I hate lies. They are destructive and ugly. Studies show that a lie, even a little white lie, lowers your self-esteem, causes insecurity, destroys trust, messes with your sleep, isolates you, causes anxiety, impacts our friendships, and wears us out emotionally. Lies are always devastating and soul-crushing.
Sadly, I often hear moms and dads who are doing their best to love and raise their children with special needs entertain a number of soul-crushing and destructive lies. I know Brenda and I did. Here are a few we allowed to wreak havoc in our souls as we cared for David:
I am not enough!
I am a total screw up!
I am a horrible mother/father/husband/wife!
I am too weak to press on!
God doesn’t give a rip about me or my kids!
No body understands!
Unfortunately, this is only the tip of the iceberg! Which ones have you wrestled with? What are others not listed? I am sure you are not the only one who has struggled with it.
This week I was listening to a new song called “You Say” by Lauren Daigle. Lauren just won the New Artist of the Year award at the 49th annual GMA Dove Awards. Like many of us, she too struggles with believing she is enough. She wrestles with insecurity, rejection, and lies that tell her she is not good enough or worthy or lovable.
So, she wrote a song that reminded her of what God says is true about her. And what he says is true about her is true about each and every one of us. Here is what God says about you:
He loves you!
You are a person of value and beauty!
You are enough!
Don’t believe the lies!
You are not alone!
Even if you have messed up God still holds you!
Take a few minutes to listen to Lauren’s song, You Say. Let it remind you of what is true so you can stop believing the lies. If you know someone who needs to be reminded of this, pass this blog on to them and remind them they are not alone, what they do matters and that they are loved by their community and by God!