I wanted to hit somebody.

The person I wanted to hit was no longer around, but as I listened to my friend I wish she was. Not that I’d actually hit her, or anyone else.

I just wanted to.

You see, my friend had just told us that she had been told a lie from the time she was a little girl. Except she didn’t realize it was a lie. The people who were supposed to nurture her said she was different. They pointed out a physical feature that was beautiful and unique and said, “This makes you ‘less than.’ You aren’t like us, so this is ugly. It’s wrong.”

So she grew up trying to hide that about herself. She covered it up. She learned to do things differently so people wouldn’t know.

As she told us what it was, I sat stunned.

It was such an obvious lie, but to her it had become truth. To the point that it impacted her self-worth.

I hate lies. I hate what they do to women. I hate that children, who have no way of knowing what is true or not, are shaped by lies. I hate that we hold on to them as truth as we grow into womanhood. I hate that some of us pour those same lies on our own children, thinking they are truth. I hate that we struggle to let go of that lie because it’s so deeply ingrained.

But let me tell you what I love.

God’s truth replaces lies with freedom!

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When I look at this month’s Spirit-led heart praying calendar, I think about my friend. Today’s prayer on the calendar says this:

Surround us with truth — because it is our spiritual defense, light, life.

 Too many of us have been shaped by lies that hold no truth at all. It’s time to let those lies go.

How do we do that?

We surround ourselves with truth. We study the Word, for it is filled with truth. We gather with others who live truth, not distorted or man-made truth, but truth that sets you free. We read and study and replace lies with knowledge and wisdom and discernment. We ask for help to know what is true, what is not, and the difference between almost true and what is the whole truth.

The good news is that we have a Helper that knows the truth. Jesus shared with the disciples about that Helper, the Holy Spirit.

When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, he will lead you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own authority, but he will speak of what he hears and will tell you of things to come. John 16:13 (Good News Translation)

He lives in you. He knows the heart of the Father over you. He understands what you’ve been told, but fights for you with truth.

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I don’t know when my friend will totally abandon the lie that she is “less than” but she’s started that journey. Every instinct within says, “Hide,” but she’s asking for help.

To unlearn words soaked over her tender, young heart.

To look to another source for truth.

To surround herself with truth until she can walk and dance and live in it.

To show her what is true when that lie sneaks up on her.

I don’t know if you’ve embraced a lie as truth, but I know that many of us have. Today, invite the Helper to surround you with truth. To open your eyes. To unlock, untangle, and release any lies that have kept you stuck or made you feel like you had to hide.

What is one lie or half-truth that has shaped you for way too long? Let’s pray about that together.


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