I lived in a safe place, a haven I created to protect myself from the darkness that poked me from the outside.
This haven allowed me to cover the hurt, the shame, and the self-inflicted guilt I walked in because
I did not know what to do. However, I had to do something to protect myself from 'them.'
From those who caused pain.
From those who did not understand.
From those who smeared and robbed my innocence.
From those who caused me to hide who I am.
I hid who I was because I did not tell the truth about the state of mind I was in.
Hiding the truth was easier. It became second nature to keep secrets.
Behind the mask.
The mask was the smile, the fun-filled voice and the famous line 'all-is-well' and it was nowhere near being well.
The mask could not hold in truth, but I kept it glued with lies.
It was better this way. So, I thought until my mask begins to attack me.
It no longer protected me but haunted and tormented me.
I wanted it off, but it remained in position, until one day...
The power of LOVE shattered and broke the chains of bondage off of my life!
Now there I stood unmasked.
Mercy saw me and pulled me out of the pit of yesterday.
Who is Mercy? Mercy is the compassion of God Almighty.
Now, I can live for today.
Unmasked. Delivered. Living my truth in God.
Today, many desire to dress up in a costume, choosing to become someone else. But, I fought for years to be free from masking to BE exactly who I am in God. #Unmasked #Free #Unapologetically #TruU
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.