Jenn’s Journey-from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

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Is it just me or is time flying by faster than ever? Here it is Monday again and time for Jenn’s Journey. I am glad you have a moment or two in your busy day to join me once again. Sit down, grab a cup of your favorite tea or coffee and let’s spend a few minutes talking about who God says we are.

For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with self-esteem. I spent my school years comparing my looks to other girls, ‘feeling’ ugly or out of fashion. I know I am not alone in this, because many of my friends have admitted having the same issues. All around us advertisements blare the message we are nothing if we aren’t dressed perfectly, have our nails done in the newest colors, are at the ‘perfect’ weight, have the skinniest thighs…you know the list! As if that isn’t enough, there are the articles on being the best mom, having the most organized house, finding the happiest life, the best marriage, the greatest sex life. If we aren’t careful, we can end up feeling pretty low on the totem pole.

It was probably in my 30’s where I began feeling dissatisfied as a result of worrying about my looks and I began working on accepting myself more. I suppose there is an advantage to growing older, because now, in my 40’s, I worry about it even less. However, I’ve traded the worry about looks for ruminating over mistakes I make. I guess you could say I am my own worst enemy. Have you ever beaten yourself up for something you said or did? Isn’t it amazing how we can say things to ourselves we would never say to someone else? Here are a few of my messages to self:”That was really stupid!” “What is wrong with you?” “You really messed that up” Before long, discouragement sets in and I begin to wonder why I even try. I’ve even been tempted to think God has given up on me. I mean, how could He forgive me AGAIN for that tone of voice or the ugly words that came out of my mouth? Surely He is as tired of my mistakes as I am.

Last week I referenced the verse John 10:10, where Jesus says He has come to give us life and give it to the full. But what is the first part of that verse? It says “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy” Oh how true that is. I believe that the devil, the thief, seeks to destroy women’s self worth. He does this by uplifting physical beauty as the only thing to measure ourselves by, to strive for. He does this by pitting us against one another. Often a woman’s beauty is used or abused by the opposite sex, stealing innocence and chipping away at self-worth. Nothing is quite as big a joy killer as that whisper in an ear about how you messed up once again. I’ve painted quite a discouraging picture, haven’t I?

My daughter came home singing a song the other day. It goes like this “God made me, He gave me life. He filled me up with spunk. I know some people don’t think so, but God don’t make no junk.”

I heard her sweet little voice singing this and my eyes filled with tears. My first thought was, oh may she always see the truth of that song. And then I thought, hey, I need the truth of that song….I need the truth of that to sink into my very soul.

God tells us in His word “I knew you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart for me before you were born.” (Jeremiah 1:5) “Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us.” (Ephesians 1:4)

He loved us and chose us; He set us apart. He made us for more than worrying over who we are or what we look like. He made me special and He made you special too! This week, I pray that you would be confident in that! Use the spunk He filled you with!!

Be blessed.

Until next week,

JennJenn

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