What a beautiful truth. My story has been changed by Jesus. I marvel at the person whom He has transformed me into, compared to who I had been known to be. I hope that every precious woman out there receives this truth into her own life.
I have been to some low places in my life. One that has hurt me the most is the place where I thought I had to change my personality for others to like me. The sad fact is that for a while I thought it was working.
Deep inside myself you will find an introvert who loves sitting back to hear or observe people, rather than talking with them. I've always felt like a wallflower, but came to believe that I would be loved by everyone if I could just be an extrovert. So I became louder, “funnier”, and acted in ways that were contrary to who I am. It seemed that people liked me better that way and I enjoyed believing it as a fact. Sadly though, I only found myself feeling ashamed of my actions and of things I had said. This behavior continued for quite a few years.
Eventually I tired of the whole routine, and had to admit to myself that it was not right. I knew that Christ had set me free when I became a Christian, and yet I was choosing to act in a manner that was not Christ-like. It hurt me deeply, and I knew that I needed to stop doing these things.
God was gently restoring my sanity and bringing me back to Him. He made me just the way I am, for His purposes. I didn’t need to change to have people like me. Until I could walk in the light of that truth, I would never be able to enjoy all that He had prepared for me before I was even born, so He changed my story.
I want every lady who is reading this blog to be able to walk in the light of your truth in Jesus Christ. God created each of you in the way that He chose. He loves you! Know that you are made in His image and He can and will restore you. Jesus wants to change your story.
Romans 12:2 tells us “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is--His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
This is my prayer for all my sisters and future sisters in Christ.
by Beth Moore
I am a woman of God
Redeemed by Jesus Christ
Loved, pursued, chosen
Equipped with words of life
Clothed in strength and dignity
Commissioned here and now
Gifted by the Spirit
Forgiven and unbound
Blessed is she who believed.