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The ‘Like Jesus’ Challenge: Week 4 (Self-Confidence)

By August 28, 2017 Like Jesus Challenge
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Welcome to Week 4: Self-Confidence!

The challenge I am about to ask you to do this week might be especially hard for some people. I know I struggled with this for a long time and still do on occasion. This whole week, you need to do this one simple task to help with your self-confidence. It won’t take any longer than a couple minutes of your day.

The Challenge

All of week 4, I want you to look in the mirror at some point through out the day and tell yourself 5 things that you like about yourself. You can say it in your head or even out loud but if you’re in public, some people may think you’re crazy. Hey, who cares! As Christians, we are supposed to stand out. So if you want to talk about all the things you like about yourself out loud, DO IT.
You are beautiful.

Personally, if someone told me to do this every day for a week about a year ago, I can positively tell you, I wouldn’t be able to find one feature that I liked about myself. This is something I really struggled with. Every girl that would cross my path, I would instantly point out to myself how pretty they were and it would make me compare myself to them. I’m so glad that God worked on that with me because I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have the self confidence that I have now while I’m going through what I’m going through.

Comparing

If I’m being honest with you all, I have been going through a  pretty rough breakup. I’ve had to watch him bring girls to church and watch him flirting with them and laughing with them. God has been working in me so I don’t get jealous but it takes me quite a bit of self confidence to not start looking at all my flaws when he’s bringing all these beautiful women to the church. I still find myself comparing myself to them sometimes but I am going to continue working on it. You should too!

You are so beautiful in the eyes of God. He made you look just the way He wanted you to look. He looks at you and sees no faults. God doesn’t look at all your flaws; He looks at all the beautiful. You look exactly how God wants you to look.

So everyday, look in the mirror. Tell yourself you like your hair. Say that you love the clothes you wear. Share about how beautiful the color of your eyes are! There are so many things that you could say each day. God did not make junk when He made you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14). You’re shaped the way you are for a reason. You have the voice you have for a reason. The facial features you have, God designed perfectly the way he wanted. Quit looking in the mirror and thinking bad things about yourself. Ultimately, what you are saying is, “God, I know you made me the way you wanted but I don’t think you did good enough.”

Don’t let the world define beauty

Stop letting the world decide wether you are beautiful or not! The world does not know the true definition of beauty, they have a twisted, unrealistic version of beauty. So if you are a Christian, go to Gods word. See what He has to say about how beautiful. I promise, you will not be disappointed. God thinks highly of you; He doesn’t want you looking in a mirror bashing yourself or comparing yourself to other people. There is only one blueprint for you, as my pastor would say. You are one of a kind. You’re a snowflake.

You can’t change who you really are; you can’t change the way you look. So stop trying to fit in when you were made to stand out. If you can’t change how you look, why get upset about it, you have to deal with it anyways.

I wish I could change my voice

This is something I used to wish every day. Then I realized that I was telling God He didn’t do a good enough job. If God called me to lead worship, then why don’t I have a voice like Lauren Diagle or Steffany Gretzinger? God spoke to me and removed these thoughts from my head. An old pastor of mine once said, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” I could compare my voice to other singers and say how much better they are then me, but where does that get me? No where. Because in the end, my voice is still the same, but now I am just thinking my voice isn’t very good.

I’d much rather remember that God has placed a calling on my life to lead worship for a reason. What if me having a better voice would have made me get big headed and proud? What if that made me prideful? There is a reason for everything. God hears my voice. He hears me singing to Him, whether I am singing like Kari Jobe or like someone who can’t even stay in key. I have learned to love the voice God has given me and that has allowed me to go way further than I ever thought I could.

Never in my life would I have thought I would go from turning my piano all the way down so no one could hear me in a worship band, to being a worship leader, playing guitar (an instrument that isn’t even my main instrument) and singing. God can take, even the things you think aren’t good enough, and use them in a huge way. So as you go through week 4, try your hardest to boost your self-confidence.

Self-confidence is attractive

I don’t know if you know this or not, ladies, self-confidence is so attractive. Now hear me out, don’t go all crazy boasting about how beautiful and awesome you are. Don’t be prideful about it. Just being able to take compliments and walk confidentially makes you a thousand times more beautiful. You don’t need to go fishing for compliments when the Bible has plenty of those for you from someone far greater than anyone walking this earth. Know what God says about the way you look. Don’t look in the mirror and bash a beautiful thing God has made.
So, for all of week 4, say 5 things about yourself that you like. Don’t do this half-heartedly. Seriously try to be more confident in who you are, you aren’t changing that. So accept it and realize how beautiful you are! Self-confidence is waiting… your move.

Reminder:

Just like I say at the end of most of these challenges, make sure you continue doing the past weeks. Keep smiling and remembering bible verses. You want to continue doing these things as much as you can until it becomes more natural to do them. Your heart and attitude will change. But only if you are in the word of God daily and spending one on one time with Him because ultimitely, we need to be growing deeper and deeper into our relationship with Jesus. Good Luck!

