Fly

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I never used to notice or care much about birds at all. I would say that has been changing in the last couple years. My oldest daughter loves birds! I remember when she was younger she would run towards the robins near our home and chase them. She would sob when she could not catch one. Now, she still loves birds and studies them, draws them, and knows a lot about them. This has piqued my interest in birds as well. My favorites are the cardinal and any eagle.

God has also drawn my heart to birds recently. He has used cardinals and eagles as reminders of His Presence. He has spoken to me by having a cardinal show up at just the right moment time and time again. I notice them in my backyard out the window as I do dishes and sometimes feel alone. They cross my path often when walking or running at the forest preserve. Seeing the red feathers is to me God saying, "I notice you, Anne. I'm right here." That's a powerful reminder. Seeing eagles is a reminder to me of God's Majesty and Power. The beauty as they soar is incredible!

I love how God brings back similar themes over and over. This summer I knew several times God was telling me to "fly", "fly high". In times of prayer and solitude this was confirmed to me. The symbol of a feather and verses about birds, eagles, and feathers stood out to me. It was an encouragement and a call on my life to break free, step up, and be who God made me to be! To live and breathe as one who is spoken for. Jesus makes me brave and in Him I fly!

This past weekend I went to a women's conference with a similar theme.

God wants you to be free! God wants me to be free!

In His freedom we are no longer wounded and broken birds. We are free. We fly. We fly out of the cage and captivity we used to be in. We can be saved by Jesus, but still not free. He desires a full and abundant life of freedom in Him for His sons and daughters!

What is holding you captive? Ask the Spirit to show you.

What truth are you believing that is not true? Maybe your worth or identity? Maybe in an area of your life that is difficult right now-- marriage, parenting, finances, etc?

 

Put on your armor! (Ephesians 6) Know you are protected by the Most High! (Psalm 91) Speak God's promises over yourself & others. All His promises are "Yes and Amen!" (2 Corinthians 1:20)

 
"Catch The Wind" by Bethel Music
 
I am strong and full of life
I am steadfast, no compromise
I lift my sails, to the sky
I'm gonna catch the wind
I'm gonna catch the wind

I am bold, no fear inside
Spread my wings, open my life
Like an eagle, whose home is the sky
I'm gonna catch the wind
I'm gonna catch the wind

Your faithfulness will never let me down
I'm confident I'll see Your goodness now
I know You hear my heart, I'm singing out
There's nothing that can stop Your goodness now

I am bold, no fear inside
Spread my wings, open my life
Like an eagle, whose home is the sky
I'm gonna catch the wind
I'm gonna catch the wind

Your faithfulness will never let me down
I'm confident I'll see Your goodness now
I know You hear my heart, I'm singing out
There's nothing that can stop Your goodness now

Like standing on the edge
Of a mountainside
I can feel the wind stirring
Lifting me up high
I was born into freedom
I was made to fly

 

Fly, my friend, Fly

 

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