Embraceable You

I don’t do change well. Resolutions? Not at all. My least favorite thing about a new year are the following words:

Change this…resolve this…..work on this….

I feel that every magazine, every television and radio ad are selling me on change. Changing my weight, my body shape, my clothes. Telling me that I need to buy this gadget, read this book, move to this neighborhood. I need to work more, work less.

It’s exhausting!

This year I am not doing any of it! I’ve decided that instead of trying to fit into a mold and be someone I’m not–

I’m going to embrace who I am right now.

God made me. He knew me before my mother held me in her arms. He knew that I would laugh when I get nervous, that I would break my foot, and that I would accidentally ruin my prom dress. He knew that I would struggle with my faith, that I would love soccer and be horrible at basketball.

He knows my desires, my wants, my fears and my needs. He knows every little itty-bitty thing about me and HE LOVES ME.

How awesome is that?! No matter what – GOD LOVES YOU. Just for being YOU.

This year I would encourage you to EMBRACE YOURSELF. When you are feeling discouraged, or overweight, or ugly – He thinks you are beautiful. He created us IN HIS OWN IMAGE. All things were created beautiful to Him.

Some verses that have helped me:

He has made everything beautiful in its time. ~ Ecclesiates 3:11

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. ~ Genesis 1:27

The Lord is good, a Strength and Stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge and trust in Him. ~ Nahum 1:7

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. ~ Psalm 28:7

The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? ~ Psalm 27:1

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. ~ Jeremiah 1:5

Embrace yourself this year. Take off the blinders and see yourself as He sees you.

Be you!