The sink is full of dishes again and he whispers, “You are a terrible housekeeper.”
I forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer for dinner and he whispers, “You are so disorganized.”
I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror as I walk past and he whispers, “You are an unattractive mess.”
My two-year-old is screaming and flopping on the floor and he whispers, “You are failing at this.”
“Your family deserves better. You are not smart enough; pretty enough; patient enough; strong enough; anything enough.”
Everyone says to listen to the still, small voice inside your head, but what if that voice is a big fat meanie?
This post is not a “how-to” on organization, meal planning, parenting, or quick hair hacks. Goodness knows there are plenty of those blogs and they are certainly not my areas of expertise. But one area I can speak to is this: If you are hearing negative thoughts about yourself, those are not from the Lord. Those are the devil’s sneaky distortions trying to convince you that you don’t measure up.
The devil is a liar. He always has been and he always will be. But you have tools that you can use to shut his mouth. For every lie, you can tell him what the Lord says.
While there may be dishes in the sink, the Lord says, “You are blessed with food and mouths to feed” (Psalm 127:5).
While you may have your hair in a messy bun, the Lord says, “You are more precious than rubies” (Proverbs 3:15).
When you feel like giving up, He says, “My strength is made perfect in your weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
God says, “I created you and with ME, you are more than enough” (SeePsalm 139:14).
When we believe the lies of inadequacy we tend to either give up, and spin our wheels to “make up” for our supposed shortcomings. But when we quiet the rubbish with the truths of God’s love and grace, we realize that we were good enough all along. When we stand before the Lord and answer for the choices we made, I am pretty sure, He won’t ask why we let that load sit in the dryer for three days.
If you have been hearing the lies, you are not the only one. Every time I tell a friend I feel as though I have not measured up, they always answer me with, “Me too!” Those two words give me such freedom and relief.
Ladies, if you are feeling alone, do not suffer in silence. Reach out to a friend. And if a friend confides in you, be her, “Me too!”