Do you have a hard time living in your own skin?
My self-conscious identity became a skin I wore pretty regularly. I replied, I’m sorry, a dozen times in conversation. I felt sorry I was out of place in this world. Nothing ever seemed together about me and for that I was sorry. I learned to inhabit that skin well.
I was more comfortable living in apology than I was in living unashamed. I had not yet met my maker. Creator. The One who spoke breath into me.
So God created human beings in his own image. -Genesis 1:27
I remember being a teen living in a body I wished was not my own. I was too small, too skinny, too dark, too talkative, too aware I did not fit in. When I look at my daughter, I want to offer her sound advice on knowing her worth and her beauty beyond her skin, beyond what she wears, beyond how she styles her hair.
They’ve refashioned Barbie to look like more of us because we still cannot get passed what we look like on the outside. We are still fixated on our appearance. We keep buying into the lie that beauty is something to be fabricated for consumption.
When I dedicated my life to God, to Jesus, to goodness, I began to have life in me I never knew was possible. This is redemption because of His grace. I am forgiven; I am no longer sorry.
Grace has more to do with the breath in me than the skin on me.
I want my teen to be secure in the One who created her. I want her to value her worth in God more than her place in a high school beauty contest.
For the spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. -Job 33:4
Do you value your skin more than the breath in you? Sometimes, I too, forget my breath is more precious than what I look like.
Pray with me:
Thank you for speaking life into my bones, into my soul, into my being. When I forget where my worth is found, let me turn to you in prayer and thanksgiving. Your grace has covered me in purpose. I pray to remember it daily. I pray you continue to lavish my teen with love so she may see herself through your eyes. Thank you for allowing me to be her mom. In your name, I pray, Amen.
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