DARE to BARE it all!

Dare to Bare it All | By Sarah E Koontz

 

There are very few people who have ever seen me naked, and I will do everything in my power to keep it that way!

But when it comes to how much of myself I choose to reveal on an emotional level, I long for the freedom that comes from daring to bare it all!

It is so difficult to share our flaws and shortcomings with others, but one small act of vulnerability has the power to open up a floodgate of blessing in our lives.

 

True vulnerability is a rare thing in our culture where perception is everything.

 

Today I am going to strip away the fancy clothes and cute accessories and show you the person I have been trying to cover up for all these years.

This is not a decision I came by lightly, but it is something I felt the Lord tugging on my heart to do.

After several drafts, long conversations with my best friend and husband, and lots of prayer, this article is what I ended up with.

 

 We are all woefully and habitually imperfect.

 

I am positively obsessed with trying to hide my imperfections from others.   I work hard to keep my house clean, teach my children to be well behaved, and care for the needs of my husband.

But no matter how good I am at creating the appearance of perfection, my life and my heart is still a jumbled mess.

I often struggle to keep my mind focused on others rather than consumed with thoughts of self.

I have to constantly remind myself to listen before I speak, and I care far too much about what others think of me.

I wish I were more patient with my children, and feel terrible about how often I raise my voice in anger.

 

Dandelion blower woman

 

I am so grateful that no one can hear what goes on inside of my head.

I am often too quick to judge, overly hard on myself and others, constantly striving for my own version of perfection, and frequently consumed with self-doubt and negativity.

I don’t always like the person that is hiding under all of those coverings.

 

She isn’t at all who I want to be.

 

She is the worst version of me, and I fight every day to make sure she is never allowed out into the open where others might see her.

She is often selfish, jealous, judgmental, impatient, and unkind.  She can be very ugly, and she is often lurking just below the surface.

She is sinful, she is fallen, she is broken….

 

…she needs GRACE.

 

” So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:21-25

 

We all have a list of personal flaws we see in ourselves, whether we choose to share it with the world or not.

I have revealed my insecurities to you, my private thoughts, the things I try to hide.

Jesus Christ loves me in spite of everything I stated above, He has a beautiful plan for my life, and He is slowly but surely teaching me to bare it all before Him.

 

 In those fleeting moments when I am able to share my whole self with Him, flaws and all, I am transformed!

 

The fears and insecurities we struggle to keep hidden are holding us captive.

The harder we try to cover them up, the stronger and more powerful they become.

Sometimes we need to bare it all before a trustworthy friend before we can find the inner strength to be emotionally naked before God

Let others in, and you will realize that you are not alone and your battle is not unique.

 

 

Woman walking on wheat field at summer sunset

 

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior, you are REDEEMED!

That ugly person living inside of you has been SAVED BY GRACE, and sin has NO POWER.

It’s time for both you and I to start defining ourselves, not by who we used to be, but rather by who GOD SAYS WE ARE!

 

  • We have been crucified with Christ and weI no longer live, but Christ lives in us. (Galatians 2:20)
  • The Son has set us free. We are free indeed! (John 8:36)
  • Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  • We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. (Philippians 4:13)
  • He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it. (Philippians 1:6)
  • There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
  • Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:38-39)
  • In all things, God works for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:28)
  • God is faithful. He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
  • God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:17)
  • He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20)
  • God is for us! Who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

 

True vulnerability is a rare thing in our culture where perception is everything. I long for the freedom that comes from daring to bare it all! | SarahKoontz.com

 

We all need grace. Each. And. Every. Day.

 

We need forgiveness for our shortcomings and strength to overcome them.  I would be lost if not for the hope I have in my Savior.

The process of writing this post showed me that I am not that girl who is hiding just beneath the surface of my life.

 

I haven’t been her for a long time.

 

It’s time for me to stop listening to her, and to start replacing her lies with God’s truth.

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  Sarah Koontz invites Christians of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah lives on 13-acres in South Dakota with her husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens. She revels in their simple, uncluttered life. Follow Sarah on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Read Sarah's full Bio Here.

31 thoughts on “DARE to BARE it all!

  1. Sharing our vulnerabilities with one another is daring greatly. Being all in with insecurities and failures is challenging! Yet, Jesus Christ is in the arena of life, reminding us who we really are in Him. He’s the role model of being real, authentic and enough! He’s got our backs!

  2. Wow, this is wonderful. I felt like you were in my head. God has called me to share my testimony after a LOT of healing and so I put my testimony on my blog today. I had it planned and scheduled but as the time got close but I’m holding onto the truth that God has redeemed me and my story will bring Him glory. So glad I stopped by.

