Friday, August 30, 2013

Fit Friday: Finding Encouragement

It's been a struggle. I take two steps forward and one step back. It is such a battle for me and something I'm truly struggling with getting under control. But instead of complaining and stomping my feet and declaring life not fair I found encouragement and I want to share it. Because I know there are others who share my struggle with weight. Body issues. Feelings of inadequacy. Not good enough. Not pretty enough. Less than.

Kacy Bess at Next Level Mama shared the following words at (In)Courage ME that deeply encouraged and motivated me and I pray and hope they do the same for you. 

When we feel the lie named “less than” creeping its way inside our head, these are the moments when we need to stand up straight, puff up our chest and shoot back with diva-like attitude–Don’t you know who I am?
  • I am created in God’s own image; in His image he created me. (Genesis 1:27)
  • I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalms 139:14)
  • I am filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:19)
  • I am the temple of God and His spirit dwells in me. (I Corinthians 3:16)
  • I am from God and greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world. (I John 4:4)
  • I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that I would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
  • I am complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10)
  • I am a child of God. (John 1:12)
  • I am a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession. (I Peter 2:9)
  • I am saved and called with a holy calling by God. (2 Timothy 1:9)
  • I am one of God’s chosen. (Ephesians 1:4)
This is who I am. This is who you are.
Far too often, we give the devil free reign over our thinking. We naively fall for the lies. It’s likely that the only reason that sly fool is messing with you in the first place is because he’s seen your future and knows what he’s up against...
Rather than letting feelings of insignificance beat us down, we must use God’s Word to boldly declare to the enemy (and perhaps even ourselves) who we really are. I assure you, it’s a far cry from less than.

LOVE this. I especially love the line "It’s likely that the only reason that sly fool is messing with you in the first place is because he’s seen your future and knows what he’s up against." It makes me cringe just thinking that I would let the lies seep in and believe them and let them hold me back from what God has for me. 
What encouragement have you found in your journey to self acceptance? 


The Pink Growl said...

I have the exactly struggle you do with my weight loss goals and self confidence! I will do well for a couple weeks then fall WAY back down and have to start from square one. You are not alone! Love these quotes!

Linnea said...

Thank you for sharing this. I struggle as well.

Mommy Mandy said...

This is SUCH a great reminder for all of us who struggle.....and don't that you've been at this a long time, that in and of itself is a HUGE accomplishment!