Learning to Break Free from Shame

Learning to Break Free from Shame

It’s the universal muzzle, handcuffs and chains that humankind has all carried around at one point or another. It silences us when we feel like we have something to say that would bring freedom to someone else’s life. It stops us from going after a dream because we fear we may fail and then our whole world would see us as imperfect. It cuts us off from walking in the fullness that God promises His children in John 10, because maybe that’s only for certain people that haven’t done the things I’ve done.

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Face It

Face It

Face it.

That voice is always the truth. It never manipulates and it doesn’t twist things around. And ten times out of ten, it’s encouraging me to look inward at my own heart instead of at others.

For me, when I look inward at my heart, there are layers. I’m quick to start out with seeing pride. Pride says, “I can do this because I deserve it. I’ve reached this level in my walk with God now and I can dabble in this behavior and not be pulled into sin by it.” That is so dangerous. Holy Spirit will never say, “You deserve this.” But I bet you can guess who will use those words? The enemy.

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Combatting Perfectionism

Combatting Perfectionism

You could call it, “fear of failure,” but to me, “fear of not being perfect,” actually describes it adequately. It’s a mindset, a perfectionist mindset, and it will kill more dreams and visions than anything in this world. I believe down at the core, it has to do with me believing that I’m not truly good enough to be loved by a perfect God. In believing this lie, I could spend my life starting and quitting everything that God has called me to do, because if I quit early maybe I won’t disappoint Him.

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Waking Up Early

Waking Up Early

I’ve always been a morning person. It’s one of my favorite times of day. I savor the moments before the rest of the world wakes up and the tasks of the day begin. Mornings are “me time” and like most women who have married and have kids, this may be the only time I get to myself. For an hour each morning, I usually spend my time reading, praying, writing and just being quiet.

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