Radiant with Joy

“I still can’t bring myself to tell people I am divorced.” Linda shared with her Recovering from Divorce group. She had been divorced for over three years, and the shame of being divorced and Catholic still held her hostage. This is very common. I must admit that it has been over thirteen years since my divorce and it is not something that I share with pride. If you struggle with the shame of divorce, you are not alone.

When Jesus walked the earth, he went out of his way to embrace those that felt outcast by society. He sought them out. They were HIS people. He defended them, he cured them, and he loved them. He turned their shame into joy. Well, you are HIS people, too. Don’t ever forget that. So, the next time you are feeling the shame of your divorce, remember that Jesus sees past your circumstances and into your heart. He longs to remove whatever regret He finds there. To Him, you are his greatest treasure. Allow Him to wipe away any stain from your past so that you may become radiant with His joy!

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. When the poor one called out, the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved him. Psalm 34:6-7

Originally posted 2014-06-09 06:00:10.

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  1. One who lives with the shame of being divorced is missing out on living and appreciating the present time, which will never happen again. Jesus does not want us to dwell on the past because we will be held hostage within ourselves. Jesus loves us for who we are and does not judge because he knows all and he knows our difficulties and our struggles with the path we have been placed. I am the happiest I have ever been after my 30 year marriage crumbled 8 years ago. I did not know how unhappy and under respected I was until my ex husband walked out on me and his 3 adult children. Our lives are filled with sunshine and happiness now. Praise God for great things.