A New Reflection
We all know the famous lines, “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Of course life is not a fairy tale or what is portrayed in movies? Who do you see when you look in the mirror? Tracie writes in Chapter 2 that her reflection in the mirror changed after the termination of her pregnancy. She saw a stranger ashamed, disgusted, broken spirit; a stranger who knew she deserved no mercy, love or forgiveness from God. One who vowed to wear her painful scarlet letter in secrecy while accepting her fate of living a purposeless existence, being unworthy of forgiveness.
A different choice, a different mistake but at one time in my life I believed Satan’s lies that forgiveness was for you and not for me. This chapter brings tears to my eyes, I suffered for years with self-hate. Asking myself how I could have betrayed God? Maybe you are there right now, maybe you find yourself far from God.
Tracie asks, “What is your maybe?
Maybe your list is long and includes many, many difficult experiences and emotions.
What lie or condemnation that has kept you too blinded to see God’s love for you?
The lie that consistently reminds you that you are a worthless sinner.
The lie that has caused you to believe you could never be used for a meaningful purpose in God’s kingdom.
I believed my sin was too big for God to forgive.
Whether we are the sinner of the victim of a sinner, shame still follows.
Deceptive lies weave deep into our hearts and minds.
One of the biggest dangers of going through periods of hurt, abuse, distress, heartache and shame is that we doubt God’s unconditional love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness.”
Wendy Blight’s story is one being brutally raped. She shares a time of being angry at God. Where was God? Have you ever asked that question? She writes that she has seen a purpose for her pain.
What about these statements found in Chapter two:
“ I can see the vibrant reflection of a woman whom God called to use her past for the purpose He ordained—a diving purpose to bring glory out of junk.”
“I want you to stop seeing yourself through the shadows of your past—or through the hurtful opinions, actions, or criticisms of others—and start seeing yourself through the cleansing blood of Jesus.”
“If we want to live peace-filled and joyful lives—we must begin by knowing who we are in Christ, and whose we are.”
“Do not allow yesterday’s mistakes to weigh down your past, stifle your present, and hold you back from you future purpose.”
Tracie says, “God can turn your past into your purpose.” Do you believe this?
Father God, you are the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. Let us today Lord, celebrate our reflection in the mirror as the woman you love. Father God you are bigger than our mistakes. Your word says you forgive us as far is from west. Let us believe this today.
Your mission today is to read Chapter 2 and share in the comment section how this chapter affected your life?
All to Jesus I Surrender. Will you surrender the lies are believing? What healing needs to occur in your life?