A few years ago I went to a women’s retreat at church that talked about the masks we wear as we walk through life. We cover up how we really feel, and who we really are to put on the facade we think others want to see so we’ll be accepted. I had no idea how badly I needed this message until the end.
Towards the end of the weekend, the presenter turned down the lights, turned up the speakers, and played Lauren Diagle’s song “You Say” over and over while we journaled and prayed.
In case you’re not familiar with the song, “You Say” is about embracing who God says we are rather than the people, circumstances, or thoughts that surround us.
I wrote, prayed, sang and cried until my friend tapped my shoulder to tell me the lights were coming back on.
The lyrics start with this:
I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
The voices that tell you your’re not enough—whether they get in your heard from the inside or the outside—they’re lies.
And all too often the lies do originate from outside. When the voices of people I love confirm that I’m not qualified and don’t measure up to expectations, the words cut deep, etching a nametag on my heart: Disappointment.
The lyrics of “You Say” soon pivot into prayer and the truth of who we really are. It was the first time I really felt that I was wanted, strong, and loved by the One who created me. No strings attached, no expectations, no matter what.You are wanted, strong, and loved by the One who created you. No strings attached, no expectations, no matter what. Click To Tweet
I’d been listening to lies again last week. That is, until I read Karen Friday’s post 4 Things That Never Define Who We Are. She helped me identify the exact source of the lies so I could expose them with Truth.
Dear ones, we all fight these lies every day. Do you know which ones you’re listening to today? Head on over to KarenGirlFriday.com to set yourself free with the truth from the God who made you perfectly suited for the purpose He created you.
Now For This Week’s Link Up!
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