You are altogether lovely. Yes you are. Say it with me, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Let that sink into your soul and spirit. If necessary get a note and post it to your mirror. Say it daily. There is power in your words, our words. We begin to believe what we repeadily hear.
I do not know about you, but when I see the magazines at the grocer check out they are telling me over and over that I need me + something to be okay. I need to have a certain hair color, eye color, hairstyle, bust line, waist circumference, hip and bottom shape. I need to look a certain way, dress a certain way, stay 18 forever, have certain relationships, and everything will work out okay. Let me tell you a little secret. Marketing is mostly aimed at telling you that you are missing something so you can buy something.
I am quite pleased companies like Dove are starting campaigns to accept and love who you are. Check out some of their videos below.
Dove (You Are More Beautiful Than You Think)
Dove (Beauty Evolution)-the power of makeup and photoshop
Why is it so important that we love ourselves? Well, life is quite painful if we are continually fighting ourselves. Life is not as enjoyable if we are consistently battling the lies of, “You are not good enough. You need to be more like that person. If you weigh a certain amount or wear a certain size or look a certain way, have certain things or relationships, then you will have the perfect life.”
You can see on the mazagines those with the coined “perfect” bodies, right connections, and money to excess do not have the best lives either. Why? Because happiness is an inside job.
If I love who I am, I can love my neighbor as I love myself. If I love who I am, I can be content in my skin. If I do not love myself, I will waste time and energy comparing, competing, and trying to fit into a mold I was not designed for-it’s wasted time.
I believe the source of love is God. That unconditional love must be received and accepted. When we love ourselves (receieve God’s love), our words reflect that love. Our relationship choices reflect that love. Our food choices begin to reflect that love. We attract better things and refuse things that damage our soul. When we love ourselves, what we tolerate changes. When we love ourselves, we are willing to take more risks!
It is not about the number on the scale or dress size. It is not about measuring up to a societal standard. It’s about being healthy, the best version of ourselves, and pursuing a life that hopefully inspires someone else to be the best version of who they were created to be.
So here is a 7 day challenge for you.
1. Make a list of the features and qualities you like most about yourself. If you’re struggling to put anything down, survey some friends and family. Review the list over the next 7 days. Give thanks for everything on that list.
2. Start speaking postive affirmations daily over your body.
- I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
- My body is beautiful.
- I love who I am.
- I am of tremendous worth!
3. When you feel the need to compare with someone else or put yourself down, go back to steps 1 and 2.
I proclaim and declare loudly over you that you are beautiful (handsome), wonderfully made and of tremendous worth!
Cheering for you! Be kind to yourself. You are loved!!❤️💯