Thursday, July 13, 2017

fearfully & wonderfully made // rooting yourself in Christ's truths-- not the world's lies





you know those girls on instagram whose pictures you're staring at till 2am? 

those girls who's lives seem  p e r f e c t 

you know who i'm talking about-- 

her posts are always flawless, 

her face doesnt have any blemishes, 

her body is perfect. 

(and she always seems to be on vacation at some island in the caribbean with flowers in her hair drinking a mimosa while maintaining 2% body fat?)

do you have those girls?

i sure do. 

and i'm betting you do, too. (thanks explore page.)

let me let you in on a funny little story. 

about a month ago i was staring at my phone, flipping through a girl's pictures. 

she was one of those girls

i wished so badly i could look like her. 

and then something funny happened. 

she texted me. 

this wasn't too out of the ordinary, because we're friends. 

you wanna know what she told me? 

"i've wanted to be able to love myself so i can love others the way i'm called to, but i just have such a hard time being okay with who i am or how i'm made or how i look."

she confided in me, telling me she has always dealt with insecurity and putting her worth in Jesus. 

she was the one that asked me to write this blog post. 

i was shocked! 

her

insecure? 

what on earth did she have to be insecure about? she was one of those girls!

but i realized something very quickly in that moment-- 

none of us are immune to insecurity. the enemy is doing his best to constantly bring us down.

insecurity is something that i deal with far, far more than i'd like to admit. 

i'm my own worst critic, and i can always pick apart myself and find something wrong with the way i look.

being a girl is tough.

but being a girl in 2017-- trying to keep up with the unrealistic beauty standards put upon us every single second of the day? well that's dang near impossible.

ladies, can i be honest with you?

i crave affirmation from others.

not only loved ones, but everyone i meet.

i crave acceptance from friends, men, people i know, people i don't know, people i know online, people i see at the gym, and even strangers.

i am obsessed with what people think about me.

i feel good about myself when someone follows me on instagram.

i'll go back to re-read the comments on my pictures.

likes make me feel better about how i look.

but at the end of the day, it's never enough.

if someone says something negative about my appearance, it ruins my week. (sticks and stones may break my bones but words will make me fall into a spiraling pit of self loathing and staying up till 2am eating ben&jerrys half baked, crying while i watch mean girls for the 348th time, wishing i was as pretty as regina george.)

if i get 10 comments on a picture, i wish i had gotten 11.

i constantly refresh my profile when i post, my eyes glued to the screen watching the heart button appear notifying me that someone out there has liked my picture, hoping that it will continue, but it 

always 


s l o w s 


d   o   w   n   .


but there's something, or someone, who makes it a heck of a lot easier being a girl.

and the affirmations and encouragement never run out.

they're never not good enough.

i'm talking about the glorious and holy words Jesus gives us in His Word.

proverbs 31:30 tells us, "beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."

let's just consider something really quick.

let's just say you weren't pretty. (which is untrue because God has made everything beautiful in it's time) but let's just say you weren't.

let's say you were ugly.

people might view you differently. maybe your whole life would be different. 

but you wanna know what wouldn't be different, at all?

God's love for you, and the way He sees you.

that's because He sees us far beyond the way we see ourselves.

ephesians 2:10 states, "for we are God’s handiwork".

we're talking about the Creator of the whole freakin universe here, ladies.

everything we see-- everything we admire-- is His.

the oceans.

the galaxies. 

the valleys.

the sunsets.

the mountains.

He created them all-- but he didn't stop there.

He created you, too.

the way God made you was perfectly, beautifully, and in His image.

and just because you have a hard time seeing it, doesn't mean it's any less true.

the way i see myself is distorted-- it is through the lenses of an extremely broken and fallen world. it is lies told me to by society, by the enemy, and by myself, based upon how i look.

the way God sees me is perfectly-- it is truths wrapped up in scripture, based upon who i am. it is through the eyes of a Heavenly Father who sees more in us in a single second than anyone else will in their entire lifetime.

and it's not just me writing this to you-- it's God's word.

when the world tells you you aren't pretty enough,

God tells you, "you are altogether b e a u t i f u l , my darling; there is no flaw in you."

when the world tells you you're worthless,

God reminds you, "the Lord does not look at the things people look at. people look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

when the world tells you you are't beautiful,

we have to believe-- "i praise you because i am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, i know that full well."

why do i care about who likes me,

if boys think i'm pretty, 

how my instagram is doing,

when i have a Creator that loves me  p e r f e c t l y ?

why would i settle for likes through a phone screen when i can hold in my hand the greatest love letter ever written-- and written to me?

through Him, we are fully known and deeply loved.

we don't have to put on a front for Jesus. (not even that "natural" no make up look.)

girl, listen to me.

you are marvelously loved, and there is nothing accidental about you.

become less distracted by the unending cycle of comparison and insecurity, and become more captivated by who Jesus is, and what His purpose is for you.

empty yourself from all of the worldly expectations and lies that weigh your heart down, and let Him fill you up with truth.

through Him you are--

loved. purely and widely.

chosen.

pursued.

valued.

set apart.

and  b e a u t i f u l , far above our understanding.

God didn't create you to look like her.

He created you to look like HIM.