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The Walls Come Tumbling Down {Giveaway}

Michele Oleary

“He stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7

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"You’re guilty but you’re not condemned.

Whatever you’re caught in, I make you free.
Whatever you’re accused of, I hand you keys.
Whatever you’re judged at, I give you release.

In the midst of trials, Jesus guarantees the best trial outcome:
you’re guilty but you get no condemnation." Ann Voskamp

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There is a part of me that carries a deep scar. A heartache other women have but do not share.

I was reckless and careless, and my choices lead to a permanent life direction.

A choice that crumbled my heart and placed distance in my faith. 

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There it was, staring back at me: A pink line, which in other circumstances of life is intended for happiness and celebration, but for me, it poured in fear and hopelessness. 

Positive.

Panic seeped in, and the walls of life started crumbling down.

Doom.

How could an 18-year-old; daughter of a preacher be pregnant?

What would people say?

What would people think?

Aloneness swept in like a raging storm. 

There wasn't a God revelation or scripture that came to mind. I had walk away from that life way before the pink line.

Disaster.

I was scared; I was alone. Only one action seemed to fit my life choices at the time. 

So I thought.

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I had my firstborn baby, a girl, four years later and I understood how precious life truly is. God's precious, perfect creation.

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

Once again, the walls started to crumble down.

Heartsick.

Greater shame.

I continued to live in the sinking sand of sadness and a fractured spirit.

Choice.

Longing Freedom. Release.

How do you remove the chain-shame of Satan who so desperately wanted me to carry the lie to the grave so God would never free me or redeem me? 

He wanted me to stay in the deepest, darkest depths of sorrow. The liar wanted me to stay handcuff to the emotions of unworthiness.

Christ. The cross. Being Crucified for my release. Bleeding away my pain and shame. 

His Love-Christ of freedom.

"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I am found. Was blind but now I see." John Newton

Rebuilding the wall of worthiness.

My soul and my life were resurrected and reconstructed by the love-blood of the Lamb. 

Oh, the sweet love of Jesus.

The key of the Cross set me free. 

The Christ-Cross undid my shame. 

The Christ-Cross removed the pain.

Forgiveness of our Freedom-Redeemer washed my old self away. 

New Promise. New Purpose.

Stamped, sealed, and saved by His goodness and His amazing grace.

Jesus died on the cross to undo the sin, to undo the shame. 

To set me free. 

Shame is Silenced.

Sisters, have you walked in my shoes?

Have your walls crumbled all over you? 

Does shame silence your pain?

Do you want to be set free?

Do the shackles of fear grip your heart to heal?

The "what if's" if someone finds out the truth of your gnawing thoughts which swarm the shame in your brain.

I understand that fear. I truly do. 

You are unable to move forward in your faith due to the heaviness of the sadness of your fractured heart.

Oh, Sweet Sister, the Redeemer is holding out His hand to walk you to His path of love for release and restoration. 

To still the storms for God to restore.

Let the Love wash away the darkness that continues to encircle you.

Fly in the freedom of His amazing grace.

For the glory of God's amazing grace will set you free. 

Fly in His Freedom of the Cross of Christ.

Trust me; beauty comes from the darkness.

Blooming of life comes from death.

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Ask yourself:

Will I allow God to transform my pain through His love and grace?

Will I allow God's glory to use my choice for His goodness?

Will I share my past for future hope?

Join me next week for part two of my story and find out how the Light of Life bloomed goodness out of darkness.

Grace to Grace by Hillsong

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This Thursday, May 4th I will do a live FB video chat at 7:30 PM. Will you join me? The grace of God will pour out on Thursday night. I promise. Love you.

P.S. I will show you May's giveaway during the live video chat.

March into Purpose: Praise

Michele Oleary

"You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness," Psalm 30:11

I have to confess a struggle I faced last week. The stronghold was frustrating and caused a fast heart-pacing worry in me.

His God-Truths would not pour into my soul-mind, as much as I searched. 

Fear started to creep into my mind, wondering how this was going to pan out knowing a deadline was looming for me.

My eyes were on the lookout for encouragement and help from my Helper. Instead, laying heavy on my heart was knowing that I was disappointing my Helper by pushing Him away. 

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Early one morning, God grabbed my heart, walked me to an area of my life and unlocked a sad scene: I had left Him out and pushed Him aside just to please myself.

I placed my personal priority plan in front of His purpose for my life. 

Failing to pause and praise with my God-Love during the week.

My Heavenly Father. 

My Love. 

I left Him behind, my Spirit-Worship Mate.

The Spirit was tapping at my heart, asking me to pause and praise and wait.

I was too busy to see His heavenly-space.

Oh, I was moving right along in "prayer" and "prepare"; however, I left out the final connection piece of purpose. 

I left out the pause and praise to my Above-Love.

I was moving in life without Truth-worship. 

God walked me to a place that morning, oh yes He did. 

A Worship, Jesus place. 

A Holy-Scene.

The Glow-Christ of Freedom. 

My Freedom-Redeemer. 

Pause and Praise Truth. 

Glorify His Cross-Ways, die to self-ways. 

Revival took place, candle by candle. 

Heart-Revival renewed and reminded me He is Cross-Holy. 

Christ-Worship overflowed me with His Glory.

"Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!" Psalm 95:6

He longs and looks and loves when we pause and praise Him in all our ways. 

He reminds us of the act of pause and praise; our purpose will always lie in Him. 

Our Holy-Water, Freedom-Redemer.

Our Cross-Purpose of Salvation and Grace.

Oh, Grace-Love of our Daddy. 

Holy Spirit-Reminder and Redeemer of our soul.

The One who Dwells within us helping us and yielding us and yearning for us to look and love the Love.

