Listen Up, Ladies

To all the young (and young at heart) ladies out there:

Stop it.

Stop apologizing for you you are. For what you look like or do or have or don’t have. For the piece of hair that always rebels or the cake that didn’t turn out or the fact that you need space to breathe. For the way you snort or guffaw or squeal when you laugh. Stop apologizing for being where you are, for being alone or for being with others, for your desires and dreams and tears. For eating inordinate amounts of chocolate (Wait…is that just me?). For being strong or for being weak. For needing people.

You are not too much.

You are more than enough in all the best ways. And Psalm 45:11 says that the King will greatly desire your beauty.

Stop hiding. Stop waiting for the world to invite you in, and start walking into the place of your destiny. Queens don’t wait for invitations to the party or the board room, and you are the Bride of Christ. Stop hiding your confidence behind a facade of timidity. Proverbs 31:24 says you are clothed with strength and dignity.

And, ladies, let’s begin living. Even if it means starting over or opening back up or trying out new muscles, new skills, new heartstrings. Even if you’re scared out of your wits. Just do it. Because YOU. ARE. WORTH. IT. So much so that Jesus, the Man of all men, God of all gods, died for you.

Hear this: You don’t need a ring or a house full of kids or a fancy car or everything in its place to be loved. To be valued. And those amazing people in your life? They’re there because they want to be.

Soak it up. Embrace it. Let it seep through the hidden cracks of your heart like glue, and let His truth sink in:

I have loved you with an everlasting love; so I am constant in My affection for you.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

I have chosen you; stop being anxious and watchful, for I am your God. I give you strength, I bring you help, I uphold you with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

We, with our unveiled faces reflecting like mirrors the brightness of the Lord, all grow brighter and brighter as we are turned into the image that we reflect: this is the work of the Lord who is Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

I double dog dare you.

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