Last week was the kickoff for a Bible study I’ve been privileged to lead at my church- Made to Crave. This six week study by Lysa TerKeurst is full of Biblical truth and wisdom about how to begin craving God instead of food. When I read this book a few years back it was the beginning of my journey towards living a healthy lifestyle and really helped me connect my physical health with my spiritual.
We had 50 women sign up to attend and last week 32 of those women showed up, ready to learn. They opened up and shared their stories with the group and I was moved to tears several times by the beautiful stories they had to share.
Tonight was our second meeting and we had 26 in attendance. Again, these women were open and honest and bravely shared pieces of their individual journeys with us. I am learning so much from each of them and am blessed by the time we have together.
Tonight during our session Lysa focused on remembering who we are. As women, many times we let what the world says to us determine how we view ourselves…or worse, sometimes we let our own inner critic determine our value. Tonight we began working to change that.
I took something Lysa had written and added to it things I felt like these women needed to hear. I read it to them and had them just sit and listen with their eyes closed. Many were brought to tears as they were reminded how God sees them. It was such a powerful moment for me, and blessed my heart so much that I wanted to share it with each of you.
Here is what I read to them:
Your body is the temple of the living God.
made HOLY and is USEFUL to the Master.
knew you and loved you.
flaw in you (Song of Solomon 4:7)
You are NOT a failure. You are not
incapable. You are not a loser. You are NONE of those things. You are a
daughter of the King! (From Lysa)
empowered. (From Lysa)
I encourage each of you to read this. Read it out loud. Maybe you need to read it a few times, or maybe you need to read it to yourself each day. I don’t know who may be reading this, or what is in your heart, but I know this: the devil wants nothing more than for you to doubt your value. He wants you to feel like you AREN’T worth it, that you DON’T matter. This is a lie.
It is time we stop buying into the lie that we are broken, or ugly, or fat, or lazy, or beyond hope. Because we aren’t.
May you read and be blessed!