I read an article recently written by a mother who was concerned about how her poor self-esteem was impacting her young daughter. I thought this was interesting because how often do we as women pick apart our bodies and don’t think twice about who is in the room?
I know I have become more aware of my own self-criticism around my daughters. They watch everything we do and everything we say. Are we passing down our poor self-image to our daughters?
The last thing I want as a mother is for my two absolutely, perfectly, gorgeous and amazing little ladies to see themselves as anything less than that, and I know that is not what Jesus wants for them or myself.
How can we combat our programed poor-self image? We can battle it with the word of God. We can take charge of our view of ourselves and show our children what Jesus thinks about us by what we say about ourselves.
Here are some verses you can use to help combat low self-image and self-esteem:
1. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Proverbs 139:14)- You are wonderful because God created you!
2. Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:8) -You are the apple of God’s eye!
3 .For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. (Deuteronomy 7:6) – You are God’s treasured possession!
God made you an individual. Out of all the people in the world He created you to be you not someone else. Our sweet little girls are constantly bombarded by images and the media who tell us all to be a size 2 and 5’8″. Our babies don’t have to believe these lies, and we don’t have to allow the enemy to steal the beauty that God has uniquely given them.
We can start by begining with the things we say about ourselves and model a Christlike attitude for our children. We and you, yes even with all the things you don’t like about yourself were created by the most perfect being of all, and God does not make mistakes! You are valuable, worth-while and treasured.
Why would Jesus die for you if He didn’t think you were amazing?