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Trash, ugly, attitude, slut, mean, nasty, (enter name here), these were all names I have been called growing up. Whether it was walking down the hallway, after breaking up with a boyfriend, or walking into the cafeteria, there was no hiding from how people felt about me. I got so used to being called these things that I would start to take on that character. I wore it almost as a badge of honor. However, when I gave my life to Christ I had to change and part of changing was finding out who I really was.

Here are 3 ways that helped me along with this process:

1) Read the bible. Wait! Before you click off, I know the bible may seem overwhelming or even confusing but there are study guides, study application bibles, and other online sources that can help you understand God’s 66 book love letter to you. Once you start reading, I’m telling you some of the stuff in there that is better than “reality” TV.

2) Be with like-minded people. It’s important to surround yourself with people who are going to encourage you, pray for you, and challenge you. It’s difficult to grow in God when you are surrounded with people who will make fun of you or not allow you to speak openly about Jesus. There is an old Spanish saying that goes, “Dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres.” Its basically saying, “Tell me who hang out with and I’ll tell you who you are.” Take a look around you.

3) Research. Whenever I’m going through something in my life that God needs to change or seems to be the theme, I research it. I usually do this by reading a book covering that topic. For instance, when I was in the waiting period for Mr. Right I read books written by Joshua Harris called, “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” and “Boy Meets Girl”. Find books that are biblically sound or in other words bible-based inspirational books.

 

Scripture:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5, NIV)

Meaning:

Before anybody had anything to say about you. God knew exactly who you were meant to be.

Scripture:

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalms 139:14, NIV)

Meaning:

Who are we to say what is ugly?  This includes calling ourselves ugly. God made you exactly how you were supposed to look. Knowing this will give you strength because no one is above our God.

Scripture:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)

Meaning:

This is good news. It means you can have a fresh start. Change is good and it will allow you to take on that Godly character we are all striving to represent.

 

 

 

 

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