True Freedom

In our country, in our states, counties, towns and in our homes, we are used to living in total and complete freedom. We live with the absence of undue restrictions and live for opportunities to exercise our rights. 

Given that Independence Day is almost upon us, I have been studying history, One interesting thing I came upon is a famous paragraph in a speech that President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered that has come to be known as the Four Freedoms Speech. 

In this speech FDR announced his vision for the people of the world. Those four freedoms are:

1. Freedom of speech and expression

2. Freedom to worship God 

3. Freedom from want

4. Freedom from fear
FDR said this would act as a basis of a new moral order. 

What does true freedom look like to you? To know what we are looking for and trying to attain we have to figure out what true freedom means to us individually. To go one step further, does true freedom mean we are free *from something* or is it the freedom to be something or to do something? 
I believe that true freedom lies in our heart. We can only achieve true freedom when our heart is changed and made new. 
Long ago, the founding fathers of our country gave us “freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. See Psalm 33: 12. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” 
We are truly blessed, honored and privileged to live in a land where we are free to worship God, not everyone is. Do you use this opportunity that has been given to you? 
You are FREE to chose to follow God, to seek what He offers and to accept what Jesus did for you. You are FREE to give your life completely to He that created you and you are FREE to let others know the freedom God has bestowed upon you! You are FREE to do exactly what God created you to do- honor, love and enjoy God today, tomorrow and always. 

This is true freedom and this is grace. 
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
Dottie

………….and so I ride

Stripping Away The Dirt

Stripping away the dirt.When things get stressful I head to my workroom and start refurbishing something. The piece of furniture that diverted my attention this time was an antique table that was in my grandparents house when I was growing up.

If only the table could talk. It would tell of family dinners, and weekly card games with the neighbors. It served as a solid surface to write letters to family members spread across the country. When us kids were visiting, the table would be a work surface for cookie baking, holiday crafts and any number of other things my grandparents could think of to keep us kids busy.

I cleaned decades of caked on dirt off that table. I sanded layers and layers of built up varnish and polyurethane coating that was applied to protect the table from us kids. At long last the table stood naked and completely void of any covering. It stood in the middle of the room looking just as it had when the carpenter built it all those years ago.

I then started with bare wood to make the old table something new and beautiful.

Isn’t that what God does for us. He strips off the built up gunk we have covered ourselves with over the years. He sands and chisels the stuff that has grown hard and is hidden in hard to reach places.He works slowly and methodically until we stand before Him as He created us.

He makes us new, whole and spotless.

I don’t know about you but I am thankful that God loves me enough to refurbish me and bring me back to perfection!

Dottie

…………and so I ride