Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Costs of Freedom!

"Everybody has his own way and must be allowed the freedom to pursue it." 
Leo Buscaglia from the book, Love

This statement rang loudly in my spirit when I read it.  It's a very simple, yet powerful statement.  As someone who strives daily to protect my spiritual and emotional freedom, I totally understand that we all need the freedom to become who we were created to be.  We need the personal space and room to introspectively look at our lives and determine the best path for us.  We need the courage to tap into our creativity and produce our own works of art with our lives.  We need an atmosphere of acceptance that encourages us to be ourselves in the midst of a society that encourages us to look, sound and be like everyone else.  We need to be free.

Nevertheless, I'm also very aware, as I read this statement, that freedom comes at a price.  Often, we pay for our freedom with isolation, loneliness, and being misunderstood.  Yet, none of that should take away our freedom.  If anything, we should embrace these as the cost and consequences for being free.  We should realize that we live in a world, among many people who are not free, who reject their own path to liberation and try to make us uncomfortable with our own freedom.  

But, true freedom also comes at another cost.  Freedom doesn't just mean that we do what we want to do in spite of others.  Freedom means we do what's right in spite of what seems or feels right.  Freedom means we reject materialism to place importance on things with higher purpose.  Freedom means that we align our emotions with truth, so that we don't end up flailing through life without direction.  Freedom means that we submit to a higher power and purpose to guide our lives so that our minds and spirits remain in tune with what God is calling us to be.  

As we enter the last month of this year, I challenge you to consider the costs and continue to live in and embrace your freedom with a zealous pursuit of your purpose!

Margaret A. Brunson

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Walking in your Natural F.R.E.E.D.O.M.

This past Saturday, I delivered the Women's Day Prayer Breakfast message at Galilee UMC in Laurinburg, NC.  God has placed this in my spirit and I'm walking everyday to live this!  Everything that manifest in the natural realm, begins with a conversation in the spirit realm.  So, today, I am beginning a new conversation in my spirit that you and I will learn to walk in our natural F.R.E.E.D.O.M.

Walking in your Natural F.R.E.E.D.O.M.

Face your fear & accept God's love
- The Bible talks about how perfect love casts out all fear and that there is no fear in love.  Once we accept God’s love, we’re able to move fear out of the way because we realize that as long as God loves us nothing can harm us.  Nothing will ever separate us from God’s love, so fear has no place in our minds and hearts.

Real about where you are (Be...)
- Often, we try to hide where we are spiritually.  We have gotten used to pretending. We try to make people believe that we have it altogether and that we are right where we want to ne with God.  We might be able to fool people, but we can’t fool God.  God knows exactly where we are and wants to meet us there, but He wants us to be honest.  When we come before God in honesty, it humbles and opens our spirit.

Emotions vs. Truth (learn to separate)
- One of the biggest hindrances to our walking in faith and freedom is our emotions.  Sometimes, we allow our emotions to control our actions.  While I believe that we should pay attention to our emotions, I also think that there are times when our emotions are contrary to God’s truth.  As believers who desire to walk in freedom with Christ, we have to learn how to cast down certain barriers (feelings, emotions) that desire to keep us from understanding who god is in us. And hold too high of a place in our lives.
- The Message version of 2 Corinthians 10:5 states: We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.
- One powerful God tool that exposes the truth to us is God's word. We can read the word of God and know truth and truth will set us free. Free from emotional bondage.

Expect change & accept it
- everyday things are changing around us. Small things to big things. And I've learned that many people/human beings don't do well with change.
- Reason is because they don't expect change. 
- When you remain in a place of expectancy then when things begin to happen and shift it will not come as such a big surprise. We should constantly expect God to move in us and around us. Sometimes the changes aren't what we asked for or God will answer our prayers in a totally unexpected way. That's ok. We have to roll with and keep the faith that it's all working for our good (Romans 8:28).

Ditch behaviors that keep you bound
- negative talk
- overindulging
- procrastination
- what are yours?

Own your destiny & your dreams
-I've had times in my life when I worried about how I'd make things happen.  I had doubts about how I was going to get it done
- Sometimes, we get stuck there.  We worry and we pray but we don't move. We don't respond to our faith with action. We pray but don't see answers right in front of us that will help us get what we need.
- We have to own our destiny and our dreams!  We need to allow God's power to work within US to make things happen.

Move forward in grace (mistakes and all)
- And even once we've done everything "right," there are times when we still feel like we've lost or we mess up and make mistakes.  But God is faithful to forgive and help us start again.  We can be comforted by God's grace, knowing that we are allowed a clean slate with Him to move forward!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Be Kind to Yourself!!

Sooo, hey y'all!  

It's been a while since I posted and that's because my life has been so busy!  

I wanted to share a few things with you.  Recently, I made a decision to commit to my overall HEALTH.  Committing to being healthy for me means physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally!  I realize that I am healthier in some areas than others, but it all works together for total health and wellness.  Unlike diets, resolutions and fads, this commitment is to a lifelong process; a daily mindfulness of my health and what I need to remain healthy!

This is the journey I'm on and I'm starting to "get" a few simple lessons that I'll share with you a little at a time:  

1.  Be kind to yourself!  When we put any and everything in our mouths, don't give our bodies enough water, rest and nutrients, we are not being kind to ourselves.  We deserve better!  I felt truly convicted when I thought about how I often encourage people to love themselves and find purpose in their lives, when I was not loving my body completely!

I decided to do a detox in Jan from refined and artificial sugars that changed my life.  The detox helped me see the dependence I was placing on sugar for comfort and stress relief.  Now, I'm able to put it in proper perspective now and practice moderation.  I was so surprised when I went to get frozen yogurt to celebrate the end of my detox that I didn't even want it!  It was too sweet!  This is an incredible change for me.  I know that I don't NEED sugar to "feel" better or de-stress.  My chronic sinus inflammation and congestion has even improved because of this release from the dependence on sugar.  

Bottom line: This phase of my journey is teaching me that throughout my everyday life that I need to be kind to myself!  I need to love myself, my body, my mind and my spirit the way that God loves me!