Free to be me…

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-and how well I know it.”  Psalm 139:13-14 NLT

Pretty much my entire life has been spent measuring myself up against the standards of this world, always feeling as if I am not enough. It has been a constant struggle to truly accept and appreciate who I really am.

My soul thirsts for a respite from the constant media barrage of perfect models, families, and women in ministry. I watch and wonder, “Will that ever be me?”

Then at that exact moment the words of the evil one start to seep into my heart and head… “No, that’s not for you; you’ll never be…” you fill in the blank.

Chances are, at some point or another if you are a living, breathing woman, then you too have struggled with this just as I have. As I quickly approach my forties and as I grow closer to Him, I am starting to notice that I like me. I like who I have become and even who I am still becoming. Am I perfect? No, not even close. But the peace, joy, and comfort I feel assure me that I am on the right path.

You see, He, the Creator of the Universe created me, and let’s face it…He doesn’t make junk, now does He? He knit me together in my mother’s womb and has made me wonderfully complex (my husband would agree with that point). I am starting to grab hold of and take ownership that I am Free to Be Me, not because I am all that, but simply because He is.

Father God, thank you for the gift of grace you give so freely, thank you for the journey you have us on, and thank you that you have created each and every one of us so marvelously. Father, help us grab hold of who we are in You and that we can be free in that and that alone. You are so great, so mighty, and so wonderful Father; we give you all the glory, in Jesus Name, Amen.

8 Responses to Free to be me…
  1. Barbie
    July 24, 2010 | 1:34 am

    Thank you for this. I am one who struggles with accepting my true identity in Christ. This really speaks to my heart!

    • Mel's World with Melissa Mashburn
      July 27, 2010 | 3:53 pm

      Hey There Barbie, I am so glad that you were touched by this. I was totally in a raw place the day I wrote this but knew that it needed to be said. So thankful for your kind words! ~ Melissa

  2. Mary
    July 24, 2010 | 10:04 am

    Beautifully written…God’s timing is always perfect…I’ve just been asking myself, “Who am I.” Thanks for the reminder…

  3. Praise and Coffee
    July 24, 2010 | 10:59 am

    Beautifully written girlfriend! There is nothing like the feeling of coming to accept ourselves, warts and all!
    And recognizing that we are His daughter first…and cellulite ridden comes in a far 5th or so… 🙂

    Love ya,

    • Mel's World with Melissa Mashburn
      July 27, 2010 | 3:54 pm

      You make me laugh my friend, thank you for being a fearfully and wonderfully awesome friend! xoxo, Mel <3

  4. Carol Hatcher
    July 24, 2010 | 11:25 am

    Great word. Thanks, Mel! 🙂