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3 Reasons why you should I be memorizing scripture

By August 11, 2017 Devotionals
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Memorizing scripture

Memorizing scripture definitely does not lack effort. I used to try to memorize a new scripture. I learned it and could say it for a few days but then I completely forgot them. Zack and I learned a bunch of scriptures. The first one we learned was Proverbs 3:5-6 and the second one we learned was 1 Corinthians 10:13. Those are literally the only two I remember fully without hesitation. Now that I am even more in the word than I was at that time, I put more time into memorizing scripture for many reasons, which I will gladly share with you.

Reasons why you should be memorizing scripture…

1. It helps you

On many occasions, I have used the verses I memorized just to simply encourage me and help me remember what God says about what I’m going through. For example, when I am going through a trial, I can be quick to say James 1:2-3 in my head. Knowing that verse, I can quickly remind myself that there is a reason I am going through what I am; when my faith is tested, it produces perseverance and steadfastness.

I also love having a constant reminder of how deep God’s love  is for me, that God keeps His promises, that I need to go to God in prayer in every situation and be thankful for it, rather than being anxious, etc. See there are so many bible verses that could just change my overall attitude throughout my day and help me in my walk with God. Let bible verses and passages be in your heart and in your mind.

It really helps me to “do what Jesus would do” in every situation. As Christians, we are called to strive to be like Jesus.I don’t think the bible meant eat the pages when it said to have the word inside you. 1 John 2:6 says, “Whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way he walked.” Notice it says walk in the same manner. We are never going to be anything like Jesus. Although we try to walk the same way He walked, we aren’t perfect like Him so we can’t but we need to be doing everything to try to. We need to try to be humble like He was, loving like He was, patient like He was, etc. (Take the “Like Jesus Challenge” with me!)

2. It helps others

Having the word in your heart and your mind could really help others if you let it. If you see a brother struggling or in need, you could quote a scripture or give him the scripture to look up for themselves to encourage them or even point them in the godly direction. I remember, my freshman year of high school, I had a girl that wasn’t a Christian in my gym class that I hung out with every day because I didn’t know many people (I was a weird, ugly freshman, scared to even speak to people). Every day, she would find a way to discourage me by being rude or mean to me. I’m not sure if she meant to do it but every day, after P.E., I would be in a horrible mood.

Not knowing what to do…

I went up to one of my favorite Christian friends that I highly looked up to as a newer Christian, K.C., and was just complaining about the situation to her in the lunch line. I remember her writing a scripture on my hand. It was Matthew 5:38-44. She basically just explained not to let anyone discourage me; I needed to turn the other cheek, go the extra mile for those who try to bring me down, and love and pray for the people that persecute me. I could never thank K.C. enough for giving me that scripture that day, I’d helped in a way she could never imagine. It stays with me and I use the lesson she taught me often.

If that simple scripture did what it did for me, imagine what you could do for others using scripture. Even though you may not think much of it or think it is that big of a deal, it is. It was a big enough deal to me that I am writing about it in a blog post almost 6 years later. Be an encouragement to others through the word. God gave it to us for a reason.

3. You may need it and not have it

I know this generation is filled with technology that can serve as a way to read the bible without having a bible with you. Sometimes, you won’t have that. You can’t always have a bible with you or have your phone out. What if you needed a scripture at work, while you’re with your friends, at a dinner, or a meeting? For me personally, sometimes God tells me to say a bible verse during worship. I can’t have a bible in my hand, searching for the scripture, while playing guitar. That would definitely be hard.

Rather than having to stop playing and getting out a bible, I could quote the scripture that I already have memorized. At my church, we have these small groups after service, and I am quick to quote scripture while talking about the service and what I learned. Sometime’s you need scripture but don’t have it with you or aren’t in a place where you can get to it.

How do you memorize scripture?

Well, everyone’s different. There are many ways to effectively memorize scripture. My best friend and I started learning scripture together; we learn a verse or two every week. I send her any new scriptures that I learn and she does the same for me. She constantly sends me a reference from the list and then I quote it back to her without looking. Like I did with Zack, we learned them good for a few days but I never went back to those verses so I forgot them after a week. If you are going back to these scriptures, it helps you to keep them in your heart and mind. The bible verses I am now learning with my best friend are verses I can say without hesitation or questioning if I said it right because I am always saying them.

When I memorize a verse, I write it in the back of my prayer journal with the reference and verse so that I can look at them after praying. Then, on another page, I just put the references so I can quiz myself.

Here are a few ways you can learn scripture better:
  • Set the verse as your lock screen and read it every time you open your phone.
  • Write the verse somewhere you’ll see it every day (On your mirror or in your locker).
  • Quote the scripture to a close friend every time you see them.
  • Write it on your hand
  • Read it 5 times, say it 5 times, then write it.

See, there are many ways to memorize. Those are just a few, I would love to hear what you do to memorize scripture. If you don’t memorize scripture regularly, I highly encourage you to. If you need any help, email me (icametoworship@gmail.com).

Love ya’ll!

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