Truth on a Thursday

    • Bible Reading: Colossians 3:1-17

Truth- genuineness, honesty, truth, but not merely truth as spoken; the truth of an idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, the divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.

In ancient Greek culture, 225 (alḗtheia) was synonymous with “reality” as the opposite of illusion, i.e. fact.]

*Strong’s Greek Concordance


One morning I looked in the mirror and didn’t like what I saw. The wrinkles, skin demarcations, fat cell deposits, were all things I looked at with hatred. I hated my body and myself. I wasn’t good enough and felt ashamed. I had let other people define what I thought of the body God had given me. I needed to get help but, didn’t know where to go.– I was diagnosed with depression but, did not take the medication because…I allowed someone else to tell me I should not.  The things I enjoyed doing with others became unbearable, if I got up the courage to join in, my heart would grow so heavy that it would leave me in a pool of tears later. That’s when I decided enough was enough.


Admit to Repent.

I am a sinner. I lusted, over consumed, was greedy, lazy, angry, envious, and prideful. Colossians 3:5 – Therefore put to death what is earthly in you. (Colossians 3:5-11)

I began a new journey. The people who would always point out my body faults or spoke negatively of me, I simply stopped doing certain things with. I let go of the events, not the people. I learned to say ‘no, thank you’. After I loosened my grip on seeking approval from the world, I was able to completely repent and allow God to begin changing my mindset. 


The Healing to Obedience.

As I dove deeper into God’s Word the spiritual attacks increased. I veered off His path. God covered me. Although I wandered, God did not let me go too far. My spirit was and is anchored in Him. Humbling myself before the Lord, I gave praise and thanksgiving that He never left me nor forsook me. I kept reading, meditating, and praying. After years of repeating the same cycle of up and downs, I finally learned to yield to God’s way and learned my truth. If I desired a different outcome I needed to change my approach.

My Resolve.

The Holy Spirit revealed what my weaknesses and strengths were. I can say ‘NO..thank you’ with authority and not apologize for protecting what is within me. Fasting helps control my flesh (sinful tendencies) and not allow temptations to direct my thoughts and actions. I know my truth. I avoid my sinful tendencies and when I cannot I quickly ask the Holy Spirit to intervene. My help comes from the Lord (Psalm 121:2), I reached the end of me to get closer to God. Jesus took my chains off. I did things afraid. I continue to do things obediently fearful. I stand with the Lord in front of me. My mustard seed faith was increased so I can sow into others by sharing my testimony.  

We are never alone. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to cry out for help even when others want to hush you. (Mark 10:46-52)

~Torrie


Oh Lord by Lauren Daigle
Though times it seems
Like I’m coming undone
This walk can often feel lonely
No matter what until this race is won
I will stand my ground where hope can be found
I will stand my ground where hope can be found
Oh, O’Lord O’Lord I know You hear my cry
Your love is lifting me above all the lies
No matter what I face this I know in time
You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right
You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right
Your strength is found
At the end of my road
Your grace it reaches to the hurting
Still through the tears and the questioning why
I will stand my ground where hope can be found
I will stand my ground where hope can be found
Oh, O’Lord O’Lord I know You hear my cry
Your love is lifting me above all the lies
No matter what I face This I know in time
You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right
You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right
Songwriters: Joe Williams / Paul Mabury
O’Lord lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Essential Music Publishing
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About The Author


ourgivenpurpose

Greetings, my name is Torrie and I am an obedient God fearing woman, wife, and homeschooling mother. Our household is filled with men and it is important that we all continue to grow in the fruit of the spirit. Through this blog I hope to reach others as we journey closer to God and embrace our relational purposes.

9 Comments

  1. Hey Torrie. Thanks for sharing. I am currently having body issues myself and I’ve started on yet another journey to lose weight… again. I know there needs to ultimately be a lifestyle change so that my flesh isn’t dictating to me what it wants. Also, what advice do you have on being there for someone who has depression? My mom suffers from it and she constantly lives in the past. I just recently got her to go to church with me after YEARS of not attending, but I don’t know how to deal with it because I find it takes me to a darker place and I’ve been down (really down… maybe not as extreme) but I don’t want to be in that place again. Am I wrong for wanting to protect my own peace? What are your thoughts? I’m glad God delivered you from it as well! Thank you Jesus! 🙌🏾

    1. Dear Sister know that I am praying for you and understand that it is not easy being on either side of depression, but with God we can accomplish so much.
      The first thing I had to do was approach it like the disease it is. I wanted to get well, that meant treating the pain. I found things that made me feel whole, not just temporary excitement. I had to stop chasing (for example) the next sale, eating the gooeyest desert, and binge watching T.V. They became empty pleasures. I found God because that was Who I was searching for and Who was waiting for me.
      What may be difficult is cutting back. There is nothing wrong with protecting your own peace. Pray for strength to engage but, on different terms. Find things that you can do with your Mom that aren’t emotionally draining and enjoy those moments. The time spent with her will be more memorable.
      (Cut the events…not the people)
      I pray that helps and know that God will see you through. Keep following His lead.
      All glory to God.

  2. God is so good. Thank you my Queen for this post, we all as Jesus followers need to know that through trusting God’s promises we can overcome. Struggles will come, but Glory will be there in the end.
    So thankful for what God is doing for us through you. ❤️🙏🏾

  3. This was hard for me to read and left me with many emotions. After prayer 🙏🏿 God let me know that it is not about me and my feelings but about yours. However be it that I tried to pass on the same positives that my parents gave me about “keeping a PMA, accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative, you are beautiful because you are made in God’s image, no one in this world is any better than you are and the only person you should feel compelled to look up to is God, also because you are only as good as the last person that you helped.” And on and on Even with all “the walk tall with your head high (while holding your tummy in) with your shoulders back” – still, life does give you curve balls that no matter how many positive affirmations for life and compliments our parents; who we know have unconditional agape love for us, we allow ourselves to get caught up in the world and depression does follow in most cases. But glory to God who gives us His Holy Spirit; we have victory in Jesus. And no matter how much: parenting, counseling, compliments, worldly pleasures we may indulge in, until each of us submit and commit to having a relationship with Jesus Christ we can never have a true relationship with anyone else. I thank God for you, I love you so much and I’m encouraged and deeply proud of you. You are a blessing to me and you are a blessing to others. You are gorgeous, wonderfully and perfectly made a real beauty inside and out (Receive nothing less). Plus – You have His Blessed Assurance. Love agape, Mom

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