When you look at a photograph of yourself, do you immediately pick out flaws? I know that my eye always goes to my chin(s), waist, upper arms, or thighs. You know, the usual culprits for a lot of women. What about when you are looking in the mirror? Do you only see lines and wrinkles, sun spots, or sagging jowls?
Now, let me ask you this…when you look at your best friend, what do you see? You love this person, so do you start looking at her flaws, lines, and wrinkles, or do you see her sparkling eyes and a warm smile? What do you think she sees when she is looking at you???
Women seem to pick themselves apart more than men do. My daughter was laughing at a sticker she saw that said, “I wish I had the confidence of a mediocre white man.” There is some truth in that statement since many men seem to have confidence in their abilities and looks. They might see wrinkles, a receding hairline, or a beer belly, but they don’t seem to dwell on it as much as women do.
While I was traveling to Atlanta to see my sister, I decided to listen to songs by Lauren Daigle. She is my favorite Christian Musical artist, and I love her songs. The first song that played was “You Say,” and as usual, it brought me to tears. I don’t think that I’ve ever listened to this song without the waterworks flowing.
The song starts with: “I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough, Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up.”
I bet that every one of you reading this has had those voices tell you the same thing.
As a mom, I have worried over my decisions and the impact that they have had on my children. Was I good enough?
The voices have also told me that I wasn’t a good wife, friend, daughter, business owner, and every other aspect of my life. There have been times when I listened to that voice, and the lies took root in my heart. Thinking that you aren’t as good as someone else can be hurtful, even if it isn’t the truth. If you “think” that it is the truth, then you will make it the truth.
1 Peter 5:8
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
That is why this song makes me cry; it reminds me that I let the enemy win. I let the devil convince me that I wasn’t good enough and that I didn’t belong. It reminds me that I didn’t lean on my God and that I didn’t trust that He made me be exactly enough!
“You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
And you say I am held when I am falling short
And when I don’t belong, oh You say I am Yours
And I believe
Oh, I believe
What You say of me
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
The Lord loves you and me, and He doesn’t see the extra weight we gained or count the wrinkles on our forehead. He looks into our hearts and whispers that we are HIS!
When we remember to put on the full armor of God, then we can better see how the devil schemes against us. The devil picks his battles according to our weaknesses. But, he is at a disadvantage because we have the ultimate warrior and protector on our side.
When you say the words, “I am yours,” who do you want to be talking to? The scheming devil or our loving Lord?
I AM YOURS, AND I BELIEVE!
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!