Have you heard this one? This song by Florence + the machines. Thanks to one of my very besties, I listened and then my mind went wild! Literally, I ran on the treadmill at a speed of 6.0 (which is a big deal for a five footer) with a 2.5 incline for twenty minutes without realizing the quickly passing time. I am definitely that girl who listens to one song over and over and over again until her roommates begin to bang their head against sharp objects in annoyance of the repetition. I have earplugs should they ever need.

All of a sudden my hair was down near my waist, wild in length, wave, and color. Reds, blondes, and deep purples flew from my head and couldn’t even control my laughter. My feet clothed with the most beautiful moccasin ankle boots, and my heart clothed in love, fighting through my throat with feisty emotion. It’s late at night, or maybe early in the morning, and I’m jumping with hands running free. My hair flipping side to side my head to follow quickly as I spin and dance. My shoulders shake without asking consent, and my nose wrinkles while my hands lift high and out. Those I love surround me as they battle in dance for their own. We won’t relent in our freedom, we won’t stop til we’re free.

I am free. I am free, and whenever I need… I’ll shake him out. Though I see it in my head, my heart is alive and free. And as my dear friend Florence would say “I’m ready to suffer, I’m ready to hope”. Thanks Florence, you brought me closer to God without even knowing it.

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own son, but gave Him up for us all- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? it is God who justifies… Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerers through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8 31-133,35-39