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“Healing takes more than time. It takes intentionality. It takes the humility and courage to call what hurts by its name and the resolve to do the work that freedom demands.”
-Jackie Hill Perry
It would be a great adversity for the devil, to continue to steal what is yours - tell you lies in disguise, making you believe you’re anything other than who God says you are.
What’s worse is, you may be letting him.
Insecurity stems from the depths of our souls, where rotten seeds have been planted, left to fester and unable to grow. They must be dug out – it won’t feel good or comfortable.
The past two years I’ve gone through this process and have come out of it more alive than ever before. My ability to trust and obey God was hindered by how I saw myself; my ability to love and care for others was hindered by how I saw myself.
I want to live in the freedom of who I am in Christ, not in bondage of who I think I should be.
Thank you, to all of the beautiful women in my life, who had the guts to tell me the truth.
About this Book
Can you look in the mirror and honestly say, "I am beautiful,"
or do you first need to convince yourself? Maybe you think that if only you were thinner, you would be more beautiful. If only you had longer hair or better skin? Or maybe for you, it doesn't have anything to do with outward looks. Perhaps you wish you were smarter or better at your job? What about a different personality?
Every single woman encounters something about herself that she desires to change.
Perfection is pursued more now than ever before. We live in a society run by this very aspect – the prettier you are, the better personality you have, and more successful you are - the more you will be happy and content.
But is this really true? I beg to differ. I bet in your deepest of desires you wish that your confidence could be grounded in something a bit more tangible than being perfect.
In fact, what if I told you that magnifying the many imperfections in your life might make you more confident?
I believe that our self-esteem can only be grown by addressing our insecurities about ourselves having to do with: wounds from our past, current circumstances, lack of forgiveness, believing lies, etc. - in a very strategic way.
Our insecurities go much deeper than our everyday thoughts on how we aren't good enough, and to overcome them, we need first to identify the source.
Do any of these symptoms describe your life?
The Many Faces of Insecurity
· Seeing yourself as less than, not good enough, or worthless.
· Depression or anxiety.
· Marital problems.
· Social life problems, i.e., not wanting to leave the house, pushing away your friends, turning down invitations, etc.
· Drinking too much, drugs, or an addiction of any kind.
· Not being able to experience life, have adventures, or be in the moment.
· Physical health – Overweight, not exercising.
· Indifference to life.
· Constantly comparing yourself to others.
· Your mind consumed by your imperfections.
Any similarities there? I know, admitting this may not be the most comfortable. But if you were wondering whether or not this book is for you, then I would encourage you to be completely honest with yourself.
In this book, we will address insecurity, specifically - so we need first to dig deep and treat the wound in order to heal the infection.
I’m not one to beat around the bush, so if you are faint of heart, this book may not be for you. I will sympathize, yet not condone.
The ONLY reason I have been able to grow my self-esteem is that someone told me I had to make a choice, even when I didn't feel like it. Someone loved me enough to tell me the TRUTH and advise action on my part to take responsibility for who I want to be. It's not easy, but it's worth it!
What going through these steps can do for YOU.
1. Experience healing from your past once and for all.
2. Live in freedom with a peace-filled outlook on life.
3. Learn to forgive the people who have hurt you, so they no longer have power over your happiness and personal growth.
4. Become physically healthy because you are mentally healthy. 5. Gain awareness of who you are and what your purpose is.
6. Empty the garbage from your life and replace it with confidence and assurance of who you are.
7. Learn how to replace negative thoughts about yourself with positive thoughts.
8. Strengthen your marriage and relationships.
9. Become a version of yourself that you love.
10. Get your mind off your problems and onto the things that matter.
11. Stop comparing yourself to others.