By: Melanie McDuffie
"You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you." Song of Songs 4:7
I am a mother and wife, deeply loved by my husband and children – so why do I have insecurities? I wonder if that is a question other women face? Do you find yourself looking in the mirror and saying, “I’m too fat”, or “I’m too skinny”, or “if my _________ (fill in the blank) was only smaller, or bigger”. Or do you see a beautiful woman who has it all together and compare yourself to her? Saying things like “If I had her shape”, or “If I had her smile”, or “If I had her hair”. I do it all the time; I am my own worst critic. After I have thoroughly beaten myself up, I hear the Holy Spirit gently reminding me that I was created in the image of God. That I am who I was meant to be and I am loved by God just as I am. His word tells that He looks not upon the outward appearance but upon the heart. He tells me I am His workmanship. I am working on my physical and spiritual fitness day by day. In the process of working on those, I have to remind myself each day that I was fearfully and wonderfully made by the God of the Universe. He loves me just as I am, a little fluffy in both body and heart.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father thank you that I am healthy. That I have some extra padding on my body because it means I have food on my table to eat. Thank you for loving me as I am and helping me to be a better person each day in every aspect of my life. Help me keep my eyes on you and not on the mirror. Thank you for searching my heart and weeding out the negatives and filling it with the positives. Help me to love myself as much as you do.
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
"So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female he created them."