I love to speak encouragement into the lives of friends and family. They aren’t just any words, but true, honest, from my heart words of encouragement. I know one of the things I always say is ‘remember you are an awesome woman of God, created in His image’. Nothing makes me happier than to bring a smile to a hurt heart or joy in a time of discouragement.
So, why don’t I speak those same words over myself? Who knows? I mean really, why don’t I look in the mirror on days of discouragement and remind myself that I am His workmanship and created in His image? Instead I tend to whine and cry; wallow in the mud and let myself get pulled into the pit of despair. Okay, so maybe not always, but most of the time. It’s easier for me to believe less of myself than to believe what His word says about me. I need to remind myself that His Word is for me, too.
Here is a small portion of what His word says about me (and you)
He has given me beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, praise for despair and I am an oak of righteousness displayed for his enjoyment….Isaiah 61:3
God is my strength…Psalms 73:26
I am blessed in the city and in the country…Deuteronomy 28:3-6
He made me who I am….Psalm 139:14
He isn’t through with me yet….Philippians 1:6
I am the head and not the tail, above and not beneath….Deuteronomy 28:13b
I am His workmanship, created to do great things…Ephesians 2:10
Everything God created is good…I Timothy 4:4
I am a new creation….2 Corinthians 5:17
I am blessed….Ephesians 1:3
There are going to be days when life seems a little tougher than the day before, but on those days I am going to stand on these scriptures to help me keep my eyes above the waves! 🙂 (sorry but that is the song on my iPod at the moment)
I am His!