Marching into Freedom


Yesterday I was having coffee with a new friend.  The topic of recovery came up, an area we both share a common passion. When she asked me to share a little bit more of my story, I told her how I had been sober for…

I had to pause and think about it. Was I celebrating 14 years or 15 years? Oh, that’s right, 15 years.


“I will call upon the Lord
For he alone is strong enough to save
Rise your shackles are no more
For Jesus Christ
Has broken every chain”

Last night at church, as we sung these words and this beautiful songthat conversation from earlier in the day came to mind again. Wow, Lord, I couldn’t remember exactly how many years. 

As I stood there last night singing the words above, my early days in recovery flashed across my mind. Lord, it’s beautiful to get to a place in life where I actually have to pause briefly in order to recall how long it’s been. At the beginning of this journey, I was well aware of every minute, every hour, every day, every week, every month, and every year.  

These words I sing, Lord, are not just words. You’ve proved Yourself faithful over and over. 

God is bigger than___________.

Fifteen years ago, my pastor at the time encouraged us to finish the above statement and to believe what we wrote. He challenged us to respond and to live as if the answer we put in that blank was true for our stories and our situations too.

That was the beginning of a wild ride. I watched as God showed up in my situation…ready to fight for me and with me. When I filled in that blank, I signed up for the hardest journey of my life. But it also turned out to be the most rewarding journey of my life too. 

The joy of His strength far outweighed the painful steps forward.  

The words that David wrote in Psalm 18  about being armed with the Lord’s strength during battle time were true in my story too.  

It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure. (v 32)

I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
I crushed them so that they could not rise;
they fell beneath my feet.
You armed me with strength for battle;
you humbled my adversaries before me.
You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
and I destroyed my foes. (verses 37-40) 

I don’t know what Enemy you might be up against today.  But my prayer is that you dare to believe and fully trust the King who marches out ahead of you. Grab hold of your marching orders and follow Him.

One thought on “Marching into Freedom

  1. Lara Hayes

    You made me cry, Eileen. Hits me right in the feels. I’m gonna bookmark this so I can refer back to it as I start on my own journey.

    Congrats on 15 years!


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