Gratitude/ Holiness

Choosing Gratitude With How God Created You

Are you struggling to embrace the way you were created? Do you find it all too easy to be super critical of yourself? If so, most women can relate! You're not alone. Find out how you can choose gratitude in how God created you.

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?

Are you struggling to embrace the way you were created? Do you find it all too easy to be super critical of yourself? If so, most women can relate! You're not alone. Find out how you can choose gratitude in how God created you.

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

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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. 

Choose Gratitude

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.

Celebrating gratitude this month at ANAWINS! Come check out our awesome giveaway for your chance to win!

Gratitude Giveaway!!

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:

Turquoise “God is good” Mug

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Choose Gratitude: Blessings Journal by Crystal Paine at

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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Gratitude Changes Everything Wood Block Decor by RedefinedFinds

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Can’t wait for the giveaway to get your hands on something like this? Hop over to Heather’s Etsy page, she has some beautiful things for sale and has given my readers a 15% off coupon code! Just in time for the holidays! Use the code anawins15 at checkout to claim. This code is valid until January 31, 2016.  I’m already eyeing a Christmas present for someone on my list!

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Just use the form below to get your entries in!

All entrants will be signed up to receive our ANAWINS email updates (If you don’t love it, you can unsubscribe at any time; and we NEVER share your information.)

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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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  • Reply
    November 9, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Being happy with the way you are is not something that comes easy! Hoping to help all my budding beauties not be concerned with the outward but the inward!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 9, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Don’t you wish it was easy? I’m right there with you, I hope I can teach our Little Lady the same values. They’re always watching us – even when we are talking negatively about our appearance!

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    Janelle (JEM)
    November 9, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I have started a gratitude journal last month it is helping so much! Gratitude is the best attitude!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      I agree! A grateful attitude definitely changes our outlook on life. I’m so glad you started a gratitude journal!

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    November 9, 2015 at 11:54 am

    I’ve been thinking a lot about how God created me, my skin color, my sex, where he made my home, the people in my home and how we thought and worked together. It’s not a fluke of nature – is it – it’s all God-designed – and that makes me the way I am so much better!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 9, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      My husband and I have talked a lot this weekend about how God designs our lives. God has everything planned out for us, we just need to trust Him and how He is at work in our lives!

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    Deb Wolf
    November 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I thank God for so many things yet pick myself apart constantly. Thanks for this encouraging post and reminder to be grateful in EVERYTHING! Blessings to you!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 9, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      I’m guilty too Deb; it is a life long pursuit of choosing gratitude again and again. Thanks for spreading the word, you are a blessing!

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    November 9, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    This was a great reminder for me. This is something I’ve fought all my life.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 9, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      I think women in general fight this battle all their lives!

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    November 9, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    This is an excellent post that every woman I know likely needs to read at least once weekly!! You are very much on target! A positive step for me since retirement has been feeling okay about myself to run to the nearby store or gas station without makeup! My husband loves it and reminds me often to let my face rest from it. No, I have not stopped using makeup, but I am less concerned about what others think and more convinced of what the Lord thinks!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 9, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Wow, that is great and inspiring Pam! I have yet to venture anywhere except the gym without make up! You husband doesn’t awesome encouraging you that way. Thanks for joining the conversation today!

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    November 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Hey Ana, I’ve been spreading the word about your giveaway! I hope that you gain some traction from this generous offer! Blessings to you!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 9, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks so much Beth, that is such a blessing to me! I so appreciate it! Let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you. 🙂

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    Lisa notes
    November 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I’m definitely guilty of not being grateful for how God made me. Thanks for convicting me anew today to give thanks, not criticism!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 9, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      Don’t we all need that reminder sometimes, Lisa? We are all a work in progress!

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    Lisa Morris
    November 9, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    This has been a struggle for me seems like forever but praise be to God, He is teaching me!! Thanks for the beautiful reminders! Encouraged my heart today:)

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 9, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      I can totally relate Lisa! It is a life long pursuit. I am so thankful for God’s grace as we grow. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Lori L
    November 9, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I loved your blog post, I also love following Crystal. Thank you for the chance of winning her gratitude journal.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 9, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Crystal is very inspiring! I love her desire to encourage women! Thanks for joining the giveaway 🙂

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    November 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    hope I win this! I’ve wanted to start a gratitude journal for a long time!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      I thinking starting a gratitude journal can really help improve our outlook on life!

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    November 10, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    This is beautiful! I’ve never thought of having gratitude for myself. I always think of gratitude for the people and things we have. Thank you for inspiring me to embrace my imperfections. I tend to be a people pleaser and try to be perfect all the time. It is exhausting, but this truly spoke to me!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 10, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      I am so glad, Amanda! It is a constant struggle not to worry about ourselves or pleasing others. We are all on the same journey with you!

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    Marva @ sunSPARKLEshine
    November 10, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I love this, Ana. Congrats on your first giveaway! Eventhough I’m outside of the US and ineligible to win, I’ll be sharing this anyway. Good luck and God bless!

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    Laura @ Life is Beautiful
    November 10, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Gratitude is such a conscious choice for me…I have to step back and look at the bigger picture. I tend to focus on what I don’t have in the moment or season and when I step back I see some very big gifts!! Like marriage, home, family, friends, food…my husband and I went to Haiti a few years ago and it really puts things in perspective for gratitude!

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    November 11, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I definitely think that every women struggles with this. Very encouraging!

