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Christina Patterson is a wife and stay-at-home mom with a passion to encourage women in the love of Jesus Christ and the truth of God’s Word. When she is not folding laundry or playing blocks you will find her with her head deep in her Bible or a commentary. She holds her masters in Theology from Liberty University and is the founder of Beloved Women, a non-profit providing resources and community for women to truly know who they are in Christ: His Beloved. She blogs at belovedwomen.org.

Christina Patterson

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Christina Patterson is a wife and stay-at-home mom with a passion to encourage women in the love of Jesus Christ and the truth of God’s Word. When she is not folding laundry or playing blocks you will find her with her head deep in her Bible or a commentary. She holds her masters in Theology from Liberty University and is the founder of Beloved Women, a non-profit providing resources and community for women to truly know who they are in Christ: His Beloved. She blogs at belovedwomen.org.

You Are Already Free

Today is the day! We have officially studied the entire book of Galatians over the past 17 weeks to learn what it means to truly experience freedom in Christ. I want to thank you for joining me on this journey and invite you to watch this week’s video as I summarize the 3 most important lessons from this series and give you some final thoughts. Enjoy!

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This is our final video in the “Already Free” series. For the last seventeen weeks we have gone through the entire book of Galatians, and the Lord has used this series in mighty ways to set you free from your past, striving for God’s approval, caring too much what others think of you, and more. I know this because I’ve received a record number of emails and comments about it. Thank you for joining me on this journey!

Today I want to review what we’ve learned and give you some final thoughts before you go out and live the free life Christ died for you to have. Here are the major lessons we’ve learned:

  1. We need to trust that Christ’s work on the cross and God’s promise to us are greater than our works.
  2. It’s not about what we do, but who God is and what He will do through us as His beloved daughters.
  3. Don’t seek rules. Walk in the Spirit by seeking God, and He will lead you to where you need to be. As long as God is directing you, you never have to worry if you’re doing too much or not enough.

In his conclusion to the Galatians, Paul writes these worlds:

“Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.” Galatians‬ 6:15‬ (NIV)‬‬

The Galatians didn’t need to do anything to be saved. They already were. They were already made new by their faith in Christ. From their example we learn we don’t need to work for what we already have.

When my son was a baby he slept in a crib. Every morning when he woke up he would call to me to get him out of the crib because he was unable to get out on his own. However, now that he is a toddler and we turned his crib into a toddler bed, he still calls out to me. He has the freedom to get out of the bed on his own, but he’s so conditioned to think that he can’t. I still have to go in and get him every morning and remind him, “Baby boy, you are free. You can get out of this bed anytime that you want to.”

You are already free in Christ. Now you just need to go out and live like it!CLICK TO TWEET

 

That’s the reminder I hope this series gave you. You, Beloved, are already free. I don’t need to tell you how to get free. Again, you’re already free. My hope is that now you are empowered to go out and live free.

Today’s Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the work of your Son Jesus Christ on the cross that I may live free. I pray for the grace and strength to live that freedom out as I honor you with my life. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray. Amen.

Now I want to hear from you today, Beloved. Please comment and let me know: which area of your life would you like to experience more of Christ’s freedom? I can’t wait to chat more about it in the comments!

If you enjoyed today’s message be sure to share it with a friend because you never know who might need some Beloved encouragement today. I post new encouragement every week so be sure join Beloved to have my weekly devotion “Hello Beloved!” delivered directly to your inbox. As always, thank you so much for reading and until next time be beautiful, be blessed and beloved.


Trusting God With Your Emotions

Have you ever had an ugly cry?

It’s that cry that catches you by surprise. It happens when you’ve been holding in your emotions and trying to keep it all together.

Maybe you’ve been working hard to support your family and don’t have time to process your emotions because emotions ain’t going to pay these bills.

Maybe you think you don’t deserve the time and energy it takes to give yourself space to breathe. Or you don’t think you have the right to feel the feelings that are going on in your heart.

Maybe your situation that warrants an ugly cry is so deep and painful you have decided you just don’t ever want to go there. Because as you already know, life can get overwhelming messy, crazy, complicated, hurtful and most of all U.G.L.Y.

The thing about the ugly cry is it does not care about how you look, what you’re trying to do, or how hard you’re trying to keep it together. It just comes when it wants to; unwanted, unannounced, and you guessed it; ugly.

My last ugly cry was in the kitchen trying to prepare the kids afternoon snack. I had made it through a majority of the day holding in my feelings of insecurity as a mom, frustration about what I hadn’t accomplished, and pressure from feeling like I was doing both too much and not enough.

At the same time, I know I am beyond blessed. I have a loving husband, beautiful kids and I stay at home and work on my dream job. So with all these emotions bubbling up inside me I didn’t think I had permission to to feel anything negative. But here’s the issue; I did.

I was drowning in doubt about my dreams, insecurity as a mom, and fear about the future. All of that covered with a smile and a quick “I’m fine”.

However, at the kitchen sink I decided to take a quick breath and tell myself it was O.K.

And that’s when I broke.

