By Paige Smith
According to Real Girls, Real Pressure: National Report on the State of Self-Esteem, Dove Self-Esteem Fund, 7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with family and friends.
According to this study, 70% of girls are dealing with low self-esteem. That means 70% of girls desire boldness and confidence.
There is an undeniable attack against the self-esteem of women in our society. The Dove Campaign also found that 92% of women want to change something about the way they look.
Most women want to be confident, want to love who they are and how they look, but believe they will only feel that unshakeable confidence once they change something about themselves.
But what if God wants us to feel that self-assurance and peace about ourselves right now, in the midst of our imperfections and shortcomings?
God is our Heavenly Father and He sees us as His beautiful daughters. When we only see our “darkness” and our frailties, like the Shulamite woman in Song of Solomon, God sees our beauty and declares it proudly:
“Behold, you are beautiful, my love! Behold, you are beautiful! You have dove’s eyes” (Song of Solomon 1:15).
You may feel like the Shulamite woman today, so conscious of your own darkness and how you daily make mistakes, yet there was hope for her and there is hope for you.
She begins her journey unsure of herself, doubtful of her own beauty, and desperate to be loved. By the last chapter of Song of Solomon, she is confident in her Beloved’s love for her:
“I am my beloved’s, And his desire is towards me” (Song of Solomon 7:10)
She has not changed, but her perspective of who she is has drastically been altered.
She boldly declares, “I am my beloved’s”
Not only does she know she belongs to her Beloved, but she knows He returns her affections,
“And his desire is towards me.”
Today know that you are deeply and irrevocably loved by your Heavenly Father. You are His daughter and He adores you!
He sings over you, He rejoices over you, and His banner over you is LOVE!
Its clear that women all over are longing to feel confident, to walk in boldness, and to love who they are! It doesn’t begin with a pair of stiletto heels or the perfect profile picture. It begins with a fresh revelation of how much you are loved.
Allow the truth of your Father’s love to penetrate your heart in a new way today and speak those truths back to Him. It will produce a true confidence and boldness rooted in the only unchanging variable that exists, His love.
7 Biblical truths on the Father’s love for us:
- We are valuable to God. (Matthew 6:26)
- We are God’s children. (Romans 8:15-16)
- God has prepared a place for us. (John 14:1-2)
- Our Father in heaven gives good gifts to those who ask Him. (Matthew 7:9-11)
- God doesn’t want to lose any of His children, and will seek out any that are lost. (Matthew 18:12-14)
- God is kind and merciful towards us. (Luke 6:36-37)
- God lavishes His love on us! (1 John 3:1)
We pray this article has been empowered you with a boldness that comes from knowing you are a Beloved Daughter of The King!
Are there any Scriptures you have used to help yourself or others gain a stronger self esteem? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section so we can encourage one another!