A few weeks ago, I noticed that the two books I’m studying with two different small groups have way more in common than I had realized. You know what else? The women in those groups have way more in common that I’d realized, too.
Though the books are about two completely different topics, the themes are startlingly similar. And though the women in my small groups are from two separate churches, the hurts, struggles and experiences shared during our discussions echo each other in uncanny ways.
In both cases the women in my groups struggle with insecurity and fight a never-good-enough mentality. I’m not really surprised at the parallel natures of these groups of friends, because this is my challenge, too. It doesn’t take too much self analysis to figure out why I was attracted to both the studies and the women.
But what has struck me – and stuck with me – is that I’m not the only one fighting the demons of doubt. My friends are hurting, too.
No matter how many times, week after week, these women share their hearts and hurts with me, though, I’m surprised every time.
I can’t believe she struggles with that, too!
Doesn’t she know how incredible she is?
How can she doubt herself like that? She’s awesome!
All this time, I thought I was the only one . . .
No, I’m not the only one who has a hard time remembering that I am loved and wonderfully made, just as I am. It turns out the amazing women in my life sometimes forget it, too.
Thinking about this universal struggle while reading Holley’s book (You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be) and shopping the beautiful line of products that go with it – all this has made me want to run up to each of these incredible women, grab their arms and shout, “You are amazing! No, really! You ARE!”
You are wonderful, a beautiful creation from God!
You are enough, just as you are!
You don’t need to do anything. I love who you ARE, not what you DO.
You. Are. Amazing!
I could list all the ways, all the tangible things that make each of the women in my small groups amazing. It would be a long, beautiful list. But the truth is – the truth that I need to remember myself – we are unique, amazing creations made and loved by God. No need to add “who does this” or “who always says that.” We are amazing. The end.
Who do you know who needs to hear that she’s already amazing?
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