Enjoying Who God Created You to Be
by Joyce Meyer
Start believing today that you are a rare, one-of-a-kind, valuable and precious woman. To help you learn how to be successful at being yourself, I want to give you some easy-to-follow suggestions:
Speak good things about yourself. Declare what God’s Word says about you. For example, say to yourself, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ. I am made acceptable in the Beloved. God formed me with His own hand, He loves me, and God doesn’t make mistakes.”
Avoid comparing yourself with other women. God must love variety, or all of us wouldn’t look so different. He has created each of us differently right down to our fingertips. We can look to certain people as good examples to follow, but even then, good traits if duplicated will manifest differently through our individual personalities.
Focus on your potential instead of your limitations. Refuse to concentrate on your weaknesses except in an effort to turn them into strengths. Keep your flaws in perspective. People with a high level of confidence have just as many weaknesses as those without confidence, but they focus on their strengths instead of their weaknesses.
Learn to cope with criticism. If you dare to be different, you’ll have to expect some criticism. Going along with the crowd when you know in your heart that God is leading you in a different direction is one of the reasons women don’t succeed at being themselves. You won’t be comfortable in your own skin if you go against your own convictions.
You are a woman who is perfected and complete in Him. When you start to believe that, you will no longer feel that you are lacking anything or that there is anything wrong with you.
Remember this: God will never anoint you to be anyone other than yourself. Let now be your time to go forward and be set free from the torments of comparing yourself with others and trying to be someone you’re not. God is proud of who He made you to be!
For all my fearfully and wonderfully made women out there. In other words every woman out there, this is for YOU.
Everyone goes through seasons of waiting. A lot of times, people just sit back and wait for God to do everything. But, you have to remember to do your part and make preparations. You have to talk like it’s going to happen and act like it’s going to happen.Some people might say, “Well, what if I do this and it doesn’t happen?” But I say what if you do and it does happen? And even if things don’t turn out the way you had hoped, you’d still be better off living your life positive and hopeful than you would to go around down and discouraged.
I love what David said in the Bible, “God, my times are in Your hands.” He was saying, “God, I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but I know You know what’s best for me.” I’m going to go out today expecting good things. And even if it doesn’t happen, I’m not going to go to bed all disappointed. I’m going to go to bed knowing that I’m one day closer to seeing my dreams and desires come to pass!
Love this. Live a life of thanks and live as if you know you’ll receive what you’re believing for. Good word!
Life has been strange but good lately. Just two weeks ago I ruptured my achilles tendon and it happened at a good and yet not so good time. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of the book “Captivating” but I am currently reading through another more recent book called, “Becoming Myself” which is written by Stasi Eldredge one of the other authors of the book “Captivating” (which changed my life).
Throughout the book, Stasi writes about her struggles with her weight, and as I am reading and thinking about my own personal struggles and reflecting on where I am today, I began to do what I do best, and pick at my imperfections. However, this morning, God had a very different agenda. I suddenly felt God speak to my heart, “Now Eunice, before you start over analyzing all the things you want to become or feel you need to fix, yes, I know, especially those things in the past weeks that have presented themselves, please, take a CLOSER look.” It was like God handed me a pair of heavenly Holy Spirit goggles, that I would assume he uses quite frequently, and with that said further, “Despite all the chaos and adversities you’re facing today and have been for sometime, have you noticed that you have stopped trying to control things like you most certainly would typically do? Do you also recognize that it was nothing you really did minus what I told you to do, that made those changes happen, your simple obedience to what I placed on your heart led you here.”
This isn’t meant to be some deep revelation or me bragging about my life, because trust me, being in a cast for weeks is not the business. However, getting hurt has not only forced me to slow down but to rely heavily on God and to trust others with my well being. I have felt a lot of love, and I say to anyone out there that feels alone, abandoned and unworthy, “OPEN YOUR EYES”. Can’t you see it? He (God) is doing a new thing. You’ll never know how much love is out there for you in this world unless you are willing to take that leap of faith and ask for help. Yeah there will be people who will ignore you but there is a good Samaritan out there that will pass through, and help you. Question is, will you give up asking? Or will you keep on trusting, hoping, praying and believing.
Stop worrying about all the wrong things you feel you need to fix, and maybe that do need fixing, and focus on loving others and living your life in obedience to God’s call. If you don’t know Him, get to know Him, and as he brings to your attention what He wants you to change about your life, ask him to show you how, research how, seek council on how, and then do it. If he hasn’t placed it on your heart yet, why worry about tomorrows problem today? Focus on what God would have you do today. I promise, that you’ll look back months from now at the most random and maybe unfortunate of times and see progress you never even remember tangibly changing on your accord.
Oh and something else I am learning, praise and give thanks more. It’s like when your mom or dad would force you to hug your sibling for however long after you both got in an argument and you were just mad as hell at them. Naturally those frustrations turned into laughter, a kind of euphoric feeling simply from hugging them. Giving thanks and praise in the midst of less fortunate circumstances is kind of like that.
You can’t find a way to win or overcome an obstacle in your life?
"Hug" the hell out of the situation by giving God praise midst the situation. It’s weird…you might actually find yourself laughing and smiling when you’re done.
Just my thoughts for the day.
Have a blessed day!