Getting Rid of Extra Baggage

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3-25-13 Forgive

Now that the weather is cold, all of us are bundling up. We wear our puffy coats, hats, scarfs and gloves. It's great when we are outside in the frosty air but not so great when we go inside a store.
Shopping can be unbearable when everybody is whining 'Mommy, carry my coat." I get it...I don't like shopping with my coat on either but I hate carrying it even more.
This weekend i was thankful to have my husband with us while we shopped. He was more than happy to push a cart around the store, acting as valet and minding our belongings.
As I walked around I couldn't help but thinking how unencumbered I felt. If only for a little I wasn't weighed down with everyones stuff. 
I was reminded of Hebrews 12:1 (CEB) that says "So then let's also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let's throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up,"
God does not want us running our race, living our lives, weighed down. 
According to the Bible, repenting of sin lifts a heavy burden that prevents us from thriving. Also, letting go of grudges and releasing bitterness frees us up as well. Not only are we given the command to forgive others but the grace to do it.
In my journey to discovering the Sweet Spot of God's will for my life I often need to ask "Lord, search my heart, what's holding me back, slowing me down in my race? What specifically is keeping all you have for me?"
Waiting until I am ready, God is exposing the wounds he wants to heal.
When i recently did this He showed me some physical things in my home that tied me to the past. There is nothing wrong with keeping things from when you were young but these particular items were leftovers from a time when my significance did not come from Him. My first reaction surprised me. I had a strong desire to hold tight to my past, including it's hurts! It opened my eyes to see that there is some healing to be done in my heart.
It's hard, this surrender thing. It's not just a nice word to put in a frame
Over the next week or so I plan to journal about what I am holding onto and why it's so significant. I plan to pray and linger in God's presence seeking truth about this particular matter. As i wrestle with the process of obedience and surrender I will remind myself that my savior's yoke is easy and His burden is light (Mt. 11:30).
The freedom I had walking around the store pales in comparison to the freedom God wants me to walk around with in life.
What is it that has been weighing you down?

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