Sometimes when shame infiltrates our core at a very young age, it can become a guiding force in our lives. Even though we know we’re saved, cleansed from sin and forgiven, we can still find ourselves operating out of that core of shame. It can lead to perfectionist tendencies, an inability to say no to others, a desire to hide our hearts from others, self-sabotage, and even addictive behaviors. We are either making decisions out of shame, or we are looking for ways to escape and numb the shame. Continue reading
Before you are swept off your feet, before your heart races at his approach, before a hand slips around your own, you need something. You need this imprinted on your heart:
Forgiveness is quite possibly one of the hardest things that God asks us to do. Yet it is something He does for us every day.
Forgiveness is sometimes a very painful process when the wrong done against us is reprehensible. There are other times when, perhaps, forgiveness is simply releasing a person from the expectation that they give something that they aren’t able to give. It might involve letting go of the idea that they chose to disappoint or wound you. Continue reading