The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. – Psalm 121:5
When we learn of vulnerable children or helpless animals being mistreated, most of us feel enraged. We understand, at a very deep level, that what they’ve endured is wrong. But if we were exposed to abuse or neglect when we were young, if no one effectively stood up for us or protected us, we might have internalized the message that we are not worth protecting.
As we take our lives back, however, we can begin resisting that faulty assumption. We learn to value ourselves, our lives, and the progress we’ve made. We gather with others for strength and protect ourselves with truth. We also develop strategies for avoiding places and people that could reverse the gains we’ve made. We become so grounded in reality that we’re no longer confused about where we’ve been or where we’re going. We even have a plan in place for what to do if we stumble and fall.
We learn to protect ourselves because we finally believe, in our bones, that we are worth protecting.
Was there someone committed to protecting you when you were young? If not, what has been the fallout in your life?
What measures have you put in place to protect yourself today?
Lord, you are my Protector. Your love has convinced me, at last, that I am worth protecting. Strengthen me to be wise as I live as a new person, holy and beloved.
Taken from Take Your Life Back Day by Day copyright © 2016 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.