The words of my tween daughter pierce my heart like a knife.
“Mommy, why are my thighs bigger than all the other girls’ in my dance class?”
“Mommy, do you think I sing as good as my friend?”
“Mommy, why can’t I be funny like her?”
Question after question. Irrational insecurities. Constant critical comparisons.
Her criticism hurts me. Words that wound this mama’s heart.
You see, my daughter is perfect in my eyes. She is beautiful, graceful, talented, kind, loving and absolutely perfect in every way.
When she looks around and sees that she is not the same as everyone else, she imagines that something is wrong with her. She listens to the lies whispered in her ear by the lips of the great deceiver.
I draw a picture for her with my words of how she has been deliberately and delicately designed by our Creator. I explain how she alone can be Lily Marie. She is the only one He made like her.
But still, she is unsure and my sadness is a tangible aching in my own chest. If only she could understand and see herself as I see her…
Just a moment though…
How often do I compare myself to other women? Other wives? Other mothers? Other writers?
Daily and constantly.
Do I wound my Father’s heart when I am critical of myself?
Every time my daughter spews negative words about herself, God grabs my attention.
As I comfort and encourage my own daughter, His Words contradict the onslaught of lies from satan for both of His daughters.
He sees me as perfectly crafted, created for a purpose. There is no else like me on this earth. Only I can do what He created me to do. Only I can be Susie.
I cannot be Lisa or Kelly or Kim or Rachel…But I can be Susie.
God made no carbon copies…only carefully crafted creations.
I am a carefully crafted creation. My daughter is a carefully crafted creation. You are a carefully crafted creation.
Let’s be who God made us to be. And praise Him for making us exactly how He intended.
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:14