Over the past month or so, I've really been allowing God to speak into me regarding this platform. I know He gave me a passion for equipping and empowering women, a voice to use, and a platform on which to speak. I settled down with G in early June to start hashing out what goals I had based on the things God was laying on my heart. One of them was a re-written "About Me" statement for the blog. A mission statement, if you will, due to be completed July 15th. Today is July 15th, and you can read my new "About Me" statement here.
I love the way God speaks not only to our hearts directly but to our hearts through His word. This past Sunday, Pastor Jeremy shared Romans 12:2. I've read this verse many times, but hearing it from the New Living Translation struck a different cord with me. In the NLT, this verse reads:
"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,
but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
Let God Transform You by Changing the Way You Think.
This is the heart of my purpose, and why I write, why I share, why I put myself out there even though I'm scared of the negativity that inevitably comes with a social media presence.
As women, the world has trained us to see our physical flaws, and go to any lengths to "fix" them. If makeup isn't enough, get surgery. Do what you have to, but make sure you fit the perfect mold we've given you. Fit into what we say a beautiful woman is, or be less than beautiful.
But God says no to this behavior. He whispers that He has better for us. That He has beauty for us. That He has sufficiency and worth for us. But we have to break the mold society created for us and allow Him to transform us through changing how we think.
Your nose won't get smaller. Those cellulite dimples aren't going anywhere. But we are beautiful in spite of it. Because our beauty is SO MUCH MORE than physical. Physically, we can express our beauty, but our beauty is from within. It's our kindness, our gentleness, our quiet strength when hope seems lost, our belief in good as we face the horrors perpetrated around us, and our refusal to settle for just being called pretty.
We are beautiful; we just need to let go and allow God to teach us how to see it.
Will you let go with me this week? Let me know what you're striving to let go of in the comments below, and I will pray for you by name throughout this week. Because you're worth it, and we're in this together.