You Are Enough

Sometimes I feel like I am not good enough, talented enough, strong enough, smart enough, mom enough, wife enough, providing enough, valuable enough…

Do you ever feel this way?

You Are Enough NAM picOver the years I have realized many things… one of them being, getting to a place of strong confidence and true self-worth is a journey. It literally starts at birth. The way we are raised plays a huge role in who we become as adults. The types of kids we hang around in school is another contributing factor to who we become.

There are many mile markers along the way that play a part…

But at the end of the day, feeling like you are enough and that you matter is something that comes from a place deep inside that says, “Forget what the world is trying to tell me… God tells me that I matter, that I am loved and I am valuable!”

God’s Word reminds me that I am more than enough!

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

As a young girl I struggled with self-esteem issues during the dreaded middle school years I used to dream of the day that I would feel good about myself. I remember admiring the older, seemingly perfect high school girls thinking, “When I get to be their age I will be strong, confident and beautiful!”

Well…when I did finally get to be their age I realized the grass wasn’t all that much greener…

Though I had grown out of that awkward preteen stage, and was perceived as poised, beautiful and confident; deep down I still felt some of those insecurities bubbling beneath the surface. Though I had blossomed into the young lady I longed to become, there were times I still felt like that unsure middle school version of me – quick to compare myself to others around me.

The older I’ve gotten the more I’ve grown into myself. I have become a strong, confident woman but there are still times, especially when faced with a new task or challenge, that I can hear “middle-school-me” crying out from the deepest place inside, “Are you sure you can do this?”… “Look at what everyone else is doing… they are more successful… they are more beautiful…they are more talented than you are…they have more experience…” And for a moment I believe her… for a moment I find myself entertaining the idea that I might not be good enough or able enough to complete the task at hand… I listen for a moment to that little voice inside and begin to get discouraged, intimidated, perplexed…

But just for a moment…

Because the instant I realize who I am listening to I pick myself up and remember what I know to be true:

I am beautiful…

I do matter…

I am talented…

I am a strong, confident woman…

I am enough…

Because I am a child of God…

I am his precious daughter whom He created for a very special purpose. One that only I can fulfill! And while I can’t be sure if that pesky little voice inside will ever completely go away what I can be absolutely certain of is that God’s voice is much louder! His voice carries much more weight than that of the fragile insecurities resting deep inside of me.

So when you find yourself looking to the right or the left, comparing yourself with others around you – other mothers, wives, colleagues, family – stop for a moment and remember who you are… remind yourself that what you have to offer is something that is unique to you.

Only you can say it…

Only you can do it…

Only you can fulfill the destiny God called you to fulfill.

You are good enough, talented enough, strong enough, smart enough, mom enough, wife enough, providing enough, valuable enough… you are more than enough because you are you.

~ Dear Jesus, empower each woman reading this today! Remind them of their worth! Remind them of their purpose! Remind them that they are special and valuable and more than enough to carry out the call and plan You have placed on their life. We thank you for this assurance we have in You… for the boldness You so freely give to your daughters. Your mighty daughters who You are rising up to be more than conquerors… In Jesus Mighty Name, amen.

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