Monday, 18 February 2019

Knock 2019 🙌

Knock Pike
The view from our bedroom


Lots of love,

Friday, 8 February 2019

Shame Has No Place in Your Heart ❤

Shame is one of those things that you don't realise you carry with you until it plants itself in the centre of your heart. It grows, and blossoms, and before you know it- you have shame pulsing through your blood. 

We're all ashamed of something in our lives. We've all told lies, or done something to deliberately inflict pain somebody else. Maybe our shame has roots deeper than that. Perhaps the shame we feel isn't meant to be shame at all.

Jesus allowed us to humiliate and torture him by putting him on the cross and leaving him. Everytime I think of this it upsets me more than I can put words to. Our God would never leave us- He died on the cross so that we can be free of shame. 

A message that has been in my heart all week is one from a bible study I've been working through on YouVersion. It's called 'Beauty Marks' and focuses on turning your pain into purpose and your scars into 'marks of victory'. I think that this would be such a good plan to work through with friends or a small group. ❤ The message that stood out to me was this:

Now picture Jesus Himself holding your face in both of His nail scarred hands and looking directly into your eyes. Hear Him say to you, “I love you. I see you. I hear your cries. I remember you. I will take on your pain. I will heal you.”

Think about that. Jesus died so we don't have to. He underwent the ultimate suffering: was humiliated by having his clothes removed: had nails placed through his hands and feet, and yet still wants nothing more than us to be healed. When He looks into our eyes, He sees everything about us. He sees our shame, the things that keep us up at night, even the things we can't put words to. He sees all the bad things and still loves us, still remembers us, still wants to hold us and take on our pain. 

Our God is so much more than our shame. When we surrender to Him, we are covered in Christ's blood and shame has no place in our heart. 

You are more loved than you can ever imagine.
Marti x