I can still remember the sting of his words as if it was yesterday. He called me fat and told me I should never wear a sleeveless shirt because I had granny arms. Lord I allowed those words to define me and my worth. Lord I gave the critic the power over me and went into hiding. Crazy to think it’s been decades since those words were uttered and I still can’t freely wear a sleeveless shirt without feeling ugly. Yet you see beauty when you look at me Lord. Thank you Lord for seeing all of me.
Lord each of us have had a lie that was spoken over us. The words cut so deep that we have become shackled to the lie rather than cling to your truth. Funny how the lie always seems to be attached to our self worth. Lord I pray we no longer subscribe to self hate the enemy wants us to adhere too. Lord I pray we will remember we are the apple of your eye and you see beauty in your creations. Lord I pray we will embrace your definition of us instead of the lie.
Lord I pray we will take a moment to mediate on Psalm 139: 13-18:
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me,[b] O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!
Lord I pray we will look in the mirror held by you. Lord I pray we will be a reflection of you. Lord I pray we will speak kind words to ourselves and no longer believe the lies. Lord I pray we recognize the beauty in all of us. Lord I pray we will learn to embrace who you’ve created us to be.
Lord I also pray we will forgive those who hurt us with their words. I pray we will not put the words on repeat in our mind but will destroy the tape. Lord I pray we will replace the lies with your truth of who you’ve called us to be. Lord I pray we will remember we are your daughters who you adore. I ask all of this in Jesus name – AMEN