the life I had:

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (NIV)

God values freedom. He values my freedom. He values your freedom. He values it so much that He gave His Son and sent His Spirit. He knows my heart better than anyone and still loves me.

He knows I’ll pick up that yoke.

So, He writes freedom across the pages of my Bible again and again to help me see it as reality. It’s there, He’s there, every time I’ve picked that yoke back up.

I’m no longer chasing and I’m no longer chased by my emotions, the scars of the past, my own brokenness, the expectations of this world, my sadness, my loneliness, people’s rules, my idols…all of it. I’m throwing off that yoke, every day.

This is God’s work in me.

This is freedom, in His Word and with His people.

Will you join me? Will you join us?

Let’s stop chasing freedom together. Let’s stand in the proclamation of all He’s done for us. Let’s stand in freedom won for us.

Chasing Freedom: A Study of Galatians is a 6-Week online Bible study, right here at ilovemyshepherd.com.

It can be done on your own. It can be done in a group. It can be done on the go. You can join in one day a week, or read a study post five days a week, or anything in between. You’ll never be behind, just join in when you can, read old posts if you’d like, share with friends online easily if a post speaks to you.

Here’s how it works:

Chasing Freedom is a 6 week study starting September 18 thru October 27th.

There are 4 posts a week, Monday- Thursday.

Thursday nights you can join in the week’s Facebook Live Study with women around the country on the I Love My Shepherd Facebook page, at 8pm CST or catch the video archive, when you can, on the I Love My Shepherd YouTube channel, linked right here every Friday morning.

Look for some Chasing Freedom extras to be revealed soon too, free downloadables and visual faith tools, as well as Young Adult and podcast extras.

Ready to sign up?

Subscribe to I Love My Shepherd by email, found at the top right side of your screen or at the bottom of the page on your mobile device. The study will come directly to your email inbox! If you are already subscribed to the blog, leave us a friendly comment below so we know you’re joining us and we can celebrate. 

Invite one friend or many friends to join you by sharing. The Word is so much more full when studying and finding insights together.

Embracing Freedom, around the Word, together.

Let’s do it. Are you in?

74 thoughts on “I’m Done Chasing Freedom: Sign Me Up”

      1. Hi Wendy! If you’d like to join the study you just subscribe to the blog by email (mobile, scroll to the bottom of your screen for the box; on desktop it’s on the right top side) and the posts will come to your inbox when the study begins, as well as updates before then. You can also follow I Love My Shepherd on social media to get it in your newsfeed, but that’s optional. Just join in the discussion in the comment segment of each study post and if you can, the Facebook Live on Thursday nights!

    1. Hi Shari! Maybe you already did this…is so, you’re good to go! If you’d like to join the study you just subscribe to the blog by email (mobile, scroll to the bottom of your screen for the box; on desktop it’s on the right top side) and the posts will come to your inbox when the study begins, as well as updates before then. You can also follow I Love My Shepherd on social media to get it in your newsfeed, but that’s optional. Just join in the discussion in the comment segment of each study post and if you can, the Facebook Live on Thursday nights!

    1. Hi Pat! If you’d like to join the study you just subscribe to the blog by email (mobile, scroll to the bottom of your screen for the box; on desktop it’s on the right top side) and the posts will come to your inbox when the study begins, as well as updates before then. You can also follow I Love My Shepherd on social media to get it in your newsfeed, but that’s optional. Just join in the discussion in the comment segment of each study post and if you can, the Facebook Live on Thursday nights!

  1. I’m subscribed to your blog, I receive regular emails, and I would love to join in this study of Galatians! Do I need to do anything else?

  2. I will be in the Bible study; when does it start. If it starts in September, I will be fine. Starting late August, I will be busy and checking the website when I can. Send me a email as a reminder

    1. Jessica- locally, we have an in person discussion group. Not sure if it’s a good season for you, but if you’d like information just message me. It’s just a few of us ladies and some coffee or wine. 😊

  3. I’m ready to go! I’ve got 20+ ladies interested in joining me in a Facebook group– looking forward to a great study!

  4. I’m in!!

    Father bless you in all you do to pour reminders and love in us all.
    From your post with a twist:
    God values freedom. He values freedom for all of us. He values your freedom, dear Heidi. He values it so much that He gave His Son and sent His Spirit. He knows our hearts better than anyone and still loves each one of us.

    Lisa

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