Daughter, sometimes we’ve just really got to speak to and affirm ourselves, and we have the best tool to help us do that.
I’ve been talking to a few of my girls over the last few weeks, and it has been a real struggle for a lot of us to feel like we’re doing well mentally. It’s like having more time on our hands allows our minds to wander; not always in positive ways, but into negative places filled with doubt, insecurity, worry, etc.
Let me tell you: a few times last week, I found myself in front of my bathroom mirror, speaking to my current situation and reminding myself about the truth of who I am and the truth of who God is.
In my own life, I have been struggling with some pretty great moments of insecurity and shame, love. But lately, whenever that comes up, which is usually right when I wake up, I’ve been getting better at stopping and reminding myself of this: I am beautiful because God calls me so (Psalm 139:13). I am loved, worthy of love, and desired by God because God has called me worthy by sending His son to die to have me near (John 3:16). God has a plan for this season of my life, and it is a good plan (Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 28). I am chosen, by a Holy, wonderful God. Wow (1 Corinthians 1:2). I am not lacking a thing, and have all that I need right now (Psalm 23:1). The Lord is my fortress. He will fight every battle when people come to hurt me. (Psalm 27:1-3) Jesus will lead me in this season of confusion because He is my light (Psalm 27:1) I have power over my thoughts. I am called to control them (Philippians 4:8-9).
I promise, it has been so helpful. My heart is that it would bless you, that it would help you to remember and to practice using your Word to combat the thoughts that bring fear, worry, or anxiety. God is stronger love, way stronger.
Scripture says this: “… take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17, NLT).
With whatever we are going through, my hope is that we would begin to take up our swords and speak truths to ourselves and to our situations. Where we have more time and a greater urgency to practice using our sword, we can begin putting this into practice.
Scripture says this about the Word: “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12)
If God’s Word is alive and powerful, sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, and is able to cut through soul and spirit, joint and marrow, exposing our innermost thoughts and desires, how much stronger is the Word of God in exposing and combatting those thoughts that lie to us, that lead us to worry and to doubt?
Daughter, God is reminding me that where we are weak, His Word has the strength to pull us through. It should hold the weight of our affirmations because it is full of power. When things change, God’s Word doesn’t. When things look confusing, God’s Word is clear. When fear arises, God’s Word reminds us of God’s faithfulness. It refreshes our souls and gives us hope, and if there is ever a time where we ourselves or the people around us need hope, it is right now.
Philippians 4:8 says this amor: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”(NLT)
There’s nothing more true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise than His Word, amor. I say this from experience, because I have seen God’s Word bring me out of really, really dark places of thought, and I am just so passionately long for and desire for you to experience that too.
So darling, what do you need to start telling yourself today? What area of your life do you need God’s truth to start speaking to you in?
What has helped me lately is writing down the things that I am telling myself, whether it be things that are bringing insecurity or worry, and writing out what God says instead. Search for it, love. Pray for God to lead you in His Word. Maybe talk to and ask a friend for biblical truth that could be an anchor for your right now. Go online and search for scripture that could address a need. Save those scriptures somewhere so that you could always go back to it. Truth that we need in every season is available, and love, we’ve just got to keep preaching to ourselves that which has already been said.
And trust me, girl, I’m not perfect, and I’m still trying to put this into greater practice. But the truth is, since I have received the conviction to practice picking up my sword and begun taking the steps to do so, I’ve been a lot stronger than I have been, and I want that for you too.