Thank You Everyone-To The Readers

By Tristine Barry

Hello to all of you that have liked, shared, commented, and followed Free To Fly Now. I will do my best but in my heart there truly are not enough words to describe what you all mean to me. So, without further ado, here goes:

Humbled
Grateful
Thankful
Appreciative
Honored
Challenged

I will not profess to say that these are the only words. Without you there is no purpose. Without my fellow bloggers I cannot share with the world other viewpoints and wisdom. God truly opens a new door when one closes. After closing the door on a.once thriving and published online support community (10 years running), The Lord paved the way for us to come together here. This journey has come with great cost but also with great benefit. It has been amazing going from “Find The Light” to “Free To Fly Now”. The greatest lesson learned is when I/we listen to that still, small voice there is purpose. There is peace. There is grace and there is mercy. Having to close a door isn’t so disappointing because when we know that we are in God’s perfect and pleasing will, Romans 12:2b He always has larger and grander plans than we can conceive.

I want to give a special shout out to Proverbs Online Bible Studies. If it wasn’t for them encouraging me to join their “Blog Hop” in my very first study (Let.It.Go by the talented Karen Ehman) Free To Fly Now wouldn’t be what it is today. I would be remiss if I didn’t commend Lysa Terkeurst and her highly beneficial COMPEL TRAINING online writing community. If you are interested in either one of these worthy communities I highly encourage you to take a good look. Have questions? Please leave a comment. Your comments are cherished and welcomed. Stay tuned for blog enhancements and information on the next Bible study by Lysa Terkeurst, “The Best Yes, Making Wise Decisions In The Midst Of Endless Demands” It is a page-turner!

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My Favorite Bible Verses – Day 17 {FREE PRINTABLE}

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We must become less if He is to become greater!  My one word this year and 2013 was less  – less of me, more of Him! (Click the 2013 to see that blog). Have I accomplished that – not yet!  I’m still working on me and spending more time with Him and it could be that 2015 will not give me a new word.  I’m working on becoming less inside and outside, but so far the outside has not changed like I had hoped this year.  He’s not finished with me, and I don’t want Him to be.  I am eating healthier, and less and my cholesterol is now normal so small steps.  

You Lord, not me!

May my life reflect MORE of Him and less of me!

So how about you?  Are you wanting to become less and He more?  I would love to hear your comments below.

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Gleanings From Rick Warren-“What On Earth Am I Here For?” Day 3

THE PATH TO PERSONAL PEACE
Rick Warren

3 SOURCES OF TENSION

Circumstances
People
Problems
Jehovah Shalom = “I am the God of Peace”

“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”John 14:27 (LB)

THE PATH TO PERSONAL PEACE

1. ACCEPT
“I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens. I know how to live when I am poor, and I know how to live when I have plenty. I have learned the secret of being happy at anytime in everything that happens … I can do all things through Christ, because He gives me strength.”Phil 4: 11-13 (NCV)

THE SERENITY PRAYER

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

2. TRUST
“You, Lord, give true peace to those who depend on You because they trust You.”Isa. 26:3 (NCV)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”Pr. 3:5-6 (NIV)

“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.”Phil. 4:6-7 (LB)

3. SURRENDER

“If a person’s thinking is controlled by his sinful self, then there is death. But if his thinking is controlled by the Spirit, then there is life and peace.”Rom. 8:6 (ICB)

“Those who love your teaching will find true peace, and nothing will defeat them.”Ps. 119:165 (NCV)

“Since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”Rom. 5:1
(NLT)

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I hope that you enjoyed reading this passage from this incredible book, “What On Earth Am I Hear For?” I find it rather comforting to know that God has a solution for humanity in this fallen world. Jesus-God in the flesh-knows our pain. He has walked before us and suffered more on his 33 years on Earth more than any other human being. He longs for you to call on Him right now, in your life. After all He did die an unspeakable death for Himself. No. He died for you. He died for me. He wants us to have joy and peace to the fullest-THIS surpasses human understanding. I know because at this point I have this peace even in the worst of circumstances. Won’t you consider God’s answer to the source of your tension? Read the above verses aloud on a regular basis if you wish to experience peace. You will be amazed at the results. This won’t happen overnight but like anything, practice makes perfect peace. As always your comments are welcome.

Blessings,

Tristine

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Finding Jesus

By Tristine Barry

I first just wish to say hello to all of my blog friends. I have missed you. I am so grateful for you and I thank you so much for being here. As always I value and welcome your comments. I am feeling quite compelled to share what is on my heart.

