Measuring Your Self Image
By Shauna Wallace
Self-image might very well be one of the most difficult challenges we girls and women face. We compare our insides to other peoples’ outsides, and if you’re like me, we come up short every time. We measure against our perception of others, when the real measure we should use is…
I had the pleasure of speaking at a church youth even for girls and women about self-image. Each gal received a gift: “IT IS WRITTEN.”
Using Jesus as our example, we looked at how He uses God’s word to combat Satan’s lies in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-10). Satan wants to tempt Jesus to destruction (just as he does us!), but Jesus simply replies with, “It is written…” before quoting scripture. Eventually, He just tells Satan, “Away with you!”
We can too!
I hope this simple exercise I did with the girls and ladies that evening will help you in redefining yourself according to what scripture says about you! You can do it alone, with your daughters, your Bible study, your youth group or women’s ministry. I’ll even come share my testimony and lead you through it if you’d like! (Go to http://shaunawallace.com/my-speaking to fill out a speaker request form.)
You’ll need a mirror (I used handheld mirrors from the dollar store), a permanent marker (thin tipped is best so you can fit more of God’s truth on the mirror!), and a dry erase marker.
First, take your permanent marker and write “IT IS WRITTEN” at the center top of the mirror. You could even use a bathroom mirror to do this, BUT use your dry erase marker for everything, and if it’s not your home, be sure to ask permission!
Using the chart below as a starting point, take the permanent marker permanent marker and write the key words for the scriptural truths about how God sees us and who we are in Christ around the outer edge of the mirror, leaving the center clear.
You can fit them all, or just those you feel the Holy Spirit is speaking directly to you. Next, take a dry erase marker and write a truth you specifically need right now. Then, as the Holy Spirit ministers to you specifically over time, you can change the dry erase message to be what He is speaking to you at any given moment.
Now, when you look in the mirror, you no longer see just your reflection. You see God’s truth!
Here are a number of scriptures and the key words that capture their truth for you.
|Words for Mirror
|I Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’”
|beauty is in my heart
|I Peter 3:3-4 “…let your adornment be…the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”
|beauty is a gentle/quiet spirit
|Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
|fearing the Lord brings praise
|Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
|I am God’s workmanshipfor a purpose
|Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
|I am made in His image
|2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
|I am a new creation
|Psalm 139:14 “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.”
|I am wonderful/marvelous work
|Luke 12:7 “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
|I am valuable
|Psalm 8:3-5 “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”
|I am cared for
|Romans 8:15-17 “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”
|I am an adopted child and heir
|Revelation 19:16 “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KINGOF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
|I am a princess
|I Corinthians 6:19 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
|I am the Lord’s temple
|Romans 9:25 “As indeed he says in Hosea, ‘Those who were not my people I will call “my people,” and her who was not beloved I will call “beloved.”’”
|I am His beloved
|Psalm 16:8 “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”
|I am unshaken
|I Timothy 4:7-8 “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”
|I value godliness
|Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…”
|I am powered by the Spirit
|2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
|I am sufficient in His grace
|Psalm 23:1-4 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me…”
|I am fearless
|Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
|I am part of His plan/in His thoughts
|Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
|I am celebrated
|Romans 8:38 “I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
|God and I are inseparable
|2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
|I am transforming
|2 Corinthians 5:20 “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”
|I am God’s ambassador
|Ephesians 1:7 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
|I am redeemed
|I John 5:14 “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
|I am heard
|I Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
|I am special
|Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
|I am strong
|Philippians 1:6 “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
|I am a work in progress
Let Romans 12:2 be our prayer for one another today:
Lord Jesus, let us not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we may prove what is Your good and acceptable and perfect will. Amen.
An inspirational writer, teacher, and speaker, Shauna Wallace burns with passion to see women experience the fullness of God’s grace, faithfulness, peace, joy, protection, and provision by becoming wholly His. Finding hope and life in God’s word motivates her to help other women discover God’s power to transform lives.
Transparent and real, she opens her life and heart to encourage others. She and her husband, James, serve their church, community, and clients of their custom home building business. As a homeschooling stay-at-home mother of four, Shauna treasures the privilege of being James’ helpmate and training her children in the ways of the Lord. Check Out Shauna’s Blog Here!