“They know it’s not their fault and that they should “move on.” They’ve tried to live forgiven and free, yet they can’t shake the shame.”
That’s the sentence that grabbed hold of my heart.
It’s the way in which I lived for far too long. A way that kept the best of me hidden. And as a matter of fact, if I’m not careful, it’s a way that could once again slink its way back into my daily life.
How about you? Is it a place within you where the enemy loves to prod? The subtle whispers? For the everyday wrongs that occur, you hear,
“You’ll always be a mess.”
“You’ll always fall short.”
“You’ll never be good enough.”
Friends, if that’s you, I get it. I’m there with you and I’m here to tell you there is a way. A way to live free of shame.
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You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. –Genesis 50:20 NIV
For this reason, when I had the opportunity to be a part of Cindy Bultema’s launch team for her new book and Bible Study, Live Full Walk Free: a Journey through 1 Corinithians, I jumped at it.
Cindy Bultema is a woman who has walked through the deepest trenches of shame. The enemy surely meant it for harm.
She grabbed onto Him. Then she held on with all she had as he pulled her through those trenches until she was safely on the other side.
Living full and walking free.
“If you’re ready to experience a life of fullness and freedom through the power of Jesus Christ, join me as we study the book of 1 Corinthians. As we study God’s Word together, I promise you’ll live a different way of life. This is a life that doesn’t just avoid the world and its troubles but overflows with the abundance of all that Jesus has to offer. Together, let’s learn to live full and walk free!” –Cindy Bultema
There is so much good I can say about this study and about Cindy. Just like her, it’s authentic, humorous, and filled with deep redemptive Truths and practices. Her website has all kinds of goodies to go with it and if you subscribe to her blog, you will get the matching A-Z Prayer Cards!
But you don’t have to take my word for it. As always, I am giving one copy away with this post! How can I read a great book and then not offer a copy to you? All you have to do is put #LiveFullWalkFree along with a comment below and I will enter you to win! The contest will close Sunday, January 15th at 11:59 pm.
It was so wonderful to get to read through your posts from last week! I can’t quite get to all of them, but I sure do try! Each one encourages me and gives me hope. I pray this space does the same for you!
This post by Christin at Garments of Splendor became more than reading. It became a time of worship for a Father who loves us so dearly He died so that we could live separate from shame. So we could live victoriously free. Therefore, with my hand raised in the air, I whispered, “Amen” again and again.
“So release yourself from the sins of your past. Christ’s work is enough!
There is healing power in his words.
When Jesus speaks, mountains move. Demons flee; and diseases are destroyed.
When he says it is finished—it is done.
So put on your clean garments of his hope, healing, and holiness, and live your life in true victory.
Be clean. Be healed—and be free.” -Christin
When you stop by to visit Christin, don’t miss the beautiful prayer image she created to go with this post!
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Lori, this looks like a good read, and I trust anything you recommend!
I will check out her website too.
I also read Christin’s post and was wowed by the praise and the beautiful photos.
You are so sweet ♥ Thank you! It really is a great study. Knowing we are set apart and sanctified is such a difference from actually embracing it! Didn’t Christin just knock it out of the ballpark? I so loved her post!
So thankful, Lori, for your sharing of Joseph’s words today– and for the reminder that God can turn evil upside down and use it for His purposes!
Blessings to you!
Amen, Michele! He sure can!
Blessings and great big smiles,
Lori, this looks like a wonderful book to read! Thank you for the recommendation!
It really is, Joanne!Happy New Year!
Happy New Year lady! I will have to check out this book. I can say with certainly I like the cover art for the book, so hope the insides are as great. 🙂
Even better! And the texture of the pages are the best. The whole book feels kind of like an art piece! Happy New Year, my friend!!!
This sounds like a beautiful book. I feel that we cannot receive too much encouragement on learning to rid ourselves if shame. Thank you for this great recommendation!
It really is a great book, Christine! Shame is a tough one for sure. I agree – never too much encouragement and equipping in the ridding of shame!
Shame is such a powerful topic and issue for many, Lori. I’m glad you’re approaching it today and giving us more to feast on with Cindy’s book and site. I’ll have to check it out! Thanks as always for the linkup, my friend. I hope that your New Year is starting out in the best of ways!
