"Yet a time is coming
and has now come when the true worshipers will worship
the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the
kind of worshipers the Father seeks." - John 4:23

My Heavenly Daddy is healing
me from the inside out.

Transparency is Real.
Many times painful.

Daddy let me be secure in You only!

Thursday, December 22, 2011


I still struggle with liking myself. I can be my worst enemy. Condemning myself unmercifully at times. Physically hitting myself in the face. (My mum used to slap me in the face as a child) Saying out loud "I am stupid" when I feel I have done something wrong. Or should have known better. Not allowing myself to be human. Taking on an awful "shame-based" nature. Bringing out even more later-on destruction in life.

Only difference now, is that I am realizing I am doing this. Trying now to replace the negative thoughts with what Christ believes about me. "That I am worthy." "That I am loved." Having now the opportunity to change my thinking and be more gentle with myself. Did not say it would be easy. Because it is not.

Being brought up in a household of crushing words of criticism and judgement by my parents has been a hard mountain to overcome. My father was the worst. He expected so much out of me. But, at the same time, did not spend the time with me to teach and nurture. Constant disappointment on his face. Where my mum, out of fear, would not let me learn anything and do it all for me. I had two worlds of conflict.

So I have carried an aura of dislike, incapability and negativity about myself. I know this to be a fact, as people would just turn away from me. I already showed them on my person "to stay away from me." Perceiving what people thought of me. Which would be, "not to like me."

As stated earlier the more I grow in Christ, the more I begin to see my self-worth. The more I like myself, the more I can let people in to like me.

Learning to Like Yourself
by Joyce Meyer

Did you know that you and I have to learn to deal with our do separately from our who? The fact is, I don’t do everything right all the time, but that doesn’t affect who I am. I know I’m loved and that I’m still a good person. I’ve made mistakes in my life—and I’m sure I’ll make mistakes in the future—but I still like myself.

If you like yourself—even though others may not—you’ll make it. When you start to like yourself, other people begin to like you too. Liking yourself doesn’t mean you’re full of pride; it simply means you accept yourself as the person God created you to be. We all need changes in our behavior, but accepting ourselves as God’s creation is vital to our progress in becoming an emotionally healthy person. If we can master this one thing—liking ourselves—it will work wonders in helping us to overcome a shame-based nature. Let me explain what I mean.

Many people live under what I call the curse of failure. They can never do anything they set out to do. They’re always failing, always messing up, always getting disappointed, discouraged and depressed. They don’t like who they are because they’ve adopted a shame-based nature.

For a long time I didn’t like my personality, and since my personality is who I am, I didn’t like me. I didn’t want to be as bold and straightforward as I am. I didn’t want to be so direct and blunt. I wanted to be like one of my friends. She had a gift of being sweet, kind and gentle. What I didn’t realize is that she was just born that way—and I wasn’t. Because I didn’t like my personality and who I was, I tried to change myself. I wanted to be more like my friend. I tried to be the perfect woman, the ideal wife and mother who grew her own tomatoes and canned them, made jelly, sewed her family’s clothes, and on and on.

It didn’t work. It was the old story of trying to fit the round peg into the square hole. I was just trying to be something I wasn’t. Finally, I had to learn to accept myself the way I was and let go of the idea of being like someone else. I began to realize that, although I did need to change some areas of my life, who I am will never change.

When a person has a shame-based nature, as I did, it becomes the source or root of many complex inner problems like depression, loneliness, isolation and alienation. All kinds of compulsive disorders are rooted in shame: drug, alcohol and other chemical addictions; eating disorders like bulimia, anorexia, and obesity; money addictions like stinginess and gambling; sexual perversions of all kinds—the list is endless.

For example, workaholism is a very destructive disorder in our society today. There are people who are such workaholics that they can never enjoy life. Unless they’re working day and night, they feel irresponsible. In fact, some people are like I was—if they’re enjoying themselves, they feel guilty about it.

Another example of a destructive disorder is perfectionism. Some people are tormented by perfectionism because of abuse or some other negative situation in their past. They keep trying to be perfect in order to win the attention and affection they feel they were denied. People who live with workaholism and perfectionism set themselves up for failure. They set unreasonably high standards for themselves, and when they ultimately fail, they feel badly about themselves. They make impossible schedules and then make themselves—and everyone else around them—miserable because they’re constantly rushing around.

Workaholics and perfectionists are just two examples of the types of people who really haven’t learned to simply like who they are. Shame, because of something they may have done in their past, has caused them to dislike themselves. Remember, you must separate your do from your who. You’re a unique and special individual, with God-given talents and skills. And even though you may have made mistakes in the past, it’s time to move on and learn to like yourself!


  1. JBR I like this post and I like you very much! Thanks for sharing your own personal experiences to make it more believable and honest. Merry Christmas to you. God Bless.

  2. Hi JBR,
    YOU ARE WORTHY, and YOU ARE LOVED!!! Satan wants to tell us otherwise, like he tries telling me so often, but finally after all these years I'm learning to close my ears to Satan, and open my ears to JESUS CHRIST even though at times I do struggle with this.

    God's blessings to you my wonderful sister in Christ,

  3. HI JBR - I pray every day that you completely STOP giving your power away to those who have caused you harm.
    Love Gail


  5. Marry Christmas JBR. Inspiring person you have been to me. The encouragement and zeal to carry on. May the new year bring you much happiness as you continue to heal. For me also.

  6. I always appreciate the honesty of your posts, JBR. It's amazing - you battle with many of the same issues that I struggle with, and through your writings point me towards alternatives and solutions that I have never considered. It's always refreshing to read how God is leading you through your issues. Such a testimony! May God bless you richly this Christmas time. Thanks C

  7. I don't think I have ever liked myself. Joyce Meyers seems to be very good, I like what she writes.

  8. dear friend,

    have a very merry Christmas!

    much love.

  9. Learning to like myself, a tough course for me this, I'm just starting to get a hang of it.

    God loves me and God loves you.
    Why is it difficult then? Because we are more demanding on ourselves.. let it go , just let go..

    Have a blessed Christmas.