I wanted to start this journey off with a bang. I wanted to have incredible knowledge to share. I wanted to edit my post and make everything perfect. I wanted to write my words in a way that would make you think I have been writing for years.

Well, when you pray and ask God to move in ways that will be glorifying to His Kingdom, all of a sudden your vision is altered and his way takes its place. I am thankful for this quiet time with The Lord, where he has reminded me of how he wants to move through me to touch you. I started writing and then hit delete a million times.

I would write another sentence or article title, and again delete, delete, delete. I was getting frustrated, guys. Like really. I was crying out to the Lord every second of the day, begging for him to speak through me but I was still fighting for control. I was so caught up in making my words sound so profound, so deep, and so passionate, that I couldn’t allow myself to get comfortable writing.

I was beginning to get discouraged. I started thinking maybe I wasn’t cut out got this, I can’t do this, I need to break up with the girls and tell them I can’t do it anymore, they are going to be so disappointed in me. Embarrassment filled my mind, along with worry, fear, doubt, and disappointment. Satan was forcing me to see myself as a failure. The moment my mind sorted through my thoughts, was the very moment I dissected the enemies lies from the Lords truth. I knew at that moment that I was called for this!

God wanted me right where I am. God came down and spoke to me and said: “be brave.” This is my word, y’all.

I believe that The Lord speaks to each person so uniquely and I love that. I love that he is so personal. The word “brave” is how God gives me the guts to do some of the things he asks me to do. I literally couldn’t do life without him. I would be paralyzed in fear if I didn’t have him to remind me to “be brave” knowing that God is with me always. He reminds us daily that we are never alone. So reassuring, so refreshing, and so comforting. He reminded me to trust him. He reminded me that in my messy posts, that haven’t been edited or “perfected” that he is still moving. He reminded me that he created me to be open, honest, and completely raw with my emotions so that you could see my heart and how it was and still is being transformed by him. He re-shaped my mental image of what beauty really is. It’s not about today’s new age definition of “beautiful.” It’s about seeing things through the Lord’s eyes so that we may see all things as equal. All things as beautiful because He created them.

It is so amazing to me how God can give us the strength we need to overcome our fears, to transform our minds to see ourselves in his Mirror Image. I have walked down a road of many past failures and insecurities that used to control my life, my thoughts, and my actions. Jesus revealed to me that our worth surpasses all worldly things because in the Lord’s eyes we are loved, and we are worth dying for. We were made to be great. It is our responsibility to find ourselves in God’s true image and to set that person free. It’s time to watch God break the chains that have held us captive for too long. It’s time for us to rise up, support, encourage, defend, motivate, and love one another!

Each and every single one of us was created in the Mirror Image of God, and we are all equally as beautiful in his eye. And, any voices that try to tell you otherwise are from the enemy. Next time the enemy tries to bring your confidence down, you say, “No, not today Satan! I am the daughter of the one and only Living God. I am loved, cherished, and adored by the Creator of all things!” Repeat these things after me, “I am beautiful. I am brave. I am fearless. I am strong. I am unique. I am God’s!”