Because there I was lying to myself. It was not O.K. And I couldn’t control it anymore. The harder I tried to stop crying the more I cried. So I just let go and went with it. I got some paper towel from the counter and let it all out for about 10 good minutes while the kids watched Daniel Tiger. And then it was over. I gave the kids their snacks and we went on with our day.

That night however, something felt different in my soul. I felt lighter, freer. Things didn’t change but all of a sudden I could breathe. There’s something about just being honest with yourself that may not change your situation but it sure makes the burden lighter. And I was reminded, it’s O.K. not to be O.K., no matter how ugly it gets.

It's O.K. not to be O.K., no matter how ugly it gets.CLICK TO TWEET

I want to encourage you today to take a deep breath and love yourself enough to tell yourself the truth about how you’re feeling about your current situation, even it it’s ugly.

Especially if it’s ugly.

Then give it to God and see if He won’t take that ugly and make it into something more beautiful than you imagined. Isaiah 61:3 tells us:

“Provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” (NIV)

There is value in being honest with yourself, others, and of course God because when we give God our ugly, He gives us His peace.

I encourage you to take the time you need to breathe at this year’s Beloved Women’s Conference. This one day event is filled with dynamic speakers, fun entertainment, breakout sessions and more to help you refresh your soul, enjoy your life, and empower your purpose. Click here to register to receive early bird pricing (that ends TOMORROW!!!) before this event sells out!

Now I’d love to hear from you Beloved. Please comment and let me know when and where was your last ugly cry?

Love,

Christina

P.S. Shout out to Chrystal Evans Hurst for today’s writing prompt that inspired this post. Chrystal is a wife, mom, and author of “She’s Still There: Rescuing the Girl in You“. As a part of her “She’s Still There” rescue team I’ve had the chance to start reading the book and I’m loving every word. As a stay-at-home mom who often finds herself lost in motherhood I am in need of rescuing from time to time. Needless to say, this book was right on time.  If you’ve had a recent ugly cry or are also in need of a rescue I highly suggest checking out her book here!


Don't Give Up

If we’re honest we must admit that at times our walk with Christ can become frustrating, difficult, and leave us simply wanting to give up. However, our study in Galatians today encourages us to do the opposite. Now is the time to plant seeds of faith to see a fruitful harvest of peace, hope, and love tomorrow. We learn our harvest will come to reality under one condition: that we don’t give up.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your faithfulness. I ask for the strength and grace to keep going in the good works you have called me to. Please help me to stay positive, hopeful, and encouraged. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray. Amen.

Read Today’s Message

Last week we discussed the struggle between the desires of our flesh to sin and the desire of the Spirit to do God’s will. This is a constant struggle for the Christian, one that seems impossible at times, and one that will leave you wanting to give up…which is why as we start chapter 6 of our study in Galatians today, Paul gives us this encouragement:

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians‬ 6:7-9‬ (NIV‬‬)

If we endure and don’t give up, we will reap a harvest of the fruits of the Spirit we discussed last week. As we continue to walk in the Spirit, the fruits will be a guaranteed byproduct. But it’s still a struggle. We will want to give up because it’s so much easier to operate in the works of the flesh than to trust God for the fruits of the Spirit.

A few videos ago we talked about Abraham, who God promised would be the father of many nations. We learned it was his faith that lead to his righteousness. We also learned he had his moments of leaning on his own strength as well. But overall, he did not give up on trusting in God, and he had one son that, as God promised, lead to many nations. It was his faith that lead to his harvest.

We can rest assured that no matter how hard it is, we will see a harvest if we don't give up.CLICK TO TWEET

Joseph was sold into slavery, lied on, overlooked, and thrown into jail. Yet he still stayed faithful to God. Eventually he rose to be second in command to Pharaoh over all of Egypt. His faithfulness lead to his harvest. Your faith is a seed that will produce a harvest in your life. Not just one fruit, but many fruits. Choosing faith over your flesh is the harder thing to do, but it always grants the greatest reward. But only when we don’t give up.

What are you trusting God for today, Beloved? Strength to stay pure, a positive attitude when you’re not feeling well, the good words to say when you really want to tell someone off? Integrity and honor when it’s  easier to cut corners? Ultimately, we all have a choice today: to plant a seed of faith and trust God with what we can’t do, or lean on our own strength and place our confidence in our flesh. Only one leads to the harvest we desire. But we can rest assured that no matter how hard it is, we will see that harvest if we don’t give up.

Now I want to hear from you today, Beloved. Please comment and let me know: what can you trust God with today for a fruitful harvest tomorrow? I can’t wait to chat more about it in the comments!

If you enjoyed today’s message be sure to share it with a friend because you never know who might need some Beloved encouragement today. I post new encouragement every week so be sure join Beloved to have my weekly devotion “Hello Beloved!” delivered directly to your inbox. As always, thank you so much for reading and until next time be beautiful, be blessed and beloved.

Love,

Christina

P.S. Registration for the 2017 Beloved Women's Conference is now open! This one day event is filled with dynamic speakers, fun entertainment, breakout sessions and more to help you refresh your soul, enjoy your life, and empower your purpose. Click here to register to receive early bird pricing before this event sells out!