Transparency. Satan will tell us that the act of being transparent, of being vulnerable, is more frightening than freeing. That the outcome of ripping away callous strongholds and baring your sin-soaked soul isn’t worth it. That freedom in Christ isn’t worth the judgment, the rejection or the scrutiny of others. But, oh sweet, sweet daughters, transparency and the subsequent healing in Christ that follows is worth more than any thing another human can hurl at you.

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Ep. 4:25

Daughters, we have to stop believing the falsehood of self-preservation. That in hiding the sin we only commit in secret, hiding the deepest depravity of our soul, that we will be hidden from exposure and humiliation. We may be protected from it for a short time; but that hidden sin will continue to grow, continue to flourish, under the guise of self-protection until we stop lying to others and ourselves and speak truth into the reality of our sin.

One day, several months ago, I woke up with an undeniable urge to pray for a specific friend. A friend that I hadn’t seen in person for over thirteen years. We were acquaintances in college. And we reconnected through Facebook several years ago, but that was the extent of our friendship. A few “likes” and a few “comments” on statuses and pictures.

And, here, God was bringing her to the forefront of my mind several times a day for what has now become 8 months. I never had any indication as to why I was continually thinking of or praying for her…until last week. I messaged her and it was oozing with sin-baring vulnerability, not knowing how she’d respond, but knowing that the message needed to be sent. You know what? She responded with a huge ME TOO! Y’all. I stared at those two life-breathing words in a state of shock. “Me too.” She struggled with the exact same sin that I’d been keeping hidden from human exposure. But by removing the stronghold and lie of self-preservation God is bringing a firestorm of healing to our souls.

Daughters, we need each other.

“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” ― Shannon L. Alder

Don’t buy into Satan’s lies that you’re not enough. Or that you’re completely alone in a particular sin. Or that you don’t have faith strong enough to minister to others. Sweet daughter, you do!  We have the power that raised Christ from the dead coursing through our veins pumping, pumping, pumping into a heart where He resides. Everyone models Christ differently through the filter of their humanness. But make no mistake, He is the same in all of us. His identity is not lost in us. His strength is not lost in our weakness. We are the hands, the feet, the words of Christ. And we need each other to be vulnerable and transparent because through exposure and humility, salvation and healing is born.

Annie Thomson

Annie Thomson

Ps. 107:29 “He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed."