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, NKJV)
Many people, especially women, suffer from a poor self-image or low self-esteem. Whether it is society or the immediate world around us, we cannot allow outside factors to dictate how we feel about ourselves. I’ve been there and done that (and still do at times). But the above verse in Psalms helps me get through those times when I am lacking the confidence to do what God has put me on this earth to do. The words in this verse remind me who I am in Christ. I was formed in my mother’s womb with the care and attention of God’s hand.
Every part of me, inside and out, from my appearance to my personality was formed by the Great Almighty. I must appreciate the detail it took to form me as a child of God with my own set of dreams and visions for my life and believe God will enable me to reach those dreams when I fully trust in Him and where He will lead. He knows my shortcomings, quirks, and weaknesses, and says I am fearfully and wonderfully made anyway. God’s perfections cover all of our imperfections and we are cherished and special to Him.
Having a poor self-image can lead us to make unfavorable decisions because we want to please others or feel important. Living our lives to please God and being confident in who we are in Him, will guide us to make better decisions which in-turn will lead us to a better way of living as we strive to fulfill our purpose. Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made with God’s plan for you in mind. Walk in that every day and watch what God will do in your life.
Point to Ponder: Trust that your Creator is pleased in what He created. Appreciate your uniqueness and love the person God made you to be. And as you confidently move forward towards the fulfillment of your dreams, believe you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Keisha Bass has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in English and holds teaching certificates in English, Speech, and Physical Education. She has been a teacher and coach for fourteen years, and currently teaches middle school physical education and coach girls’ volleyball and softball. She grew up in Houston, Texas, but now resides in Arlington, Texas. Keisha is also Vice President of the DFW Ready Writers, a local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers, and a member of North Texas Christian Writers.
Permanent Resident at the Purse Table is Keisha’s first novel. She has published non-fiction articles in magazines and two online publications, TheChristianPulse.com and sober24.com. Her article, “Heart Problems”, was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles.
Back Cover Blurb for Permanent Resident at the Purse Table
If you’re size six, you dance. If you’re Ava Alexander, you watch the purses while your girlfriends dance. Each man that passes her by takes a little of her self-esteem. After escaping a mentally abusive relationship, she promises God she will wait on Him to bring her the right man. And she means it—Until Ishmael. When her best friend’s fiancé throws a few compliments her way, she travels down the path of betrayal. Ava’s choice strains her friendship and sends her into a depression.
Ava receives spiritual guidance from Dr. Glory Moses. Through God’s Word, there is a glimpse of hope for a restored friendship, and a new found love for the woman she is. In addition, a man she meets at the counseling center offers her a glimpse of what could be if she lines up with God’s will for her life. Will Ava be able to overcome her insecurities and step into the life God plans for her, or will she continue to self-destruct?