I am not lifting up shame, triggers or dysfunction as a virtue in themselves and certainly not holy, but do our triggers and dysfunction have no purpose? Not so much!
Believing shame over God is to prevent being who He’s created me to be. Rather than seeking God on this matter, I defined it through shame.
I would like to share with you a personal shame that I think personifies the struggle, the lie and the damage.
Anna, remembered in scripture and noted for the sacrifice of her entire lifetime, was given the privilege to see, to rejoice in, the Messiah present on earth.
Spiritual reality is knowing God so intimately that you see Him in His disguises while others walk on by.
Though she was young and a virgin, Mary was not untried, nor unfamiliar with deep surrender to the God of her ancestors.
Angelic visits are not to be trifled with… Mary's way was always the way of quiet meditation, something Zacharias would have to learn
One who dares to question the words of a magnificent angel is one who does not see he has already received the "sign" he demanded.
Every year I ask my Father to give me a fresh view of this familiar story. Can we ever really know it?
While living in a consumer culture we can be deceived to think we have everything we need while truly having nothing.
Believing just what God says is so deeply important! He is so trustworthy, so why do we not just believe what He says?
One of our greatest sins against self is to be defined & confined by our ideas of our self. Our thoughts must be authored by God’s own thoughts.