Free to Soar

Free to Soar

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles.” Isaiah 40:31

"Help, I've fawlin' and I can't get up! . . ." In 1987, this line influenced pop culture. Remember the TV commercial for a medical alarm company called LifeCall? The motivation behind these alarm systems is that senior citizens live at home alone and may find themselves in medical danger with no one (and no phone) nearby to help them get up. The product provides its subscribers with a small pendant, worn around the wrist or neck; the wearer presses the button on it, and are immediately put into contact with a dispatcher who can send emergency help. The TV AD featured, a fictional elderly lady named "Mrs. Fletcher" who had fallen, with her walker, in the bathroom.

       The commercial shows a serious situation for a senior (elderly people with no one to care for them may fall in their homes and be on the floor for hours or even days, unable to get help).

      The "I've fallen and I can't get up" ad had the double misfortune of being unintentionally tacky and appearing often on cable and daytime TV. The combination made "I've fallen... and I can't get up!" became a universal punch-line that applied to many funny situations.

When we fall, we must choose whether or not to say, “Help I’ve Fallen and I can’t get up.” It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. Did you know there are ways to increase your chances of survival in a fall, even if it is accidental, like from scaffolding around a building project, or recreational, as in the case of an adventurous skydive. In the same way, you and I can learn to thrive after we slip and fall in the trials and challenges life brings. These lessons, when applied, can prepare us for the time when life knocks us flat on our faces. We know that it’s not if but when we fall.

It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help.

The desired result is to victoriously get back up, joyfully walk on in renewed hope and learn to stay on top of life’s challenges. Take the hand of God; allow God to help you work through your heartaches and hard times, and you will be ushered into a place of abundant, complete healing. Joy is the result. Its presence replaces your gloom and despair with warm radiant hope.

You have a choice: to stand alone as a prisoner of your pain or move with God in liberty. How will you respond when the future brings fear and anxiety? Remember, you are offered a grace-filled, guilt-free life because of Jesus Christ. Each day the choice is yours. Reach out, take His hand, and walk with Him—if you want to soar. He will take off your chains! This kind of truth ignites your faith. It transforms your behavior to reflect your belief about God. The Holy Spirit beckons you to rise up in response to the truth; He invites you to get up and join him in living an abundant life. And that my friends, is falling forward into faith, rising up with God’s powerful help and then we are free to gracefully soar with triumph!

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the choice to choose to allow you to help me up. I choose faith instead of fear. I choose peace instead of anxiety. I receive the grace-filled, guilt-free life you offer. Thank you for grabbing onto my hand. I choose not to let go. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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Sheryl Giesbrecht

Exchanging hurt for hope is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio and television personality, author and speaker. A dynamic teacher and motivating leader, Giesbrecht has endured many changes and challenges, moving her to a deep faith, trust and dependence on God.

She served as Focus on the Family's columnist for Pastor's Wives for four years. Hundreds of her columns, magazine and devotional articles have appeared in Focus on The Family Magazine, Just Between Us, Discipleship Journal, CCM, Walk Thru the Bible’s - InDeed and Tapestry publications.

Giesbrecht’s radio show, “Transformed Through Truth” is nationally and internationally syndicated and heard daily by over 10 million listeners on networks across the United States. The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network shares the show internationally on seven continents. “Transformed Through Truth” launched as a 30-minute internet television teaching feature in March 2017. To view this amazing teaching time, go to www.HSBN.tv.

Sheryl has a heart for missions and is avid about reaching out to the poor and needy, locally through the Rescue Mission and worldwide through various ministry partners. Giesbrecht is a Lead Like Jesus Facilitator and missionary with Freedom In Christ Ministries (www.FICM.org) and has been personally involved with equipping hundreds and facilitating the training of thousands of leaders internationally. Sheryl’s latest book is entitled It’ll Be Okay: Finding God When Doubt Hides the Truth.

The joys of Giesbrecht’s life are her children and thirteen grandchildren. She is excited about the new beginning she shares with her marriage to Dr. Jim Turner. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts from Biola University, a Master’s in Ministry and a Doctorate of Theology.

Learn more about Sheryl Giesbrecht on her website, www.FromAshesToBeauty.com. She also invites readers to follow her on Facebook, and on Twitter (@SGiesbrecht).