You may be a wife, mother, friend, physician, teacher. Those are all great roles you play. But they are not who you are at your core. At your core, you are a child of God, created in his image, called and designed with special gifts, loved intensely and unconditionally "just because." Accepting that understanding is the first step to the freedom of living out God's call on your life.
Here are 60 days' worth of encouraging, thought-provoking content to help you move forward in accepting who God created you to be, loving that calling, and living it out fully.
"Lord, so many times I simply don't like myself. Help me to see myself as you see me. Help me to love myself as you love me. Help me to move forward in who you designed me to be so that I can experience the freedom and influence you have in mind for me. In Jesus' name—and for his kingdom. Amen."
How do you view God? Does he sit in heaven making a list of times you've done things wrong or a list of all he's been able to do in and through you? How might this affect how you view yourself?
Read the following verse over until you have it memorized. Pull it out when you need encouragement that God is safe and loving. "The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe" (Proverbs 18:10).
In her book What Women Tell Me, Anita Lustrea writes: "Think back to your childhood. Did you have a nickname? Was it humorous? Was it hurtful? Some of you are carrying around a name that wounds you every time you hear it or think it." Write about that nickname and who gave it to you. Ask God to help you remove the effects of that nickname, to forgive those who may have used it hurtfully, and that God would redeem it to allow you to be free.
Check out the article "Forced to Face My Issue with Grace" by Amy Jackson. How has God made some of your weaknesses clear in the past? How have you grown as a result of coming face to face with those weaknesses?
Stand in front of a floor-length mirror. Say this aloud: "Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it" (Psalm 139:14). Write this verse on a note card and stick it to the mirror as a reminder.
"My heart breaks when I see people who do not love themselves and who are hurting, hurting, hurting because of it. For one thing, all their relationship suffer, because one simply cannot live happily with others if he does not respect and accept himself."—Stanley C. Baldwin, in How to Build Your Christian Character