We have so many good books at our house. I have been making a point to read more for myself (not just for the kids). It helps that my 3 older kids can all read very well now, so they are reading to the younger ones instead of everyone asking me to read all the time. I think it was Joe McKeever who said that you should vary up the types of books you read. Read one fiction book, then read a self-help book, and then read a biography, etc . . . I’ve been taking his advice this year, and it has been nice.
This week I finished reading the book Unashamed by: Christine Caine. It really stuck a chord in my heart. Christine tells a little bit about her story of being held back by shame – not feeling good enough. She talks about the victory we have in Jesus and the struggle we have in our mind to believe that we are free. In her journey, she has found that we have seasons that we are able to live in victory and then there are seasons when we are crippled with feelings of shame. She gives scriptures and practical steps we can take to help us in those moments when we are struggling to see ourselves the way God sees us.
I think everyone has moments when they feel shame about some part of their past, after all, we are all sinners. The problem is that God does not want us to live in shame. He wants us to blossom in the reality that He has transformed us with His love through Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Christine has been able to work through multiple layers of shame over many years of letting God show her the truth. She has started two ministries. A21 is a ministry to help women escape human trafficking and find healing. Propel Women is the organization she helped start that helps women learn and develope their leadership skills so that they can live lives of success. Her story is an example of how God wants to use our deliverance from struggles to help others who are also struggling. We aren’t meant to live our lives hiding our flaws so that those around us think we have it all together. We are supposed to bear one another’s burdens. Galatians 6:2 says:
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
I hope that if you are struggling with shame as I do at times, that you will read this book. It can really open your eyes to the truth of who you are in Christ. May God get the glory as we move forward in sanctification!