Hey there ladies!
It is so my heart’s desire that you were encouraged with what I shared on Day #1.
Day #1 was all about how God feels about YOU.
Today is going to be about how you feel about YOURSELF.
I am currently working on learning the Fruits of the Spirit and the one that keeps coming to mind is Gentleness.
But not in the way you may think.
I have to say that I am fairly gentle with my family, although it could always be improved for sure.
But I saw something today online that stopped me in my tracks and it had to do with being Gentle With Myself.
We can REALLY say some mean things to ourselves, can’t we? I know I’m guilty!
I just spoke recently to a woman I deeply admire who still struggles with that “not enough” feeling.
So, ladies, we gotta fight this nonsense!
We are DAUGHTERS OF THE KING!
The self-condemnation, comparison and criticism is just a big ole pile of JUNK.
I am going to keep it simple and focus only on what we say to ourselves.
We need to be gentle and encouraging to ourselves.
It is easy to do it for others, right?…
We must learn this discipline if we are to stay encouraged and strong as Christian Working Mamas.
What we need to do is be mindful of how we talk to ourselves.
Mindfulness is paying attention. It is noticing what you are doing, feeling and thinking at the time you are actually doing, feeling and thinking it. Because God is part of our everyday lives, paying attention to God and focusing on God’s kingdom is a fundamental practice of Christian mindfulness.
Being mindful means being intentional and paying attention.
Let’s talk about what it looks like to be gentle with yourself with regards to how you talk to yourself-
1. Stop the negative talk. When you start to put yourself down, that is of the Enemy. Recognize it for what it is- it is NEVER from God.
2. Replace the negative talk with the positive. Sounds corny, but listen up- we need to talk TRUTH to our minds until our hearts are convinced. Say it out loud, get it into your mind and ask the Holy Spirit to cement (YES CEMENT!) it into your heart.
So I don’t want it to be complicated. Stop the negative, replace the positive.
Say it out loud, memorize it, get it into your mind and into your heart.
As many times as it takes.
Here are some key truths you can say TODAY:
• I am a child of God. But to all who have received him–those who believe in his name–he has given the right to become God’s children … (John 1:12).
• I am a friend of Jesus. I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father (John 15:15).
• I have been justified and redeemed. But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24).
• My old self is crucified with Christ, and I am no longer a slave to sin. We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin (Romans 6:6).
• I am not condemned by God. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
• I have been set free from the law of sin and death. For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
• I have been accepted by Christ. Receive one another, then, just as Christ also received you, to God’s glory (Romans 15:7)
• In Christ Jesus, I have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption … (1 Corinthians 1:30).
• I am a new creature in Christ. So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away–look, what is new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17)!
• I have become the righteousness of God in Christ. God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Do this ladies. And I promise you will be encouraged in a mighty way.