    1. To gain courage to speak what is hiding inside all you must do is reveal a piece of yourself at a time. Each time I have been brave enough to share a bit of my ugly, I have had people like you confirm that I am not alone. I am headed over to your site to check out your testimony now, thanks for being brave enough to share!

  3. This was wonderfully written. It is 100% true of all of us, & I felt like you were in my head writing about me. Thank you so much for your willingness to be vulnerable and share with us!

  4. Wonderfully true…so many times I try to “put on” – it is so easy with social media! But, how will others know of His grace if they never see us fall first?
    Thanks for sharing!
    -Sarah (www.sarahefrazer.com)

    1. Yes, it is so tempting to paint the picture that you have it all together on social media. Learning the art of vulnerability is a challenging task, but well worth the effort for anyone that wants to be a beacon of God’s light in a dark world.

    1. It does take a lot of energy to expose your weaknesses to others, but it is so very important for us to realize we are not alone. And being real and authentic is the only way to accomplish that. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on this post. Blessings to you!

    1. Motherhood reveals a lot about our character, and if we are prone to perfectionism….it can be quite a challenge to accept our flaws and the flaws of our children. I am so glad this article spoke to you, I am going to have to check back often to re-read it myself….just so I don’t forget 😉

    1. Thank you Cindy! I tried to write on the prompt for this week, but ended up writing a post about blogging instead. In my weird way, the blogging post totally fits the “love me; love me not” theme, but I wasn’t sure if others would see it so I decided to share an oldie but goodie!

  5. This is truly a beautiful post! This here is so true > “Let others in, and you will realize that you are not alone and your battle is not unique.” I am grateful to have stopped here this morning! Blessings!

    1. I’m grateful you stopped by too, Joanne. Thank you for your kind words. I love that quote from the article too. Often, when we hold things inside, we begin to believe the lie that no one else would understand our problems if we let them in, so we continually bare our burdens all alone. I aim to encourage people to live out loud, as it is the place where freedom is discovered.

  6. This is beautiful, Sarah! And, you are certainly in good company. Oh, the raw, uninhibited, incredible beauty of Grace. Thank you, Jesus. What a beautiful reminder, Sarah, thank you 🙂 #livefreeThursday

  7. Beautiful post, Sarah. So good to link up with you at #LiveFree today.

    I appreciate this: “The process of writing this post showed me that I am not that girl who is hiding just beneath the surface of my life. I haven’t been her for a long time.” Hallelujah! Let’s replace lies in our minds with God’s truth.

    1. There is no more worthwhile task in this life than replacing lies with God’s truth! Looking forward to reading your #livefreeThursday post from this week, Betsy.

  8. Sarah, I can relate to so much of what you shared. Hiding behind a mask can be so tiring. Like you, I’m so glad for the freedom to be myself before Christ and be loved by Him. It’s true that we are a work in progress, yet God never gives up on us!

    1. Amen! I am so grateful for God’s patience with me…with all of us! It feels good to take off the mask and embrace my imperfections. Because when I am weak, He is strong.

  9. Sarah,
    Every time I read your posts…I see a younger version of myself. Cling to the TRUTH you have so beautifully written here…read it back to yourself. If thoughts make you anxious, fearful, doubtful, despairing…red flag they are lies. God wants you to live in the light of freedom that when you bare it all with Him…it doesn’t change His love for you. He loved you before He created you and as His child, His grace covers all your shortcomings. Just reading all the comments on your blog…I see a common thread…we ALL have some of those thoughts rumbling around in our head. We just don’t share our insecurities very well. Thank you for daring to be brave and go first in sharing…may you be richly blessed!
    ((Hugs)) sweet one,
    Bev

    1. God wants me to live in the light of freedom, He wants that for all of us! It is my deepest desire that my writing shines the light of freedom on people who are living with too many lies. I shared a beautiful quote on my FB this morning from Tsh at The Art of Simple.

      “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What, you too? I thought I was the only one.”

      I always appreciate your thoughtful comments, Bev! You are such an encouragement to me.

  10. “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
    “Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.”

    Yes!! We are not only fearfully and wonderfully made, we, (you, and individually you) are His most precious possession! He looks at you every second of every day and is delighted in you! He does not see your sin. He sees only His precious child! There is no one He would rather spend every moment with!

    Think of it! He chooses to live inside of you! He chooses to! He thinks you’re wonderful in every way!

    What we do that is wrong effects our earthly lives, but, praise God, because to the redeeming blood of Jesus, the Father never sees it!

    All He sees is the perfected you!

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