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Freedom In Letting Go

Freedom stories from being a follower of Christ series.

In my early teenage years, I turned away from God and I really didn’t want much to do with God.

I thought not following Him made me so “free”.

It all started because I lost some friends. So, I just started looking for anyone to be friends with.  However, over time, their actions and attitudes made me realize maybe this was not a good thing.

 I began to see that I didn’t really feel as free as I thought I did and started to see things with a new set of eyes.

I began to wonder, “is this who I really want to be?”

I knew people were praying for me and those prayers were beginning to be answered.

As I read scriptures like John 15:1-3 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine dresser.  Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” I knew I needed to make some changes.

I knew the changes would hurt, but were necessary.

I needed to spend more time with God in his word and take a good hard look at friendships that weren’t helping me on my faith journey. 

It hurt to cut ties with friends, but it was time to let go of those friendships.

After letting go of those friendships, I really began to lean on God more and more each day.

 What Christ had done on the cross for me began to bring full meaning to my life and I really began to feel free!


 This devotion was shared by Sparrows Grace Shopper, Makayla Gill, from Virginia.  She continues to live her life for Christ by working with kids through her family’s ministry to show them they are loved by Him, while having fun. She’s a college student, small business owner, and a part time nanny. In her spare time she enjoys spending time in nature, sipping coffee, doing photography, blogging and caring for her plants.

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