Single Life Workshop, Part 4

 

Every session of the Single Life Workshop gets better and better. Session four was all about shame. Shame is not a fun, feel-good topic. But it is one of those topics that, if left unaddressed, can devastate a relationship.

Shame makes intimacy scary. Can I get an “amen”?

Shame builds walls and creates false narratives in our minds. Shame often convinces us that God and others couldn’t possibly love us if they knew the “real” us — if they knew all our past sins. That couldn’t be further from the truth, but it’s the lie we believe so much of the time. And the enemy loves it when we do; he can then keep us isolated, hopeless, and full of despair.

I love the story of the Samaritan woman. After Jesus lovingly calls out her sin, He leads her to forgiveness and grace. She then runs into town and says to everyone, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” She looked into the face of Christ and felt love like she had never known before. She didn’t feel condemnation or judgment, shame or fear. She felt understood and forgiven.

God is the same with us today. He views us with nothing short of love and acceptance. We cannot earn God’s love; He loves us for who we are.

Shame tries to keep us from being ourselves. When we are caught up in shame, we act out of who we think we are in our sin. We act unworthy, unlovable and hopeless. We don’t tap into any of our gifts or potential.

Trust what God has put inside of you. We were made in the very image of the triune God. We were created to be living testimonies of His kindness, rescue, salvation, love and redemption.

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The Single Life Workshop, Part 1

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My friend Sara did something fun last year. She flew alone all the way to Redding, California and attended a workshop for singles hosted by Bethel Church. I am so proud of her! She has such a teachable spirit. She knew she wanted to grow in this season of singleness and let the Lord ready her for marriage one day. She grew while there, made great new friends, and most importantly, stepped into a new level of freedom. She identified some lies she had been believing, and God revealed the truth to her.

Sara came back with a new focus and desire to see other singles thrive and flourish in their season of singleness. She wanted to lead such a group, but knew that it needed to be under the covering of her local church. So she took another brave step; she prayed and asked her pastor if she could start one. He was thrilled and gave his blessing. She extended the invitation to join this group to her friends who are single and to their friends who are single.

I immediately signed up. I think I am making the most of this single season, but I know there is always more to learn and receive. There is always more that God wants to develop in our character. The workshop is filled with guys and girls of all ages and from many different churches. It’s beautiful. The workshop will last for 12 weeks. My prayer is that the Lord will impart some wisdom and tools to me and in turn, I can pass them along to all of you. Here are a few things I’m learning already:

 

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