Freedom! Webster defines it as “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.” Sounds a bit like breaking out of the chains of bondage, escaping the darkness that surrounds our thinking.   The good news is: freedom awaits!

My life was spent dragging chains around until I allowed Jesus to control my life. Heavy bonds of shame and condemnation as a child, ropes of fear as a teenager, chains of victim mentality and the lie of post traumatic stress as an adult determined my every action, thought, and word.

Jesus came to set the captives free, to open the doors to freedom. “Yes,” I said and walked through the door. I won’t lie: it is not easy; it is not a cakewalk to climb off the path of slavery to sin and begin the journey of living for the Kingdom of God. When freedom comes, the heart dances, the feet skip, the soul is filled with joy and peace that surpasses human understanding.

I compare the freedom I now feel to dancing through the garden, or skipping among the roses. My husband shakes his head when I twirl from room to room in the house, kicking up my heels as I praise the Lord who set me free. I invite everyone to join the journey living absent from constraint in choice or action and present in the Light of the Lord.

Nancy Knauff

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