These Days

These Days

The hymn stuck with me since childhood, but it isn’t until adulthood that I began to understand the journey:


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I thought Freedom was my word for 2013, but I was wrong.

I’m seeing now that it is my battle cry for life.

2013 was the beginning–God’s invitation to me to step into my calling: be free so you can help set others free.

Maybe those sound like big ideas, but I know He changed me when He told me to be free.

I stepped into 2014 with Worship. Like Freedom, that’s a word that won’t be leaving, only blossoming throughout my life. In the worship, God’s been stirring other words, like Beloved. And Receive.

A journey through Lent seems the perfect time for asking God to impress on me exactly what the cross did–what freedom it won for me. And you. I want to know more about resurrection power and just how big our God is.

So, I admit: I’m heading into Lent excited for what God will show me.

Here is what I’ve been immersed in for my heart change:


What I’m Reading

God Is Able, by Priscilla Shirer

Jesus Calling, (in)courage edition, by Sarah Young

Undaunted, by Christine Caine


My Playlist

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord), by Matt Redmond

All You’ve Ever Wanted, by Casting Crowns

Brave, by Nichole Nordeman

Love Take Me Over, by Steven Curtis Chapman

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail), by Hillsong United

Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies), by Chris Tomlin

You Are I Am, by MercyMe



Moving Past Your Past, 4-CD set, by Christine Caine – If there is any part of you that ever wanted freedom from anything for any reason, get your hands on this set!



*”Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we could ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus, forever and ever, amen!” -Ephesian 3:20-21

*” As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive, as they are this day.” –Genesis 50:20

*”And we know that for those who love God all things work together for goodfor those who are called according to his purpose.” –Romans 8:28

*”Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” –Philippians 4:4-9

*”In everything, give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” –1Thessalonians 5:18

*”For nothing is impossible with God.” –Luke 1:37

*”We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.” –2 Corinthians 10:5

*”Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.” –Romans 12:2

*“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” –Isaiah 55:8


What’s feeding you right now?

What does freedom mean to you?



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  1. Hi Mandy! Found your blog through (in)courage this morning. Love that you’ve shared your ‘words’ for the year only grow and swell as God furthers their purpose in your life. My battle cry is quite similar – restoration – “be restored so you can restore others”.

    Hadn’t heard of that book by Christine Caine! Might just have to check that out. Thanks for sharing.

    I’m really inspired by 1 Cor. 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor is not in vain.”

    Take care!
    Alysa recently posted..How You Can Prepare to Care for, Fellowship, and Restore Yourself and Others!My Profile

    • Restore–that’s beautiful! Thank you so much for tracking me down, Alysa! I’m so blessed by what you shared here. Undaunted, by Christine Caine, is powerful. It really inspired me.
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  2. Be free. Beloved. Receive. Beautiful reminder, Mandy. Thank you.
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