One Task You Need to Do, If you Want to See Freedom

My parents have a massive bedroom that runs the length of their garage, ending in a large bay window that lets in the light. It’s a large and inviting space for us to gather and open Christmas presents.

This room is also where my nieces sleep on pallets laid out on the floor at night and where they play hard during the day.

The combination of bedding, little girls, and Christmas eruption of toys created a place that required a mine sweep before taking a walk through. The night before we were supposed to leave I boxed up our presents that were still taking up a corner of the room. I went downstairs and asked Matt to come carry the heavy stuff, but as he came up behind me my feet had to sweep a path through the debris of little girl toys.

I had to make a way for him to get through.

We have to make a path for God, too. It’s not a foot sweep of leftover Christmas loot but of something else.

The Lord says:

“He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50:23 NIV)

Practice this if you want to experience freedom.  -christyfitzwater.com

This is what we want more than anything –to see the salvation of God.

To see salvation from addictions and inner turmoil.

To see salvation from brokenness and shame.

To see salvation from lies and mental traps.

What is it that litters the ground between us and salvation? Complaining. Like the Israelites who so badly wanted a better life but never experienced it.

“In the desert the whole community grumbled…” (Exodus 16:2 NIV)

My daughter is getting married in May. (Pause. Gasp. I’m okay.) We’ve spent many hours with notebooks in hand, planning every detail. I asked if she wanted an aisle runner.

I had a runner at my wedding –a perfect length of clean, white cloth to walk in on.

We need to clear the grumbling and purposefully lay out a runner of thankfulness to honor the king. Then we will see his salvation.

What are you thankful for today?


  1. Candace Bishop says:

    Hi Christy –

    Today is the first day I encountered your blog… initially posted on Pinterest with your Father’s Day blog. Thanks for that entry and many others I’ve read today. I sent the Father’s Day one to my Dad because what you wrote about your Dad (I’m sorry for your loss) is indicative of my Dad too. I’ve been struggling with life/work balance so your blog on “A Simple Trick to make Big Changes” was very helpful, but it was this one – “One Task You Need to Do If You Want to See Freedom” – which helped the most. I think the correlation between complaining and applying – or even determining – a single task to make those “big changes” is really key. If I choose to be thankful even before my feet hit the floor then I can more easily do the first and primary task that will get the ball rolling to improve my situation, by choice, day after day.

    I thank God for having you share His wisdom with me today, Christy. God bless you and your family.

    Candace Bishop
    Vancouver, BC, Canada

    1. Well Candace, we’re practically neighbors! And now you have turned around and encouraged me. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with me how God has spoken to you. It means a lot. Thank you for the blessings on me and my family. We’ll take those. 🙂

  2. Christy, you are truly a blessing to me. I’m convinced that prayers and pleadings to the Lord are passed directly to you to lift me up and dust me off for another go. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart! Blessings to you and your family 🙂

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