Our Love. Groom-Love.

He loves us so much He shows us and corrects us and holds onto us as we start seeking Him once again in the steps towards fellowship back with Him.

It is key we pause and praise and worship our Love. Key-Freedom in Him.

Holy Spirit wants to escort us as we pour our praises of thanksgiving over our Heavenly-Hope.

Our Holy-Counselor craves and hungers for pause and praise within.

It is needed to blossom Truth-Freedom of purpose.

As we pour out love-worship to the "Keeper of Heart," it ignites something deep within us. 

Holy-Fire and Freedom set off fireworks of Thee into you and me.

Holy Spirit-Love of pause and praise forever propels us forward to Love-Purpose. 

Holy-Worship sets us free.

"We are all made to worship God. We are all at our core worshippers of God." Louie Giglio

I praise God as He reached deep into the darkness for me three years ago and pulled me out of the grave.

The dying grave of "No Purpose" and "No Me" grave was washed away.

Just like the Trinity of God, He placed His Holy-Tools in front of me: Pray, Prepare, and Praise helped set me free.

Through His Cruciform of the Cross-Freedom, my Love-Purpose poured His Holy Love-Truths over me.

I pray the same for you, beloved, so you will be set free.

To fly in freedom like a beautiful butterfly soaring freely in Thee.

Free to know you have a purpose in each phase of life. Unique and vital for God's heavenly plan. His purpose path for you is precious and perfect and promising. 

Let go of the doubt, fear, and surrender to your Love-Purpose.

A promise of Cross-Freedom from your Love.

Your Above-Love longs for you. Will you say yes?

Father, we worship you with our praise. You are our Above-Love, pour your Love-Purpose over us. Breathe into each of us your unique purpose to move your church forward. One body in you. Help us seek and surrender to you the things that hinder us from your calling. Help us bow down to you in prayer, glean and gather and prepare in your Word, and praise you with all our thankful, worshipful hearts. We love you, Your God's Girls

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Thank you for walking with me as we broke down the steps and God's tools from the Carpenter to help me move past myself and into His loving arms. His purpose freed me, my friends. His purpose grew deep love in my soul for my Freedom-Maker. I am in love with another Man. He proposed to this God's girl. My Groom-Love. I am beaming with gratefulness that He didn't give up on me. He moved me past my sorrows, sadness, and dysfunctions of life. My Balm-Healer. I pray the same for you, my friend. I am not sure where you are in your Christ path. I pray steps of freedom for you. I pray for courage for you. I pray that you will know you too have a purpose from the Cross-Blood Lover.

Join me this Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 PM EST for Facebook Live Chat on CC Facebook Page as we concluded "March Into Purpose." 

Passion-Glorious Day (Live) ft. Kristen Stanfill

Confessions of a Stalker (Giveaway)

Michele Oleary

"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." Matthew 4:19 (NIV)

Before I reveal the "Giveaway" I have a confession to make...

I am a "stalker." I am. I own it! Have you ever felt that way before? Looking, watching and dreaming of the day you might get to see or hear the one you "stalk?"

I am not a creepy stalker. I do not lurk around homes and peer into windows; I look into the windows of hearts that are God-bleeding, Christ-needing, God-dreamer hearts.

There are three women who are unaware I refer to them as "my BFF's." My friends tease me. Poke me about it. Of course all in love. I have claimed these three women as my "besties" because they are bold, brave and beautiful inside and out. I also call them "BFF's" because of Who they represent.

These three "BFF's" are godly, faithful, God-pouring out instruments who have helped free me from my "stuff."

You know the downcast fake "stuff" that comes from the "Stuffer." The yucky, dark whispering stuff. The "stuff" that stops us and stifles us. It withholds us back from God's dreams and makes us forget Whose we are: His Beloved.

My "BFF's" are unaware they planted His seed and gently poured His Living Water over my sad, bleeding-for-purpose, thirsty heart.

A lonely, tired heart reaching for:

Cross-Love.

Freedom-Maker.

The past three years have been a breaking, blossoming, and bondage-freedom from the shackles for me. The Cross-Healer perfectly placed these God's girls in my life.

During my heavenly healing, my eyes, soul, and heart had a new Someone to "stalk." As I peered into His windows, He opened His Heavenly door and welcomed me in. Christ became my forever "BFF."

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

I have had the awesome honor to see and hear each one speak within the past year. To see them and hear these women speak His truth with such courage, boldness and love over their Father's daughters filled me up with warm-joy. Hot, Holy happiness beautifully poured out:  Freedom.

Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp

Suzie Eller

Suzie Eller

Lysa TerKeurst

Lysa TerKeurst

I pray the same loving freedom over you, my friends. To have someone pouring out and pouring in God-Truth, Cross-Love, and Christ-Freedom over you. To help you move from "stuff" into soul-freeing liberty.

Go ahead. Become a "stalker". Stalk for your soul. Stalk to become free. There is freedom in the stalking: Christ-Freedom stalking. 

~Love, Michele

Giveaway:
I want you to meet my "BFF's," and maybe you will grow to love them as much as I do. I am not giving away one book, but all three. Each book is beautifully written and life changing.

There are three ways you can enter for the drawing for the giveaway. Sign up to receive CC devotionals if you haven't already, leave a comment, or share the blog post. I will select and post the giveaway winners next week.

*Giveaway Deadline Has Passed*

"Uninvited" by Lysa TerKeurst
"Come with Me" by Suzie Eller
"The Broken Way" by Ann Voskamp

Reminder:

Next week is a special God's girl posting for the month of March. Also remember we have a month long theme in March called, "Marching into Purpose." Please join me as we discuss finding God's purpose in our lives.