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This week, I have been focusing upon reprogramming your thoughts/mind to help you break free from the “programming” you experienced as an abused child. I have been adapting Beth Moore’s method from her study entitled Breaking Free so that those of you who are triggered by religion could also benefit. Unfortunately, those of you with religious triggers will have to bow out of the last discussion, but I fear it is unavoidable.

********* Religious triggers *********

If you have a faith or spiritual connection, your faith can empower you as you use the process I have described this week. Instead of needing to figure out what is true or have a therapist explain it, you can use your holy scriptures/tenets of your faith to help you embrace the truth.

For example, let’s say that you struggle with feeling fundamentally unlovable. Instead of just telling yourself over and over, “I love you” (as I did), you can choose a Bible verse (or text/tenet from your faith/spirituality) to use as your mantra, such as:

“I am the apple of God’s eye.” Zech. 2:8

I have been struggling a lot with anxiety and insomnia. I have chosen the following Bible verse as my mantra:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28

I quoted that Bible verse repeatedly last night and had a great night’s sleep.

The Bible (and I would guess most religious texts) have many of the truths we need to help us dismantle the lies. One of my favorites is from Isaiah 61:

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.

I memorized all of this and would run it through my head when I felt like I was not worth anything. This scripture is a promise that God will heal my broken heart and release me from my internal prisons. He will comfort me, pull me out of the ashes, and make me beautiful “for the display of his splendor.” He will also “rebuild the ancient ruins” (my history) and renew me.

That scripture might not speak to you as it does for me, but find one that does. As you meditate on scripture, you are not fueling the lies that have held you captive. Give it a try – it really works!

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