Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Self-Image and Faith

My mom and I were talking this morning about self-image.  I can't remember how it came up but I mentioned that I may go see a counselor soon but I was kind of afraid to.  I feel like I have such horrible self-image and I really don't know what to do about it.  I know it would probably help if I would actually read my Bible like I'm supposed to and see what God has to say about me and how He created me in his own image and I am beautifully and wonderfully made.  But.  What about all the issues that I have pent up inside of me that I've obviously held onto for a long time?  How do I give those to Him and not take them right back?  I know we as humans definitely do that A LOT.  It just seems to be an everyday thing.  I can't keep my mind clear because of all the thoughts (mostly negative) floating around inside.  "When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:2 Then I've got friends that are super skinny that think they are fat.  How can someone else's poor self image cause me an even greater one?  I just want to like myself... no matter what size... no matter what I see in the mirror... no matter what I see in pictures.... and no matter what anyone else thinks of me.  Is that really so much to ask?  I just want to be confident in my own skin.  Not by what the media tells me I should look like or dress like but just to be confident to be me.  I need to work on my faith.  I go through times where I feel my faith is super strong and then when I really take a look at it...it's as weak as it can be.  Can the God who created everything on this entire earth down to the itty bitty lady bug not fix my problems?  Of course He can.  I just have to be willing to give it to Him to fix.  I have on my board right in front of me a verse that I hold very dear and has become my favorite verse.  "My grace is sufficient for you, for my POWER is made perfect in weakness." 2 Cor. 12:9.  This means to me that as I struggle through different things in my life, God can be glorified in my weakness because his strength is what is going to get me through.  So by the grace of God and with his strength....I can get through anything.  "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Phil. 4:13



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