confession:…damned if i don’t

Posted: February 3rd, 2011 | Filed under: life | Tags: | 15 Comments »

Every so often, I get a question that spurs a video response.

An honest confession frees the soul. A confession without excuses opens the flood gates to grace. Living with nothing to lose holds no comparison to living with the tick of a time-bomb.

Maybe this is between you and God, maybe it’s not. Whatever the case, don’t hold back. You are obligated to be vulnerable so that grace can properly clothe you. There is nothing to be afraid of. He won’t ever leave you.


15 Comments on “confession:…damned if i don’t”

  1. 1 Jason said at 4:14 am on February 3rd, 2011:

    This made me literally stand up and say "yes" much louder than I plan to do. 🙂

  2. 2 Serena Woods said at 4:38 am on February 3rd, 2011:

    🙂 Thanks, Jason. (that made me laugh)

  3. 3 Teri said at 5:26 am on February 3rd, 2011:

    I love it when you do videos! You talk like you write, giving so much hope, truth, and wisdom. Thank you for showing me how much He loves me.

  4. 4 Anonymous said at 5:40 am on February 3rd, 2011:

    My confession:

    I rationalize my pride. I know that it's pride, but I give it an excuse because it's for 'a good cause', my faith. When people agree with me, it makes me feel validated. I get attention and affirmation when people commend me for tearing someone down in the name of righteousness.

    Serena, I used to hate your blog I'd read it and despise you. I hated your message. Grace. I realize it's because of the conviction I felt while reading.

    I'm being honest. I'm confessing. And now, guess what? I need grace. The kind that you write about. The message I hated is now what I need. And accept.

    Thank you. Grace for all of us.

  5. 5 Serena Woods said at 6:14 am on February 3rd, 2011:

    Teri: awesome. 🙂

    Anonymous: That's huge. Yes, grace for all of us. 🙂

  6. 6 Joanie said at 7:56 am on February 3rd, 2011:

    You inspire me to want to be better. God speaks through you in so many ways. His grace is so sufficient!! I know how tormented I was and still struggle with at times, but through confessing, I have drawn closer to God more than I ever have!! Thank you for you being a living testimony and for putting yourself on a silver platter dissected and all, so that others can see the Grace that you have been given! Love and God Bless!!

  7. 7 eileen said at 9:20 am on February 3rd, 2011:

    And that's exactly what unconfessed sin feels like… a prison. I have a hard time shutting up and not talking about the prison that God rescued me from. His grace and his love is so much bigger than our mistakes. Our failures are only shameful and embarrassing when we try to keep them hidden away in the dark…unconfessed. Freedom. There is absolutely nothing else like it!


  8. 8 Brandi said at 1:34 pm on February 3rd, 2011:

    Honesty without fear. That's what I like about you. Someone had a legitimate fear of sharing the unknown and you reached out.

    When we have fear of others finding out our sin, there is such shame on our part. We hang our head instead of opening up to others. One of my favorite phrases in the bible is that God is the "lifter of my head." What a beautiful image that He would lift the head that we hang in shame.

    But your strength, O Lord, is round me, you are my glory and the lifter up of my head. Psalm 3:3

  9. 9 Joan said at 4:32 pm on February 3rd, 2011:

    Loved this Serena!!

  10. 10 Confession said at 5:33 pm on February 3rd, 2011:

    I have a confession, too. I've been talking online to an old boyfriend. At first it was here and there, a little catching up and then just regular comments. Then we would chat if we were both online. Then it was planning when we would be online to chat. I felt horrible. I knew it was stupid, but I didn't realize, until talking to him that I felt invisible. I didn't feel invisible with him. Because I had already let my mind wander into thoughts of 'what if I was with him and not my husband?' I felt like I had already gone too far. So what's the use in pretending? We started talking on the phone and instead of finding freedom,(of being appreciated and worth talking to) I feel even more trapped and worse about myself. Until right now, I had decided that I was too far gone to not just let it carry me away.

    Serena's words tell me that God loves me, no matter what and He'll never give up on me. That kind of love, me believing it's true, makes me not want to give up on myself. Makes me feel strength in God's love. Strength to walk away from a situation that is hurting me. This temptation to believe that I am a bad person, unworthy of a do over. I may not be worthy? But, as Serena says: grace isn't exclusive to the one's who think they dont need it. Grace is for me! I'm taking my do over and I'll keep taking it as long as

  11. 11 Confession said at 5:37 pm on February 3rd, 2011:

    (oops, I got cut off)

    I'll keep taking my do overs as long as I need to.

    Thank you for showing me the window to jump out of Serena. I'm jumping in faith!

    You're helping, not just me, but so many more!

  12. 12 Serena Woods said at 5:49 pm on February 3rd, 2011:

    Joanie: That's exactly what God's love does, it inspires us to want to be better. It's an absolute assurance that no matter how many times we fall, we can still get back up and try again. 🙂 love it.

    Eileen: So true!

    Brandi: that is such a great mental picture. it's perfect. 🙂

    Joan: Thanks!

    Confession: Amazing! so many others, those who don't comment, but send me messages and those who don't do either, are jumping with you. You're going to make it. I'm clapping and cheering!

  13. 13 Women Living Well said at 6:16 pm on February 3rd, 2011:

    AWESOME video! I LOVE your videos – keepem' coming girl – you have taught me SO much! Thank you!


  14. 14 Serena Woods said at 6:24 pm on February 3rd, 2011:

    Thanks, Courtney. 🙂

  15. 15 Anne said at 9:09 am on February 4th, 2011:

    So true. So hard. I'm a person who always feels the need to PROVE that I am right!! I hate it, and I have to work harder at putting my heart, passion, and intention in eternal value work!

    Thanks for sharing. I print most of the blog writings into a Grace Is For Sinners notebook. After adultery, and divorce in my life, I need constant reminders of God's love and support of me. He is FOR me, not against me!

    Thank you for making yourself so vulnerable and transparent. It' bringing healing to my life.

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