A couple of days ago I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.  Negative noise and thoughts were clouding my mind and burdening my heart.  For the start of the day, things were definitely headed down the wrong path.

I’m not good enough. I’m not strong enough. I wish I looked like this. This person is better than me.  I’ll never make it.

I was lost.  Lost in a sea of self-doubt and insecurity.  The avalanche of negativity kept building with seemingly no end in sight, but as I got in the shower a new thought entered my mind.

“You were created in God’s vision.”

A calm came over me as I felt my heart starting to turn.  My racing mind slowed down as I remembered that God created me just the way He wanted to.  How powerful and comforting is it to know that God designed my life for His purpose and His plan?

I am good enough.  I am strong enough.  In God’s eyes I am beautiful, and He loves me no matter how I look.  He gave me unique gifts that I need to share.  If I follow His plan He will give me purpose.

All of a sudden a light shone over a day that was previously doomed.

Moving Forward

My perspective may have changed in that moment, but I know my problems are not solved forever.  There are going to be more days where I have to fight the battle.  Whether it’s a battle with the mirror or a battle with irrational thoughts, I need to remember that I am strong enough to win.  God is on my side, and His unconditional love gives me the strength I need to fight.  These verses are reminders of His love:

  1. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27
  2. “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” – Isaiah 46:4
  3. “He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

Prayer for Strength

Dear God,
There are times when my mind races and my heart loses sight of your plan for my life.  Negativity takes over me and I have trouble breaking though.  In these times, please remind me of your glory.  Remind me that I am yours, and I do not need to be plagued by such trivial thoughts.  Give me the strength to remain focused and faithful in your plan.  God, I thank you for always loving me unconditionally.  You love me when I am weak, and when I am strong.  Help me to continuously gain strength in your love, and share that love with others.  
Amen.