Ever feel like when a compliment is paid to you, that it’s not sincere? Because really, is someone going to tell you that you’re having a bad hair day or those jeans are better left on the hanger?
I am the youngest of four siblings in my immediate family- all ladies. A good part of my childhood my mother was our sole provider, she played the role of Mom, Dad and best friend. And although I can honestly say I don’t remember a lot of details about my childhood before sixth grade, I will say that I can’t remember a time when I ever saw any insecurities or self doubt from my mother or my sisters. In fact I felt completely safe, secure, loved and appreciated by all.
It got me thinking about why then, at some point in my life, I struggled with self doubt. I struggled with body image and trust issues. I’m not sure when this started, but it’s something that I have battled with for years, especially in my 20's and early 30's. Fast forward to now and I will say I am more comfortable being in my 40’s, but I still have moments of self doubt.
As someone in the fitness field, I deal with body image and being comfortable in one’s own skin (or uncomfortable, I should say!) daily. This is something men and women fight, no matter their size or goals that they meet. The current group I am working with is a beginner group. Just about every day as someone posts their workout for the day, they start with the disclaimers "this isn’t pretty," "I’m not doing this right" or "I should not have worn that shirt." Even in this encouraging, safe environment, women of all ages, shapes and sizes still feel they aren’t good enough. I don’t know their backgrounds or how they were raised, but I do know that we all share the same feelings. I also realize more and more this is something we need to address biblically.
Satan whispers these thoughts to us and wants to wear us down in believing that we aren’t good enough, pretty enough or thin enough. Know that you are beautiful! I am adding these following verses to my prayers, writing them on my mirror, and my hope is you will too.
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. -John 5:14
...for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. -Proverbs 3:26
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in GOD’s sight. -1 Peter 3: 3-4
Today and everyday let us pray and ask GOD to take away the negative thoughts, that we will know that HIS love is all we need, and that you are beautiful!
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