Monday, 26 March 2012

Feeling worthless?

Have you ever felt worthless?  Have you ever felt not good enough?  I remember going through a stage where I was defending who I was.  Subconsciously you know you have value but when you're an emotional wreck you don't have the confidence to see it.  To stand up for yourself when despite your feelings - you know you have value!  




I remember chatting to a woman who for a brief period of time befriended me (a Godcidence?)  She told me how she was a certain person when she got married and how over the years her husband had tried to change her.  Eventually, she became the 'person' he seemed to want and then 4 children later, he dumped her.  He did not like the person he had created.


This so resonated with me at the time.  I had 2 young children, my marriage was strained, finances were tight and I just didn't feel good enough, I was losing me, and I didn't like who I was turning into!


The turning point came one day when I was feeling very low.  I felt like a vapour, of no consequence and suddenly, for some reason the penny dropped, the light bulb moment happened and it dawned on me - God loves me JUST THE WAY I AM.  Flaws and all, right here, right now, failures, mistakes, every dark thing, He loved me!  I remember thinking to myself , "Who are you not to accept me the way I am if God accepts me?"


That day I started to realise that although I had much changing to do - God wasn't telling me, "Tracy, change first, improve, be perfect - and then I'll accept you."  Uh-uh, 
  • His word says He chose me from the beginning (Eph 1v4:  Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.)
  • He knew me in my mother's womb (Ps 139v13)
  • He loves me so much long before I desired to change for the better, that He sent His only Son to die for me (John 3v16:  For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life)
  • He loves me so much, the way I am, long before I knew that, He knew how many hairs on my head (Luke 12v7:  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows)
  • He knows my deepest darkest thoughts and loves me despite them and His thoughts of me are as numerous as the grains of sand (Psalm 139v18:   I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!)
I learnt that day to see myself through the eyes of Jesus and not through my own eyes.  I learnt my value is in Him.  Because of Christ I am valuable, worthy, and precious.




I want to encourage you, if you feel worthless, of no value, go seek out in the word How God sees you.  Read it out aloud because faith comes from hearing.  Your opinion of yourself will most certainly change.


God bless
Tracy  
(PS:  I've been away all weekend at my daughter's hockey tournament so I am posting a post I posted as a guest post a while ago... )

Linking this post this week with:

Joan          Jen         Jolene          Shanda         Joan         Laura         Stacy

And Hazel at:


46 comments:

  1. God's love is incredible! I love how He chose me and accepted me even though I wasn't (and still am not) perfect! His love knows no bounds! What a joy!

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    1. Hi Joan - I too am grateful that His love knows no bounds
      God bless

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  2. Hi Tracy,
    Oh yes, I can relate. Sometimes life (and others) just wear us down! I have started reminding myself that it doesn't matter what others think. All that matters is what God knows about me!
    Blessings,
    Laura

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    1. Hi Laura - amen and despite what He knows about us He still loved us so thoroughly that He sacrificed His Son for us.
      God bless

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  3. Re-run or not, I love this post Tracy.

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    1. Hi Marja - thank you! It is something I need to remind myself of often!
      God bless

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  4. You are beautiful in His eyes and His eyes are the only ones that matter.
    Love to you,
    ~jolene

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    1. Hi Jolene - what a lovely statement! and so true!
      God bless

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  5. Tracy,

    This is a great post, I totally agree with Jolene, you are beautiful in His eyes and His eyes are the only ones that matter. God did not made a mistake when He created each one of us, we were made with a purpose in mind.

    By the way I was just over at Eileens blog, and I can't resist asking, how's Tuesday looking? Is is going to be a good day?

    Blessings to you Tracy.

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    1. Hi Kandi - Tuesday is great :) and thank you, you too are beautiful in His eyes
      God bless

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  6. Hey Tracy
    Good post. Don't you just love those "light bulb moments"?
    Blessings Chelle

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    1. Hi Chelle - amen, yes and no :)
      God bless

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  7. Great post. It's encouraging and empowering. I love those "A-ha!" moments.

