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Broken & Free

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Broken & Free
February 1, 2017 Christy Nockels

Hey all you Beautiful People! So, I wanted to point you to these two beautiful blogs by some sweet friends of mine, unfolding our hopes and prayers for this tour night that we are so looking forward to sharing with many of you!

The Broken + Free tour was birthed from friendship and sharing our own journeys of healing and freedom with each other… then God planted the dream…could these conversations even go beyond our little afternoon coffees, out to women across the country?

I’d love for you to hear from @rebekahlyons heart in her latest blog.

Click to Read Rebekah's Blog post
Click to Read Rebekah's Blog post

The Broken & Free Tour

By Rebekah Lyons • January 30, 2017 • Originally posted on rebekahlyons.com

I recently launched the Freedom Challenge and was able to sit down and catch up with my good friend, Ann. I asked her, “What does freedom mean to you?”

As we discussed the effect of brokenness, and its impact on our freedom, she quickly reminded me of something profound:

Don’t be afraid of broken things…because Christ is redeeming everything.

There is no growth without change, no change without surrender, no surrender without wound—no abundance without breaking. In the words of Ann’s farmer husband, “the seed breaks to give us the wheat, the soil breaks to give us the crop, the sky breaks to give us the rain, the wheat breaks to give us the bread, the bread breaks to give us the feast.”

Ann continued,

“wounds are what break open the soul to plant the seeds of a deeper growth. Us farmers know it: For a seed to come fully into its own, it must become wholly undone. The shell must break open, its insides must come out, and everything must change. If you didn’t understand what life looks like, you might mistake it for complete destruction.”

We break, to become abundant.

We break, to become free.

I went back to the pages of scripture, which assured me that we are to live as people who are free (1 Peter 2:16-17) because Christ has already set us free (Galatians 5:1), and gave us the Spirit to keep us free (2 Cor 3:17). Further, Jesus declared a kingdom come—a kingdom of complete freedom—here on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10), and Paul teaches that this kingdom power lives in us (Romans 8:11). This means even in our feeble weakness, if we claim Christ and his resurrection, somehow we are God’s agents who carry freedom to the world.

Think of the moments in your life where your broken heart felt like the end, and all you felt was the throbbing ache of your fracture. But in reality, it cracked your heart wide open to a new possibility, a fresh surrender to a plan other than your own.

Freedom comes when we know God is enough, when he is our everything. When he is our peace and our strength, joy, and rest. Our provision, healer, hope, fortress, shelter, strong tower, and Father. Freedom reveals everything good is from him and by him and for him. Every breath we take, every person we encounter, every word we utter, is all an expression of a freedom where God dwells in us and loves through us? What if we became this kind dwelling place?

Freedom brings vitality—recovering your truest self. And as you become free, you’ll help set others free.

After all, this really started with Rebekah as God birthed this new book in her called You Are Free, releasing February 21st. I have already had the privilege of reading this book and really even got to see this message unfold in Rebekah along the way. It is powerful and bold, yet told with the tenderness that God has given Rebekah. I’ve told you before “she’s a truth-teller, bawl-baby” or a weepy prophet, either one!

One day last year Rebekah called me and just blurted out the idea of us touring together (which strangely enough I had already been thinking about!) around the release of her book and she shared with me that our friend @annvoskamp would have a book releasing within a few months of hers and that maybe we should all team up! Well, as many of you know, her book The Broken Way, which is already a New York Times bestseller, released this past October and here we are seeing this dream of sharing this beautiful message coming to life!

Click to Read Ann's Blog post
Click to Read Ann's Blog post

it’s okay to say it out loud — We’re All Really Waiting & Wanting & Ready for This:

By Ann Voskamp • January 24, 2017 • Originally posted on annvoskamp.com

Tell me —

You’re ready to Break Free too?

From the noise that deafens and duct-tapes love, the anger that cuts the only house we all call home right in half, from the divisions that mangle and maul all that could make our one roof strong.

Ready to break free from the agony of your Egypt, from your too-long exile, from your every day prison of never being enough, of having to prove and perform and perfect till your neglected soul feels infected with what it feels like everyone else expects, ready to break free from worry, and panic —– from the merciless tyranny of the fear of suffering.

Tell me —

Tell me, you’re ready to Break Free too from the small boxes your heart has stuffed itself into, because it’s felt like it’s too much, feeling like you’re too much heart or too much midsection, too much emotion or too much mental commotion,

Boxed up and confined and defined

by these lies pounding loud in your head, by your hounding past, by the sharp, stinging edge of wounds that have lashed you deeply …. or you’ve soundlessly cut yourself.

