Release Is Possible!

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one word prompt.  The prompt today is “release.”

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Release speaks of freedom- stepping out of captivity, letting out what was once held back, moving from the darkness into the light.

I think of releasing my words into the world for the first time by pressing “publish” on my first blog post…

…Or releasing the part of my story which no-one knew, of finally speaking up and coming out of hiding.

It means freedom, but it also means a loss of control:

Will my words be accepted or rejected?  How will people respond when they hear my story?

Sometimes it’s easier to hold it back and keep it inside because it feels safe.  Release can be scary.

It’s worth the risk though, because only by stepping out of our self-constructed fort of “safety,” can we be free to fly, to be all that God wants us to be, to walk in the freedom and fullness of life that he offers.

No matter what is binding you, release is possible…

…because of Jesus!

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
    that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
and that the time of the Lord’s favour has come.”  (Luke 4:18-19 NLT)

FMF friends, I may not be able to visit many of your posts on Friday, but I look forward to catching up on Saturday!

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33 thoughts on “Release Is Possible!

    1. Thanks, Vicki! In 2016 my word for the year was “surrender” which is similar to release and it definitely took me to places I didn’t expect to go, but I’m so glad it did! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  1. A release of our hidden concerns is scary. You are right. But you give us hope that the freedom of release if worth the fear. I get a big picture from the word ‘fort’. I guess ‘wall’ of safety just wouldn’t describe it as well.

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    1. Thanks, Gabriele! Yes, the word “fort” just came to mind but I think it sums it up well. And I definitely think it is worth pushing though the fear for the freedom that can be found!

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  2. Your post reminds me of the fear that I felt sharing my story especially the messy parts. I have been so blessed by this community and the love and acceptance of this community. I am thankful for my brothers and sisters in Christ that I know in real life, and the ones I know through the Internet.

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    1. It is so important to find people we can be ourselves with. I’m glad you have found that kind of community in real life and online. I’m grateful to have found that too!

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  3. I so agree with you, Lesley that releasing is scary! Somehow we think we are in control but we sure aren’t. It should be a comfort to release. I hope I get there. Still working on it! God Bless, Cindy

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  4. This is so true Lesley. Releasing our stories is really scary, but releasing will hopefully free someone else and help them to release their story. The catalyst is amazing once it starts.

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  5. First of all, I love your blog title. It speaks of freedom to me…a spacious place.
    Second, yes the release of words. Its hard isn’t it pushing that button to publish or sharing that insight into your life that you are unsure of the income.
    He has given us a story and a dream. We are free in Him to step forward.
    Keep writing friend

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    1. Thanks! Yes, the sense of freedom is exactly why I chose this blog title (Psalm 18:19). And I agree, releasing words continues to be scary at times, but it has been so worthwhile. Thanks for your encouragement!

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