Call me honest, or putting myself out there but I think that so many of us fall into this category and we hate to admit it. I share because this blog serves as a journey to my life...an avenue, to see my spiritual growth as well as the growth of my family. This has been something that the Holy Spirit has been bringing to the forefront of my heart each and every day. This year, has been a tough year for Spiritual growth. I am thankful for the growing pains because it means that the Holy Spirit sees that I'm ready for it; I need to grow so that I can grow into a new level.
Lately, however, I have felt a huge disconnect from certain areas of life and I really believe that this is God working out my self image.....removing it from me and replacing His image into my heart. When I look in the mirror, regardless of who is saying what or not saying- I see Christ. When I am having a harried day with my kids and look at a blog that is full of tranquility and peace and begin to compare that God-image rises up in me and yells " NO!".
When my self esteem begins to waver because of what I feel I am not doing enough of, being enough too, failing in this area, etc my God Image rises up and says, "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6
I am a child of God, I have been bought by the blood of Christ, I am a new creation, God knit ME in my mother's womb, I AM fearfully and wonderfully made, I am not bound to sin but God made him who had no sin, to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God...."
You will NEVER feel good enough, you will never do enough crafts, games, reading lessons, spend enough time with friends, give enough ON YOUR OWN STRENGTH!
Hold me now, I feel the Holy Spirit moving! But by the strength and power of the HOly Spirit mighty things will come forth through you. Remove from selfish ambition- this includes any self image and worth that is carried and replace it with my garment of Praise- that my light would shine through in the dark places. You will not reach out when you hold onto self. Self is not of me, but humble yourself so that I may be exalted.
Mothers, wives, friends- our image is in CHRIST! The old has passed away, behold the new has come. He makes all things new. Stop living in the lies that the enemy has placed on you. " You will never be as good as her, you will never do as much as her, your friends are not interested in you, why doesn't anyone call you..." These are lies to isolate and cause division. This is how the enemy works, with thoughts and lies.
Behold, I have created your for greatness for might for power- IN MY NAME. No longer walk with your head held low, but I have created you for such a time as this. Your image as a mama is rooted in ME, your image as a wife is rooted in ME, your image as a friend is rooted in ME- You are rooted in ME. John 15: 1-11