I am honored to be part of the team at #iamloved.tv as a contributing writer. My blogs are an account of what God has done in my life.  The lies of insecurity, jealousy, hatred, addictions, condemnation, rejection, bitterness, un-forgiveness, depression, hopelessness and anger were being replaced and healed with the truth of what God says about me.

charI never set out to write blogs but it began as a response to an event that completely challenged my perspective of self.  I was invited to a friend’s birthday celebration in November 2014 where a professional painter guided us through the steps of creating an acrylic painting.  I did not go into this with any expectation of leaving with a painting as I was the self-professed stick person artist and that was where my artistic ability ended.  Much to my surprise, I painted a picture that shocked me; I actually liked it and would even hang it on my wall.  I was so blown away by the experience that I wrote a blog as a response.

I was faced with the reality that a belief (or lie) I had about my artistic ability was proven wrong.  I could not help but think that maybe that was also true of other areas of my life.  I was reminded of a Bible passage in 2 Corinthians 5:17 where it states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.” Did God really mean that He would make ALL things new in my life?  Had I believed so many lies about myself that I couldn’t see or believe what God said about me was the truth?

A new journey launched as a result. I began to encounter the love of God at a deeper level than ever before. I had been so consumed in lies and wrong thinking about myself that it was difficult to believe that God really loved me or would do anything with the brokenness in my life.  My ongoing prayer became, “God, increase my ability to receive and know Your love”.

The truth about lies is that you actually live the lies AS though they were truth but they ARE lies. My journey of healing has been one of discovering the #thetruthaboutlies and has brought me to a place of knowing that #iamloved: loved by God, by others and loving myself.

My desire is that what I share in my blogs will be an encouragement to you and instill a hope that no matter what has happened in your life that there is a God who loves you and who is able to heal and restore you.   Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”