Do you wish you could fly?
When I was a little girl I wished I could fly.
When I became all mature I realized that flying was a little scary. There’s the heights issue, for one thing, and high wires and tree branches. Then there’s the fact that there’s not a single thing holding you up.
In spite of all of those things I still want to fly.
I want to soar just like the Bible says that I can.
If the Bible says we can fly, then I believe it.
But if I’m honest, there’s some things that stand in the way of that adventure.
I can’t fly if I’m holding on to fear.
I can’t soar if I’m nurturing old wounds.
I can’t see new horizons God has for me if I refuse to move until I know that it’s all smooth sailing.
I spread my wings as I let go of fear and reach for faith — even if it is as small as a mustard seed.
I spread my wings if I stop nurturing my old wounds, and hold them up for the healing God has promised. It means that I’ll put those old wounds down as many times as I need, until I no longer want to pick them back up.
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I spread my wings as I take a small step of faith in the direction God is leading, even if I can’t see exactly where it ends.
I know you, friends.
You come around this table because you want to live free. Will you spread your wings with me?
Lord, see these arms. We are throwing them up in surrender. Breath, Holy Spirit. Let the wind of your spirit bring life to our faith. We are utterly dependent on you, but that makes us totally free. We don’t expect smooth sailing all the time, and that’s ok. We simply hold up our meager wings of faith, knowing that’s enough for you.
What might it look like for you to spread your wings?
If you want to take this deeper, you might love these blog posts:
Invisible Wounds: Hope While You’re Hurting.
Every time I read Melinda Means, I feel like I’ve encountered the heart of Christ. In Invisible Wounds, she goes one step further. She shows me how Christ is holding my heart in his hands, and how He holds me gently – every wound, every broken place – to bring wholeheartedness to my life. ~ Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of Love Idol and The Happiness Dare
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i have just finished your book Suzanne, The Unburdened Heart and I found it very helpful in my repeated ( and failed over and over ) attempts to putting the past to bed where it belongs.
Ruminating over it won’t make me a loved and unabused and wanted child, the things I done, said, thought and felt that were wrong, insensitive, judgmental, critical or unkind can not be wiped off the slate, once said, really hard to the person to ‘unhear ‘ them.
I am in final third of my life and would love to experience freedom, peace of mind and allowing people to do what they have to do, whether I like it or not. I have too many of my own logs to look for specks.
Lordu said u will give us the desires of our heart.my sister desires to experience that freedom that u have for her.help her to lay those weights aside so she can fly with u.Give her peace that transcends all understanding in ur name I pray Amen
What I love most about our God is that He truly can take what the enemy “meant for harm” and redeem them. My prayer is that your courage (so evident in your comment) ministers to others who feel trapped by things that cannot be changed. Cheering you on!
As I see my (adult) children struggle, I am so grateful that the past is covered by the blood of Christ and He gives me confidence in their future became of His transforming grace filled work.
I pray jer Jeremiah 29:11 and PS 91 over u and ur family and also that God will put godly people in ur children lives
Suzie, I really enjoyed writing on this week’s prompt. I have a paralyzing fear of heights, so in a literal sense, I don’t desire to fly. But in a spiritual sense, I want to gain perspective and freedom by flying higher over my current challenges. I love the verse in Isaiah–so empowering!
Help my sister Lord to see from ur perspective.give her wisdom insight and discernment in all she does. Take her to new heights in u.in ur name we pray Amen
I went zip lining a few years ago, because I also have a paralyzing fear of heights. For a long time, that “soaring” through the air kept the fear away. Not too long ago I noticed it’s crept back in, so it’s time to take another zip lining trip. I want to conquer it, even as my heart is hammering and my first step falters. I never want fear to keep me back. Maybe we need a #livefree zip lining adventure!
Suzie I pray that fear will not take ahold of u .I pray the Lord helps u as he takes u by the hand in new depths and heights of him.for it not by might not by power but by my spirit says the Lord
Oh, to fly. It’s funny how we hold on to the lies as though they were the living truth. And our feet never leave the ground. But when the truth gives wings, oh golly. I’ve had several “ah ha” moments over the years where freedom reigns and I take flight in that particular area. I usually think, why on earth the long wait? God is so, so good. Enjoyed your encouragement today, Suzie.
I love this is we are carryingweights of the world not turning it over to Jesus we can’t be free we can’t have our hope our trust in him and we can’t fly with the spirt of God
I love this.if u are carrying the load burden weights of the world u aren’t free ur unable to hope or trust so u can’t soar with God cause ur focus on ur self.
Flying for me is a matter of trust — that God will provide the lift, and then that He’s “got me” while I’m airborne. Without that, these big feet are staying right on the ground! So thankful for the catching grace of God that makes it safe to soar.
