Hello, lovely people of the internet.
I wanted to share some things that I have been reading. I’ve been reading the book Unashamed by Christine Caine. I’m less than half way through, but I hope to finish it soon. In the book Christine talks about her story through shame as well as the stories of other women. It’s a journey through shame to experience grace and redemption.
In the first part of the book, as she tells her story and others, she points out what shame does. I hadn’t thought too much about that so I made a note of those things. And since I’m a little slow at getting the things I want prepared, I’m going to share these with you along with my own thoughts.
- “Shame does that. It prompts us to toss away the good gifts we are given.” (p.19)
- “Shame does that. It teaches us to hide ourselves, to hunker down wherever we can find a wall of protection.” (p.20)
- “Shame does that. It pushes you down and prevents you from becoming all you could be.” (p.23)
- “Shame does that. It whispers lies to your soul.” (p.25)
Shame does a lot of horrible things. It destroys who you are meant to be and replaces it with a shell of a person. It can steal pleasure and joy, but shame isn’t the end of the story. It’s where we need God’s grace to cover us.
Next week I want to talk about grace, about what it actually is. I’ve given myself a list of words that I believe I should understand as a Christian. Grace is one of those words. Instead of just accepting what others say, I want to investigate it for myself and share what I learn.