Two months ago after a really long night of prayer ministry I was feeling discouraged and thoughts of inadequacy floating around my mind. It wasn’t overwhelming but as the night went on they definitely got stronger and more negative. They were the type of thoughts we often tell ourselves are silly and not a big deal and so in an attempt to not seem ridiculous, or be an inconvenience, we don’t share them. Praise God I had a woman who I knew loved me unconditionally and trusted with everything in me and so on a whim I asked her to pray with me. Now, I think I’ve talked about this a little before but I really felt it on my heart to talk more in depth about this because I think it is so important and not being done enough.
“Praise God I had a woman who I knew loved me unconditionally and trusted with everything in me and so on a whim I asked her to pray with me.”
I had just started to talk to her about what was on my heart when she literally stopped me mid-sentence and called out the lies I was speaking to her, that I felt were the truth; lies of not being good enough at praying out loud, that I didn’t say the right things, and that I wasn’t a vessel for the Spirit to pray through me. She didn’t even let me finish speaking it out loud because she didn’t want those lies to be out in this world. It was such a foreign concept for me, this idea that these negative thoughts in my head are the devil attacking my goodness and not just small truths that I blow out of proportion. It wasn’t just a simple insecurity, but a lie placed in my head to distract me from the Truth that I am enough, that I am good, that I am beautiful, and that I am loved.
“It wasn’t just a simple insecurity, but a lie placed in my head to distract me from the Truth that I am enough, that I am good, that I am beautiful, and that I am loved.”
That night changed my life. After those few thoughts in my head were called out it became easier for me to see the little lies that pop up in my head every day and it made me realize how much they add up in my head and affect how I see and love myself. It also has helped me to see the lies that other women are believing and it gave me the courage to call them out when I hear them. The first time was scary as heck but seeing the way the Truth can change their hearts with a few words gave me the courage to start doing it more often and it has been so powerful to see.
The Truth will set you free and that Truth is that you are loved by the Father of the Universe and He created you in His image solely because He wants you… any other thoughts are a lie from the one who envies that love. I’m done letting my sisters live in chains. I’m done being afraid of being judged or wrong if it means I can help someone on their ridiculously hard road to heaven.
“The Truth will set you free and that Truth is that you are loved by the Father of the Universe and He created you in His image solely because He wants you.”
I’m writing this post as a challenge and a call to action. A challenge to look at the narratives about yourself that you have believed for as long as you can remember and call out the lies that the devil has put in your head and remove them from your mind. Easier said than done, I know, but once you catch even just one lie it becomes so much easier to see each and every one of them. As for my call to action, listen and pay attention to the lies that your friends or other women may believe to be true about themselves. Have the courage to call them out and speak the Truth instead to cancel out the lies they have believed for far too long. Is it terrifying… absolutely, but if you don’t do it, who will?Being a women in today’s world is hard enough with all the pressures of this world and we need to help each other make it a little easier. Disclaimer: When I say call out the lies I mean to do it with love and without any judgement because in the end if it isn’t done with love it isn’t done right and it won’t bring them closer to Christ.
I owe so much to Jessie, the woman who made me aware of the lies I had been letting myself believe, and she inspired me to do the same to others. Thank you, Jessie! And to the women reading this post, “Be not afraid” because if you trust in Christ the Holy Spirit will guide your words and grant you the confidence and knowledge to be a voice of Truth in a sea of lies.
In Him through her,