Not Just Barely Free

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Hello and welcome to November. After writing everyday in October, it has been good to have a few days of breathing room. And it is good to realize how much I love to write. No, different than love, how I need to write. How much I uncover about myself and about God in the process.

I have lingering thoughts about what a life of No Fear looks like and what it takes to cling to God. I’ve been wondering what that looks like going forward. How do you write about something for 31 days and then move on? Then today I read this Ephesians passage in the Message.

“Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people- free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free either, abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans He took such delight in making.”    Ephesians 1:7-10

Not just barely free.

Not that God gave us just enough grace to squeak by.

Not that He allotted enough freedom for me to access on some days.


He has lavished us with his grace and his wisdom.

Everything we need. He has thought of it all.

Everything we need to live a life of not responding to fear.

He doesn’t teach us and then leave us.

He doesn’t stir our hearts and then abandon us.

He is here. He is with us.

What would your day look like if you lived knowing you are not just barely free, but that you are abundantly free?


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  1. stuckinindiana says:

    Love this post Melanie! Very encouraging words! Enjoy the ABUNDANT blessings of God today!!

  2. Asheritah says:

    How beautiful! It’s easy to feel trapped by our self-imposed boxes, but God wants us to break free and experience His freed. Thanks for this reminder, Melanie!

  3. I read all of the posts last month and appreciated each one as I meditated on the sermon from the week, what was discussed in the growth group I participate in, how I felt the Holy Spirit moving in my life that day or that week, and this topic of having No Fear, having no fear to surrender it all. No fear to lay my life down and recognize I am nothing with out Jesus, I have nothing without Jesus, and I will never live according to God’s plan without Jesus. Not to sound like I am being hard on myself but before I accepted Jesus into my heart and started living with God at the center I wonder what would have become of my life or worse my children, that is what would be scary. He is with us. Just gathering some thoughts I’ve had over the past month, and wanted to say thanks again for sharing his grace through your gift of writing and adding to my journey this past month. Forever grateful.

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