I don’t see a lot to admire about myself today. I am in a period of pain and depression which causes self doubt. I am also feeling anxious as I try a new treatment of which a side effect is increased moodiness. I have to struggle even harder to find truths about how God sees me.
This morning I woke up feeling horrible and am trying to work toward Paul’s goal of thinking myself happy. (Acts 26:2) The TV blares and my stomach spins. My daughter is asleep and not feeling well either. It is hard to garner positive thoughts about myself or work toward self-esteem and self-admiration when I and someone I love feel sick, depressed, and tired.
Thinking yourself happy is a process of counting blessings and reminding yourself you are worthy. You are loved; He holds you in His hands.
He sees me as lovely and beautiful.
We all have issues with our self-esteem and feeling of worthiness. Jesus, however, wants us to love ourselves. See it is key to loving others.
In her book, You’re Already Amazing, Holly Gerth points out that to admire and believe in your own beauty and self worth is not sin and is not being boastful. It is being faithful to who God sees you as.
Dare to Admire Yourself!
When we dare to admire and love ourselves in a holy way, accepting how Jesus sees us, we enable ourselves to fully love and appreciate others.
Loving, admiring, and accepting ourselves is not vain or selfish. It is part of our faith walk.
I know I am loved. I glorify Jesus for loving me and saving me by accepting His love as immutable truth. I then feel assurance that when I accepted Jesus’s sacrifice of shedding His blood, he cleansed me and made me holy and admirable.
I am a holy creation in Him. He wants me to spread this word to others; so, they can see that Jesus will do the same for them.
Right now I am in a temporary state of adjustment to new medication as well as dealing with a sense of failure and unease. Increased moodiness is a side effect that will pass. I can find hope in how Jesus sees me and loves me; so can you if you are dealing with similar issues in your life.
Try this activity: I dare you. Look in the mirror and tell yourself Jesus loves you and accepts you for whom you are right now. Then one more time: tell yourself you are admired and loved.
Did you do the activity? How did you feel? Share your ideas for other ways to overcome setbacks or bad days in the comments below.
This post is my third entry for THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL16 which started Tuesday. It is also part of my book review for Holly Gerth’s LifeGrowth Guide for You’re Already Amazing. This post has Amazon affiliate links for this book if you use to purchase, I earn a small percentage of the sale which I use to pay my blogging expenses. You can read the original review here.