"I'm a terrible sister." Our sweet girl told me this the other day, after a few days of too much time with her brother coupled with not enough activity in their days had resulted in unpleasant interactions between the two.
I'm so glad she said it out loud. Too often those accusations from the enemy go unsaid in our hearts, and we continue to believe them. But spoken out, we can call them the lies they are. It's hard to do that alone, which is why I was glad I was there to remind her that it is not God who says those things to her. I could tell her what He would say - that He knows how hard it is to love, that He can and wants to help her, that He loves and has compassion on her. It was a good moment.
Lately I've been reminded how important it is to tell myself often, daily even, these things as well. I need to tell myself who I am in Christ, how He sees me, who He is. It's too easy to start listening to the voices of the world, to the voice of the enemy.
But sometime it's hard. It's a hard battle to keep fighting day after day. Sometimes it feels like too much, and that's when we need others to stand with us. I wrote a poem years ago about this:
Tell me the truth
Tell me things that free me
from the worry cage I've built
Tell me the upside-down things
that correct the world's twisted weavings
Tell me there are rocks to rest on
so I can come in from the storm
Tell me things that breathe new life
into this valley of dry bones
Tell me again to draw my sword
to cut through the enemy attacks on my soul
They say there are no easy answers
But there is One who answers still
Tell me what He would say
when I'm weak and lonely and tired
Tell me to listen to Him
because sometimes I forget.
What about you? Are you telling yourself the truth? Do you need others to help you?