The world is really noisy right now, isn’t it? There area a lot of voices SHOUTING to be heard. I wonder which voice holds the most power over your daily life.
A lot of women find that the voice with the most power is not actually their own.
It might be a parent or a spouse that comes to mind first. It might be an internal critic, or maybe past trauma that speaks up loudest when you make a mistake. These voices are deeply embedded that we sometimes think they’re always right.
When constantly faced with negative thoughts and words we tend to be much more critical of ourselves.
We get frustrated by our emotions and our circumstances, and it starts an ugly spiral of feeling bad and not trusting ourselves (or anyone else).
In the midst of everyday pain and chaos, it’s easy to lose touch with the things that are solid and true in your life but please remember that God NEVER loses sight of you.
So, no matter what circumstances or events fill your life this week, I wanted to remind you of some truths straight from God’s lips to your ears:
-Your cause is just. No matter how the upcoming election turns out, our world is better because you are fighting for all of us to be treated fairly.
–God doesn’t wish you were a boy. God’s daughters are as cherished and respected as God’s sons. There is no separation. No curse. No mistake that can change your role as a beloved child.
-You are utterly, beautifully unique. No one has ever been like you before, and no one will be again. Your purpose and place in this world are YOURS.
-God never changes. He doesn’t break promises or manipulate you like people sometimes do. He is worth your trust and adoration.
-You have value just because you exist. Your worth is not tied to what you achieve, what your roles are, or what you do. You are worthy and valuable just as you are.
-You deserve rest, care, and support. Had a good day? You deserve rest. Had a bad day? You deserve rest. Your needs matter because YOU matter.
-God is in 100% control of the situations in your life, in the lives of your loved ones, and in the world. You can let your guard down and rest in His presence. He is always looking out for you.
-God loves you. I mean, really LOVES you! You are His precious, priceless daughter and deserve to be surrounded by people who treat you with respect (even if they don’t like you today).
I pray that these truths would be embedded in your soul this week, and would serve as a reminder of who you are and who God is, even when life is chaotic.
Hey there friend! I’m Angela J Herrington, MA, LSCC and I’m a Faith Deconstruction coach who provides soul care for people who are untangling from toxic religion.
As a certified life coach and seminary-trained online pastor, I have a lot of experience helping people connect with God. But this is also a very personal journey for me.
For the last decade, I’ve been on my own journey to break free from learned smallness and step into wild sacred holy womanhood. Long story short, after finding faith in my early 30’s I began to realize that what I was hearing from the church about women didn’t always line up with what God was telling me. I loved God but realized the church was teaching some really toxic stuff.
So this Enneagram 8, first born, Gen Xer started deconstructing. I questioned and challenged everything I thought I knew about faith, gender, and myself.
It was messy and took a lot of work to sort it out. Therapy. Coaching. Bodywork. Spiritual healing. Conferences and retreats. And even a couple of college degrees.
You name it…I tried it.
But the thing that made the biggest difference was the presence and support of wise people who helped me up when I didn’t know where else to turn.
That’s why in September 2021, I created and hosted The Deconstructing Faith Summit. I gathered 20 phenomenal deconstruction experts to share their expertise and hosted over 1100 attendees in the week-long virtual event. Those who attended realized they weren’t alone, had a safe space to ask questions, learned dozens of strategies to help them deconstruct, and released tons of pent-up emotions they didn’t even know they were carrying around.
We laughed, we cried, and we danced, but the best part was…We did it together.
It was AMAZING and it was just the beginning.
So now, I’m doubling down on my commitment to create an inclusive support system for people, like you, who are longing to get away from toxic religion and cultivate a nourishing spiritual life.