Let me introduce you to an amazing friend of mine, Kristin Aaron! Kristin lives in TX, is a wife and mom, writes books, blogs and even makes jewelry that is beautiful. Her heart is huge and her testimony is powerful. I just know you’ll enjoy her writing, so she’s written a guest post for today, just for you! You can visit her site here to read more from her…thank you so much Kristin!!
The Truth About You
Tuck in. Talk. Pray. And make sure to say the “signature phrase”.
Bedtime is rapidly evolving with a 12 year-old daughter in the midst of puberty. It used to involve story time, holding her hand and lying next to her in her bed until she fell asleep. But it’s always included that one thing I never want her to forget.
“You are loved & special,” I recently told my daughter Sydney from the door as she turned out her light.
“I know,” she replied.
My face lit up with a giant smile… It’s sticking!
“Don’t ever forget it,” I added. With peer pressure, puberty and people who can sometimes be downright mean, this truth needs to play like a record on repeat for her and for us too.
Because the world has a way of trying to convince us otherwise.
You’re not thin enough or pretty enough.
Why would anyone like someone as imperfect as you?
Who do you think you are? You’re not anything special.
But don’t believe the lies.
“For You created my inmost being. You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13-14
You are special from the start. Created uniquely and designed wonderfully by the creator of the universe. Drink this truth in like a tall glass of icy cold water on a hot summer day.
Refuse to accept the lies that try to beat you down and tell you otherwise. You know, those horrible little voices in your head that even as an adult replay that nasty thing someone said years ago. The critical voice that accompanies you into the dressing room as you try on clothes. The fear that taunts you with “you can’t __ (fill in the blank)__” accusations when you boldly step into places where God is calling you.
When those memories creep their way back in and unkind words replay in your mind, stop them in their tracks.
A wise counselor shared a tip on how to combat these lies and fully receive God’s love. She told me to simply say, “Demon of doubt get out. And replace that negative thought with truth just like Jesus did when tempted by the devil in the wilderness.”
I was a bit skeptical. I mean, really, could it be that easy?
She had me try a few examples. Someone says a nasty comment like, “You’re a loser and will never amount to anything,” Instead of giving life to that lie and letting it bred in your soul, instead say. “Demon of doubt get out. The truth is I am a beloved child of God. Perfectly made to be exactly as He created me to be. Nothing can make Him love me anymore or any less.”
When you mess up at home, instead of letting the thought “I’m a horrible mom” play on repeat, instead apologize and remember truth. “Demon of doubt get out. Yes, I made a mistake. But by God’s grace I am forgiven. I forgive myself because He first forgave me.”
When fear starts creeping into that place where God has called you to boldly step out in faith, simply say, “Demon of doubt get out. God is my guide, and I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
Don’t let doubt or lies linger. Let love live.
You are LOVED & SPECIAL. And nothing can make God love you any more or any less.
Believe it. Embrace it. Live it.
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