A few years ago, I was going through a really hard spiritual battle and I felt like there would be no way out of it. I remember my mom talking to me about how I had a choice to make. The choice was that I could either choose to listen to what God has to say about me or I could choose to belittle myself and my worth. Even though that was hard to hear and swallow, I decided to take my mom’s advice and really push myself to focus on what the Lord has to say about me.
As women, we tend to be really hard on ourselves. Not only are we hard on ourselves, but we are also hard on each other. Sometimes we can be heartless in the things we say to ourselves and to each other. Our words will either uplift us or they will tear us down. Which one will you choose to do?
The words we speak will eventually become the words we think. We can either choose to speak positivity into our lives or we can choose to speak negativity into our lives.
Words are powerful and we have the power within us to make a difference in the way we see ourselves and in the way others see themselves. Our words need to be sprinkled with grace and with love that only comes from God Himself. Our words don’t need to be full of bitterness and malice towards each other or towards ourselves. Our mouths need to be full of God’s love.
Not only do our mouths need to be full of God’s love, our thoughts about ourselves and others need to be thoughts of goodness and encouragement. Our hearts and minds begin to believe what we continually think of ourselves. Our thoughts are either going to uplift us or they are going to tear us down.
God has wonderful, beautiful things to say about each one of us and we need to believe what the Lord sees in us. If we believe in what the Lord sees in us, it is able to transform us into confident, strong women of God.
A few years ago, when I was facing some rough spiritual battles I decided to take some post-it notes and write notes on them pertaining to what we say and what God’s response is to us. I still have those post-it notes in my study Bible today as a reminder of God’s goodness to me. I really wanted to share this activity with you all because I believe it will be a blessing to each of you. So, if you have post-it notes, you can do this during your free time.
You say vs. God says:
You say: I feel alone.
God says: I will never leave you.
Hebrews 13:5 says, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
You say: I’m afraid.
God says: I have not given you fear.
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
You say: I can’t do it.
God says: You can do all things.
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
You say: I can’t go on.
God says: My grace is sufficient.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
You say: I’m not able.
God says: I’m able.
2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:”
You say: I’m not smart enough.
God says: I will give you wisdom.
1 Corinthians 1:30 says, “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”
You say: It’s not worth it.
God says: It will be worth it.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
You say: I can’t forgive myself.
God says: I forgive you.
Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
You say: Nobody loves me.
God says: I love you.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
You Say: It’s impossible.
God says: All things are possible.
Luke 18:27 says, “And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
You say: I’m too tired.
God says: I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
You say: I can’t figure it out.
God says: I will direct your steps.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
If you are having a rough day or if you have ever felt any of these ways, just know that God is there for you. God wants to help you and comfort you in times of sorrow, in times of stress, and in times of happiness. God is always just a prayer away and He is never too busy to hear our cries.