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Liberated: (of a place or people) freed from imprisonment, slavery, or enemy occupation.

When Jesus came, took our place, and died for us, we were set free. 

I love Galatians 5:1, which says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

I love this because we have been liberated — freed from the bondage of sin and death — but we have a choice. It says “do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery,” meaning that, although we have been set free, we can wrap ourselves back up in bondage if we choose.

We are free — we have been liberated! So stop walking back into your old prison cells and snapping the shackles back on! 

Remember: you have been liberated. Act like it!

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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