Growing up in my family there was a saying that I heard repeatedly, “What happens in this house stays in this house!” Perhaps, you may have heard
those words in your home too. My family was very careful to never let their “dirty laundry” be exposed. Keeping their dirty laundry private shielded them from the possible judgement and rejection from their family and peers. When I heard those words I knew that I needed to keep my mouth shut.
"Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge."
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
As I continued to pray, I knew I needed to trust and believe that God had this under control. He is the one writing my life story. He is the one who heals and restores us. Each day that I trusted and believed that He had a plan for my life, I began to feel stronger and more confident. Eventually I felt that I had enough courage built up in my heart to take a chance and tell some of my friends and family that my son was gay. I was not responsible for how my friends and family responded.
“What God knows about me is more important than what others think about me.”
"Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
"Praise to the God of All Comfort. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ."
I am sure many of you are thinking, “That’s a nice story Lynn. I am glad it turned out well for you. But if you knew my family and friends it would be a completely different story.” I know this is a positive story. In my experiences, not everyone was as gracious and loving as Becky was. However, the conversations that went well gave me the strength and encouragement to embrace my journey. Know that you are not meant to carry your burden alone. God desires that we go to him with our burdens so that he can comfort us and give us rest. Pour your heart out to him, ask him to reveal who he desires you to share with. Trust he will provide a safe person to talk with. Who in your life can you share your burdens with?