I am someone who goes to the store to buy everything! You name it, I’m probably getting it from the store. Sometimes I will get the urge to attempt to make something on my own (curtains, tomato sauce, homemade food for Sadie (instead of store bought), a craft, my own garden, etc.) The enemy almost immediately casts doubt upon my heart about myself. He lies and tells me that I can’t do it. I’m not good enough. I should leave it to my friends who are really great at that kind of thing. These thoughts push me to compare myself to my friends and I start to envy their talents and wish that I was different, better.
I’ve got news for you friends, COMPARING IS A TERRIBLE THING!!!!! This will make you miserable and start to resent those around you that you are comparing yourself too. God didn’t make us someone else. He made us exactly as He wanted and that is PERFECT!
Psalms 139:13-14 says, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it.”
This is the verse that God brings back to my mind when I start to doubt myself. He created me, every part of me. I am His workmanship and I am MARVELOUS! He created each and every one of you. You are His workmanship and you are MARVELOUS! Oh the freedom we have to love ourselves when we can start to glimpse ourselves through the eyes of our loving Father.
So this year I have decided to start fighting against those lies. When I feel the urge to try something new, something different from my norm, I’m going for it! I’m going to hold onto that verse and that TRUTH and I am going to be exactly who God created me to be and no one else. I am going to talk with and get help from my wonderful friends who do excel in certain areas that I want to try out. God created them exactly as they are with the talents they have and I plan on picking their brains and getting some help as I continue to grow myself.
My first step in growing myself this year was starting this blog. You can read about my insecurities about that in this post. I am so glad I have started this and I find so much joy in being able to express myself in this way.
Another thing I have recently attempted was making my own mini pancakes for Sadie’s breakfast! It may not sound like much to you but it was a big step for me. I take the easy way out (which sometimes is not a bad thing and I in no way am judging anyone else who does this-I will again I’m sure of it!) and just buy her stuff from the store instead of venturing out and trying things myself. For me, this can be a bad thing. I choose to do this because I don’t want to challenge myself or I have negative thoughts about myself and I don’t push past them.
So the other week I laid Sadie down for her nap and decided I was going to do it. I was going to make her my OWN miniature pancakes. And I must admit, I think I rocked it! Haha I was very happy with the results and I definitely plan on doing that again and continuing to try different things when it comes to her food.
My next “big” item that I want to challenge myself in this year is gardening. I want to grow green bell peppers, red bell peppers, zucchini and squash. These are the vegetables we eat the most often so that is what I want to attempt and challenge myself too. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can get started on that! If you have any advice on how to start a garden or what not to do, I’d love to hear it!
What lies is the enemy telling you? What doubts is he casting upon you that make you believe you aren’t good enough to do something? I challenge you to stomp on those lies and hold fast to God’s truth and Psalms 139:13-14. I challenge you to find a lie you’ve been believing and prove to yourself that you are good enough! What adventure will you be taking? Will it be a garden, a new blog, a half marathon, a new job? There are so many things out there for us so let’s all start believing we can do this! Let’s go for it!