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You may be surprised by the title.

“The crux of it all is why we are this way, and it is because we have an inaccurate view of
God. We see Him as a benevolent Being who is satisfied when people manage to fit Him into their lives in some small way. We forget that God never had an identity crisis. He knows that He’s great and deserves to be the center of our lives. Jesus came humbly as a servant, but He never begs us to give Him some small part of ourselves. He commands everything from His followers.”- Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Regardless of how many Christians you are surrounded by, you live in your own condition of sin. I know for sure that regardless of how much support I have, I still find myself strangled. Sometimes it's strangled by obvious sin but also by every day distractions. I feel accomplished when I fit in a few minutes of quiet time with God... but that's not how it's supposed to be. We struggle to do this, but God doesn't want that...He wants our life.

Pursue God.

In Francis Chan's book, Crazy Love, he talks about how in order to sin, one must stop loving and pursuing God. When we do this it causes us to be vulnerable and think, "Am I doing this right?" However, when we are chasing after a relationship with God, there is no room to wonder. (Chan 104.)

Chasing after God can seem exhausting when you make your standards those of this world. However, as we feel chained to God, the reality is that He gives us freedom, real freedom that can only be accessed through Jesus.

Although I am currently in a Christian community, there is so much that's causing me to feel strangled. All I can do is cling to God. I've actually reached the point where I am thirsty for time with God and in His word. I need to be constantly talking to God throughout the day. But, this doesn't come from anything I've done. It's all because I've realized how broken I am and how much I need God. Out of my suffering and pain, I bring the glory to God.

I am strangled, but God gives me breath.

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Regina is a junior at a small college in the middle of nowhere. She dreams of moving to California, painting, writing letters, thrifting, and cuddling with a dog.

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