I’ve battled with insecurity for as long as I can remember. I’m not really sure why but I can pinpoint the moment that I realized how much I stood out in my own family. I’ve always been a curvy girl. I can’t remember wearing single digit clothing. There were no hand-me-downs or ups. While my older sister could get her clothing from popular stores like Rave (anyone remember Rave?) I had to shop the “missy” sections in stores like Dress Barn or Belk. Thank goodness curvy fashion has evolved but at that time it was horrible! Oh and did I mention that I had huge red glasses and braces due to a massive overbite? Sheesh!

 

I believe a seed was planted during my early teens that made me feel lonely even in the midst of a crowd. It was at this point where my perceived flaws were magnified. To this day I find myself shrinking in certain settings which probably comes as a shock to most people that know me well. I have stories for days but through it all I’ve learned how to fight. It took me awhile to get to the point where I can believe what God says about me. I believe that I was created in His image but I have to remind myself of that daily and sometimes minute-by-minute.

 

Insecurity is a thief. It will steal your
Confidence. It will harm your relationships, impact future relationships, and it will cause you to miss out on opportunities that are designed just for you. I’ve experienced the challenges associated with these things but I make a daily choice to say what God says about me. It’s not always easy but its necessary.

 

I would encourage you to do the same. If you’re unsure of where to begin, here are a few scriptures to get you started:

I am more than a conqueror through Christ who loves me-Romans 8:37

I am God’s workmanship-Ephesians 2:10

I am fearfully and wonderfully made-Psalms 139:14

 

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