Tuesday, April 27, 2010

So Long Insecurity

I attended the Beth Moore simulcast last weekend.  The title of her message was based on her new book, "So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us.   What a needed lesson.  She taught out of Ephesians 4:17-24.  She used the acronym SECURE to make six points about being a secure woman.

S- Saved from Herself
E-Entitled to the truth
C-Clothed with Intention
U-Upended by Grace
R-Rebounded by Love
E-Exceptional in Life

I had a reality check on one of my own insecurity issues a couple of days after the conference.  As I was getting into the shower Sophie said, "Mama, I see your fanny, I see your crusty fanny."  I thought to myself, "what in the world is she talking about!  What on earth is a crusty fanny?"  I made her say it again, but I still could not make out what that word was.  I finally let her say it for Mabry, and we laughed hysterically at what ever she was trying to say.  Later that night, I was on the phone with Sally and asked her to say it for her, and it was suddenly clear "I see mama's dis-gusting fanny".  After I picked myself off the floor from laughing, Sally and I came to the horrible conclusion, that she has heard me say that about my self.  She has probably watched me look in the mirror and said, "that's disgusting!".  After I gained my composure from laughing I had this realization.  I am molding her self image at the tender age of two and a half.  She is watching my every move, and listening to my every word.  What a wake up call!!  Ephesians 4:21 says, "Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus."  I am entitled to the truth.  The truth is God created me in His image.  I am fearfully and wonderfullly made.  It has never been more clear to me than now that I have to walk in this truth.  These two girls are going to follow my lead.  God has entrusted them to me to raise them to become the women He has created them to be.  It is my responsibility to teach them that He created everything about us, and we are created in His image.  Ephesians 5:1&2 says, "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God".  The most important job I will ever have as a mama is to be an imitator of God

Insecurity runs much deeper than body issues, but I am more than aware that our society puts such an emphasis on how we should look. My girls are so very little, but what a great time to start implementing some self-confidence in my own body image.  I got a great laugh, and an even better lesson!

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