Faithful Beyond Shame

The voice of shame distracts. Insecurities, self doubt, and fear hijack my brain, triggering an emotional spin cycle of depression, withdrawing, and infidelity. Yes, in my hijacked state, I become unfaithful to God’s purposes, vision, and call on my life. I fantasize about other ways to live my life, trying to run away from God….

Season 1: Episode 4, Shame (What’s wrong with me)

That moment when I discovered “what’s wrong with me” and “what’s happening”. Dealing with shame, naming it, and seeing the heart transformed. As a male latino, we’re not supposed to talk about our feelings or shame. We need to be strong. But strength comes out of being vulnerable.

Aching for Greatness

I’m not yet fully convinced of this truth, but I’m convinced it’s what my work is:  that my greatest accomplishment will be to claim my belovedness and live it out.  It’s the work of hearing, receiving, and claiming the words spoken over Jesus as the Beloved One, as my own.   Ministry has its trappings:…

Daring Greatly: 12 Shame Categories

I chose to read Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, for a seminary class because shame sucks.  Her work has been so helpful to many, including myself.  Last night, I was recounting how helpful it is to be aware of your shame triggers so that you recognize the patterns. Brown says that “Shame is the intensely…