God does not want me to cry....

by Natalie
(Oregon)

My name is Natalie and I am twenty two years old. As I started to write this, I began to cry! I've typed only a few words and I am already in tears. I know God had created me with courage and strength and love, so why do I give in to lies from the enemy?

I struggle with self image and confidence everyday. I know Jesus loves me. I know God has a large and great plan for my life. Sometimes I realize I have come a far way in terms of confidence, but then I find myself purging again and believing lies. I feel so silly and I know it is wrong to be placing such importance on body image. I know Jesus loves me and I am thankful for finding you on God tube. It reminds me of a lot of things and I am comforted greatly.

I know that I cannot truly lead people towards Jesus until I love myself. So I will continue on a voyage to complete self acceptance and self love. Thank you for putting your self out there. It really does help to listen to others struggles. Thank you so much.

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Jul 02, 2008
You are not alone!
by: Shelley

Natalie,
Thank you so much for sharing from your heart. My mom is a counselor and she says that anytime you have intense emotions of any kind to pay attention...because they are usually a "warning light" that something deeper is going on. At least I know that to often be true for me.

So, acknowledging your emotion connected with all of this is good. Now it is time to open your heart up to God for His healing. To allow Him to "do surgery" if needed to remove the lies you've believed and replace them with his truth. To allow Him to come into the wounds of your heart and heal you.

Lastly, I want you to know you are not alone. Many girls feel the same way you do and are struggling to find their true beauty in God. I'm one of them. Don't give up. Keep pursuing God. He is saying to you right now, "Natalie, Come closer. Let me love you." (James 4:8)

Praying for God's love to completely satisfy you,
Shelley

p.s. made a mp3 called "I am not alone" that you might be interested in, as well as an excel spreadsheet "Who am I?"

You can download them both here!

Sep 15, 2010
All Cried Out!
by: Natalie

Natalie, trust me when I say I understand what you are going through and I deal with the same issue as well. I am learning to surround myself with positive people who can keep me motivated and uplifted and allow me to vent my concerns and at the same time express to me that what I believe about myself " I am " and I know in my heart I am a wonder and beautiful woman , because God told me so and his authority is final. I suggest you make notes and place them around your home to look at daily as a mantra a reminder that YOUR Image is AWESOME and if you still look at yourself and see a problem with the images then make some changes. You create your reality with your thinking. God loves us as we are and if we do not love ourselves as he created us then WE need to make some adjustments on how we see ourselves. Small things take baby sets don't attempt to change your image at once. For me I started making better eating decisions and said God Thank You for my new body and as I kept doing to thing happen to were I was able to join a gym for little or nothing. I changed my hair some and I decided to dress as if I was Priceless and with these little steps my confidence was renewed and I was once again the girl I knew was still inside. I will keep you in my prayers and as you pray God will allow you to make changes desired in your life as well.
Be Blessed !

Oct 03, 2011
I understand :)
by: Anonymous

Natalie,
I totally understand where ur coming from. I've dealt wit alot of body image issue in my teens and everyday still is a constant struggle. By reading the bible and praying and knowing that Jesus loves me no matter what and that I'm here for a purpose makes me feel so much better. You are not ur body and your beautiful in gods eyes, so love itself and keep thriving to get better. I'll be praying for you :)

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