You are worth so much more!

Sometimes it feels like I’m stuck in a tornado. So many things whirling around me. My voice is drowned out by everything.. all the other voices that say that I need to be different… or that I need to change how I look… or that I’m never good enough… that I’m worthless.  And I’m shouting, “No! That’s not me! That’s not who I am. I am clothed in Christ! I am stronger than this. I’m not defined by these things. I am not worthless.” I try to be strong. To keep fighting. To keep proclaiming Truth. But as the storm rages on, it gets harder and harder. I don’t feel like I can muster the strength to put up my shield anymore and fight. In fact, I’m so confused. What if those things are true? I lower my shield. I don’t feel like fighting anymore. Is it worth fighting? What am I fighting for?

I just feel completely engulfed.

I want to be rescued. I want for those strong hands to reach down and pull me out. To pull me out of this pit. I’m so sick of feeling this way. It’s like I think I know the Truth in my head… that I’m not defined by what the world thinks. That God has so much more for me. That I need to fix my eyes on Him. But there’s this huge disconnect between my head and my heart. I don’t actually believe these things most of the time. It’s easy to believe it when the going is easy… but when it gets tough… then I just start listening to the other voices. But I want to BELIEVE these things.

Women, I think there is an attack on our worth. Lately, I’ve just been feeling so worthless. And a few friends have been telling me how they feel the same. Well, it’s all a lie!! Let’s expose these lies!!! WE ARE WORTH SO MUCH MORE!

It seems like there’s always this nagging voice whispering in my ear. Telling me I could do better or I’d finally be worth it if x, y or z.

These are some of the things I struggle with:

I would have more worth if…

-I was a smaller clothing size

-If I exercised more

-If I always looked “cute”

-If I consistently had my quiet time everyday.. for a certain length of time… and finished feeling inspired and ready to change the world

-If I spent more time with my family

-If I was more grateful

-If I was prettier

-If I always got perfect grades

-If I had more friends

I don’t know what you struggle with but I’m sure everyone has things that they wish they could change or that they feel defines their worth.

But why do we let physical or temporary things define our worth? Why, when I wake up, do I find myself rushing to the mirror to see how I’m going to feel about myself for the day? The mirror shouldn’t determine my joy or worth. My worth comes from my Creator, my Daddy. He says I’m worth it all. In fact, that I’m worthy. Not because of anything I’ve done, but because of his mercy and love for us. “It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.” Romans 9:16

I know. You’ve heard this before. But do we really believe it? Is it enough? This is what’s hit me hard. Is it enough for my worth to be determined from my King? Or do I want the approval of man, the approval of the world? There’s a verse in Psalms that says this: “Turn my heart toward your statues, and not towards selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things.” Psalms 119:36-37. I’ve been praying that God would turn my eyes from worthless things… I don’t want to build my castle on the sand and have it swept away. I want to buil on the rock.

It’s amazing that no matter what I look like or how I feel, my Father loves me unconditionally. He doesn’t have a “worth measuring stick” where he pulls it out every morning and measures my worth on a scale of 1 to 10. By my standards, wow, I feel like I’d score low a lot of the time. But this is not what He thinks. He says I’m always a 10. Wow. Think about that. No matter how we feel, He says we’re worth it all.

I just want to encourage you that you’re worth is not defined by anything other than what Jesus says about you. He calls you his BEAUTIFUL daughter who is ENOUGH. In Him there is no striving. You don’t have to be “perfect”…. whatever that is. 🙂  Just be you.

YOU are enough.

YOU are worth it.

As Mike Donehey from Tenth Ave North says, “Live Loved.” For you are SO loved. The King of the Universe is in love with YOU.

Live loved. Think about this for a minute.

When we begin to love ourselves and see ourselves in a new light, then we can better love our Maker and those around us.

Here’s a hug from me. You are worth so much more than you think. Don’t believe the lies of the enemy. Jump into your Daddy’s arms and let Him hold you and realign your gaze with his. It’s worth it.

You are worth it. ❤

“My sould finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” Psalms 62:1-2

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She Walks in Freedom

Hello again.

So, yes, it’s been a while. And no, I’m not going to be one of those people that has this simply brilliant (or what I think is brilliant 🙂 ) idea to start a blog, write on it once, and then never look at it again. 🙂 I haven’t written for so long because I was finishing up school and then also thinking… thinking and praying about the direction I wanted to go with this… the direction that God wanted to go with this…

I think the title of this post and now the title of the blog gives a good 4 word summary of what this blog is going to be focused on. Women walking in the Freedom that God has already given us. There are so many things that we as women face today… and one thing that has really affected me and has been on my heart is the issue of self-image. I have really struggled with this and it’s been quite a journey of seeking God… and by no means is that journey over… I don’t know if it ever will be, but I do believe God is healing my heart and mind to desire Him first and seek His approval above the world’s. At least, I’m truly praying I can one day start to slip my fingers over the pages of that chapter of my life… the chapter where I can say that I’m confident in how God has formed me and made me. Sometimes it seems like I’ll never get there…

This is another reason why it’s taken me so long to write another post. I’m like, “Ok, God. I still majorly struggle with this. Some days I feel like I’m flying high and everything’s great and I’ve finally conquered it… and then come the days where the mirror tells me otherwise and I feel so so low… It’s like a big cycle. So God, how can I even think to start writing about it and trying to encourage other women and girls about this when I myself feel so confused and continue to struggle with the issue of self-image? I feel super unqualified…” But I felt like God told me to just start writing and as I  seek Him and His Truth and write about His Truth, then I will be thinking Truth and speaking Truth and… that’s something right?

No, that’s everything!!!!!! We have to fix our eyes on the Truth for that is the ONLY place where we will get FREEDOM. Gosh, I have to keep reminding myself this.

Today, I want to stand strong and say… no… SHOUT, that my weight and my appearance doesn’t define who I am. Because I already am defined – not by this world or by temporary things – but by my Father who says that I am his beautiful daughter. THIS is what I want to live for, and am praying that God would help me desire this above all else. He says that those who seek Him will find Him and if we really seek Him on this and give this area of our lives over to our Creator, we will find peace and freedom!! Jesus help us!

So, here marks the beginning of the telling of this story – this journey. This journey of walking more and more in the freedom that our Father has already bought for us. Let’s settle for nothing less.

“Therefore, there is now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit of life set me FREE from the law of sin and death… you however, are NOT controlled by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.” Romans 8:1, 9

We’re not controlled by sin, sisters. WE ARE SET FREE!!!
Let this picture below remind you that you are in you Daddy’s hands. Give it all to Him. He is stronger!
My desire and prayer is that this blog will help women realize that their true identity is in the King and that together, we can seek the life and the calling God has for each one of us!! Hope to hear from you!
Blessings 🙂
Bekah
Please comment and let me know your thoughts!
(this picture is not my own- it was taken from the internet)