BBF53A7B-1F30-4FB9-9650-BE2C87B8A8A8.jpeg“Insecurity. Let’s be real, it’s something that we all struggle with at times. It is so easy to think negatively about ourselves. Unfortunately, it is often way easier than thinking positively. I think that in the middle of our pity party in times of feeling inadequate we forget that we are fighting a battle. There is a spiritual battle to be fought daily once you give your life over to Christ, and the enemy is going to do what he can to break you down to a point of weakness that you won’t even be able to find your way out of. The enemy loves to try to convince us of lies that leave us feeling overwhelmed and inadequate any chance that he gets. In those moments our initial reaction is to cave in and believe those lies. The whispers that tell us we aren’t good enough, attractive enough, smart enough, brave enough, outgoing enough, capable of success, etc. But have we forgotten who we are? Have we forgotten WHOSE we are? We become so consumed in the lies and negative thoughts so easily that we fail to listen to the voice of truth on the other side that is saying, “you ARE enough.” God is telling you exactly who you are at all hours of the day and what He says about you isn’t going to be anything negative or hurtful, it will bring you life!

You are capable, you are loved, you are valuable, you are beautiful, you are powerful, you are brave, and you can and will succeed. These are just a few examples of what God says about you, and if you actually allow yourself to listen to the voice of God and not the lies of the enemy He will tell you everything that you need to hear about yourself and more. He is for you and so crazy in love with you and he wants you to know what he thinks about you, His beloved child. You are stronger and capable of more than you think.
If we allow negative thoughts to control our lives it is only going to make us feel worse about ourselves and dwell on the things that we do not have the power to change. There are certain things about ourselves that we need to learn to embrace and love instead of try to change, because God made you exactly the way that you are for a reason. When and if you allow your perspective to change, your attitude will as well. This is where self-acceptance becomes necessary.

Self- acceptance happens the moment that you decide to see yourself through God’s eyes and not your own. If you are tired of feeling inadequate about yourself then stop looking at yourself through distorted eyes, it is your choice how you choose to see yourself. I know that it is not easy. I have to remind myself every day to think the way and say the things that God says about me instead of what I might be feeling about myself. The bible says that death and life are in the power of the tongue and if I stand in the mirror and pick out all of my flaws its going to bring me into a depressive state of mind; but, if I stand in front of the mirror and speak life over myself and the things that God says about me it is going to put me in a healthy state of mind.

Worldly definitions of beauty will cause you to never feel good or happy enough with the way that you are, when in reality, your worth and beauty is far greater than anyone who is of this world can even comprehend or see. No matter what anyone else says about you, or what you say about yourself, you are beautiful and that does not and cannot change. Your value does not decrease based on other people’s opinions of you.

You were created the way that you are for a God designed purpose, and when He looks at you He does it with such joy and pride in his eyes. God does not create junk, and no one person has any more worth or value to their life than you do in His eyes. You are his beautiful and perfect creation. You are worthy to be loved. You are enough. Find your worth and identity in what God says about you. Ask Him to tell you what he thinks about you and He will. Once He does hold onto that truth and never let it go. Speak that truth over yourself every day and watch how your perspective changes. Go. Speak life. Live boldly. Live beautifully.”

-Olivia Flanagan

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