One of the biggest mistakes I've made in my life has been making an oath that I didn't think over well enough. In my youth before ever having a boyfriend, I made an oath to God that I wouldn't french kiss until I was married (among other restrictions). The thought was that I wanted to remain a virgin until my wedding night, so in order to protect that I would create more restrictions to stop me from breaking the main one. These restrictions were great to have during my first relationship as they were followed and reduced the hurt and shame when the relationship ended a few months later. My next relationship, however, ended up being the man that I married after 3 1/2 years of dating. We thankfully kept the main one and are reaping the benefits of remaining virgins until our wedding night, but we broke some of the other restrictions. 
    It was a continuous struggle of breaking my oath, feeling guilty, reafirming the oath and breaking it again. My relationship with God was plagued with self-inflicted guilt. I finally got tired of it and decided to seek the Lord on the issue. I asked him, "I have failed this covenant that I made, do I have to keep going under it or is it broken?" I searched my heart and realized that I was willing to do what God wanted me to do regardless of his answer. I started writing down verses that I found about the issue and then wanted to find a verse that confirmed why I was asking the Lord because he knew me. I wanted to find the verse about God knowing me when I was in my mother's womb and thought it was Jeremiah 11. I turned to that section and to my joy found it titled, "The Covenant is Broken". I was so excited that God talked to me and that he forgave me and freed me from that burden! I was surprised and in awe of his character, I was in love with this personal God!
    Since then, I always have a soft spot for oaths in the Bible. Some of them are crazier than mine and people keep them, like when Jephthath promised to sacrifice to the Lord with whatever came out to greet him first when he returned home and it ended up being his daughter (Judges 11:29-40). Others made oaths and didn't go through with it, like when Saul swore to kill anyone who ate food one day even if it was his own son and found out that it was his son, was convinced by the people not to do it (1 Samuel 14:24-46). Numbers 30:3-5 has an interesting law about this, "If a young woman makes a vow to the Lord or a pledge under oath while she is still living at her father's home, and her father hears the vow or pledge and does not object to it, then all her vows and pledges will stand. But if her father refuses to let her fulfil the vow or pledge on the day he hears of it, then all her vows and pledges will become invalid. The Lord will forgive her because her father would not let her fulfill them." I haven't asked my father yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if he would have objected to my pledge for over-legislating myself.
    The burden that I carried and the freedom that I felt once God released me from that was amazing and this is the good news that Jesus came to bring. When Jesus was on earth he constantly challenged the teachers of religious law on their traditions and practices. They had constructed extra legislations to keep the people from breaking the ones Moses gave, just like I did. Jesus entered into that situation and allowed me to see that laws are meant to guide and give life, not restrict and cripple. I have experienced that first hand.