This week and next weeks topics will conisist of writings focused on "Finding beauty in who God wants us to be" or " Being who we are as God created us to be."
As I thought about what to write on, I realized what a deep subject we are taking on and how we could spend a month rather than two weeks on this topic :] How do I touch a subject that effects so many young ladies hearts and bring encouragement to them in a short post?
I have to admit, I write this with some trepidation. This is an area that I struggle with and it's difficult for me to write about something I have yet to fully apply to my own life. So, as you read this, please understand I am still working on application.
Embassy Institute (I wrote about this on my blog). Paul and Jenny Speed, two of the speakers, have specifically talked about how Satan desires us to believe different lies about ourselves that cause us to not be able to live vibrant lives, content and happy where God has placed us and with who we are. - The young women He has created us to be. One of the points that they continue to point out is that we are made in the image of God. If we believe lies that Satan has encouraged us to believe, like, "I'm ugly," "I'm worthless," "I'm stupid," "I need to do everything perfect in order to be loved," etcetera, then we need to ask ourselves, "Is God stupid?" Is God ugly?" "Is God worthless?" We are made in His image and He is not any of those things and neither are we.
Whatever it is that we believe about ourselves, we need realize that Satan is putting those lies into our heads and we need to denounce him and find who we are in Christ. He is the only one we are to seek our validation and worth from. If He believes we are special enough to send His only Son, to die on the cross, to take our penalty for our sins, then we as His daughters should trust Him. He has a specific reason for the color of our eyes, hair and skin, our height and weight, our family, friends, and where we live, what our talents and weaknesses are and so much more.
|Can you find the blessings in life's storms?|
"Gratefulness is the foundation of a believers walk with God, and of God's daily will for our lives. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~ In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
By giving thanks for all things, including unexpected trials, physical infirmities, people who reproach and persecute us, mundane necessities of life, distressing situations, we will pass the test of the Holy Spirit and receive the power of genuine love, joy and peace." 
(As I read the above paragraph I realized that the quote needed the verse Phillipians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." to go with it. We will never be able to accomplish any of the above without Christ's help!)
"Gratefulness is defined by God as a sacrifice because it means surrenduring our natural tendency to murmur."  Psalm 116:17, " I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord."
"Next to faith, this is the highest art: to be content in the calling in which God has placed you." ~ Martin Luther
God has a reason for everything, our job is to trust Him and follow where He leads.
I want to encourage you to find the blessings that surround you. Satan has to work doubly hard on a heart that is grateful and content.
Abigail wrote on her personal blog a few week ago about a website that Ann Voskamp (author of "One Thousand Gifts") writes. She has a free list that she will post every month, containing ideas on how to find unique and creative ways to find beauty in your life. It has greatly encouraged me and I would highly recommend taking on the challenge of finding 1,000 gifts in a year. Here is a link to her website. Enjoy!
May God bless you girls with eyes and hearts that find joy, peace, and beauty in who God has made you and where He has placed you.
Striving one day at a time to follow the narrow road,