Words or phrases – it doesn’t matter. Both are equally damaging.
Do they flood your mind or slide into your everyday thinking?
- I can’t trust anyone.
- I want someone to love me as me.
- I could never be happy with myself or my body.
- When I make a mistake I have to cover it up – they can’t know I’m not perfect.
- I can’t take off the mask and let everyone know the “real me”.
I am not enough.
If only, if only, if only….
Maybe you tend to isolate and withdraw or live in a victim mindset?
Dear Sister, ALL of these examples can be symptoms of shame based living. Not always, but more often than not.
If you were to ask me a couple of years ago if I thought I was living a life based on the root of shame, I would have said “No! Jesus saved me and forgives me.”
And I believe that with my whole heart.
I just didn’t realize the grip of shame could run so deep.
This is the thing. The thing the enemy doesn’t want us to realize.
When those roots of shame aren’t dealt with and submitted to our Saviors loving care, we are not able to live in the full freedom that He so graciously offers us!
A Toxic Slime
Shame is universal and toxic. It barricades our hearts, damages our relationships and distorts our view of who God is and who we are in Him.
It can happen in an instant or it can be slow moving and deceptive. It can be caused by your choices or the choices of others, done to you. It’s a slime that seeps its way into all the nooks and crannies of our being. And often, without even realizing it, it becomes our defense. When this happens we end up taking it out on- and projecting shame onto – those closest to us.
I’ll be honest.
As God has been walking me through this journey of breaking the chains of shame and living wholly in Him, it has been a battle.
But a battle well worth the fight.
Because of the glimpses of His glory that I have experienced first hand from it, I can’t leave you there.
I can’t let you continue to live in your shame like I have. I can’t without sharing what I’ve learned and praying for you. Praying that you will be set free from roots of shame in your life. Praying that you will flourish in your relationship with your Creator. Praying that you would come to your Father uninhibited & unshackled as He so wants you to be!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor of any kind. I have written this series based on my experience and God’s word in my life. There are many instances where professional counseling is necessary to walk through this process. I encourage you to please use wisdom and seek help as needed – we all need help sometimes!
Will you join me in this 5 part series to Destroy the Root of Shame Based Living?
I hope with my whole heart that you will!
Talk to you soon,
O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul;
You have redeemed my life.
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