The Verdict on Value – Arabah Joy

Each Thursday, we are talking about breaking free from insecurity, comparison, and shame. We are sharing our raw and messy real life stories. But also, more importantly, we are sharing the truths that set us free. We have bathed this series in prayer and ask now that the Father knit our hearts together and strengthen us to slay this giant called “insecurity” in our hearts.

Today, my friend Arabah Joy writes about the power of shame. Please join me in welcoming her for this wonderful series.

 

Verdict on Value

 

Shame has tried to silence me my entire life.

Ever since I was four years old… ever since a man named Jackie… shame’s gnarly fingers have gripped my soul, choked me with its hateful whispers.

I thought this was normal. I thought it was true. And until recently, I couldn’t separate shame from me, my personhood.

Shame has been my closest companion, weaving itself so intimately with me that I thought it was me. On dark, lonely nights, shame was there. On cold days and warm summers and in crowds and by myself, shame has always been there. Shame was happy to bring his friends too: insecurity, fear, and inferiority.

Let me tell you about my companion: Shame tells me something bad’s wrong with me. I’ll never be worth anything. That no one will listen. That I don’t have anything valuable to contribute. Ever. That I’ll never be enough. Together, shame and friends have worked to squelch my individuality, limit my creativity, mold me into a conformist, keep me silent and stagnant, and rob me of real intimacy.

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Germans, Grits, and Gravy

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Heart Notes – 4.14.14

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The Verdict on Value – Kerry Messer

Verdict on Value

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GREG

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HEART NOTES – 4.7.14

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The Verdict on Value: Introducing ‘Love Idol” and my friend, Jennifer Lee~~PLUS a GIVEAWAY

Verdict on Value

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Smashing My Love Idol

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  For several years, I have enjoyed reading the words that flowed from Jennifer Lee’s keyboard. At her blog, Jennifer Dukes Lee: Dispatches from a Good News Girl, her words seem to flow effortlessly from her heart into mine. I like to think that if we lived closer to one another (she’s in Iowa, I’m…

HEART NOTES Printables: A Recap

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Today, as we finish the first quarter of 2014…did I really say that? THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2014. Mercy, where did those three months go? Today, I wanted to offer an opportunity for those who might have joined us after we began this series, to download all three Heart Notes printable. I know you could…

The Verdict on Value – Kathy Schwanke

Verdict on Value

  Each Thursday for the next few weeks, we are talking about breaking free from insecurity, comparison, and shame. We are sharing our raw and messy real life stories. But also, more importantly, we are sharing the truths that set us free. We have bathed this series in prayer and ask now that the Father…