Thursday, January 10, 2013

What Holds You Back?

Here we are in week one of our Finally Free online study and it seems appropriate to make a confession.

Even though this is the 7th study I’ve hosted here, I get nervous and have moments of panic before each and every study.

I hesitate and question if I should commit myself to another study…even though I’ve already planned it all out.

Questions swirl in my mind as I get a little light-headed…

Who am I to lead anyone?

What if my mind goes blank (again) and I have nothing to write?

What will others think of me?

Worry and fear…it’s enough to make me say Forget it, I can’t do this.

I could do that. In fact, I almost did. Before the first study ever took place, I started to ignore God’s lead. I was going to let fear keep me from moving forward.

But running in the opposite direction from where God is leading is not a good place to be.

What is it that holds you back?

Whether we know it or not, most of us have something….

DoubtI can’t be a good mom like she is.

WorryHow will I ever get out of this financial mess?

The PastHow can God forgive me for the way I used to live? I can’t forgive myself.

FearWhat if they don’t like me? What if I never get married and have a family?

AddictionsIt’s taken everything I have, and I still can’t break the hold it has on me.

Maybe for you it’s something completely different.

God didn’t intend for us to live bound by these burdens.

No, that’s the enemy’s work. Satan wants us to continue carrying this baggage with us. He encourages it, telling us these loads are ours to carry.
But Christ says, “Bring them to me. Lay them at the foot of the cross where I’ve already gone to free you from these very burdens.” (ref. Matt. 11:28)
Jesus died and rose again, conquering sin and death to free us from this bondage. And yet, we struggle to let Him change us—to change our lives.

What is it that keeps you from experiencing all God has planned for you? Is it time to take it to the cross?

My light-headedness has cleared now, but I know I’ll feel it again.

Each time, I remind myself…if He wants me to do this, then I can do it. Not because of who I am, but because of who He is.

Maybe you’ve tried to hand it over to Him, but you’re discouraged because you’re still struggling with it. I know that feeling.

Sometimes it takes giving it to Him over and over. Not because He won’t take it, but because we tend to take it back.

Make a conscious effort to give it to Jesus and leave it with Him. Do it again and again, every day, until you feel the weight on you easing.

He will take as much as you will give Him.

In Christ,


  1. Laura, I really am so glad to be on this journey with you. I am glad that you faced that fear and did it anyway...I look forward to continuing and am enjoying this weeks insights as I read and reflected. In His Grace, Dawn

    1. Hi Dawn,
      I'm glad you've joined me in this study. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better through it & 5 Min. for Faith.

  2. I'm eager to see where this will lead us. Lead on Laura!

  3. This "giving it to God, but then taking it back again" has been a struggle for me most of my life. I do feel that staying in a constant communication relationship with God has helped a lot! And it does take lots of practice! Thanks for sharing this post, Laura!
    In His Love, Ann

    1. Being in constant communication with God makes a big difference for me, in so many ways. Thanks Ann!

  4. Dear Laura
    I once read the story of Hannah's faith and what she did, had always been such a great help. She was amidst great trials, really GREAT trials, but she took her Pappa God seriously. Every time she started to worry, she would take it to Jesus and when the worries came back, she gave it right back to Him. She said that she did this sometimes a thousand times, but in the end she experienced peace that only our Lord can give and she still had all the suffering! Your words reminds me of Hannah. Thank you XX

    1. No matter what is going on in our lives, I agree...there is a peace that only the Lord can give us. Thanks Mia!

  5. I wonder sometimes if it is good for us to feel that initial doubt...not about Him but that we do rely completely on Him instead of our own wisdom and thoughts? Pride can so easily mix in and we think "Hey, I've got this" when instead we need the reminder that we are His tool and without Him guiding us we're pretty useless. You summed up my rambling thoughts here:
    Not because of who I am, but because of who He is.

    1. I think you make a great point here Marty. That doubt in ourselves and nervousness keeps us going to Him first, instead of after we've tried a bunch of our own ways. Thanks and God bless!

  6. I feel the same way about blogging as you do about starting a new study. I often feel like giving up and so inadequate to be writing and sharing through my blog. I am sure that Satan does not want us to write about what God places on our heart.

    Thanks for linking up over at WholeHearted Home this past week. I hope to see you again tomorrow.


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