Are you ashamed?

Something has been on my heart since I shared I have struggled with depression, I guess I still am but it is better under control with His help and faithfulness.  (praise God!)

The word that I can get out of my heart is SHAME.

Why has society made it shameful to have depression?  And if you say it isn't shameful, then why are so many hiding it?

Why are we seen as crazy because we have a mental condition when people who struggle with heart and pulmonary conditions aren't seen as less than?

Let me be clear, I have gotten over my shame. (Did you hear that mr. enemy?) I am not ashamed.

God made me beautiful, all my bumps, bruises and scars.  They have made me imperfectly perfectly me and God made me this way for a REASON.  Why should I be made to feel shame in that?

"Too many people are spoiling their existence carrying needless shame and guilt" 
~Author unknown

"Shame cannot survive being spoken, it cannot survive empathy" 
~Brene Brown

"There is no greater agony than hearing an untold story inside of you" 
~Maya Angelou

"Out of pain and problems has come the sweetest songs." 
~Billy Graham

If you have shame from a sin, confess it to God. 

 If you have shame from society, don't let the enemy rob you of using it for God's glory.  God gives us our story to inspire others to a closer relationship with Him.  For we all have our struggles, shortcomings and imperfections.  But that is so, so that people can see that we too are fragile made strong only by the saving grace and eternal gift our Father in Heaven has given us.  

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--
Ephesians 2:8

Some of our sin is a little more un-kosher then others but our sin has all made us worthy of Hell, it is only by God's grace that we are offered eternal life.  Don't live in shame.  If you don't know where your eternity will be sent, get that straightened out.  

Don't hang on to the things God has already forgotten (if you are in His family, the blood of Jesus covers it all) - let go of the shame.  Bear it all for the sake of His glory.  Our stories have value because He is at work within us.  And what better way to make a trial into a blessing.

Share your story....He will bless it...and in case you don't believe me, see what He says...

Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
Psalm 66:16