Have you noticed that women tend to see all of their imperfections? Yet most of the time others don’t even notice or aren’t even bothered by them.
Yet we can’t stop ourselves from nitpicking every last thing about our looks, personality or talents.
Whether it’s our small eyes, big cheeks, round face, weight, bad singing voice or our not-so-crafty-self we find it hard to choose gratitude in how God created us.
We are most critical of ourselves!
Where does it stop?
It stops when we claim the promise from God that we are fearfully and wonderfully created by Him and for Him.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Psalm 139:14
We are beautiful to Jesus and once we own that truth we can choose gratitude in how we were created.
The people in your life are not focused on your imperfections, they aren’t looking for perfection from you and they aren’t judging you. They love you for who you are and the joy that you bring into their lives.
There is something beautiful about a woman who has confidence in herself. Have you noticed that?
Yet this confidence needs to be a healthy, God inspired confidence. It is all too easy to become prideful in our looks, personality or the amount of friends we have. A godly confidence is when we are okay with our imperfections when we embrace the way that God created us and when we confidently live our lives without the fear of rejection from others.
A godly confidence is when we arrive at the place of being grateful for how we were created; when we stop trying to apologize for our “flaws”; when we stop trying to be perfect for everyone else.
That above has list has held me captive for so long. I can probably name over twenty things I don’t like about myself or my appearance at any given moment. But what good does that do? Complaining and apologizing for the way we were created must make God so sad. Have you thought about that before? He created us just the way He wanted us to be yet we are discontented with His creation.
For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 1 Timothy 4:4
This principle is probably the hardest concept of gratitude there is to master. When we look in the mirror only to see our flaws or see other people who are more successful, more popular, prettier, or smarter than us we immediately start comparing and criticizing ourselves. We have to first break this cycle if we are to ever embrace choosing gratitude for how we were created.
Choosing Gratitude in How God Created You
Break the cycle of comparison.
Comparison is the thief of joy. You were given the looks and personality that you have for a reason.
Embrace your beauty.
Stop the negative self-talk. Stop telling yourself the lies that fill your head. Look yourself in the mirror and remind yourself that you are a daughter of the King who created you just the way that He wanted you to be for His glory.
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11
Claim the promises of God.
When Satan is trying to convince you that you have no value or that you’re not as pretty or thin as so-and-so you have to stop those thoughts and then replace them with truth. We can try again and again only to fail at trying to stop the negative self-talk until we replace them with what is true.
I like to write out Bible verses and tape them to my mirror when I am struggling with this. Seeing them every day, usually many times a day, helps to embrace your beauty and speak truth to yourself.
I recommend these verses to get you started:
Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Gratitude changes everything, doesn’t it? You have the choice. You can be critical of yourself or you can be grateful. Each day we get that choice. Let’s choose gratitude in how we were created.
Friends! If you haven’t noticed over the past few weeks we have been discussing gratitude here at the blog. I want to leave you tangible tools to choose gratitude in your lives as we head into the holiday season. I am so excited to announce our first giveaway!!! I have had so much fun planning this giveaway for you all! I polled my faithful subscribers last month and got their input on what they would like to see as far as giveaways (so if you haven’t subscribed yet you’re missing out because there are fun perks to being in the community!). So with their help, I bring to you our Gratitude Giveaway! Good luck!!
The winner will receive the following prizes:
In this journal, you will have space every day (for a year!!) to write down what you are grateful for. There are inspirational quotes throughout the book to motivate you all year long. It is an awesome resource for cultivating gratitude in your life.
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Rules: This giveaway runs ends November 16 . There will be 1 winner and is open to individuals living the the USA.
Your turn! Do you struggle with choosing gratitude in how you were created? Have you found ways to choose gratitude that work for you? I can’t wait to hear!
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