2016-05-25 - Free From the Chains
These days, while having two arms to use on one task, I have been forced to multi-task separately with each arm, due to the constraints of two old and confused dogs. If I put the more confused dog down (Shyanne) and the other (Barbie) is trying to eat, then Shyanne will eventually wander off and help her eat it. That alone is not unusual for Shy, but before, I could do something to keep her busy - that didn’t lead to something likely more disturbing such as racing frantically in the hall and occasionally hitting the gate, wall, or getting trapped oddly in a room - leading to barking or crying. And with Barb taking quite a bit longer to eat, due to tongue problems, it can become exasperating at times. I have, in fact, typed this paragraph with one hand, while holding Shy with the other and I feel as though I am in chains. It’s no one’s fault. It’s just life right now. Joy comes in the morning, right? Sometimes it takes a while, yet it comes.
What’s keeping you or put you temporarily in chains? What’s stopping you from calling on the Father, to be free of them? The other day, I was thinking of how toting the pup around under my arm took me back to when our kids were little and not yet walking. Somehow it felt more like a challenge than a weight. Time and circumstances can wear us down, sometimes. I’m so grateful my heavenly father promised me upon freedom by way of the lifting of permanent guilt and following him. With His direction, those weights wrapped up in all my mistakes were all forgiven. And from now on, His forgiveness upon my asking is readily available to keep anything coming between Him and me, ever again. What a blessing He so selflessly gave to us. Thank you Father!
“Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, Daughter Zion, now a captive.” (Isaiah 52:2 NIV)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted