“Book smart and brain dead! You have no common sense! Don’t you ever think?”
I can’t tell you how young I was the first time I heard those words. But I’ve known shame for as long as I can remember. I had to do and be more. I wasn’t enough. No matter how hard I tried.
But not anymore. Thanks to Theresa.
In February, I featured There is no Shame in Feeling Shame, Theresa’s 2nd post in her 11-part series on shame. I subscribed to her blog and I’ve read every post. And I don’t feel shame anymore.
This week, Heather chose to feature Theresa’s last post in the series, “What if Shame Has A Bigger Purpose Than Us?”.
So if it’s Heather’s week to feature, why am I writing to you today?
Because her migraines got the best of her, so she reached out for help. It saddens me when Heather is too sick to write, but I’ll tell you what I love.
She used to seem embarrassed to ask for help, but now she just comes out and says “Will you please do this if you have time?” And I love that she can feel the freedom to reach out without hesitation.
We all have experience with shame, don’t we? That pit of self-condemnation in our gut that says we’re less than. Defective. Hopeless. A burden.
Can Shame be Used for Good?
Don’t you wish we never had to experience that icky thing in our heart that leaves us both defenseless and defensive?
Well, Theresa pointed out that Jesus’ life on earth both began and ended with shame, so we certainly don’t get a free pass. But just as Jesus’ shame brought glory to the Father, so can ours.It seems opposite, but shame can lead us to God. Making us better, stronger, more loving people. @TheresaBoedeker Click To Tweet
Our God can use all things for good, including shame. Do you want to trade your shame for His glory? Then join Theresa for the beautiful conclusion to a life-changing series at TheresaBoedeker.com.
P.S. Theresa already has the “I’ve Been Featured” button, but I wanted to let y’all know she’ll be back on our blog on Monday as a Candid Guest, so be sure to swing back by.
Now For This Week’s Link Up!
Let’s bless and encourage one another in our walk with the Lord…
We hope this link-up will be a source of encouragement each week. If you are a Christian blogger, we invite you to link up and meet new friends within the Christian blogging community. If you’re a reader, we encourage you to visit new bloggers and discover women who love Jesus as much as you do. Whoever you are, we hope you’ll meet Jesus here.
Join us each Friday for the Grace & Truth Link-Up!
1.) Follow your hosts via their blog and/or social media channels. This is not mandatory, but appreciated.
2.) Leave 1-2 of your most recent Christian Living posts. Please do not link DIY, Crafts, Recipes, etc. Links of this kind will be deleted. We also reserve the right to delete posts that don’t align with the theme or that are deemed by the hostesses to be inappropriate. If you have questions about Grace & Truth or link-ups in general, you can watch our YouTube video: What is a Link-Up?.
3.) Visit 1-2 other links and leave a meaningful comment. We want to encourage community, so please don’t link and run. To see how to leave a link, you can watch our YouTube video: How to Link Up.
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Let’s Talk About Jesus…
We are putting together an anthology that’s all about putting our faith into words.