You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!
Psalm 139:13-17 NLT
“God’s character goes into the creation of every person. When you feel worthless or even begin to hate yourself, remember that God’s Spirit is ready and willing to work within you. We should have as much respect for ourselves as our Maker has for us.” —Life Application Bible on Psalm 139:13-15.
This passage touches me closely. I am reminded of God’s tender care for us. On the days I’m too tired to even ponder my purpose I can know that there is a God who loves me. Reading this part of Psalm 139 over and over I cannot deny that in whatever circumstance I am facing, good or bad, God is in it. He laid out every moment ahead of time with a desire to love me every step of the way. He didn’t whip me up out of nothing because He was bored. He didn’t overlook any details. And He didn’t frown at any “imperfection” in me–be it that silly bump on my nose or my lack of height. God is Royalty, Christ is King. He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith. And I was created in the hands of Royalty. Nope, nothing about me was a mistake. His thoughts about me are precious and cannot be numbered.
When a woman is placed on the cover a magazine she is “edited” to “perfection.” Air brushed, photoshopped, angled, heightened, clipped, cut, nipped, tucked, glossed, bronzed, and more. This has become norm for us. Someone has said, “this is beautiful.” I do believe the women on those covers are beautiful–they were beautiful before they were even born. They were created with a purpose and are precious in God’s sight. But society tries to tell her that’s not enough. And they disrespect God’s design thinking they can do a better job at “beauty.” Now, don’t get me wrong, I like cute clothes, looking hot, putting on some bronzer and volumizing my hair. But I think (or at least hope) you know what I’m getting at here.
This is why I cannot order magazines or watch t.v. half the time. It disheartens me–and maybe I’m a little more sensitive than others. Or maybe many of us our desensitized? I don’t know. But, listen to the thoughts in your mind and see if any of them are telling you that you are not enough. Refute those thoughts with scriptures like the one above. You are wonderfully complex. You are God’s workmanship. How precious are His thoughts about you. Stand in agreement with God today.
Is there any scripture that helps you get through negative self talk? Please share with other readers in the comments below.
I am happy in my skin. And I want those around me to feel the same way. We need to affirm beauty and character and wonder in those we come in contact with, using our words and love
i try to remind myself about how we were created in God’s image. that means i have qualities that are just like Him. when i forget this Truth, it becomes very easy to forget the value that i have. when i remember this Truth, i feel like i have a place and have value.
i loved this post Christina! you rock!