Rebecca's Ponderings

March 7, 2010

Using the Sword for a Mirror

Filed under: Growing in Christ,Life — Rebecca @ 11:31 am
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Last weekend, I had the privilege of participating in Inside Out. If you’re not familiar with this, it is a one day seminar for teen girls, teaching them about true beauty. We spent time learning that we are daughters of the Most High; that makes us royalty. We talked about dreams and how God’s dreams are even bigger than ours. We analyzed some of the lies we believe about our own beauty and then looked to the scriptures for the truth. We also spent some time comparing Proverbs guys with worldly guys. It was refreshing to see so many young women committing to seek beauty from the inside out.

One session that particularly spoke to me was the discussion of the lies we have been told and how to combat them with the truth. As women, we have been told that outer beauty is everything. It seems that every waking moment we are bombarded by cosmetic, pharmaceutical, weight loss, clothing, magazine, even beverage companies telling us that we cannot achieve real beauty until we own their products. In addition, every image we see has been digitally enhanced, setting a standard that no human could ever hope to attain. Add that to the natural insecurities we each feel as well as the cruelty of peers and it is no wonder most girls and women in America have trouble recognizing themselves as beautiful or valuing themselves in any way. What are we to do?

The key to combating these lies is found in the truth of the scriptures. Afterall, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We must renew our minds by filling them with the truth. At Inside Out, we were given a list of verses to look through and meditate over. We were then challenged to choose some that resonated with us and to copy them into our journals. We also brainstormed ways to keep the truth of God at the forefront of our minds.

If you know me, you know this is right up my alley. I love to find tangible ways to put the Word into everyday life. So, I thought I would share a few of my ideas as well as some that were suggested during the event and elsewhere:

1. Use a dry-erase marker to write a verse on your bathroom mirror.
2. Print a verse on a sticker and put it on your books, phone, etc.
3. Write several favorites in a notebook and read them aloud every time you hear a lie about yourself or your identity.
4. Write verses on 3×5 cards and tuck them in a purse, notebook, or car visor for easy review.
5. Type verses into the “notes” on your phone
6. Text, email, and Facebook verses to yourself and to friends who need to be encouraged as well.
7. Use a fabric marker to write them on a strip of cloth. Then tie it on your wrist as a bracelet.
8. Print verses on pretty paper. Frame and hang them around your home.
9. Use a paint pen to write a verse on a headband. (“His banner over me is love.” just fits perfectly for this.)
10. Embroider or paint verses on all your linens.
11. Use the reference as your password. (ie. Psalm 37:7 could become Psa37@7.)
12. Go to a paint-your-own pottery store and put a verse on a cup or other item you use everyday.
13. Take a picture of a verse and use it as your screen saver.
14. Print small cards, laminate them and put them on a key-ring.
15. Use your phone’s voice memo feature to record yourself reading truths from scripture. Set the recording as your morning alarm. I did this a couple of years ago and it really set the tone for each day.
16. Paint a verse on your wall. (I would love to put the Shema on my livingroom wall.)
17. Stencil verses on bathroom and kitchen tiles.

Obviously, I have not implemented all of these and some take more time than others. However, every little bit will help us re-train our thoughts and attitudes.

What verses do I use? Ask friends for their favorites. Look through a book of Bible promises. Keep a notebook handy while you read the Bible and jot down verses that speak to you. Here are just a few of my personal favorites:

  • Isaiah 49:15-16
  • Isaiah 40:11
  • Psalm 28:7
  • Psalm 139:14
  • Deuteronomy 6:4-8
  • Isaiah 54:10

If you have a favorite verse, or a creative way to put the Word into everyday life, please share it in the comments. Paul was not exaggerating when he called the scriptures a double-edged sword. It is AMAZING what the Word of God can do in our hearts and minds!

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