five minute friday life and faith

Share: how confession can be good for the soul

To share or not to share, that is the pertinent question in an over-sharing society.

I baulked at sharing  my soul for year, curled away small inside, seeking to hide from shameful secrets that destroyed childhood innocence.

Heavy with heartache nothing could take away.

Until…

One day someone shared how Jesus had set them free. He radiated light and joy and peace. I was hungry for all of those.

So I listened, felt my heart grow warm and ache with longing. Because Good News deserves to be shared, unapologetically, liberally.

Bad news? It eats away on the inside, increases fear, cripples confidence and destroys trust.

When I came to faith in Christ it released me to live an unchained life, one broken link at a time. Click To Tweet

How can you not share a story of freedom? How can you resist the lure of unconditional, redemptive love?

It began with school assemblies, street evangelism; it moved to city missions and larger outreach. I was on fire for God.

Then stalled when sickness, pain and shame ate away at me and I hid myself again.

Years of counselling. Valleys of darkness. Steady drip of tears. A soul in flight.

Eventually, things shifted; I stretched out of the confining chrysalis and learned to live out the freedom Christ died to give me.

butterfly preparing to flyNow…

I share words on a public platform, poetry for the soul, the way to become renewed through relationship with God.

I want my story to reflect God's eternal story of redemption, restoration and grace. Click To Tweet

I share truth to help others to see and sense the light of His presence because we walk this wounded road together and share its sorrows.

My mission is to offer a message of hope to other hurting souls as I share my brokenness, woundedness, pain, and the gradual overcoming of them by God’s grace.

Now I can live openly, unafraid, unashamed, because my darkness has been brought into the Light and surrendered to Jesus.

And friend, you can do so too as you find your true self in Him.

As always, I’m happy to be sharing my words in community with our gracious host, Kate Motaung and the faithful five-minute-friday writing crew as we write on the prompt ‘share’.  And with Barbie, as we share what God is whispering to our hearts for #WeekendWhispers. You are very welcome to join us.

**Note** – I’ve also been sharing my story of a life transformed by grace in a poetic memoir, ‘Seeking Solace: Discovering grace in life’s hard places’ which is available now on Kindle – UK readers can access a direct link on the side bar of this blog. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be going to Action for ME to support raising funds for future research. 

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