Tell me,

You’re ready to Break Free too, from relentless bondage, from sins that steal your first love, that kill your hope for change, that destroy your courage, from the idols that have you enslaved to their strategy, instead of emancipated to the freedom of His sovereignty,

ready to break free from the distortion of your redemption that tangles in the mirror, from the twisting of the truth of the beauty of who you even now are becoming, from the violation of your one given and unshakeable identity.

Tell me, You’re ready to Break Free too, from feeling forced to climb ladders higher, to consume more, from the deceit of the things that glimmer and shimmer and flake away, from wanting more things so you can hold the joy of becoming more, experiencing God more, of giving your heart more,

ready to break free from distractions and procrastination and condemnation, from the idea of the ideal life, from the perpetual lie of the perfect, from the soul-sucking rat race and run with unshatterable peace this spiritual race of faith set before you,

because you absolutely must break free from the tepid waters of ease and cynicism and apathy and negativity that are daily determined to slowly boil your one soul.

Tell me,

You’re ready to Break Free

from anger too, because Jesus never meant for your soul to become a container for anger — because anger is the only toxin that destroys what it’s carried in.

Tell me,

You’re ready to Break Free

because Jesus comes to give you freely through His suffering passion what every other god forces you to try to get through striving performance.

Tell me,

You’re ready to Break Free

because Jesus makes you so brave you do not have to pray for your Hard Thing to go away, because you have His bravery that’s bigger than the hard thing.

Tell me,

You’re ready to Break Free

because Jesus, The One whose breath births galaxies into being, births healing into the heart of the broken.

Tell me,

You’re ready to Break Free, too — because Jesus.

Tell me

you are ready to Break Free into the daily habit of Joy, into the command to celebrate, into the liberating business of joy, into the worthy fight for joy — joy in Him.

Tell me, you’re ready to Break free from the fear of being buried by everything

because the truth you can never afford to forget is: 

your life is a seed — and what feels like it’s burying you,

is the soil in which you are a seed breaking wide open —

into the freedom of new life.

As you can see, God has revealed some very profound truths to Ann & Rebekah both to share around this idea of experiencing true freedom by way of brokenness but I can honestly say, watching them live this out is even more stunning! These women are not playing around. This is a blood, sweat and tears journey for all of us, just like it is for you. Even though there are no new truths under the sun, sometimes it takes hearing from someone who has walked the same road, breathed the same air, lived the same heartache to somehow help you form words around your hope, your healing, your brokenness and maybe help light your path to true freedom.

I surprised even myself as I answered Rebekah during her recent Freedom Challenge a few weeks ago… She asked me, “what does freedom mean to you?” Without skipping a beat I said, “freedom, to me, is not holding on to anything, JUST in case”… I was quick to blurt out my declaration because it was already there, rolling around on my tongue. The wound, still fresh and tender. The not so long ago surgery that I let God do on this heart of mine causes me to be quick in recalling what got me there in the first place and I don’t want to go back again. I love living free, even though it requires the deepest surrender that I have ever known…fully letting go. Most days I feel like I’m face up, palms up, eyes up, completely aware of how truly desperate I am for Jesus..but you know what, I’m free! I’m free as I release (sometimes out loud and specifically) anything I’ve been holding onto just in case God doesn’t come through for me in the way I thought He would or hoped He would. I’m free and fulfilled as I let go of anything I’ve looked to to fulfill my soul’s longings, my heart’s desires other than Him alone.

My friend Suzanne, who is a very wise woman, once told me,

“Christy, if freedom is on one end of the scale, the other side must contain our brokenness and willingness to admit our need for Jesus…that’s what balances the scale of true, soul freedom.”

The focus or the celebration doesn’t have to be all about our brokenness, although Paul did say, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9) it’s just that it’s the very currency we must have to obtain true freedom. We exchange one for the other.

Philippians 3:10,11 says,

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”

Like the grafting in of a tree limb, both the limb being grafted in and the rootstock must both be cut for the two to grow together. This is a gorgeous picture of us identifying with Christ in His sufferings and ultimately in His death so that we might know the power of his resurrection life in us! And yes, this is for salvation but I also believe that the same grace that saved us, is the same grace that offers us freedom today and keeps us abiding in that freedom!

I couldn’t be more thrilled to get to share around my own journey of freedom through words and song, as well as get to lead us all in a time of worship of our King, who has already set us free and has called us to live free!

What if there was an evening that’s like handing you keys to break free?

One night that’s a gift to you: to break you free from the fears, from the weight, from the pressure, from the stranglehold of all the things.

Think exhale. Think holy space. Think candles. Think more Jesus.

RebekahAnn and I, we’re so excited! Do we get to exhale relief & inhale breaking free with you?

I want to invite you to one night of worship and healing. One night to be reminded that God binds our broken hearts and sets the captives free.

Will you us as we hit the road on the Broken and Free Tour?

We’d love to meet you & live Broken Free

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