Faith, Grace, Heart Issues, Intentional growth

Battling Shame with Paper and Pen

I knew it wasn’t right, but I did it anyway. I knew what others would say and what they would think, but I did it anyway.  I had an affair with a married man.  I was that woman. The homewrecker. The woman looked upon with shame and disgust. I was the woman who ruined your… Continue reading Battling Shame with Paper and Pen

Grace

How Grace Shatters Shame

You might not have recognized me, might even have tried to avoid me, had you met me in my teen years. I was a foul-mouthed, often drunk, angry, and self-destructive kid. I viewed my circumstances as hopeless and myself worthless and regularly lived as if both those statements were true.  But then God began reaching… Continue reading How Grace Shatters Shame

Forgiveness, Grace

No More Grubby Sin-Clothes

Do you ever see sin like it’s a suit of filthy clothing and wonder whether you’ll ever wash clean? My kids used to come home dirty after playing outside, but one day in particular was the worst. I eyed them from the door, every inch of them covered in head-to-toe grime. “We found a mud… Continue reading No More Grubby Sin-Clothes

Grace

Moving From Guilt to Freedom

I was a mess during my teen and young adult years. I blamed everyone else for my self-destructing life: If my circumstances hadn’t been so chaotic, I never would’ve dropped out of high school. If certain interactions hadn’t been so painful and unstable, I never would’ve turned to alcohol. And if so-n-so hadn’t said such-n-such,… Continue reading Moving From Guilt to Freedom