“We glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5 NIV
Valentine’s Day is HARD! You look around, see the flowers, chocolates, candy, love letters, couples blissfully in love and wonder if you’ll ever be on the receiving end of someone showing you this type of affection. The doubt creeps in, when will it be my turn? You may be dealing with thought patterns that tell you you are not enough, ugly, fat, not worthy of a relationship, alone, unseen.
Can I ask you to take a step back? View yourself through the eyes of your Creator? God doesn’t see you through an Instagram filter, Instabeauty, or LightRoom. He doesn’t look at you and see imperfections and flaws. He looks at you through a lens of pride, that He made you uniquely you on purpose the moment He created you in your mother’s womb. He looks at you as an expression of Himself, unconditionally loved, perfect, a masterpiece, chosen.
Picture a loving Father, approvingly watching His daughter from a distance, proud of the perfect being that He has made. That is you, sweet girl. Accepted, approved, noticed, important, valued, adored.
So when thoughts creep in this Valentine’s Day that you’re alone, unworthy, or invisible, I want you to remember who you are in the eyes of God!
Stop looking around and comparing yourself to someone else. Stop looking left and right and wishing you looked like her, dressed like her, were in a relationship like her, or as intelligent as her. Sweet girl, I promise she’s dealing with her own laundry list of insecurities. She’s playing her very own game of comparison.
One day your prince will come, God’s timing is perfect! In the meantime, embrace today and know that you are LOVED, CHERISHED, CHOSEN, intentionally made for a purpose for such a time as this!
What if today you fall in love with the girl God adores instead of focusing on who you’re not?
Take some time today to journal, get in the word, listen to your favorite praise and worship song, play it LOUD, drown out the noise, pray and ask God to reveal His image of you right here, in this moment. What does He call you?
Dear Heavenly Father,Today is a rough holiday for some of my dearest friends. I pray that you comfort the hearts of those that are longing for a love that only You can fulfill. Breathe life, love, reassurance into their loneliness. Affirm them so that they may know who they are in You. Give them validation that You are enough and because You are enough, they are enough. When they feel unloved, remind them Who you are, that You sent Your son to die and suffer on a cross because You love them just that much.
In Jesus’s name I pray,