Free and happy! – by Claire

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My greatest joy is to know God and be known and loved by him.

How is that possible? I mean… who can really know God?!

Well, I do, to some extend. Of course, I don’t know all about him and I have a lot more to discover. But I know enough to have this very special and personal relationship with him. He gives me freedom to be happy, freedom to be myself.

So, how do I know God?

Hanging out with Christian friends led me to this conclusion: They were FREE. Free from the fear of being rejected or unloved, free from anger, free from the pressure of society, free from any addiction etc… They were free to choose to love others before themselves, free to forgive, free to be happy even in hard times, free to be different, to be themselves.

How can that be?

Because they knew God and he was pouring his love into their lives. With him, they had the strength to follow the path that was meant for them. God met me when I was 15.

However, a few years later, I realized that I wasn’t free anymore. I was still happy, most of the time, but it wasn’t the deep happiness I once knew. I wasn’t at peace anymore. I knew deeply that I was not the girl I should be. Somehow, my life didn’t look right to me.  Then, I realized: I’m far away from God.

I wanted to be close to God again and do the right thing with the life he has given to me. But how?

Here is God’s answer to me ‘My grace is sufficient for you’ (2 Co 12.9). When I read this passage in the Bible it was like if God was telling me ‘You can’t live the life you’re meant to have without me. I don’t blame you for failing, I forgive you. My desire is to be fully in your life so I can love you and guide you where you’re meant to go. There you’ll find true freedom’. Yes, sometimes God uses short sentences to say a LOT. And this ‘LOT’ was so true.

It changed everything! I found again what it meant to be truly free and to live with God.

That is life and I love it!

I love reading the Bible and discovering who he is and his teachings. I love talking to him through prayers.

He gives me what I need to live the life he has for me. Here are a few examples: when I’m tired, he gives me strength and motivation that, honestly, I don’t have myself. If I’m sad, he will give me peace, or bring someone into my life that is going to tell me the exact word I needed. If I’m stressed, he “randomly” makes me meet a friend who distracts me and helps me relax. If I feel hopeless, He makes me read promises in the Bible that are the ones I needed to hear. Most of the time, He leads my life in ways I would never have expected.

Making decisions with him is definitely the best option. I learn a lot about myself too and how my life can be meaningful. I know he is fully present in my life even when I have the tendency to keep things away from him.

The result: I’m freer, happier, and more peaceful.

 

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8 Comments

  1. Terrie Morales on 02/03/2018 at 10:15 AM

    Thanku for your words of wisdom and guidence it means the world to me and helps me live happier and healthier.

  2. Gail sublett on 05/03/2018 at 2:19 AM

    this has been a blessing to me while reading it came to mind the things GOD has done in my life followed with tears and smile we serve a wonderful GOD

  3. Victoria funna on 05/03/2018 at 9:19 AM

    I feel that I’m trying very hard to get to know God to the point that I’m in constant worry.
    I’m a social worker and was told by doctors not to work until I sort myself out and since then I’ve been diagnosed with several illnesses and this is10 years ago. I’m still praying but my main problem is that I’m still smoking. I refuse to get help because I want God to help me stop without human intervention . I’m 57 years now and would like to go back to work before I pension . All this I put it into prayers even though I don’t pray or read the Bible everyday . I struggle to find words on how to pray.
    Please help

    • @Tim on 29/03/2018 at 1:37 PM

      Hi Victoria, I can imagine your situation is difficult. I encourage you to sign up for the free online course ‘Know Jesus’: https://courses.goingfarther.net/know-jesus. This is an individual course with a one-on-one mentor we call a Coach. This coach can help you with your questions on a personal level.

  4. Anne Marie Pierre on 13/03/2018 at 3:48 PM

    I’m a born again Christian! I know and believe that Jesus came and died for me. But I have difficulty letting go and letting God. When I pray I don’t think God hears me. Some times I don’t think He’s mine… Please help me I want to build a relationship with Jesus Christ !!!

    • Marisa S on 17/03/2018 at 2:24 PM

      Hello, I was where you are a few short months ago, it wasn’t until I read, Praying God’s will for your Life, by Stormiest Omartian. It completely changed my life! I’ve been a born again Christian for over 20 years, however, did not find my, AH HA moment till I read that book! Honestly, it’s the best book ever, please look for it, I guarantee it’ll get you where you want to be as a Christian! My life isn’t perfect at this point, but I have that freedom and peace you’re searching for, not to mention the love to fill my heart, I had searched for my entire life! When you read this book, and I’m praying you will get your hands on a copy, please, please let someone else know about it! God bless you, again, you’re in my prayers!
      Marisa S.

    • @Tim on 29/03/2018 at 1:42 PM

      Hi Anne Marie. If you want to improve your relationship with Jesus, I encourage you to take a first step. You can read a book, like Marisa suggests. If you want to do something online, you can go to this website https://codex.training/. Here you can choose to go through free online courses on different topics. You will find great resources here to grow in your faith!

  5. Cathy on 24/03/2018 at 4:45 AM

    To Victoria,. God puts people in our paths at the times we need them. Asking others for help with your addictions doesn’t make you weak, or less faithful to God. Quite the contrary. He wants us to lean on others when we need help, and in return, be the strength others may need down the road. You weren’t put here to isolate yourself, but to live in community. Take it from one who’s walked that path; take strength, and when you are able, give back. Cathy

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