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    1. Hi Toia - yes, me too, thanks for visiting and commenting. i will be over to visit you soon
      God bless

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  8. God loves us just as we are! Praise God we don't have to change before we come to the cross.

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    1. Hi Jenifer - Amen,He loves us just the way we are!
      God bless

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  9. I love this post! It is so needed as encouragement for so many people who don't see themselves as God sees them. Keep it up!

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    1. Hi Karin - thank you, it encourages me greatly to know that my words and experiences encourage others
      God bless

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  10. I must say that I got that "not quite good enough" from my parents more than my hubby. Horrible though the way it seeps into a soul and tries to make it's home there.

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    1. HI Stefanie - its like the devil finds the soft spot and keeps picking at it. Thank the Lord for His healing power
      God bless

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  11. It's funny - sometimes we pray and work so hard to see others (spouse, family, etc.) as God sees them. Because we know God made them. And then we forget to see ourselves the same way.

    Such good words, Tracy - "God loves me JUST THE WAY I AM. Flaws and all, right here, right now, failures, mistakes, every dark thing, He loved me! "

    Great post! Thank you.

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    1. HI Lori - Such a great point Lori
      God bless

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  12. WOW! WOW! WOW! We need to be reminded again, and again. Beautiful post, just another wake-up call, another step forward. Love you T:) x

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    1. Hi Mx - you are an awesome sister-in-law. Always be the me God created u to be! :)
      God bless

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  13. So thankful for His love for me that is not based on anything I do but on what His Son did! For I surely fail Him many days...

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    1. Hi Debbie - amen, great point
      God bless

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  14. Oh I have known this journey...so Thankful for His Love that wins us over...to trust in how much He loves us...each one uniquely different. great post....blessings~

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    1. Hi Ells - I too am thankful for His patience in waiting for my light bulb moment
      God bless

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  15. God's love is such a precious gift.

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  16. Love this post, Tracy. When we look into our hearts, God wants us to see ourselves the way that He does. And that my friend is beauty from the inside out.

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    1. HI Joan - i so agree. Not always easy to do, but when we get it right it is so awesome
      God bless

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  17. This is great encouragement, Tracy. I think so many of us struggle with this. But, I've also had that light bulb moment. What am I trying to prove? God loves me just the way He designed me!

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    1. Hi Eileen - thank you, and I am grateful that God loves us enough to show us these light bulb moments!
      God bless

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  18. Thank you for sharing at Tell Me a Story. Your friend realized too late that we cannot change to please others, but we must be what God has called us to be. God does help us to take courage and do His bidding.

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    1. Hi Hazel - yes so true. Thankfully my friend is God fearing and loves the Lord very much
      God bless

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  19. Beautiful truth, sister. I am enough for Him. He loves me as I am.

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    1. Hi Shannon - amen!
      God bless
      Tracy

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  20. You are so right. I think it is a common trap to think we can change ourselves and become who others want us to be...and in the end, we don't like ourselves and they don't like us either. Sometimes I mistake people's expectations for God's and I have to go to Him and ask Him if there's something in me that's displeasing. One of my greatest sins is trying to please people more than I try to please God.

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  21. Awesome post, Tracy! Love what God showed you and how you shared with us.

    You are precious in His eyes, and I think you're pretty fabulous too!

    God bless you, sweet one!

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  22. VEry special post. I have been pondering all the people, especially women who don't think they are good enough. so many of us struggle with that and it is a lifelong process to fully believe now much God loves us. love your blog and hope the hockey went well

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  23. Oh so ever close to my heart this post is. That our identity would be in Him and Him alone...especially as women today in this world. Thank you, my friend.

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  24. This is truly amazing encouragement!!

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  25. This is so encouraging, Tracy. God loves us just as we are!

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  26. We can never hear this truth enough. Thank you for bringing to remembrance WHO we are in CHRIST JESUS, our LORD~

    Blessings, sweet friend-
    ~Stacy

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  27. Thank you for this wonderful post. I have a friend who struggles so much with her worth. I'm going to pass this link along to her. Blessings!

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