Monday, July 23, 2007
Bible Study, Chap 2
What is your initial response when anyone suggests you are beautiful? Ouch! Painful question! Before I was married, I really distrusted and disliked men who told me I was beautiful. I thought of them as liars. God has been doing a great work in me lately (read through this blog!) through my husband, and I am being healed of that. My husband now makes it a point to address me as Beautiful, Gorgeous, even Sexy. What a difference that is making in my life, when I choose to believe that (believe God!)
Do you find you engage in a lot of negative 'self-talk'? How much of your thought life does this form of thinking consume? Lately, this has been happening a lot less, but I had a very negative self-image when I was younger. I did not think I was beautiful and so I relied on wily skills to get what I wanted, because I didn't think I was worth more than that (if that makes sense). Even now I struggle with it, but when something comes up ("I'm stupid", "I'm lazy"), I take it before the throne room of God and ask for the truth in this situation. And then I have to purpose to believe what God says even if I don't really feel like it.
Has it ever occurred to you that you are a City Girl? I love this! This does make such a difference to me, when I remember that I am a princess. People do see a difference in me, I really don't feel like I fit in here because I choose to live according to kingdom ways rather than worldly ways (not always! understand that! still a work in progress!!)
How do you plan to use this knowledge? It's a wonderful reminder as I've been struggling a lot this past week with negative self-image. There are some circumstances in my life that can't be changed, but that does not need to shape me in a negative way.
In what ways has your view of Godly beauty changed as a result of these Scriptures? It is so comforting to know how completely God knows me, how He shaped me for His divine purposes. I have naturally curly hair which can get unruly at times....but this is what God blessed me with, and like so many other things, I need to see it as a blessing!!