Daily Delight

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Let’s talk about shame. Such a nasty little thing it is. I have been reading a lot recently on the difference between shame and guilt and how we sometimes tend to confuse the two. So, shame says who I am is bad. Guilt says I did a bad thing. We’ve all felt guilt at some point in our lives in one way or another. For me, while I do feel guilt when I recognize the sin in my life I don't tend to hold onto that guilt. Now shame, that’s another story. Shame has been the passenger riding alongside me for as long as I can remember. For whatever reason, I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps. 139:14) is a truth I can’t seem to grab hold of. I can trust that Jesus’ sacrifice is enough to cover my sin but struggle to believe that He didn’t make a mistake when He created me. My life experience has been filtered through the lens of: this is happening to you because you are not worth anything and have nothing to offer anyone. That’s a heavy burden to carry around with you all the time. For much of my life, I have thrown up my hands in defeat, feeling like there was nothing I could do to change those feelings. But this week I was convicted by the power of choice. We get to choose what we think about. We play the loud speaker of thoughts in our own minds. Now wouldn’t it be something if we replaced those lies of I am unloved or unworthy with the truth that will most certainly set us free. Here is what I propose, right now today, speak this over yourself: I am not an accident. I was created on purpose and for a purpose. Despite what others may have communicated to me, I am valuable, enough, and worthy of love. I will not believe the lies that the world tries to speak over me because I am a child of the Lord Almighty, who spared no expense to show His great love for me. Choose to believe those things about yourself. Make a choice to speak the light of truth into the dark places of shame so that you may live in freedom just like you were created to. My prayer is that the Lord will heal the wounds of shame so that each of us can truly praise Him in belief that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made Psalm 139:14 (NIV).

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About the Author

Sarah Robinson≫ ≫Sarah, originally from Atlanta, currently teaching high school history in Nashville. Sarah loves all things cooking and playing hostess. She believes that something special happens when people gather together for a meal. Sarah believes in the value of deep, authentic relationships rooted in the love of God. She is a dreamer and envisions one day writing books, adopting precious babies, and feeding all who walk through her door. You can read some of her thoughts at itisforfreedom1@blogspot.com and check her on Instagram at @sarobinson13


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