Last night, we led the women here through a very powerful exercise. We had been teaching all day about recognizing the lies we tell ourselves. Things like – when we are unhappy with how our body looks, we may believe the lie that what we look like on the outside is more important than where our heart is at. Or, if we have failed at something, we may believe the lie that we are no good, because we have experienced a failure.
I shared my testimony in the late morning – I shared about three lies I deal with – the lie that you will turn out just like your family, the lie that you must be perfect in order for God to use you and the lie that you must do it all on your own without God’s help. I think that helped them to think about their own lives. They soon started sharing more deeply about their own experiences.
The last thing we did before dinner was have them write down their lie, their fear or shame, whatever it is that is blocking an open, free relationship with God on a piece of paper.
First thing in the morning, we had given them a cheap bead necklace – the kind we get at parades and such.
After a time of prayer, we had them nail their lie to a cross and put the necklace there as well.
This morning, we will be reading them the story of a little girl who had a cheap fake pearl necklace. Her father every night asked if she would give up her cheap necklace. Night after night, the father would ask, never pushing, never demanding, and never explaining why. Eventually, she offers him the necklace. In return, the father gives her a beautiful real pearl necklace – teaching her the lesson that we must give up the things in life that we cling so tightly to in order for God to bless us with even better.
This morning, we will be replacing the cheap trinket-y necklaces with a beautifully, specially designed necklace that represents God’s love and the prayers of all the saints.
Last night, during the time of prayer, these women’s hearts were rent wide open – Here are just a few pictures of the women experiencing the freeing power of the Holy Spirit. Many tears flowed, and many hearts were freed.