Not enough and yet still too much!

This past weekend I went away on a vicar’s wives getaway (it used to be called a retreat but it’s not quiet enough!!)

This weekend is one of my most precious in the year, I’ve been going for the past 4 years and it’s really important to me to take this weekend for myself every year. It’s a time to get away, in the middle of the Sussex countryside, it’s quiet (apart from meal times!) is surrounded by rolling hills and horses, I can swim, run and nap! It’s a real place to clear out my mind and let go.

Over the weekend there are 3 talks and every year, even if I don’t think they are going to speak to me directly, without fail they do.

This year the speaker was talking about our inner narrative, and straight away it resonated with a dialogue I believed had been silenced.

Last year I went to Hillsong Colour conference. It was incredible for me. The ‘critical tape’ which previously played continuously on my mind was turned off. I made a choice not to listen to the lies playing and instead believe the Biblical truth that I am God’s beloved.

Freedom, and oh my mind was beautifully quiet and still.

And it remained that way for months, it felt as though that door on critical and negative thoughts was firmly shut and locked.

So I didn’t keep a check on the door, I just assumed it was still shut.

But in the past few months that door has been creaking back open, so slowly I didn’t even notice it moving.

And those thoughts have been whispering round the door, ever so gently. And then they began to increase, louder and louder, seeping into every area.

This weekend, on my ‘getaway’ this hit me full force, and boy I was not prepared for it.

Since coming home I have felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to put this into a blog post, and this has been the first time since starting my blog that I have really hesitated with it.

Our dialogue has gone a bit like this

God – Hey, you know this stuff from the weekend

Me – yup, I don’t really want to talk about that just yet

God – I get that, I do

Me – ok cool

God – but I kinda think you should blog that one down, like ALL the narrative, all of it, the whole caboodle!

Me – um, no! You know that that is too deep, too vulnerable and too raw, I don’t want to do that!

God – my sweet girl, that’s exactly why I’m asking you to

Oh man he got me good!! But I noticed he wasn’t forcing me to do it but he was reminding me I wasn’t doing it alone.

So, here goes…my internal narrative goes something a bit like this (and it’s not an exhaustive list but just to give you a really good idea of my tape)

You’re not enough, you’re not a good enough daughter/sister/wife/mother/friend

You’re not thin enough/pretty enough/disciplined enough

You’re not funny enough/smart enough/wise enough/supportive enough

You don’t take things seriously enough

You don’t sing well enough

You’re not good enough at the things you put your heart too – running – you’re not fast enough

You’re not perfect enough

And then there is a swing side to not being enough, you’re also too much

You’re too much for people to take

You’re too needy/too pathetic/too desperate

You’re too fat, too ugly

You over share every area of your life

You’re too desperate to please you’re not genuine enough

You’re voice is too annoying

You’re too shallow/too vain/too self-deprecating/too self-serving/too weak/too childish

You joke too much

You’re too irritating/too boring/too dull

You’re draining to be around

I don’t know what plays on your internal dialogue and you may wonder why I shared so much of my internal narrative especially when it’s painful to write and read back to myself. My hope would be that there may be something you read and say “me too, I thought only I felt that, I was isolated and kept silent but I’m not the only one to feel those things”.

This weekend the speaker reminded me that our silence only gives oxygen to the devil to keep spewing his lies out. But by bringing them into the light and naming them out loud he loses his air, he cannot fan those flames.

I realised today that while I believed the door to be shut on these lies I neglected to still bring them before God. I left the door unchecked and unguarded.

Well today I’m beginning to take that ground back and remind the devil NOT TODAY!!

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9 thoughts on “Not enough and yet still too much!

  1. Penny Borkett says:

    I can resonate with much that you have written and I guess many will. However I am made in God’s image and am finally able to love myself and love those that God puts in my way to support and love.

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    • Esther says:

      Thank you. Thank you for opening up and being honest and writing down exactly what is going in me at the moment. I’m just starting to see how negative I have become. I needed to read this today. X

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  2. sarahfgrose01 says:

    Love your post xx and it was really nice to catch up and run together this morning. I do appreciate your friendship ☺ Looking forward to Wednesday xxSent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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  3. stlukesyork says:

    Hi thanks for this – blogging is so scary! Best responses I’ve had have been the most vulnerable ones! I’m so conscious of this stuff as I don’t want to pass these thoughts onto my daughter- really challenging if you are a Christian mum not to beat yourself up!

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    • linz82 says:

      Oh I totally agree, I have 3 daughters and a son and I want them to know who they are in Christ and no listen to the lies the world feeds them.

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  4. Michelle Twin Mum says:

    This is such good stuff, I think there re so many of us who can relate to this. I think God is deeply touching me on the subject of narrative right now as this as the third thing in a week, firs5 a sermon, the. A podcast and now your blog. Good luck with keeping that door closed, you know it will stay shut when you keep God involved. Mich x

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  5. Linda Tucker says:

    I read the list and thought that’s me for most of them. The word “enough” kept sticking out .. not good enough etc etc.
    Then I switched to Bible Gateway on my phone and the first line was “ The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing” and I realised that I am enough for Him and He gives me enough .
    As you say, mustn’t let the door of negativity open.
    Thanks for sharing. X

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