God's Brave Women - Katie's Story

God's Brave Women - Katie's Story

Tomorrow is my birthday. I turn 36. For such a long time, I’ve focused on how I’m not where I want to be. I’ve not lived in deep regret necessarily, but the moments I’ve lingered too long on have added up and robbed me of hours of joy and peace I can’t get back. NO MORE.

Galatians 5:1 states, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” I’m not a “word of the year” person, but if I were, FREE would have been my word for the last five years. This verse is what I now choose each day, after having continually submitted, again and again, to the “should’s” in my head, which enslaved me.

“I should know _____ by now”.

“I’m in full time ministry, I shouldn’t struggle with believing God’s promises.”

“For all the times I’ve shared the gospel, more people should be coming to know Jesus.”

“I shouldn’t respond so immaturely in my spirit when I am wronged. I should be more gracious.”

“I should be more organized/patient/thoughtful of my spouse…”

And the list goes on…

Why am I my hardest critic? Can anyone relate? God has freed me, and I have the most amazing identity in Him. I don’t need to prove myself to anyone, especially not Him. Where does this come from? <