Just As I Am

Christ, Self-Love

I was photographing a group of women, and they asked to see the picture. The first words they uttered were words disgust or disapproval. It’s a shame how we all have a twisted image of ourselves. No matter how many times we hear Genesis 1:27, we will never believe that we are enough. We are constantly pitying ourselves, living in these dark thoughts even when the light in available for us to follow. The top 5 lies we tell ourselves are:

  1. I’m not enough.

  2. I’m too much.

  3. I’m crazy.

  4. I’m ugly.

  5. I hate myself.

I wish there was a way, a solution to fixing myself. I wish someone would tell me what to do. God doesn’t give us an exact answer through His Word about some of our problems. Thing is, our problems aren’t too big for a God who is bigger. He is the light in the darkness.

I have always been told that the negative thoughts floating around in our mind are from the devil. Makes sense. Why would bad things come from God? God doesn’t want us to think so lowly of ourselves. We aren’t worthy, yet we are so worthy. Are you following?

From the beginning, God’s creation was good (Genesis 1:31). If we weren’t enough in God’s eyes, then there wouldn’t be a way to salvation. If He didn’t see us as worthy then He wouldn’t have sent His Son to die on that cruel cross for those who disobey, mock, cheat, and curse God. We have always been against God, but He is always for us. Why can’t we see ourselves the way God sees us? Why can’t we give ourselves a little more grace when God grants us with grace upon grace?

Everything is easier said than done. I am coping. I am learning. There is a constant war happening inside of me, and it is always between my heart and my mind.

Though an army may encamp against me,

My heart shall not fear;

Though war may rise against me,

In this I will be confident (Psalm 27:3)

As I was reading my morning Psalm, this verse stuck out to me. The beginning of this chapter begins with how the LORD is our light and our salvation. Whom should we fear? He is our strength. Again, whom shall we fear? Our insecurities are the army that is against us. The devil is the one against us, waiting to attack while we are vulnerable. So when you think of those insecurities, redirect those thoughts. Through counseling, I have learned to notice my thoughts and then to redirect them. Replace them with words you want to be described as. Enough. Beautiful. Intelligent. Unique. It takes a lot of willpower and strength to do so, and if you have the strength of the Lord with you then it makes it ten times easier. No matter how many times people make me believe that I am crazy, not enough, or too much, I am loved just as I am.

Wait on the LORD;

Be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say, on the LORD! (Psalm 27:14)

Measure Your Life in Love

 

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