A couple weeks ago, I worked on a project with a new friend. My responsibilities weren’t as simple as I thought they’d be, and I found myself wondering if I was the right person for the job. I felt uncertain and nervous, anxious to prove myself and do a good job but unsure exactly how to make that happen. Midway through the project, I talked with my friend briefly and she said, “You. Are. Awesome! You’re doing great work! Keep it up! Thank you so much!”
She couldn’t have been more encouraging, and I was so thankful. Her faith in me gave me the boost I needed to keep plugging along and finish the difficult project well. What’s more is that her appreciation and kind words helped me later frame the entire experience as a good one, rather than finish feeling defeated and disappointed.
Don’t laugh, but I even saved the text message my friend sent me. It read, “You? Are Amazing,” and when my phone informed me that my inbox was overflowing, I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of that little love note.
We could all use a little more encouragement in our lives, couldn’t we?
If you’ve ever met me, you won’t be surprised to learn that I was quite a dramatic teenager. I can still hear my mom’s voice from those tumultuous years, saying, “Life’s not fair, baby,” and “The world does not revolve around you.” Though I’m not [quite] as emotional and selfish as I was back then, my ears still ring with those statements that, as I’ve gotten older, have proven to be so true. This world is not on my side, and sometimes it’s just downright unfair.
So it’s easy enough to find disheartening messages. Look around or listen for just a minute, and you’ll see and hear criticisms and comparisons that leave us discouraged and feeling less-than and not-as-good-as. That’s why it’s so important to surround ourselves with messages of hope and love and plain old encouragement.
Holley Gerth’s new book, You’re Already Amazing and coordinating product line, offers that kind of encouragement. In the sweet voice of a friend who knows you – and loves you – well, Holley helps you understand and embrace the truth that as a woman, you do not need to do more, be more, and have more – because you are already amazing just the way God created you to be.
After reading those words, I felt like I needed to read them over and over again, just to remind myself of these beautiful truths I so easily forget. Just like pulling out my phone and reading that text message again, surrounding myself with the words and images from the You’re Already Amazing line is good for my heart.
Surely I’m not the only one who forgets how amazing she is, right? Do you need to be reminded that you, too, are truly and simply amazing – so amazing that God loves you just the way you are, right here, right now?
Let me remind you: You are already amazing. You are wonderfully made. You are perfectly loved.
Do you surround yourself with encouraging words? What helps you remember that you are already amazing?
PS– Did you see that You’re Already Amazing is the the next Bloom study pick! Tune in here for details!
ABOUT MARY CARVER
Mary is a recovering perfectionist who writes about giving up on perfect and getting on with life. She's also mom to a sweet (and sassy) preschooler and wife to her high-school sweetheart. When...