“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (ESV) Psalm 139:13-14
This verse has been on my mind recently… I often say it over and over in my mind. But, do I believe it? Do you believe it? Oh, I believe that God made me… but I struggle with the wonderful and beautiful part. My whole life I have struggled with having a negative self-image. I look in the mirror and all I can see is what needs to change. And, let me tell you – after having a baby, it’s amplified even more! I HATE looking at myself in pictures because one word comes to mind… FAT. I have never been content with how I look. Even though I have a wonderful husband who tells me every day that I am beautiful, it is still hard to believe that statement myself. I often feel like a hypocrite when I’m counseling other women about their self-image. If I cannot be content in my own body and love myself for who I am and how I look, how can I ever truly help others with that struggle?
I want to completely and unabashedly believe this verse in Psalm 139… because it is true. God made us wonderful and beautiful, and out of all His creation, He thought man/woman was “very good.” When I look at my daughter, I want her both to know that she is beautiful inside and out.
I want to challenge us all today and every day to work towards believing in our inner and outer beauty. I want us all today and every day to believe that we truly are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”