I’m already hearing from you and it’s only been one day.
Some of you feel God is asking you to let down walls. You say that you want all that God has for you, but letting down walls makes you feel vulnerable.
I hear you. I promise.
When you let down your walls to trust again, you will be vulnerable. . . but you are also free.
Hard to imagine, right?
Letting people see the real you.
Opening your heart to love or to love others.
Where do you begin?
Breaking down walls begins as you acknowledge that you were once hurt. . .
but you refuse to live wounded anymore.
I know what those walls look like. I had some of my own. My walls were hidden behind a shy-girl mask.
Yours might not look like mine. It could be staying so busy that no one can get close. It might be lashing out to hurt them before they have a chance to hurt you. For some it’s a polite facade that says, “You can this close, but no closer.”
Walls keep us safe, but they also keep us stuck. Jesus came to heal your wounds. So, 0ur #TheMendedHeart question is a simple one today.
What is my wall?
Look at it honestly. Not with guilt, but with anticipation at how it will come tumbling down, with His help.
Will you pray this with me?
Father, I’m sick of walls. I’m tired of living isolated. Peel away the mask. Climb in this fortress with me and knock down one brick at a time. I know that letting down my walls makes me vulnerable, but You are my strength. One baby step at a time, God. Walk it with me. In Jesus’ beautiful name, amen.
Okay, how fun is this?
Tonight there’s a Proverbs 31 OBS #TheMendedHeart TWITTER party
8 p.m. CT, 9 p.m. ET.
Join by using the hashtag #TheMendedHeart.
There will be prizes! Community. Connection. Fun!
I hope I see you there. I can’t wait!
My wall is lack of trust and the pain caused by my spouse’s infidelity, lying, and abuse. The wall around my heart is like 6 inch thick cement right now. He has sort of apologized for some of the things he’s done, but the lack of trust in him has made it difficult to break down the wall. I have prayed and prayed for clarity and for help to break it down and feel like I can begin to trust and reconnect with him again– I know that God will help me with this in His time– but for the time being, I am still stuck. I’m afraid it is going to take a jackhammer to break through. I pray daily and try to put it into God’s hands, asking him to help me break the wall, but has not happened yet. Maybe He has to work on me (and my difficulty with forgiveness and letting this go) and my spouse some more before my spouse is safe enough to allow back into my heart. Will continue praying. Thank you for your blog. It is such a comfort to me.
Sometimes we just don’t know how to do it on our own, and you aren’t alone in that, Karen. Today, will you surrender to the process? It might look like this:
God, I have no idea what you want to do in me, but I want all that you have for me. I let down the wall between you and me and invite you in fully. Begin the work in my heart. Heal me. Thank you that I can trust you completely. I’ll listen. I’ll step through those breaks in the wall as you lead. In Jesus’ name I surrender my heart, my thoughts, my home, my life to You.
I’m struggling to relinquish control, to totally surrender to His will. And I’m so sick of it, I can’t even begin to tell… Just this morning I prayed a prayer of confession. Lord, have mercy!
Thanks for your encouraging post!
I’m not so good at vulnerable, but knowing it sets me free, I’m aiming for that! Thanks Suzie, what an amazing first day of the study. Can’t wait to party tonight!!!!
I want to know if I have to have a twitter account to be eligble for the drawings? I don’t want a twitter account.
Betty, it’s a Twitter party hosted by Proverbs 31 Ministries and it is held on Twitter, so unfortunately yes. Perhaps later they’ll have a Facebook party!
My wall…wow! It’s that one I put up that says, “I have it all together”, It’s that one I put up that says, “I know God has forgiven me, but you will still judge me”. I want them down. In “safe” places I take them down.
“One baby step at a time. God, walk it with me”! YES! I want the walls of fear and trust to come down. I want to look at someone and see their heart, the heart God sees, and not see what they will do to hurt me or let me down.
Lord, I completely surrender to you so that you can break down all these walls I’ve built around my heart. I thought it would keep my heart safe but instead it made me a prisoner of my feelings. You know my every pain and struggle so I look to you for the strength to rid of them once and for all. I want to experience you on a deeper level and not at a distance as I’ve always done. I need you, your healing and unwavering love to direct my path as I begin what to demolish what I thought at one time would to be impossible. Have you way in me , Lord! In Jesus name….Amen!
Lord, I completely surrender to you so that you can break down all these walls I’ve built around my heart. I thought it would keep my heart safe but instead it made me a prisoner of my feelings. You know my every pain and struggle so I look to you for the strength to rid of them once and for all. I want to experience you on a deeper level and not at a distance as I’ve always done. I need you, your healing and unwavering love to direct my path as I begin to demolish what I thought at one time would to be impossible. Have your way in me , Lord! In Jesus name….Amen!
Thanks for sharing this piece! It’s hard to heal if we don’t know what our walls are, and it’s hard to get closer to God if we don’t understand the infrastructure of our emotional health. My biggest wall was (and still is) that I’m a image manager– I never want to do anything that will make my image, or anyone else’s image around me, look bad. This perfectionist mindset has really held me back over the years, but finally I think I’m healing. Wooo! I love James 5:16 for this reason– when we talk about the things we struggle with, and what holds us back, we’re able to be healed and move forward with Jesus. Thanks for this bit of encouragement!