31 days of living free: nothing can separate

Nothing Can Separate. "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8 // 31 Days of Living Free // Series from Many Sparrows Blog #christian #scripture #quote #bible #encouragement

I looked down over the waters. I listened to the leaves rustle and the wind echo across the lake and I wrestled with God.

Could He really be who He says He is? In the good times it is so easy to believe, but in the bad, could I really believe that God is good?

I’ve written (almost) every day in October because I wanted to encourage my friends (those of you I’ve met and those I haven’t!) to embrace the freedom to live boldly while being rooted in love. To trust that God made you for a purpose and to be brave to enter those waters, while knowing you have an anchor for your soul.

We live in tension. The push-pull of hearts leaping and feet firmly planted. The grace of today and the eternal hope we yearn for. The now and not yet.

As I watched the cold water roll into the creek, splashing rocks along the way, I pulled up my jacket collar over my red checks and wondered if there are places in our world or in my heart that God won’t go.

In dark times, light seems so elusive.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Romans 8:38]

Nothing can separate us from the love of God. No situation, no loss, no decision, no doubt — nothing.

When we are rooted in Jesus, we may falter, but we will never fall out of His reach.

Living free doesn’t mean living with reckless abandon. Living free means we can do hard things and we can trust what’s beyond our control because we have the privilege of hope.

Walk outside and revel in the fresh air. Let the sunshine hit your face and breathe in God’s goodness. Cast your cares on him because He. cares. for. you.

It’s time to live free.

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here.

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12 thoughts on “31 days of living free: nothing can separate

  1. I love this line in your post. “To trust that God made you for a purpose and to be brave to enter those waters, while knowing you have an anchor for your soul.” A great reminder!

  2. Thanks for this post. I wrote about worship today in my post. What I didn’t say in the post is that I’m struggling with some changes in our church that takes the focus off of God and puts it on things like the people or the facility. It is really a huge struggle for me and I’m sometimes confusing having little faith with being aggravated by my church. (or wondering if me being annoyed with these decisions is a sign of spiritual issues) I appreciate the reminder that tension is part of what most people live with on a day to day basis.

    1. Thank you for sharing, Jen! We left a very modern downtown church plant with worship music that was probably more my personal preference to a more traditional church with more traditional worship, and I’m learning that my heart is usually what needs tuning when I start to feel discouraged. I know that’s not really what you’re wrestling with, but yes, tensions are always there, but there are heart lessons to be learned in the midst, too. 🙂 I liked your post about the baby dedication. Keep writing!

  3. My oldest was praying out loud the other day and he said “Thank you God for loving us no matter what because we’re in your family and that means you’ll never stop loving us.” It took all I had to hold it together to get him in bed because he had no idea that the Holy Spirit had used him to speak to me in that moment. I was struggling with a specific thing and wasn’t feeling very much like I should be loved or forgiven… and then he helped me see that NOTHING can separate God’s love for us. So freeing. Love it.

    1. Oh, Meg! This is so beautiful. How encouraging and amazing. Love it when God speaks to us through our little ones. Thank you so much for sharing. ❤

  4. I love this post…. it features one of my favorite verses. What a comfort this promise is! We are such screw ups, and God continues to love us, no matter what…amazing!

  5. I ❤ that verse! It's so powerful and so true! God is always with us, even when we don't feel like it. I've seen his presence during the darkness so many times!

  6. I need to work on letting go of my need to know “why.” I want to be able to trust God fully without needing an explanation. Sometime down the road, I may see why things played out the way that they did…but maybe this realization will never come. Will I still be ok? Will I every stop wondering? Thanks for your words, Kayla!

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