Psalms 139:14: I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
This verse is full of words that should boost our self-esteem and self-worth. We are wonderfully created.
God does not make junk.
thought about and covered all details when he made us. Our body
systems function together to sustain life. Our minds and bodies are
capable of great works for His glory. As females, we can carry and
deliver new life! What a beautiful quality God has given us.
why do so many females have such negative self-images. Because we
look to the world to define beauty and appeal. Television, magazines,
clothing stores, and peers describe the "perfect" bodies. Every form of
media shows us bodies that are toned, groomed, and exploited. Medical
procedures offer opportunities for removal or alteration of body parts
that do not meet our standards of perfection and acceptance. Our
bodies are somewhat of an obsession.
are so focused on
their bodies that extreme measures are taken to produce a picture
perfect body. Surgeries may be performed in order to achieve a desired
look. Weight loss is such a focus in our society that women are willing
to spend copious amounts of money with hopes of looking like a magazine
cover girl. Wrinkle prevention and anti-aging creams have become a
multi-billion dollar industry globally. Women look to prevent, change,
and rearrange natural occurrences of the body.
Most ladies never reach their goal of perfection. They never feel pretty enough, thin enough, or like they look young enough. They never feel validated, accepted, or loved. The
words in Psalm 139:14 ARE enough because God's word is the truth!
you are battling with a negative self-image or lack of self-worth, I
encourage you to hold on to the words of Psalms 139:14. You will not
see them on the cover of a magazine, nor in a television commercial with
a super model, nor on the tag of a piece of clothing. Look to yourself
as a whole body. You are much more than a stomach with a few extra pounds, eyes
with a few wrinkles, or a head with thinning hair. Focus on your self
by exploring the potential that the parts of your body have in regards
to serving God. Our hands can serve and care for others. Our minds can
pray and encourage others. Our legs can form laps for holding children. Our ears can listen when others are hurting.
You are beautiful and valuable just the way you are. God designed you and He does not make junk!