As a believer in Christ I cannot help but think of how our God saves when we truly seek Him. As the wonderful Dr. Charles Stanley says-He is not our bellhop or a magic genie who is there to fulfill only our wishes.  He is not someone that we just call on when we need help. If we think about our human relationships how would it work if , let’s say you only called your parents when you needed something or your husband or wife when you needed something?  Again I am paraphrasing from a sermon from Dr. Stanley. With that being said when we find Jesus and long to live for Him He is ever present.  The Almighty God of the universe longs to have a relationship with you. Yes You! This can be hard to grasp but I have been following the Lord for almost 5 years and I personally know it to be true. My life has changed drastically for the better since I finally invited Jesus into my life. I was paying attention to Him-the longing of my heart. I had a very deep emptiness in my heart, a hole in my soul if you will. Can you relate to that? For the majority of my life I was seeking escape from pain-emotional, physical, and spiritual. I was trying to feed this emptiness in my soul with  addictive substances, overworking, and empty relationships. We were born to thrive with God.

Some of my wonderful blog friends know that I am slowly coming back from my Sabbatical. I cannot help myself but share how the Almighty God  came to save the whole world from eternal doom, death , and destruction. However we must choose Jesus. He is a gentleman and does not force anything upon us.

It is my prayer that you have chosen Jesus but if not please think about choosing God as your Savior. If your life hasn’t been working for you without Jesus won’t you consider it? He is calling you. He loves you. Won’t you choose to let Him into your longing heart?

John 3:16 (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Accepting Jesus As Your Savior

So how can you know God?
It all starts with accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ provides a relationship with the Father and eternal life through His death on the cross and resurrection (Rom. 5:10).

Romans 10:9 promises, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” If you have not yet begun your personal relationship with God, understand that the One who created you loves you no matter who you are or what you’ve done. He wants you to experience the profound depth of His care.

Therefore, tell God that you are willing to trust Him for salvation. You can tell Him in your own words or use this simple prayer:

Lord Jesus, I ask You to forgive my sins and save me from eternal separation from God. By faith, I accept Your work and death on the cross as sufficient payment for my sins. Thank You for providing the way for me to know You and to have a relationship with my heavenly Father. Through faith in You, I have eternal life. Thank You also for hearing my prayers and loving me unconditionally. Please give me the strength, wisdom, and determination to walk in the center of Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.

The above lovingly borrowed from Dr. Charles Stanley and In Touch Ministries

Thank you for taking stopping by. As always your comments are encouraged and welcome.

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We were made to THRIVE!

By Tristine Barry

Hello Friends. It is great to get back to the blog for the new year. A little late, but hey, better late than never, right? I hope everyone had a great holiday and is ready for a new year.

I have added a new page to Free to Fly Now called, “Tribute to Worship Arts”. If you get duplicate emails of the same content I do apologize. I am learning. New year, new fun and new challenges~ I pray that you are blessed as you read my new page called, “Tribute to Worship Arts”.

I want to share that  at the early age of Middle School I started playing the flute. I accelerated with private instruction and when I began High School I shot right to the top of the three “best” in the band. They called it “First Chair”, “Second Chair”, “Third Chair”, and so on and so on. Each instrument or “set of instruments” had this order. I began at second chair, right behind an amazing flautist who was a year above me and held the esteemed, “First Chair” until she graduated. Why do I share this story? By thriving in those times playing in two different types of bands, competing and always flourishing, practicing, and learning, my love of music-now-is truly helping me to “Thrive” as an adult who loves Christian Worship music. I love all kinds and I have all kinds. Would you like to know why? Music moves. Music moves. Music can change a mood in an instant. Music can teach, it can lead, it can love and it can share; it is all in how it is presented and used, imo. I am here to share how I personally use music to strengthen, uplift, and love-but above all-to Worship our True God.

Worship Arts is all about God and so am I! I love Jesus. He saved me years ago and now I am passionately a fiend of worship arts. Now, I cannot sing and I don’t dance very well but I will say this. When I am singing to Jesus these beautiful words that I hear, nothing else seems to matter. I get raptured into Him and nothing else matters. Nothing. In this year of 2014, I have a “theme” for me, and hopefully for you. I am taking the Made to Crave Study with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies. I am digging deeper, asking God to pull my roots out so I may soar like an eagle and thrive. After all, that is why Jesus died for me-and for you. He loves us that much. I am working on craving God more than anything and the more I listen to His anointed through music, the stronger I get.

In honor of the new year and our new theme, “Thrive” for this year, I am going to share one of my favorites so far from the just released “Thrive” album by the Casting Crowns.

Casting Crowns "THRIVE"
Casting Crowns “THRIVE”

I am so very excited about this because this is more than just a new CD. They are putting out a challenge for all of us, any of us, who want to participate with them. I know I am looking into it and I hope you will join me. Take the THRIVE challenge with me-wouldn’t you like to thrive this year? After all, we were made to thrive. I am so excited to begin this new journey.

