Living in Freedom is a hefty subject, but it's worth the time. I have found it is the most life changing, greatest impacting endeavors I have ever poured myself into.
In my previous post, Stepping into the Arena, I mentioned that I first picked up the 'Breaking Free' workbook by Beth Moore in 1999. I emphasize Workbook because the 'Breaking Free' book by Beth Moore wasn't published until 2007. As with many things, when something is successful, reiterations of that successful work will soon be found.
In 1999, I picked up the Breaking Free workbook and I read each word, answered every question, filled in every blank, checked all the boxes, drew the pictures, read every scripture, watched all the video sessions. I studied that material. It was like living water to a dry and parched soul. The truth is, I never stopped doing the study and as a result it changed me. This is a picture of my workbooks. I would write multiple times in each workbook, responses varying from season to season. I would fill the pages with my notes and I would need a new workbook for the next time. I'm currently doing it again, the updated edition on the right, which is what prompted this Daring Greatly moment.
The Breaking Free study course-corrected more than my life, it course-corrected my mind. I was literally "transformed by the renewing of my mind." What I learned then and continue to study today is quite literally "the truth that set me free." Cliche? Yes. But this is a true story.
Perhaps this all sounds like religious mysticism. To lofty, a little wacky, 'out there'. I get it and that is probably why I am so grateful that I have had someone walking beside me and watching me as a "new creation" evolve over all these years. No one knows this is a true story better than my husband. God. Bless. Him. Seriously.
In Part 2, I'm going to outline some fundamental facts, key truths, that I have learned and have been studying from Breaking Free during all these years.
Living with genuine, authentic freedom - emotionally, mentally, spiritually- is unparallelled to anything I know or have experienced. The catch is, you have to step into the arena. You have to fight a battle for it. You have to work hard for it.
I know from raw, personal experience - it's totally worth the work.
"If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going." John 8:14