Limited only by our affections…

I hesitate to share where I personally felt limited so that you can apply meaning to your “limits”.  At work, a coworker shared this verse with me after sharing with her a vulnerable spot in my life,

Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!  2 Corinthians 6:11

Wide-open spaces was a friend’s expression from God’s Word that offered us “spacious places”.  She struggled with a history of trauma, and God healed her!  She opened her life and courageously lives an expansive life!  It was so good to remember her.  My new friend at work looked at me and shared–“we limit ourselves and are restricted by our own affections”.  She was willing to be vulnerable in the same place and shared her heart.

WOW!  Are you tired of affectionately embracing and nurturing your perceived limitations? Is it more frightening to rid yourself of the limits and excuses?  I am!  I often allow man and the world around me to define my beauty, intelligence, my capability, my mistakes, my roles,etc…

As I was writing this, Jesus whispered to my heart–“Who do you say I am?”  Oh, Jesus– I say you are the Great I AM!  You lead me to wide open spaces and desire great things for my heart and mind.  A peace and Joy the world will never be able to give me.

After spending the summer in a Bible Study from Established Footsteps about the POWER of God’s Word in our lives something bubbled up inside of me.  I remember walking to my car and saying–“I can’t do this anymore God!”  Meaning– I will not limit what God’s Word can do in my mind and heart.  I will not listen to negative and be a repository for the ways of man.  I am YOURS Jesus!  It’s me and YOU!

Worship sounds so much sweeter.  His Word jumps off the page and into my lungs.  The insanity becomes a back drop to the very One who is in complete control–JESUS.  I hold His hand and journey on!

After studying God’s Word is our light, as a family we put a Mezuzah scroll on our door.  A gift given to me by my mother for mother’s day.

The mezuzah is one of the few mitzvot(divine commandments). In this case, the reward is long life for oneself and one’s children: And you shall inscribe them on the doorposts (“mezuzot”) of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be prolonged upon the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers for as long as the heavens are above the earth.  Deut. Chapter 11

Inside the scroll is the verse–Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet!”  May God’s Word be our Hope!  No more limits!  God is the GREAT I AM!

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4 comments

  1. I’m blessed as I read how you have expanded yourself through this verse. I’m inspired to keep pushing away the darkness and the ties that bind.

    Love and light,
    Kim

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