Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sending Self-Doubt Packing

In talking to friends, family, and others about my life I have found a commonality that women tend to share in tribulation-self doubt. Why is it that we always think there is something 'wrong with us'? It's' like we have been told so many times that we are 'emotional' or that we 'overanalyze' things that we don't trust ourselves with ourselves. Throughout that entire year, I knew that some 'thing,' some problem was occurring inside of me. I did not have the information I needed to find a solution to the problem, but I knew deep in my heart that this was not me. Some common things I heard from others were: 'She's not adjusting to married life', 'she's homesick for her family,' 'quit worrying,' 'maybe you could just stop thinking about it,' and 'cheer up your life is great.' It hurt. It hurt that no one believed me about me. Sometimes God uses people to speak the truth over us. On the flip side, there are times when we need to dismiss the opinions of others' and pray for God to intervene in our situation. There are several verses that I carried around with me that year. I wrote them on note cards and took them with me to class, to the grocery store, and posted them around the house. Sometimes reciting these scriptures out loud was the only thing that kept me moving forward. If you're struggling today, here's some verses to ponder.

'For I know the plans I have for You, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future.' Jeremiah 29:11

'And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.' John 8:32

But now, this is what the LORD says-- he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life. Isaiah 43: 1-4

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you make the Most High your dwelling-- even the Lord, who is my refuge--
then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
"Because he loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation. Psalm 91

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139: 13-16

'He who began the good work in you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.' Philippians 1:6

'For God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind' 2 Timothy 1:7

'And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.' Revelation 12:11