4th of July Freedom and Freedom in Christ

So the 4th is here! . . . the day our country declared freedom from England way back when . . . Yay! And we’ve been celebrating since!

There’s nothing like freedom, right? Free to be who you are . . . who God created you to be?

Did you know you can be free in Christ? Free from every worry and fear, from sickness and disease, fear of the future and all that’s been happening in our world? All it takes is trusting God with your life, and once you do that, He’ll do that for you!

John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” I love that God tells us to not be afraid . . . no matter what’s happening. And wow . . . isn’t that great??!!

So what are your plans for the 4th of July? A picnic, bar-b-que, or a day at the lake? Whatever you’re doing, you’re sure to have fun! And while you’re out watching every firework go off, how about casting every worry and fear onto Him, and once you’ve done that, you’ll be left with God’s peace ūüôā

So a Happy Happy 4th to you, and God’s peace to you, too!

HeartDream Chat – How was your 4th? I’d love to hear . . . ūüôā

When You’ve Lost Something Huge . . .

Being born on this planet is pretty awesome, but sometimes life is rough. You probably heard this past week about the fire in Colorado Springs. You may have seen photos, or you maybe even saw it first-hand, like me.shutterstock_36119125

Over 1,000 firefighters, 36,000 people evacuated, 346 homes destroyed, several lives lost . . .

Devastating. That about describes it. Totally devastating. Incredible loss. Unbelievably sad.

Loss is painful. Any kind.¬†You may¬†be one who’s¬†lost your home . . .¬†to¬†a fire,¬†hurricane, or¬†flood.¬†You may have lost a loved one . . . a parent or grandparent,¬†brother or¬†sister, or maybe a beloved pet.¬†Or you may feel the loss from your best friend moving away or your parents’ divorce. Whatever it is, it hurts.¬†A lot. And maybe you¬†wonder how you can even go on.

Just¬†remember . . . no matter what happens, no matter what you’re going through,¬†God loves you and¬†is¬†with you. And He cares about¬†everything¬†you’re dealing with.

Hebrews 13:5 says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”¬†How comforting that¬†God will never abandon¬†or desert¬†you, and He is always with you no matter what.¬†He will walk with you and get you through. He will¬†bring you peace.

So when you’ve lost something huge,¬†cry¬†until¬†there are no¬†tears left. Let Him hold you in His arms.¬†Know that God is right there with you . . .¬†He’ll always be there for you.

shutterstock_124875748HeartDream Chat¬†–¬†If you’ve lost something huge, talk with God about your pain. Pour out your heart to Him. Then listen and¬†let Him comfort you.