Living With Addiction
Strongholds of Shame
The Broken Behavior
Day 14 of 40
The piercing chill arising from a lonely Beloved’s heart who longed to be touched and loved on was no match for the brooding blizzard within. This Beloved’s desperation found her tears leading her adrift until the chill from an approaching arctic blast forced her to seek shelter in an unexpected tavern occupied by deceptive sojourners.
Midwest storms were known for their frigid temperatures due to the arctic air that rushes down from the backsides of snowstorms, but this arctic blast was no match for the impending freeze-up that would last for generations to come.
One step into the tavern confirmed that not even the biting chill from the wind outside could be compared with the brokenness existing from the patrons seeking shelter from the storm’s wrath.
With the chill brooding in the Beloved’s broken heart, she found her way to the warmth of the bar. As she began to sit down, she unwrapped her fur scarf and asked the bartender for a shot of whiskey to diffuse the frigid dampness in the room.
This unraveling of the layers between the clothing and the warmth from the whiskey within announced the Beloved’s beauty that drew attention unlike anything she had ever experienced. What started out as innocent shelter from the arctic blast led to decisions that would effect many hearts, many families, for many generations to come.
Two hearts united together by whiskey during an arctic blast should have offered a life leading to marriage with the white picket fence and a couple of kids. Maybe in a perfect world! But coming from a tavern of deception…
Hundreds of years ago, living with addiction became predominant. The stronghold of physical abuse and being subjected to it through control and manipulation bled through to subsequent generations. There was also infidelity acceptance; this man was married with his own children.
Here is a married, abusive, alcoholic man promising love to a beautiful and desperate Beloved with a broken heart. An affair ensues, but when the Beloved finds out she is pregnant, she also finds out that the man she gave her heart to is married.
Back in that era, not only was premarital sex forbidden, but an unwed mother from an adulterous affair would receive ridicule and be forsaken. This new life that promised new beginnings started a whole new arctic chill and avalanche that would take out and devastate many generations to come.
To me, the birth of a child is a blessing, no matter how it’s conceived. I cannot imagine the pain associated with living a life filled with lies brought on to cover up an affair! This child grew up living with the shame brought on from being a byproduct of an adulterous affair and that her parents chose to run and hide to a new area to get married to cover up the shame of the pregnancy and adulterous affair. May I introduce you to Mr. Shame at his finest hour!
The shame in living with the secret that you are a byproduct of an adulterous affair was destructive. The damages continue to be the predominant force and stronghold over my family! This sounds so much like my own life. How about yours? The cycle continues.
The shame this Beloved carried kept her locked up in a cell of hell. She became emotionally absent because she feared that the truth of her blessed inception would be found out. It created layers of deception and rage throughout the family dynamics because, for one, her father was a womanizer, an alcoholic, and an abusive man drowning in his own misery and alcohol. We know what scorned women do, but carrying the weight of such shame is unfathomable!
If I could see you today, Beautiful, the Beloved who lived your life through the lens of shame, I would hold your hand and share that being a byproduct of an affair has no reflection on the amazing and loving woman you are. There is no reason to be ashamed. You are a blessing to your family, though you may not hear the gentle whispers of love and affirmation through the concealment in your cell of hell.
Your children still arise and call you blessed because of all the love you poured into them with the best of your ability battling depression and shame. Even though your heart may be severely tattered from all the hell you lived through for so many years underneath the weight of torment, I get it. I wish I could erase and pull out all that pain to spring new life from your heaviness due to carrying and hiding from this family secret that has no bearing on you.
I want to say thank you for blessing me with your unique and valuable gifts of love and compassion for others, intelligence, style and sophistication that will continue to live on through many generations. I am proud to carry your DNA. I love you like so many do. That barrier that was built because of shame that robbed you of a life filled with peace and fulfillment, it’s coming down in the name of Jesus Christ!
Beautiful Beloved, you are forgiven. Just ask! You are so loved and precious! Your life leaves a legacy for the beginnings of severing this stronghold of living with addiction! I love you. This stronghold deliverance belongs to the Lord! Jesus has the key and He has unlocked the ball and chains that have held us all captive for so many generations. Rejoice, your life has meaning! We have come for a time such as this; our legacies leave love, strength and deliverance! Love covers all!
Until next time…