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There are moments in time that we hold on to in our hearts and minds, we’re either captivated or held captive by it. In a recent conversation with my husband, he turned to me and said one of the things that frustrates me about you, is that you “hold on to things that no longer serve your purpose”. These things he was referring to were my introspective thoughts. I have this ability to scrutinize everything and some times, it holds me captive by giving the negative thought irrefutable power over me. One of the hardest lessons in my life has been to let go and let God.
Captive by Ashley Smith
CAPTIVE, based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is a thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives. When Brian Nichols – on the run as the subject of a city wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son – takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life. While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.
Ashley, a single mother, recovering addict, trying to reclaim her life and provide a better one for her child. Brian, a man imprisoned, escaped for a chance to be with his newborn child. When life, brings two unlikely people together, their reaction changes the outcome of fate. Ashley did something amazing that night, she stayed calm, she let go, and she let God and because of that, she is alive to share the story with us today.
captive [kap-tiv] noun
2.a person who is enslaved or dominated; slave:
There are two parallels to being held captive and this story shows you how literal or figurative it can be. I admire how Ashley broke free captivity with grace and faith. An overall great read, and I look forward to seeing the movie now that I’ve read the book.
I thought a lot about myself as I read the story. I realized that there’s a message in it just for me. God has a way of making things make sense even when you don’t see it. My husband continuously challenges me and reminds me of my faith, and that in itself is such a blessing. I am learning to free my mind from being held captive in negative thinking and relinquishing more control to God.
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We’ve all faced circumstances that have held us captive in some regard.
What has held you captive? How did you find your purpose? Leave us a comment below!