Monday, December 28, 2009

Set Free

"Set Free”

When a baby bird is “Set Free“… from the safety of the nest
The whole world opens up for her… and life becomes a test

Will she survive the tumult… on a wild and blustery day?
When the winds are whipping fiercely… at her wings along the way?

When a child lets go of her mother’s hand… and tries to stand alone
She wants her independence …wants to try it on her own

The mother wants to see her stand… let go… and take some steps
But it’s very hard to free her…let her grow… and reach her depths

When the teacher sees her students… pass the tests and move along
There is a little sorrow… as she adds them to the throng

Her influence and teaching… goes with them throughout the years
Her hope is that they listened…and not just to their peers

It’s very hard… to set one free… and truly let them go
But if we try to hold them back …when will they ever grow?

The Lord does this for you and me… when he saves us from our sins
He lets us go… and lets us grow… and we face the howling winds

But even though we are “Set Free“… He’s never far away
Just like that mother who’s close behind… when her child is hard at play

The love our Savior has for us… as His dear little child
Is so much like a mother’s love…so warm, so deep, so mild

He does not try to smother us…but indeed He sets us free
So we can be the people… that He knows that we can be

“Set Free“… to do what’s right and good…“Set Free“… to run the race
“Set Free“…to stand against the foe…and look him in the face

“Set Free“…to read our Bibles…and to practice what’s inside
“Set Free”… to worship in our hearts…and let go of stubborn pride

And when we live in freedom… we MUST… set others free
To live their lives in Jesus… to be what they can be

I’m basking in the love of Christ… and… all… He’s… done… for… me
Oh what blessed peace it brings to us…when in Jesus we’re… “Set Free”

By Linda Hogeland December 2009


Kristin said...

That was so beautiful! I loved it! One of my favorites of your poems :)

Lynnette Kraft said...

That was precious... and so true! It's hard to set free and to be set free - but it's just the way God wants it. He wants us to soar through life with the power of the wind (his spirit) moving us along the way.

Always thinking aren't you? Well, I'm glad you live with rhyme in your head, because it blesses all of us who read.

Love you.

croleyc69 said...

So very beautiful and just what I needed to hear. I just love your poems so very good.
God Bless You and take care

Yvonne said...

Great thoughts!
Beautiful poem!

Chris said...

Oh, I needed this poem today! (tear) has touched me! Thanks

Paula Micheal said...




Samantha said...

So very beautiful !!
Thank you Christ for setting me free.

Veronica said...

Hi Mama! What a beautiful poem! Just wanted to say thanks for your encouragement and prayers about finding a new home church. That really means a lot to me!

Love ya and hope you're having a nice day!

A Joyful Chaos said...

What a beautiful poem!

I had to read it several times to try to let it all soak in so I can carry it in my thoughts all day.

Rebecca Jo said...

That is just the most beautiful thing...

Anonymous said...

You are so gifted with words!... Thank You for sharing with us such beauty from God!...

as you know I have hated letting my girls go..but look at them soar!..I sure hope Jesus can say that about me some day!...:)

So what have you got planned for the New Year? I am thinking about a give away for Sabuhelp..trying to raise money for the hungry is so hard in these trying times..but then when has it not been trying? The bible says: Nothing new under the sun..NOTHING!

I am looking forward to Joey coming home from Costa Rica at the end of is so hard not to hear from her for weeks at a time...but I hear your words about setting free make me look to HIM...what a great friend!

Anonymous said...


I wanted to wish you and yours a very Happy and Blessed New Year!


Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hello Linda,
What a wonderful post. When my mom, who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis for forty years, passed away we had these words set on her gravestone:

"Prayer Warrior Set Free".

She was my prayer warrior, especially during her many long bed~ridden years when she could no longer walk, speak or care for herself in any way. She has been gone from us for three years this October and I still miss going to her bedroom looking for her joyful strong spirit to join me in a strengthening prayer.
A blessed, happy, peaceful and prosperous 2010 to you and your beloved family.