The true story of every person in this world is not the story you see, the external story. The true story of each person is the journey of his or her heart.
Welcome to my journey.
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” | Galations 5:1 |
“Katie Without Restrictions is my space to share where I’m at with all of the above and whatever else may be going on. My goal with this blog is to be open and honest ~ I can’t guarantee that it will always be easy, or that every dirty detail will make it, but I truly believe that the more we hide, the more we feel that we need to hide. I’m not ashamed of who I am ~ flaws and all ~ and I hope that that shows! I also hope that through this process I will be able to truly live my life without the self-imposed restrictions that I’ve lived within for far too long.”
Much of what I have said there still holds true! The desire for transparency is huge for me.
Since my start here, I have spent a lot of time digging into myself, and allowing God to open my eyes to the work He is trying to do in me, and also allowing Him (slowly, sometimes begrudgingly allowing Him!) to reveal to me the less-than-appealing behaviors and beliefs that I hold close to me. Like all of us, I’ve spent my life creating a safe space around me, a space in which I’m comfortable, a space that is built with the lies I’ve told myself and learned to believe. I am finally actually desiring to live differently, and slowly but surely learning how to do so.
I daily strive to walk closer with my Lord, sometimes failing hugely, and sometimes with just a smidge more success. What I know now, what I’ve learned from experience, is that the closer I draw to Him, the more I rest in Him and His truths, the more I allow Him to work in me and through me, the freer I become. Drawing near to Jesus allows me to live my life without restrictions.
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” | Galations 5:13 |
My Jesus came to this earth, taught diligently, loved enormously, and ultimately died on the cross. For you; for me. Two thousand years before I was born, in his infinite wisdom, God knew that I was going to be a hot mess, and He sent His son for me. Wow. This is a no-strings-attached, cannot-possibly-be-earned gift. Christ died to fulfill God’s moral code, because I in my sin nature simply cannot. This means I’m free to keep living as my yucky, messy self, and I am still His beloved. I am still saved. The real freedom comes in the knowledge that God has chosen me as His own, and I am free to choose differently.
As I move forward, always growing, always learning, I am striving to walk according to God’s desire. To learn from His word, to live and love well, to honor Him. To no longer be restricted by my sins, and the trappings of this world, but free to live my life for Him.
Christ has freed me, and I am free indeed. | John 8:36 |