Let your God-Colors shine Guest post by Shannon Toller

Let your God-colors SHINE

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I love that this year’s MOPS theme is Free Indeed. It’s like a challenge from God to us mamas to proclaim freedom over ourselves and break the chains that bind us. No longer can we hide behind our fears and failures, because the enemy wins BIG TIME when we do that. I was blessed to be able to attend the RRC Women’s Conference again this year, and the wise and lovely Lisa Bevere hit me with some Truth that I must share with you:

God loves me uniquely and without rival,
and it’s about time I move beyond my pain
and into my purpose.

Yep, that was a V-8 moment if I’ve ever had one. God doesn’t want me to live in the past and wonder what could have been: that’s the devil’s playground. God wants me to embrace my brokenness and use it to His glory. To quote a Rascal Flatts song, God wants to bless my broken road. He wants to take all my broken pieces and weave them together in the story of His Kingdom. He no longer wants me, or you, or anyone who reads this, to live shackled by the lies of the enemy anymore. It’s time for us to arise and walk out of the prison Satan has us in, and the key to our cell is: FREEDOM.

As a mama, I worry constantly, about everything. I worry about my husband, I worry about my children. I worry if I’m making an impact, I worry that I’m not as Christlike as I should be. I worry that I can’t afford organic food and in turn, we eat way more Fruit Loops and Mac and Cheese than I care to admit. I worry like it’s my job, y’all. Except it’s not my job: I don’t get paid for it, it’s totally worthless, and it’s a hamster wheel that never ends. But, Satan loves it when I get like that. The enemy loves to watch me crumble under the weight of the world. That monster loves to taunt me as I pray over bare cabinets and hope for a miracle. I wish I could say that I don’t give in to that nagging voice that tells me that I’m not good enough and that I’m a bad mom. I do, more times than I care to mention. But, on the days when I’ve got my armor on and I’ve armed myself with the Word of God, the devil shakes in his space boots. I’m a force to be reckoned with. I’m the prayer warrior I know God is preparing me to be, and in those moments: I’m free.

In those moments where I can hear Derryn singing worship music in her room, I’m free. In the moments when I see her heart for others as she prays for them, I’m free. In the moments where I can embrace the childlike faith my child has and live in that undeniable Truth that is as real as the sun shining on my face, I am FREE INDEED. The enemy knows that I am an arrow in the quiver of my Heavenly Father, and he is dead set on keeping me silent about my faith. But that is why it is so important that I keep on talking about Jesus. I’m supposed to shout the Good News from the proverbial rooftops; proclaim it with every breath I take. I love the translation of Matthew 5:14 in The Message:

You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.
God is not a secret to be kept.
We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.

First, can we all agree that Crayola should call crayons “God-colors” from now on? But more importantly, can we truly be the light that is as public as a city on a hill when we are sentencing ourselves to life in a dark cell? As crazy as that sounds, we are locking ourselves in our own prisons just by giving in to the lies of the enemy. We can’t do this to ourselves any longer, mamas! We are free FOREVER because we have been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. His Spirit resides in our heart, He takes up residence in our homes, He forever has a place at the dinner table. We need to be eating, breathing, and preaching this GOOD NEWS every single day. Not only do we need to be instilling these truths and values into our children, but we need to instill them into our own hearts. We need to remind ourselves of the simplest Sunday School song that our children sing every week: Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. We need to fill our cups just as much as we need to pour into others. You are MORE THAN WORTHY of the love of Jesus. You were literally MADE to love Him and love others the way He loves you, so don’t let Satan tell you otherwise! We all need to reach out and grab onto that freedom that a relationship with Jesus Christ gives to us. We need to stop taking His sacrifice for granted and give Him ALL the glory. And, we do that by sharing our hearts. We do that by sharing our truths. We do that by sharing our testimonies. We do that by sharing our JESUS.

I want to leave you with the theme verse of the conference, and I pray that each one of you break the chains of your prisons and live in the FREEDOM that Jesus has prepared just for you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, sweet mama, and NO ONE can take that away from you! Hug your husbands, hug your babies, and hug your tribe. We are all in this together. <3

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
- Ephesians 3:16-19 -

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