Rejection, Grace & Truth

September 25, 2020 |
Grace and Truth

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We’ve all felt rejection. Sometimes it’s the sudden abandonment announced by a slamming door.  Other times you hear rejection’s subtle, gradual approach until it suddenly explodes in your face, leaving you gasping for air. And sometimes is a subtle, quiet fading until one day you realize they’ve disappeared into your past. 

And “It can’t be!” turns into “Well, I don’t need them, anyway!”, followed by “Whyyyyyy…

But I think the worst part of processing rejection is, “What’s so wrong with me? Am I really that bad?

Recently I’ve shared silent tears as the women I love most questioned their own worth following devastating rejection, just as they have also done for me. 

Because we take rejection as a sign of who we are instead of something that happened to us.

Or is it just me…?

The Truth About Rejection

Last Friday, Karen Girl Friday’s post “Rejection: 3 Truths to Overcome the Lies” was the tourniquet on a long-time gaping wound. I immediately shared it with those two women I love, and I knew I had to share it with you. 

Because we all need to know the truth when rejection threatens to morph into identity. I’ll give you the first one, the one that left me speechless until Tuesday, but you’ll have to read the rest for yourself. 

Unless, of course, you have no idea what rejection or abandonment feels like. Then I wouldn’t bother wasting your time.

For the rest of us, Karen would like you to know: 

Rejection is something done to me, not who I am.

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5 Comments

  • Reply Karen Friday September 25, 2020 at 7:23 am

    Valerie, your introduction hit home with my heart as I’m sure with many others. We’ve all felt the sting of rejection at some point in life. Thank you for highlighting my article. Grateful it ministered to your heart and your wounds of rejection. I pray we remember:

    Even if people attempt to stamp us with reject-or-accept opinions, God already placed His stamp on us. It always has and always will read, “Accept.”
    Karen Friday recently posted…How to Keep Our Eyes Open for God

    • Reply Valerie Riese September 25, 2020 at 8:20 am

      Thank you, Karen. Always a pleasure to have you join us. God certainly has given you a gift and He ministers to others through your words every time you put your fingers to the keyboard.

  • Reply Donna B September 25, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Valerie, thank you for your introduction and sharing this post on overcoming the lies about rejection! Sometimes no matter how hard I try, I take rejection so personally. This is a huge encouragement to me.

    • Reply Valerie Riese September 25, 2020 at 6:13 pm

      You’re welcome, Donna! I’m so glad this post was an encouragement for you. I pray that you may cling to Karen’s 3 truths the next time you feel rejected.

    • Reply Karen Friday September 27, 2020 at 7:55 am

      Donna, I’m glad this was a huge encouragement to you. We are similar because I have always had a bent to take things too personal.. And I’ve often wondered why. Then I realized much of the reason is how many times rejection yanked the rug out from under my fragile heart. Only the Lord can heal this kind of wounding. And we remind our hearts often of truth about who we are and who we are not! God bless!

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