Today on Perry and Shawna Morning it’s Freedom Friday! Perry and Shawna have a conversation about Perry’s dark night of the soul. It was early Christmas morning of 1996 when the terrifying thought hit him: I must not be a true believer. It must be that I’m cut off from God. Forever. That moment came out of 3 months of depression that was being fueled by the shame he felt for the sins of his teenage years. A huge part of why he ended up in that moment is that he was at his core, relying on his feelings to judge whether or not he was in with God. So began the journey out of that dark night of the soul with Perry learning that truth is true no matter what we feel.
He started writing down truth statements that he could keep coming back to. The first one was: No matter what I think or feel that troubles me or even terrifies me does not change the truth of God’s promises. The second was: How do I deal with feelings of guilt and shame? By remembering that forgiveness is a fact, not an emotion, based on Jesus’ death on the cross! Emotions are welcome but not required. And the third: Saving faith is understanding the truth and deciding to trust what I understand: That Jesus took the punishment for my sin. That through his death and resurrection I am made right with God. This is true whether I feel it or not. Share hope by sharing this link!
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.