How was your Thanksgiving? Most of us are probably not feeling too skinny right now after eating tons of turkey, pie, mashed potatoes or whatever thanksgiving goodness we piled on our plates. And then there were the pies! Of course we have to try them all!
I am known as the skinny girl. The one who has skinny arms, legs and non-existent hips. When people meet me, I know what they are thinking…. That skinny girl looks like she has it altogether.
What struggles could she possibly have?
Don’t be fooled by this small petite frame that there aren’t deep struggles that lie beneath. Just because outwardly I’m small, doesn’t mean that inwardly my struggles aren’t big.
Truth is, this skinny girl ate way too much turkey and pie at Thanksgiving, that I can barely button my pants! If I could, I would eat a whole plate of fried pickles if my body wouldn’t hate me later. I love chocolate cake—lots of it.
Oh how I have flaws. I’ve wasted years of my life wishing I was taller, wishing this scraggly body looked like the voluptuous woman on the front cover of magazines. I have learned the hard way, in my indulgence and lack of self-discipline there are great consequences that lead to more emptiness and destruction.
Then I fall at the feet of Jesus and confess to Him all my flaws, my ugliness and mistakes. He then says, “Dear child you will never find your self-worth and acceptance in this world, only in me.”
“I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born I selected you to be a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5 GNT).
He first chose me. He knew me before I was even born.
Only in the arms of God’s grace will my flaws and shortcomings be accepted.
Only in the boundaries of God’s love will I find my worth—not in the size of my waist, otherwise I wouldn’t be worth very much.
On the days I feel l have failed either as a wife or a parent, I am thankful my worth isn’t measured by my performance.
If I wait until I look a certain way, I miss out on the freedom God desires for me.
And thank God my value isn’t weighed by how clean my house is, otherwise I would be bankrupt.
As years have gone by, I’ve to learn to accept God’s will and design for me. God did not design this 5’ 3’’ petite frame to be on the basketball team. His plan isn’t for me to be something I’m not. I have a choice—keep trying to live up to worldly standards in who this world says I should be, or accept and live in God’s design for me. Only one of them offers a life that is forgiving and filled with grace.
When people meet me, they look at me and say I used to be a lot skinnier. Our value and worth will never be found in our comparisons of each other. We can break the chains of comparison by walking away from the lies of the enemy.
God made us exactly who we are for a specific reason and purpose all for His glory, not ours.
It doesn’t matter what size we are. We are loved by Jesus who loved us first. (1 John 4:19)
In our flaws God sees our BEAUTY. (Ezekiel 27:3)
In our shortcomings God sees His PERFECT PLAN. (Jeremiah 29:11)
In our weaknesses, God’s POWER is perfected.
“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness ” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
In our messiness, God’s love sees us as blameless (2 Peter 3:14).
These three truths will always set us free.
You are loved.
You are accepted.
You’re value is immeasurable in the eyes of God.
You’re life has meaning and purpose. If God didn’t deem your life as worthy, He would have never sent Jesus. You were worth dying for.
By His grace we have been saved.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:9).
Thank you Jesus, for loving me just the way I am! You are loved my friend!
What truths has God showed you?
Do you know how valuable you are in the eyes of God?
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