Lord, I thank You for this group of Artists sharing their gifts. I pray this song touches many but I will be thrilled with one person. I pray we will take the challenge to thrive in this world with Jesus. This song has touched me deeply and has turned on light bulbs in my soul that I weren’t sure were there. I thank you for Your love. I thank You for second chances. Amen

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Merry Christmas!

Hey guys. I just wanted to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. I am looking forward to a very exciting upcoming new year. I look forward to sharing and hearing from you.

In the meantime, do you have a favorite “gift”? How do you choose the gifts you may give? It is food for thought as I ponder the true meaning of Christmas.

Tristine

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Not my Goliath. My God is Bigger!

Tristine:

Hello wonderful online friends! I am taking a brief Sabbatical but wanted to share a glimpse of a post I wrote in May. I hope you like it.
***Seeking Guest Bloggers*** Please email me if you are interested. Tristine.barry@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you. All levels of writing are welcome, as long as they stick with the theme of the blog. Thank you and Merry Christmas! Let’s all thank The One that came to give us life.

Tristine

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Week 7, “Stressed-Less Living”, by Tracie Miles
 Online Bible Study with Melissa Taylor

This week we are studying “Facing Our Giants”, and we have had a power-packed Chapter with precious tools to help us learn how to face things like poor attitude, poor health, situations with family members, our own sin, and many more! These are our “Goliaths” or “Giants”.  God DOES provide what we need to face these Goliaths just as He gave David the strength to kill the giant Goliath. His only requirement is to believe Him, to have faith.

If you aren’t familiar, in the Old Testament of The Bible, God’s people, the Israelites, where being threatened into slavery if they couldn’t defeat this very large “Giant” named Goliath. David, as a young boy was the ONLY one of all the Israelite Army, including the King, that KNEW God was with him and…

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The Real Me

Tristine:

Another great post by Jamy Whitaker! I want to ahare that I have been on a little Sabbatical but I will be back to my original writing very soon. I thank all of you for your loyalty in continuing to follow Free To Fly Now. I pray you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know you are going to be blessed by Jamy’s post. She is a published writer and an amazing woman. We all have gifts given to us by God. Do you know what yours are? Read on….<3 you all!

Tristine

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If you were asked to describe yourself, what would you say? The majority of us would start with our appearance and then maybe include our occupation and marital status. In most cases, it wouldn’t get any deeper than that. However, there are many more components that compose the real you.

For me personally, I struggled in the past with not only poor body image, but also comparing myself to others. I wanted to have the perfect look, because then everything else would fall into place, right? So, I stressed over an extra pound here or a bad hair day there. All the while thinking that if the outside was better then I would be better on the inside. This way of thinking quickly sucked me into the trap of comparing how someone looked on the outside to how I was feeling on the inside.

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Cancer, Vitamins and Christ

Tristine:

Tribute to my friend Jamy Whitaker and an amazing woman. Come celebrate her birthday and 1 yr anniversary cancer-free with me on Free To Fly Now. Love you Jamy!

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Today is a very special day for me for more than one reason. It is my birthday, but it is also the anniversary of my cancer diagnosis. I would like to share something that is near and dear to my heart. I would love to hear your feedback. Thank you for sharing this day with me.

It was a brisk November day as I made my way across the parking lot and into the doctor’s office. My mind was going in several different directions as I mentally made a to-do list and tried to decide how to spend my day – my birthday. The appointment should not take long. It was just a follow-up from my procedure a few weeks earlier. I was so lost in thought that I almost didn’t hear the nurse call my name. It seemed a little odd that she didn’t stop and have me weigh…

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Who Am I?

Tristine:

Thank you Jamy Whitaker for sharing the beautiful truth that we were uniquely created by God. I am honored to share Jamy’s blog post, “Who Am I?” Do you often wonder who you truly are? Read on. It is my prayer that you come to know Jesus in an intimant way so that you also realize that you are adored and passionately pursued by the God of the Universe. If you haven’t enjoyed Jamy’s blog, you are in for a treat! Love you Jamy!

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There were many times in the past that I fell into the notion that I was not good enough – from being excluded in school, to comparing myself to others to my husband leaving me. For this reason, the enemy uses this doubt frequently in attacking me.

As long as I am stuck in that downward spiral, I am not moving forward or following after God’s plan for my life. The enemy can simply set back because I am already discouraged and defeated.

But God doesn’t see any of us as not good enough.

You and I must remember that God has made each one of us unique for His plan and purpose. The world needs us to fulfill that plan. We have to come to a point where we see ourselves as God sees us.

I encourage you to read through some of the great scriptures from Renee Swope’s

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