Do you ever feel like nobody likes you, everybody hates you, and maybe you should just eat a worm and die? Me too.
Some days we just aren’t feeling all that great about ourselves and life just gets us down. The insecurities in our minds, mistakes of our past, rejection from others, and hurt in our hearts cause us to listen to the lies of the enemy who tries his best to convince us we are not worthy in anyone eyes, much less God’s.
I bet you’ve had those days before. Days when the mistakes of our past make it hard to forgive ourselves, and possibly even cause us to struggle in the present as we have to live with the consequences of our choices. Those days when the enemy of our soul knows our self esteem and our self worth are hanging in the balance with fragility, which are the days when he will work his hardest to keep us down and in a pit of discouragement and self pity.
But rather than letting those days set us in a pattern of living a life of self hatred, regret, pity, or hopelessness, what if we committed to listen to God’s promises of love, instead of the enemy’s lies of condemnation? What if we intentionally focused on what God’s Word says about us, instead of what the enemy – whose sole job is to steal, kill and destroy – whispers in our minds?
In today’s Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today Devotion, titled She Got More Likes Than I Did, I shared about a day when my two daughters were wondering if they got enough ‘likes’ on a social media picture. As if their worthiness and self confidence hinged on how many peers hit the ‘like’ button on their photo. As adults, we may not worry about that type of ‘likes’ all that often, but secretly we do all want to be liked and loved and seen as valuable, by others and also by God.
Nothing breaks my heart more than to see one of God’s children – man or woman – who is so down on themselves that they can’t see themselves as a beautiful, treasured, beloved child of God. In fact, seeing people I love feel that way is almost more than my heart can bear.
If you are reading this today and you’ve been feeling down on yourself, hopeless, unworthy or “less-than” for any reason, my deepest prayer is that God reaches deep into your spirit right this minute and fills you with such an overwhelming feeling of His love, acceptance and forgiveness, that it allows you to break free from the bondage of self hatred or low self esteem.
Life is too short to let ‘those days’ become the mantra of our life, and God is too good to let His grace and mercy change everyone else’s life except ours. (clicktotweet)
To read my entire Proverbs 31 devotion, click here. As promised in today’s devotion, I’m offering a free printable to download and frame and hang somewhere in your home or office to serve as a constant reminder of how much you are adored by God – flaws, imperfections, mistakes and all.
God loves you even if you have a hard time believing it, but sweet friend, He also likes you. (clicktotweet) Don’t ever forget that.
This printable is an original one of a kind, hand painted piece of artwork drawn by an amazing artist I most admire – my mother. 🙂 She is an incredibly talented artist and generously offered to share her God given talent with all of my blog readers.