I am so excited to share this powerful truth today from my new friend, Maria Furlough. This is going to really help us!
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Every time I looked in the mirror I saw the imperfections, the less than beautiful parts, and the pieces of me that needed changing. And for so long I had convinced myself to just keep calling them “lies” and move on. But it all ended up being true.
I was holding my brand new baby girl, I was entirely unwhole and held fistfuls of insecurity.
As I looked at her I saw my own insecure youth flash before my eyes and righteous anger welled up in me. “I don’t want it to be this way for her!”
I remember my prayer like it was yesterday:
Lord I don’t know how to do this, I don’t know what to show her, but I want her to grow up loving exactly who she is and loving the way you made her. I can’t do this, but I know you can. Will you help me?
It was on; I went to war on my insecurity. I had a Bible in one hand, a prayer journal in the other, and years worth of youth ministry experience running through my brain. I was shocked at some of the things I uncovered.
You might already know this verse, but putting it into the context of body image and insecurity was a game-changer for me. I pray that today, as I share it with you, it will wash over you like a soothing balm to your burdened soul.
1 Corinthians 12:9-10 says this,
“He [God] said to me [Paul], “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and in difficulties, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
All those self-condemning thoughts, all that nit-picking on my imperfections, all the parts I wished were more perfect guess what? I wasn’t wrong about them! In fact, it was all true.
True: My body is not perfect.
True: I am not perfect.
True: I have physical weaknesses.
True: So do our beautiful, kind, sweet, lovely, amazing, and awesome daughters.
For so long I was trying to cover over my insecurity as if I was wrong, but I’m smarter than that. We are all smarter than that. Its why when someone looks at us and says, “Oh my goodness you are beautiful” it doesn’t actually solve our insecurity issue.
Our insecurity issue cannot be healed by fixing all our weaknesses. It can only be fixed by shifting our gaze out of the mirror and onto Christ Himself.
“Confident Moms, Confident Daughters” releases today!
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