Happy New Year, Beth! The enemy definitely loves to use shame on us, doesn’t he? So many are afflicted with it, yet there is hope in setting it down and picking up grace and redemption instead! Cindy’s study really is awesome!
So thankful shame isn’t something we’re forced to suffer with forever!! #LiveFullWalkFree looks like a great read, thanks for recommending and giving away : )
Praise God for His sacrifice so that we could be set apart! It’s a great study, Bethany! So much content yet just enough humor to keep you giggling ♥
I will check out her web site and join the bible study.
Love to read a lot keeps me busy after my chores.
Yay! I think you will enjoy it very much! It’s so good to see you here ♥
Lori, I love Cindy Bultema! She’s from my neck of the woods, and our women’s small group is actually starting Live Full, Walk Free on the 19th! I am so excited to dive deeper in the word with Cindy, and am glad to hear you were blessed by her study. Thanks again for the feature, and may we all live FULL of the Spirit and walk FREE of shame through Christ’s omnipotent power! 🙂
Amen, Christin! It is such a small world! She is good friends with a friend of mine here in the Valley. They both speak at Carol Kent’s Speak Up Conference. I love all the connections! I’m planning on going to that conference in July! Maybe you will, too? I loved sharing your post. It was absolutely beautiful. So filled with hope and TRUTH!
Blessings and smiles,
This sounds like a powerful book. Shame definitely is something we don’t need to carry around with us in our Christian lives. So grateful that Christ erases our shame the very moment we decide to hand it over to him.
Amen, Lisa! He surely does!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your lovely family…. I wish you all the very best of health and happiness and a hope filled year ahead. Thank you for all you do and the person that you are… A light shining on a candlestick giving light to the whole house…
Happy, happy 2017 Jade x
Hi Jade! You are such a blessing! Thank you for your kind words that always warm my heart. Happy New Year, Jade. I am praying God fills your heart with a renewed joy and sense of hope. And that He brings new life to the next chapter of your lives.
I love Cindy and I’m just now digging into her study! So good! Thanks for sharing with others so they may be encouraged too. Love you, dear Lori!
Isn’t she neat? Her study was so good. Her sense of humor brings so much to it, too! It’s always fun to laugh and learn at the same time! Love you, too!!
Lori- thanks for sharing this book! It looks like a good read!
It really is! I think you’d love it, Julie!
Well, you know I love books and this looks like a great study with a great message! Great review too! Thanking for hosting the link-up today!
This sounds like such a great book, Lori. One I need to read. Yes, that shame can slink back into our lives so easily, can’t it? Love and hugs to you!
Trudy, I know you would love this book!
#livefullwalkfree thank you for giving us all this opportunity to win
Love that you are here, Noelle ♥
What a great party. I always find inspiring links here. Thanks for hosting!
Hi Sherry ♥ So glad you are here! I know … I’m always amazed at all the encouraging, inspiring, and challenging posts that our friends share here! I could read for hours!
Such a great verse of scripture from the story of Joseph. He is one of my favorite characters in the bible. Despite the difficulties, trials, and tests.,his faith in God was true. God rewarded his faithfulness and used him in a mighty way. Thank you for sharing and allowing me to share here. I hope you had a blessed holiday season and May God continue to bless you and yours in 2017.
Cindy’s study looks amazing, Lori. I think that line would stop me in my tracks ,too. And what blesses me more is the way y’all are sharing grace like this together… sharing transparency to bring freedom to others by holding your hearts loosely out to the King of Kings so that He can bring His love through you to them. I am adding Cindy’s book to my list. 🙂 Thanks for sharing it here.
Love your review sweet Lori, and what a blessing to serve alongside you! Thanks for sharing, Kim
Hi Lori! I’m looking forward to reading this book!! You are so right about shame…it CAN tend to sliver it’s way back in! Uggghhhh I hate that devil! BUT GOD! YES! #livefullwalkfree
#LiveFullWalkFree I saw Cindy at a women’s retreat last fall. She was amazing! I cannot wait to read this book!
It’s beautiful to be reminded that we don’t need to live in shame because Jesus has redeemed us. We are enough.
We are just starting 1corinth in my small group #LiveFullWalkFree would be a great, exciting way to learn as we read.