Can you imagine what it would look like to love yourself the way I want you to? You must take care of yourself, value yourself as my creation, and see yourself as I see you.
Hand me your expectations of yourself, the duties you have placed on your own shoulders that aren’t from me. The mistakes you chew over, the failures you refuse to forgive yourself for.
The stick with which you beat yourself – hand it to me.
I don’t want you to strive, to perform, to chase approval. You are accepted already. Lay it all down and rest in me, work from rest in me, flow from rest in me, love from rest in me.
Activation: Look at yourself in the mirror and ask God to show you what He sees, not what you see. Ask him if there are areas of self-care that you have been neglecting; ask if there is anything He wants you to lay down, or that you need to receive from Him.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
17 so that Christ may dwell in your heartsthrough faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV)