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How to Find Your Self Worth

This is going to sound totally cliché, but I had a real “God moment” at Chick Fil A a couple of weeks ago.

While I waited for my food, I noticed an older woman sitting in a wheel chair. My heart just melted. For some reason she reminded me of my grandma, who passed away last year.

The woman and I introduced ourselves and discussed flowers. As I was leaving the restaurant, she said something that caught me off guard:

It’s nice to know you. 

How many people do we meet everyday, yet we don’t even really know or see their worth? 

At that moment, when I looked into the woman’s dark yet vibrant eyes, I realized how important it is to actually be known by someone. To slow down and look at a person’s face and take it all in. To find out that their favorite flower is a purple cone flower.

If you want to know the key to finding your self worth, then please keep reading. 

Worth in Creation

There are a lot of people who are lost, not realizing their identity and worth in Christ. I know this because I was that person. As a teenager I didn’t feel like anyone saw me–unless they were looking at my flaws.

I know I’m not the only one who understands these feelings. Many teens and adults have experienced this. Maybe even you, lovely reader.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV

It still blows my mind to know that God created me and set me apart–and it was for His own will and pleasure! You are not an accident, lovely one. No matter what anyone else says–whether they are a parent, friend, or someone else close to you–you matter.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:13-14 NIV

Not only are we created by God, but He thinks we’re awesome! Although we are sinners, as soon as we come to know Christ, we are washed clean by His blood. This is when we can shine God’s light and see what He sees in us.

Worth in Relationship

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—” (John 10:14 NIV)

When we choose to follow Jesus, we enter into a relationship with Him that is more dynamic than we could ever fathom. Not only does God know us, but now we can get to know Him.

And that’s not all. Through this lifelong journey, we can also get to know ourselves. We can discover our strengths, weaknesses, and talents. We can watch God’s purpose for our lives unfold as we build a life with Him.

The only way you’ll ever find your worth is if you find yourself in Jesus. You won’t find it in earthly things like work, success, or relationships.

God knows you, and He wants every single piece of your heart. It’s amazing when somebody knows you, but there is nothing like being known by the King who created you. 


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An Unexpected Lesson on Confidence

There I was, looking in the mirror of the thrift store fitting room as I tried on a pair of super cute jeans. I didn’t like the reflection I saw, and for some reason,  I was having a hard time getting over it.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, then you know that I’m in recovery from an eating disorder.  Although I have come a long way, there are still moments when I lose confidence in who I am. This was one of those times.

As I threw on my regular clothes and left the fitting room, I tried to shrug off the negative thoughts about my appearance that I knew were just lies from the enemy. And that’s when I saw her.

She was sitting on an old dusty sofa, looking at her feet. I sat down beside her, unsure of what to say. This was a woman who was “different” in terms of what society says is beautiful or worthy of attention. She was a little overweight and wearing old clothes and no makeup. But her smile and voice could melt any heart.

When I started talking to her, I realized that she had a mental disability of some kind.  I couldn’t make out her name or a lot of what she tried to say to me,  but when I complimented her long braided hair, she lit up like a  candle.

After I left the thrift store, I sat in the car for a moment to pray for the woman, who I knew was very dear to God’s heart. And that’s when it hit me–God sees that woman, and He sees me too.

Jesus loves and died for that woman, just like He did for me. If I could see the beauty and worth in a complete stranger, then that must mean that God can see the beauty and worth in me, His beloved daughter.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1 NIV

Isn’t it amazing how God uses the most unexpected people to speak into our lives? I sure hope I could bless that woman in some way because she sure was a gift to me. She reminded me that God created us all uniquely–with different strengths and weaknesses.

Once we become secured in our identity as children of God, we begin to view ourselves a whole lot differently. This world seems to be plagued by one identity crisis after another. Why? Because people don’t know Jesus and that they belong to Him.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:13-14 NIV)

Lovely reader, the next time you feel like you’re not thin enough, pretty enough, smart enough, or good enough, remember that God sees you. Remember that He knows you in ways that you don’t even know yourself. And yet, despite our flaws and sins, He loves us anyway. The blood of Jesus makes us new.

I want you to remember this so that the next time you look in the mirror, you realize that you are made in God’s image, and that He calls you good (Genesis 1:27). This is the confidence that no enemy can rob you of.


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Enough

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You are enough
To dance without a care,
And breathe in a new day.

To wear that dress
And love the way it wraps
Around every single curve.

To cry and scream
And let the feelings wash in like the tide,
Only to drift away again.

To eat that cake
And fill your body with energy,
As your soul fills with joy.

To put that razor blade down
And remember that God is there
To hold your trembling hands.

To get some rest
And let your mind fall
Into a fairy tale web of dreams.

You are enough
For the Savior to take nails in His hands
And trade them for your scars.

For God to give His Son’s life
To make you a daughter.

You are beautiful
You are loved
You are enough.

~Written by Emily @fearfullywonderfullyme.com.

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Mirrors of Holy Light

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Mirrors are everywhere,

Counting scars and lines that don’t belong

On every curve or bump

That doesn’t quite fit.

 

Zoom in and focus the lens,

And then maybe you’ll get a clearer picture.

Skin that’s too pale or too dark;

Hair that won’t be tamed.

 

Is that all God sees?

Am I one in a million,

Or the only one who

Never fits the mold?

 

How does He see me?

With each wave that ripples

Upon my bare skin.

With each ray of light

Dancing in my eyes.

 

Do I smell like lilies,

Springing to new life?

Does my laughter chime

In the summer breeze?

Of all the things God created–

Somehow He made room for me.

 

I matter more

Than every grain of sand.

I matter more

Than every blade of grass.

I matter more

Than every star in the night sky.

 

He calls me beautiful,

Like a budding rose.

He calls me beautiful,

Like a pearl washed new.

 

Mirrors are everywhere,

But they don’t know the truth.

We are made in His image;

A King that cannot be seen–

Except by the eyes of our Spirits.

We are mirrors

Reflecting Holy Light.

–Written by Emily @fearfullywonderfullyme.com

 

Thanks for reading! Whenever you feel like you aren’t beautiful or worthy, remember who gave you life! God loves you and thinks you are gorgeous. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and loved enough for Jesus to die for your sins.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8 NIV).

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