au·then·tic adjective \ə-ˈthen-tik, ȯ-\
real or genuine
not copied or false
true and accurate
So glad your here.
In today’s podcast I’d like to encourage you to be the authentic you. The you that God has intricately created – that includes flaws and all. When we deny our uniqueness (your talents, your gifts, your purpose) you’re doing a disservice to yourself and to those around you. Even if you have not be inherently pleased with the person He’s made you to be or even if you may not be abundantly happy with the circumstances you’re currently living, you can be sure that God has planted you here with design and intention.
He loves you enough to make you like no other.
You are one-of-a-kind. The only model like it.
There’s so much value in your significant strengths, gifts and ability. We don’t have to seek to impress or outperform others and we don’t have to feel ashamed by what we don’t have and can’t do. We can relish the opportunity to stand as a living, walking, eating, breathing example of what God’s grace looks like in a woman He has set apart.
We often spend our time trying to change who we are instead of bringing the fullness of who we are in to every circumstance of our lives. Don’t waste time trying to be someone else. Give the Lord all that you are.
Today let’s make a resolution to believe in the value that has been ascribed to us by God and to live it out authentically.
Here’s this week’s resolution:
I will accept and celebrate my uniqueness, and will esteem and encourage the distinctions I admire in others.
Now, this resolution doesn’t only affect you. It will also effect the women around you. When they see you walking in great confidence, it gives them the freedom to do the same.
Celebrate your sisters for their uniqueness. Authentically appreciate the traits you admire in them. Instead of being jealous, applaud and encourage them. There isn’t another person on this entire planet that looks, thinks, and acts the way you do or the way she does. Each of you is a gift to the world.
Here are a few questions I’d like for you to answer during your quiet time…
Record uniquenesses that other people see in you. Which of these surprise you?
Record how you can be more intentional about using and celebrating these characteristics.
Consider the things you may have failed to do because you felt ill equipped or unworthy to participate. Choose one of them to begin doing this week.
Choose at least one of the following verses to study and memorize:
Ephesians 2:10 – a declaration of your importance to God
Jeremiah 1:5 – a confirmation of your selection by God
2 Corinthians 3:5 – a verification of your sufficiency in God
Be an “As-Is” woman. When you listen to the podcast, you’ll see why.