Have you ever asked yourself “What keeps me from living in the moment; from truly embracing life and living it to the fullest?” My womens group had an amazing discussion about that very thing. We felt for us there were two main hinderances, the fear of man, (how others view us or what they may say about us); and taking on a false since of responsibility. As women, we can tend to take on the weight of the world; we feel a need to fix everyone and everything. When we take on responsibility that doesn’t belong to us we end up taking things out of God’s hands and put them in our limited frame of reference and ability thus weighing us down and hindering us from fully living ourselves. We all agreed it was a much better plan to release everything into God’s hands asking Him to direct us in how to navigate properly through our “responsibilities” as wives, mothers, friends and co-workers. As we ask Him to teach us how to pray, what to say or better what not to say, and what is truly our responsibility in the situations that are keeping us bound up in fear, we will be free to more fully embrace life. Our only true responsibility is to obey our Heavenly Father as He leads, prompts us, and teaches us through His Word. Otherwise, we can get in the trap of just living life as a reaction to what is happening around us or based on what others say or do; instead we want to create the moments we want. We want to fully live in each moment getting every last drop of life out of each experience, lesson or encounter. We each agreed we don’t want to live for the next experience; we don’t want to wait for life to start; we don’t want to live according to someone else’s view of life or us but, we want to live TODAY to the fullest. So, we ended the night praying for each other, repenting for our self emposed hinderances. We said no more to coming underneath the cares of this world and fear based on past experiences that are robbing us of fully embracing life and living to the fullest. It felt great to release everything to God and determine to begin to see life through His eyes knowing He has planned an incredible life for us as we break every hindrance off and go all in with Him. If it is your desire to fully embrace life, take time to think about what might be holding you back; discuss it with friends then commit it to God and allow Him to show you what He has planned for your life!