Freedom from the Pendulum Swing of Self (Chasing Freedom 2:5)

Tell me if you can relate to any of this…

I’m a fun person.

I have a unique perspective, maybe it’s from my mom telling me I was great so much, but most of the time I think I’m am just that…pretty great.

The pendulum swings and I think I’m awful.

I am never on time. I have so many thoughts at once that most of them don’t come out nearly as coherent as they sound in my head, and I tend to be the angry mom more than I care to share. Enter, doubt, despair, shame.

Which of these do you struggle with more?

Which of these plagues you in your darkest moments? Love of self or hate of self?

Both are destructive. Both revolve around me, my ideas, my concept of who I am, my perceptions and intuition, insight and discernment.

God through the pen of the Apostle Paul proposes we see ourselves differently than the standard pendulum swing. Galatians 2:19-21 speaks truth. Find out more about recognizing and addressing the pendulum swing of self in today’s Chasing Freedom podcast.

Freedom in Identity in Christ alone.

Dropping the yoke of self love and self hate.

In case you missed it, here is this week’s video study archive –

This Imperfectly Perfect Life Together


Freedom to Let Him Write the Story (Chasing Freedom 1:5)

God did not call the Apostle Paul to have the same life story as the Apostle Peter, or John, or Nathaniel, or any one else.

God did not call you to have the same life story as me.

We are each called to our own place and time, surrounded by different people, sharing the Gospel and having a different impact, in each of our own ways.

Paul’s story, the testimony God has written into Paul’s life, an overview of which is found in Galatians 1:11-24, may look pretty fantastic to us, but what is God writing in my life, in your life in the ordinary, as well as the extraordinary?

In this week’s audio bonus, we’ll hash out three ways God works in writing Paul’s story that He also works in our own lives.

Freedom comes in letting Him just write the story.

Lord, we look to you. You are the Writer, the Author of Eternity and also the Author of my life. I place my life, my story in Your hands, even as You already hold it there anyway. Help me to see the Freedom of what you are doing in me and around me, each and every day. Write my story. In Jesus name, Amen.


And in case you missed it, here’s the link for this week’s video lesson –

Musts and Maybes

I am covered (Good Gifts 6:5)

We so often talk about forgiveness, but what about restoration?

What about the brother who has wandered off? What about when we are Peters of the faith and the rooster crow taunts us with our faithlessness?

The empty tomb is the message of our shame buried and our new lives covered in grace. It is the message of victory over death and anything that would tell us otherwise in this world. We are fully and freely restored in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Let’s study the ways he works that restoration into our every hour, our every relationship, our every need.

I am covered – the Good Gift of restoration.

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*Take “the other” to lunch, Ted Talk link, Elizabeth Lesser