Wanted…a guilt-free woman! I know she’s hiding out in there somewhere, but I just can’t seem to gain control and keep her in custody. I’ve had glimpses of her but she’s elusive!
“I can’t believe I said that!”
“Why didn’t I say something?”
“I don’t really want to do that but I’ll feel bad if I don’t.”
“I wish I wouldn’t have done that.”
“I should have worked harder.”
“I let him down.”
“I’ll never change!”
These words and many more like them roll around in my mind like tumbleweeds in a wind storm. Guilt and worry about things I did or didn’t do. Things I said, didn’t say, or could’ve said. Words and feelings of shame for the times I’ve let my family, friends, and worst of all, God down. Maybe you’re a little like me. You have a hard time letting go of regret and remorse. Our failures replay over and over and over again like an echo hitting the canyon walls. Why is it that I have trouble remembering what I had for lunch but can recall every detail of mistakes I made years ago? I don’t want to be shackled to these habits anymore! I desire to break out and find the guilt-free woman I long to be !
Here’s the amazing thing…..we’re given the key to open the door!
“Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins” Romans 3:24 (NLT)
You read that correctly! We don’t have to live lassoed to our guilt! Grace liberates us! I have been on the trail of my guilt-free self for quite a while now. I’m still learning that it’s a journey of faith and trust. It can be bumpy, dirty, and lonely. As you might guess, I sometimes get thrown off. The happy ending though, is that my “Posse” is always there to help me up, dust me off, and put me back into the saddle so I can continue on toward the REWARD of riding off into the sunset a guilt-free woman.
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