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5 Favorite Quotes from You Are Free

When I first read You are Free by Rebekah Lyons I promised it would not be the last you heard about it here. I knew there were pieces to tell you about. Things that would impact you in deep ways the way they impacted me.

But I needed time. I needed time with those pieces. Time to let them sink and pick them up again. Time to turn them around and around until I understood where they fit in my life.

I’m still discovering how to be who I already am. It’s wonderful and scary and grace-filled. And I’m grateful for every moment in the process.

“What if your purpose is for me to love you?”

This is my favorite piece of the book. In a world where we get so caught up in doing more, offerring more, being more I found myself asking: can i believe that my reason for existing is to love God and for God to love me?

We make it  so much more complicated than it needs to be. The question I ask over and over: is He enough?

“It took walking through my own wilderness to learn the true source of joy.”

There’s no promise of easy. And usually the easy path doesn’t teach us very much, at least not much that matters. Our wildernesses my look different, but it feels the same…lonely, scary, impossible.

It’s pure Godly juxtaposition that in those places of wilderness we would discover not temporary joy, but the source of joy!

“God doesn’t measure worth in terms of ability, but in terms of identity.”

Did you catch that? Read it again. I’ll wait. This fact is a game changer. It means we can get off the wheel. We can stop running and striving. We can believe who God says we are.

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“Confession opens the gates for healing to rush in.”

I’ll be honest here. I want the healing without the confession. The whole idea of confession can feel hard. Understanding that it’s not for some scorecard in heaven, but for freedom to receive His healing makes it easier.

We need to free up the heart space so there’s room for His healing.

“God cares more about our presence than our performance.”

It’s easy to live life as if we’re on a stage, performing to try to gain applause. Stepping off that stage and being real can be hard, but it is worth it.

God doesn’t need our performance. He just needs us.


I made a note at the end of Chapter 7 that sums up how this book is changing me:

It’s time to reorient my life.

I may not be lost, but I’ve got some work to do. And for once it isn’t a to-do list of how to be a better Christian. It’s a shifting, a focusing, a rediscovering of my true north.

You won’t want to miss this book. Grab a copy here today!


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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I’m here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

12 Replies

  1. The last quote is the one that hit me most. Perhaps because I just led a group last night and much of my job is about performance. To be honest, that’s often easier than presence. Glad I stopped by here from Holley’s today. Thank you, Becky.

    1. Becky Hastings

      It can be hard to stop performing and just be in His presence. But when we do, it’s so freeing!

  2. The last quote really gets me–I want to live more and more aware that I am in his presence and that he is with me. But the first quote really hit me the hardest: “What if your purpose is for me to love you?” That’s powerful! Thanks for sharing about this book, Becky. Sounds like a great one.

    1. Becky Hastings

      That quote was fantastic, wasn’t it?! Is that enough?

  3. Thanks for sharing. Those ar beautiful that even without reading the book I feel the power of its message! Visiting you from chasingcommunity

    1. Becky Hastings

      So glad you’re here! The book was so uplifting and real!

  4. Ooh Becky — I’m so glad this book is already sitting on my desk waiting for its turn to be read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the quotes. This looks like a good one. Can’t wait to get started on it. (And, I love the cover too. 🙂 ) Hope y’all had a great Easter. ((xoxo))

    1. Becky Hastings

      I know! Wasn’t the cover great?!

  5. These are very lovely quotes, Becky.
    Looks like you had fun with the book.
    Thank you for sharing this depth with us.
    Hugs and Blessings to you

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks for being here!

  6. I absolutely love these quotes, especially the last one as I have struggled so much in the past with perfectionism and performance. Thank you.

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s a difficult battle, and I sometimes wonder if it will ever be won. Then I’m reminded: I don’t have to win it; He already has!

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