Confess the Mess #1

Years ago a website called, Secrets I Never Told, was created that provided people with a public forum to share raw and uncensored feelings about their own lives or their secret observations about others. In fact, the site became so popular that a book was born out of the phenomenon.

Now, I’m not endorsing this site nor the idea behind it. In my opinion, I believe it was probably popular for voyeuristic or entertainment reasons.

But there’s something fundamentally helpful and healing about true confession. God created it that way.

I’ve experienced the power of confession – to my God, to my family, to my friends, to my small group, to my accountability and prayer partners. Confession has freed me from the bonds of secret sin in my life. And I’ve wondered if I could provide that same step toward freedom for my readers with a forum on confession.

Now, I don’t know if this will work. It’s simply an experiment that I’d like to try. I may have other “Confess the Mess” posts and I may not.

But here are three purposes I hope are accomplished:
  1. You have a need to confess something, but because of fear or shame you haven’t done so. This could provide you with an opportunitythe first step towards truth and healing.
  2. You simply want to read other’s confession/comments, so that you won’t feel alone in your struggle with sin and human frailty. 
  3. If we would band together to pray for one another, God could begin the healing that we so desperately need.

Here’s how it will work: Comment anonymously any sins and failures you struggle with daily in the comment section of this post.

And I promise to pray for you. In fact, I hope that we will all pray for one another. And who knows … maybe one or two of those anonymous confessions will even be from me! 


Please read the note below!

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you. When a believing person prays, great things happen.” James 5:16 (NCV)

“Many who became believers confessed their sinful practices.” Acts 19:18 (NLT)

“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 (NLT)

I just discovered through a mortified commenter who wanted the comment removed, that with my new Disqus application there is no option to comment anonymously. You must make sure to log out, then comment as “guest” then type in your email address in first box (it won’t show) then click on second box to type in “anonymous” (it will have entered your email address there too, but you can type over it with “anonymous”).  Sorry for this glitch! I had no idea and may try to figure out how to change this! Yikes!

  • anonymous

    I harbor resentment and envy toward an old acquaintance that I still have to deal with today. I’ve worked on trying to forgive her, but the feelings of anger and hurt keep resurfacing as I have to work alongside her sometimes.

  • *Mildred*

    I enjoy sex with my spouse. He has made it known that he would like more verbal communication during our intimate times together- for practical reasons, and it’s a “turn-on”. I have let him know I’m “just not comfortable with that yet”, but truthfully, I don’t wan’t him to think he has any sort of control over my body, so I consciously with hold telling him what I am liking or even not liking. and I have no desire or intention to “get comfortable” with it.

  • anonymous

    I have the same problem as Mildred. My mother used to talk negatively to me about sex, especially with my father, when I was growing up. Now I sometimes think of sex as dirty or bad. It is so hard to be open with my husband now because of it all.

  • Interesting idea. Thanks for sharing it with NOBH.
    Stefanie

  • :(

    I haven’t been to church in several weeks. Our family has gotten in a rut of not going, again… I make excuses that our schedule doesn’t allow it right now. We NEED to make time, but it is not a priority in our schedule 🙁

  • You are so right, confession is powerful! As a Catholic I am blessed to have the opportunity to confess my sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation at anytime. Of course this is to a Priest and not a friend or family member, but I feel assured in the fact that the Priest cannot ever reveal what is said and trust this seal of the confessional. The feeling of newness I have when walking out of confession is awesome. A true healing Sacrament!