Lord help us to trust u and not lean on our own understanding so we can soar with u
This sounds like a great book. I know many of us try to look great on the outside but hold deep wounds. This would be a challenging yet encouraging. I really like the idea of flying and soaring I think of freedom and how we can only find that in Christ.
God is already speaking this to me, Suzie. I already know my word for next year is bold which is so opposite from my nature. I want to stay in my safe places. My oldest daughter, different in many ways, will be starting flight school b/c why not train for missionary aviation!? Oh for wings to follow wherever God leads. Good words!
Oh wow, Lisa. I am cheering your daughter on. She’s watched her brave mama fly in the hardest of situations, and now she’s flying as a result. <3
“I spread my wings if I stop nurturing my old wounds, and hold them up for the healing God has promised. It means that I’ll put those old wounds down as many times as I need, until I no longer want to pick them back up.”
Yes! I want to fly on the wings of eagles, too…but not be tied down by my fear and my old wounds. Or new wounds, for that matter. Let’s let go, heal, and fly together…
Oh, how I have wanted to fly, especially as a child. But why should I not want to now. I am able to soar with the Lord because He gives me the ability. He loves me and carries me on His wings. He holds me near. Yes, the fear and struggles hold me down BUT…I that is not my wish, my hope, my desire. I want to fly high to be all that He has made me to be. Thank you for reminding me that I am able…because He is able.
The best moments of my life were moments where I stepped out in faith and, as a result, God took me on a great adventure. He makes our souls fly! Thank you for the reminder to keep hoping and trusting in Him! Can’t wait to read Melinda’s book.
This books sounds so encouraging. I am experiencing a years-long, treatment-resistant depression. Just yesterday, my Christian psychiatrist talked to me about learning to transcend a lifetime of emotional wounds and negative thinking. This book, “Invisible wounds: Hope While You’re Hurting”, sounds very helpful in learning to do just that.
Lord we ask u to remove this spirt of depression off my sister fill her with ur peace and ur love.heal her wounds and help her to stay focused on u for u are her shelter her comfort .we thank u for renewal of the mind and we bleed the blood of Jesus over her right now. Amen
Father, thank you for Suzie. You are with her, even in this dark place. I dare to stand with her and believe for complete healing, however that might come. May one day her story sit in the dark places and bring light to others. In the powerful name of Jesus.
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This was an encouraging and timely word for me. I sense the Lord is going to use this next year of my life as a way to teach me how to be intentional in living a life of honor to Him. I honestly don’t know how it is going to look but I’m excited to see where and how He leads. For someone so used to trying to control a lot of areas of my life it has been freeing to let go and truly let God. So here goes! #ALifeofHonorToTheKing #WhateverItLooksLike
Lord give my sister wisdom and discernment in all she does so she can lead a life that honors u
These words were SO beautiful, Suzie. Thank you… thank you so much! This line jumped right off the screen, “I can’t see new horizons God has for me if I refuse to move until I know that it’s all smooth sailing.” Oh, Lord, help me to let go of my need to know all and see all before I take that step.
Lord I come in agreement with my sister helps us to let go and free fall with u for we walk by faith not by sight.
Wow! This was a much needed encouragement today.
“I spread my wings as I let go of fear and reach for faith — even if it is as small as a mustard seed.”
Today, I reach out. Determined. Without fear. Because I know my God, the Father, will keep me and strengthen me in every step I take along the path He has placed me on.
Be strong and courageous for I am with u says the Lord.He holds u in the palm of his hand and he will never let u go
I am truly afraid to fly. Each time I get close …I turn and run. But one of these times …I’m going to soar for Him.
Scripture for u to ponder God has not given u a spirt of fear but of power love and sound mind
I love this, Suzie. Yes, I want to fly in Jesus! He’s the reason why my website is named Freed To Fly. It’s such an ongoing process though, isn’t it? This part of your prayer really touches me – “We simply hold up our meager wings of faith, knowing that’s enough for you.” He is so patient and gentle with us, isn’t He? Melinda’s book sounds so encouraging. God bless you and your families with a joy-filled Christmas!
Spreading my wings and flying would mean to leave my comfort zone. I’m a creature of habit and when that routine is disrupted it throw me off kilter. But I know to serve the Lord more effectively I need to reach out beyond that zone. Lord grant me the ability to be able to do that in this coming year.
Lord help my sister to step out in faith more.incress her faith
I cant see the way, but i trust the ONE who can!
I have always wanted to fly. As a child, as a teenager, and as an adult, I have always envisioned flying over the tree tops as I close my eyes at night. I love that feeling of release and freedom. I feel the same so often when I am reading Christ’s words and messages. Thank you for your message and the encouragement to fly into our Savior’s arms.