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    Meghan B
    November 11, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I have struggled with gratitude, especially with comparing myself to others, I can easily lose sight of everything I do have

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 11, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      You’re not alone, Meghan. We are all growing in choosing to be grateful about ourselves!

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    Su Ann
    November 11, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Yes, i do struggle to sometimes choose gratitude. However, I am working on it with God’s help. thx

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 11, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Same here Su Ann! So thankful for God’s work in our lives.

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    November 11, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    What a great reminder! Gratitude does change everything!!! We can be so down on ourselves or the other way around but God is always so faithful to set us straight when we fix our eyes on him! What a great giveaway:)

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 11, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement! I’m so glad you’ve entered! I am so thankful for God’s grace towards us when we are so critical of ourselves.

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    R G
    November 11, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Since I was in middle school, I have always made it a point to befriend people who are different. This began after I had a bike accident that made my whole face look like ground meat, and in all the stages of it healing, how cruel people could be – you are the same person you always were, but now your face is hard to look at, so we will treat you terribly. I had a teacher that helped me with that one statement when I was so down – ‘You are still the special handiwork of God, no matter what happens to your body.’ I am thankful for that encouragement even now, it helped me to not be bitter, and changed my perspective immensely on people in general.

    Now that I have children of my own, one practical application of this is when we are at the park (& other circumstances, obviously) if we see a child in a wheelchair we on purpose go and play with that child, talk with them, help them, and whatever we can. The reasoning is not to make a display or to make things uncomfortable for the caregiver or embarrass the child, (and of all the times we have done this -countless, and in many areas of the country- we have never had a negative response) but to show that individual they are special and to remind us how many blessings we have with every body part that works well.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 11, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      R G, you have an amazing story. I absolutely LOVE that quote from your teacher. I will be sure to pull that out with my children when they need this lesson. I love hearing that you’ve overcome your looks and accident and didn’t choose bitterness. God is so good! You are doing a great job teaching this lesson to your children. This is definitely an important lesson for them to learn. Thanks for sharing with us tonight!

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    Holly @ While I'm Waiting...
    November 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

    “God inspired confidence.” – I love that! Negative self talk is definitely something that I struggle with but I’m aware of it and hopefully it’s getting better! 😉 Thank you for linking up with us at Attitude of Gratitude! We hope you’ll join us again next week!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 12, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Same here, Holly. I am growing right along with you, it is definitely a journey. I am so glad I found your link up! Thanks for visiting 🙂

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    Jill H
    November 13, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Sometimes hard to grasp, that God lovingly created us & his eyes we are perfect. A reminder to ourselves to be great full in even the small things, makes each day better.

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    Mary Dolan Flaherty
    November 13, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I saw your post on Faith ‘n Friends Blog Hop. Looks like your giveaway is pretty successful. You have a lot of entries! That’s great! I was actually pondering yesterday why we women have such a hard time accepting and even loving ourselves. We compare, and feel undervalued, insignificant…when we have a Creator who made us to be uniquely beautifully ourselves! (Not that I have attained the secret to complete self acceptance–which is found only in Christ). Great topic and giveaway.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 13, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      It is strange how we women tend to struggle with this more than men. I’m not sure any of us have found the secret either! 😉 Praise the Lord about the giveaway!

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    November 13, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Being grateful for chronic illness is not easy sometimes. But, seeing someone in worse health than me reminds me to thank God for the health I do have!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 13, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      I can totally relate Lois. I have a kidney disease while my husband has a heart condition and seeing others who are worse off than we are really puts your life into perspective. I think God gives us these “thorns in the flesh” to keep us humble and keep us at His feet in prayer. I do hope you’re feeling well with your pregnancy! I can’t wait to see your little man’s pictures 🙂

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    Pam Flynn
    November 14, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I am grateful everyday for what God has given me, the struggles, the challenges, the joy, the peace, the knowledge of life’s ups and downs. With each day I grow in ways I could never have imagined because God knows the future & leads me down paths I could not have picked alone. Gratitude is daily and God is good, all the time.

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    Elizabeth H.
    November 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I am thankful for each day that I wake up, that means God has something special for me to do that day! God is GREAT!!!!

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    November 15, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    What a great article! Yes, comparison is so dangerous between women! It robs us of joy and contentment in who God has made us to be. The giveaway items look great!

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    November 16, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Yes, gratitude is a choice. A hard one at times but still a choice. Thanks for writing about this. Hopefully others will hear your message. I LOVE the mug. Reminds me of something our pastor asks us each week before ending church. Would make a great Christmas gift for his wife. Thanks for this opportunity. 🙂

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 16, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      I do hope women are inspired by it! We all struggle in this area and can help encourage one another in choosing gratitude. Thanks for visiting and joining the conversation today!

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    Holly Brown
    November 19, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    This is absolutely beautifully written, I’m so thankful for your skills with words and for imparting such great truth here. It’s something all women need exhortation with. Thank so much for linking this up with us at Grace & Truth!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 20, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Thank you for the kind words Holly! I know so many women struggle with this so I pray it is an encouragement to many!

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    November 20, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I spent so many years of my life trying to be pretty on the outside for others and for all the wrong reasons. It feels good to be comfortable in my own skin but I definitely still struggle with this some days. Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up with Attitude of Gratitude!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 20, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      I’m with you! I definitely have times where I am more comfortable and other times when I’m more self conscious about how I look or act. Ebb and flow of life, I suppose! So glad you joined the conversation today!

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