Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saturdays with Sarah {SELF-IMAGE}




I don’t know what kind of week you all have had but I must tell you, the end of mine was challenging. Like, really challenging. It’s almost as though the very things touched on in this chapter were the very things that the enemy whispered (or sometimes, screamed) in my ear…

You’ll never get a job … You’ll always be stuck where you are … 
You’ll always be sick … You can’t do anything right … 
You’ll never get married … You didn’t hear God right… 

BLAH BLAH BLAH

Basically, I got slimed by a bucket full of nasty lies. It’s almost as though the very labels I had torn off, were the ones the enemy was trying hard to slap onto me again. And then some…

Sarah talks about how the perfect little happilyeverafter pictures we see on people’s Facebook timelines are the best shots people choose to share, not necessarily their everyday life. Who really wants to share the gross parts anyway? I know I don’t! As I was taking the time to think about all that, I was reminded of this quote I heard last year…

The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Steven Furtick

So true!

I gotta tell you, I am quite glad that none of you caught a glimpse of my behind-the-scenes this week. It was ugly. Straight up funky. The frustration of my current circumstances seemed to slap me in the face “out of nowhere” (yet I know it was strategic because it was after sharing the great things God has done for me)…

In the last couple of days I had to bust out those psalms where David had to encourage himself in the Lord and speak life into a dead situation. A part of me wanted to just camp out in the “How long, O LORD?” verses but I praise God that He helped me to take thoughts captive and read on to the promises I am clinging on to.

I’m not gonna lie. It was a fight to leave the seat of honor at my festive little pity party. But I knew I had to push through and grab hold of God’s Word. By His grace, I was able to rejoice in Him knowing that regardless of what my present reality is, I am still a daughter of the King. And regardless of your present reality, YOU are still a daughter of the King … the greatest and truest reality. It may be a struggle (like it was for me a few days this week) but it’s the truth we rejoice and rest in…

Sarah’s video blog for self-image wraps up this week so well and beautifully brings together everything we’ve read this week in chapter two of Stress Point as well as Ginger’s guest post on comparison. I encourage you to take the time to watch this her vlog and grab hold of the promises of God. Remember, we are masterpieces ... we are royalty … we belong to the King. 

Clinging to our memory verse this week...

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. - Ephesians 2:10





Out of everything shared this week – in the chapter and on the blog – what stuck out to you the most? Are you more confident as a daughter of our Majestic King?

4 comments:

Candice Wilkinson said...

Great reminder!! I have been struggling with similar issues. It is interesting that FB all people are showing is their best sides pictures.

Anonymous said...

I agree alot of times I read people's facebook posts or see their pictures and say to myslef "I wish my life was like theirs", but in reality you don't know what they're facing in life or how their life really is.

-Kim

Jennifer Roth said...

Candice, thanks for stopping by and sharing so honestly. It's a struggle for me as well sometimes. I'm grateful when God sends us special reminders of who we are in Him.

Blessings
Jenn :)

Jennifer Roth said...

Kim,

It's so true - just as most people don't know what our struggles are - we don't know what people are facing day to day. Great perspective! Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings,
Jenn