Good morning and happy Monday! I use this blog for many reasons – one of them being a form of an online journal – so I will at times use it as a platform for confessing. This is one of those times. At church I often hear our Pastor say the words, “You’re only as sick as your secrets.” Over time I have found this to be completely true in my life and the life of others. The times I’ve held things in or kept them hidden are the times I’ve made the biggest mess out of things. I know I’m not the only one so that’s why I am writing this. This story I am to share is recent – as recent as yesterday. Here it goes…after church my husband and I were in the car and started talking about the weekend’s events and it quickly turned into an argument. I did most of the talking (yelling) unfortunately and when we got home a little later I noticed that my phone had dialed a close relative’s phone number by accident, and it looked like it was on for four minutes. I was mortified. I quickly texted this person and asked if they had received a call from us that was “weird.” They said that they hadn’t (HUGE sigh of relief). Instead of just saying, “Ok good,” and moving on, I replied, “I asked because we were arguing…it wasn’t our “cleanest” argument. That’ll teach us.” The text reply was sweet and just said, “We’ve all been there.” Now to some people arguments aren’t a secret but for a lot of us they are. They’re not our proudest moment. If people were to have an inside look at our lives 24/7 it would be shocking, I think. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not to say everyone is living hypocritical lives, but I think the things we keep hidden are those things that God is trying to free us from so He will allow circumstances to put us in a direction to face them and bring them out in the open. So as I sat down this morning to read the Bible and then pray about this post, I opened up to Psalm 32 (NLT) and the first two lines were:
Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
So I hope we all come out with it this week and start to get some freedom here! We are not alone, that’s for sure and if there’s any doubt, read Psalm 32. Have a blessed week enjoying the freedom found in Christ!
Thank you for reading.
With all my heart,