How to let go of labels and love your life! (Part 1)

Wasn’t yesterday’s post about facing fears and finding joy juicy? If you haven’t read it yet, check it out because we’ll take those concepts even further in the nest two posts. Our goal is to let go of the labels we use to define our lives, recognize the labels as the lies they are, start living in God’s truth, love our lives, and live them to the fullest! 

So let’s dive in! To uncover my incorrect perceptions – a.k.a. the lies I believed – I had to ask myself why I didn’t believe my husband when he said I was a good singer. The answer: I’d labeled myself a bad singer because I took a few constructive comments from my childhood friends, which were meant to help me develop my ability, and blew them out of proportion. 

As a kid, I didn’t know how to internalize my peers’ feedback. Looking back, I realize I had no idea what I was doing and my choir friends were just sharing their knowledge, with the intent of helping me grow and improve. The raw talent was there but needed a lot of refining.

Instead of taking their advice the way they meant it, I combined their words with other life experiences, ones that had nothing to do with singing, and presumed they hated my voice and thought it was awful. I labeled myself a bad singer and made that a part of my identity, choosing to believe the lie from childhood through most of my adult life. 

Our self-appointed labels are often based on our own distorted perception of situations! These labels can range from small, seemingly insignificant things, like singing, to huge paradigms that impact every single relationship. 

The other lie label I believed my whole life: I was unloveable. So unloveable, not even God could love me. Once again, this belief came from misinterpreted information and false messages I’d internalized from outside sources. Little slights, huge hurts, offhand words, and completely unrelated experiences all converged in ways my immature mind took to mean I wasn’t worthy of love. I also carried that into adulthood. 

This lie led me to run from love, push good people away, and only accept the people into my life who treated me how I felt I deserved to be treated. It also kept me from fully knowing Jesus. 

To overcome the this self-deception, we have to recognize the lies exist in the first place. They often play on a loop in the backs of our minds like white noise, so much a part of who we think we are, we tune them out and don’t realize they’re there. It’s time to tune in! We have to get fed up and declare falsehoods will no longer master our lives! It’s time to stop living small and scared and give control back to God!

Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 38

The enemy wants nothing more than for you to be so paralyzed by your own thoughts you can’t function in the world, let alone glorify God. It’s time to stop believing his lies. 

Pray for wisdom and insight, then read the following verses and let them sink into your soul. Take your time with the material today. It’s big. 

John 8:32 (NIV) – Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV) – Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

John 10:10 (NIV) – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

James 4:7 (NIV) – Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

When you’re ready, sit in prayer for a bit and ask God to reveal to you the lie you believe, the one that’s keeping you stuck, hurting, and unable to reach your full potential. When you receive your insight, write the following as a prayer:

  • Write down the lie.
  • Ask the Lord to open your eyes to how it’s affected your life and the people around you. 
  • Pray for him to reveal His truth to you and write down any insight you receive. Then, release the whole lie and everything it encompasses to Him.
  • Thank Jesus for helping you live in His truth and feel how much He loves you.
  • Pen a prayer for someone else by name.
  • List three things you’re grateful for from the last 24 hours and thank God for them. Remember, no repeats from previous entries!

Whew! That was huge. Thanks for joining me. If this is your first time here, or it’s your first experience prayer journaling and you can’t wait to get more journal prompts, welcome! We’re doing 40 days of these prayer journal posts. Start with Day 1. It explains the whole concept.

You can get the whole experience by doing the posts that follow Day 1, in chronological order. To move through them, just scroll down a little past the end of the prompt, until you see “Next Post,” and click the accompanying link.

No pressure though! If you’re crunched on time, you can treat them like a buffet and only write on the ones that inspire you or tug at your spirit. Let the Lord guide you through your process. This is your journey and I’m thrilled that this blog is a part of it!

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3 thoughts on “How to let go of labels and love your life! (Part 1)

  1. The last post really resonated with me about singing. I haven’t really been able to sing out loud since I was in my teens. I’ve always been shy, but I was told by an ex that I shouldn’t sing because I just didn’t sound good…well that cut deep. I was scared to sing out loud, and it was even hard to let myself hear my own voice for many years. Well about a year ago God gave me my voice back…I sing out loud practically everywhere now… moping at work headphones on, people walking by, yep singing, grocery store, still singing, car ride with the windows down, yep still singing beautiful songs people have written for God.. I’ve learned my voice doesn’t need to be perfect, but it’s ok, it’s God given, so I know God loves it…and honestly maybe someone walking by needs to hear those words of encouragement… What the enemy tried to take, God gave me back, and now I’m singing louder than I did before 🧡

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    1. Amen, Michelle! God gave us all our unique voices and wants us to lift them up in praise. I’m so sorry he treated you that way. Definitely an ex for a reason! I’m so glad you found your voice again, though! I think there’s a lot of deep, extra meaning behind it when we fear hearing our own voices. Even if it’s supposedly only about the singing, it’s really about so much more than that! Finding my literal voice freed me on a ton of figurative levels, too, so I also became more confident in voicing my truth. The world needs your voice, Michelle, and God deserves your loudest praises! 💕 🎶

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