Did you know that my girl friends and I have a rule when we’re all together? Our one rule is that we don’t talk negatively about our bodies, and when we are going through self-doubt, we don’t call ourselves, (enter horrible thing we might think about ourselves). Instead we say things like, “the chatter is loud today and the enemy is saying…,” (enter horrible thing the enemy has told you about yourself).
We have done this for so long that when we are around other women for events or a get together, we notice almost immediately the negative things they are saying about themselves. While it is not surprising that most women struggle with insecurities, it never stops surprising me just how hard it is for women to accept compliments.
Compliments that would attack fear in the face and kick self-confidence into high gear.
Let me ask you a question. When someone compliments you, do you say “thank you,” and let their words be a blessing unto you, or do you doubt it and brush it off, letting it land at your feet, while the negative thoughts in your head continue to control your mind?
I haven’t always been able to accept compliments. I haven’t always felt worthy of the kindness of others. But I have learned that when others are showing thoughtfulness, they are showing a bit of Jesus that lives in their hearts.
I want to be the type of woman who can find more kind things to say about strangers than I can in judging them. I want to be the type of woman who believes that I am worthy of compliments. I want to be the type of woman who can change the way the women in my family, community and country speak about themselves. But it starts with me.
It starts with me letting go of the negative things spoken over me in my life, and allowing the compliments and truths to act like the Holy Spirit’s love notes to my soul.
Take a moment and think about the nicest thing any one has ever said to you.
Seriously, even if it doesn’t come to you right away, start racking your brain for those words, and take time to think about how it made you feel. Because the truth is the thoughtful words we hear from others can be the single most influential thing we need in times of grief, sadness and self-doubt. Sometimes we need an encouraging word like we need air. Sometimes God sends those words to us through other people, allowing his words to find you.
So put on some music that sets your soul on fire and start telling yourself you are beautifully and wonderfully made. You are worthy of the kindheartedness of others. You are worthy and valuable.
You are unashamed.
You are unbroken.
You are unafraid.
Madison Moericke (Miss Maddie) is our BFF and currently holds the honorable title of “Keeper of the Couch”. Yes, the big blue couch lives at her house right now. She currently works as a Travel Nurse, and lives in Bismarck with her husband and daughter. We are honored to have her as part of our team!
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