What You Need to Know If There’s a Bully in Your Head
February is a wonderful month for remembering that we are loved. Unfortunately, life (and lies) can get in the way of that. Before we know it “less than loved” has wrangled its way into the driver’s seat.
Last week I confessed my issues with “less than” when it came to physical appearance. In the article, It’s Time to See Ourselves as Beautiful, we took lipstick and wrote truth on the mirror.
Today, I say we blow a horn in the ear of those dang voices we sometimes hear.
You know the ones I’m talking about. Those uninvited bullies that waltz into our brain and speak less than kind words about who we are and how God sees us.
Of course they are more subtle than that. I rarely here voices that say
“God is so disappointed with you.”
No, the sly dogs project their voices onto the people and circumstances that fill my everyday life.
Business tends to drown out their whisper during the day. It’s at night, or in some other pause that I hear them.
A dear friend of mine made a similar confession,
“I’m fine during the day. I’m confident in my work. I know what I’m doing. But at night, when I lay my head down it seems all I can hear is…
‘You’re not enough.’
‘You’re not enough.’
Would you join me in a rallying cry that says———
Last week we recognized that seeing ourselves as God does is a choice. The same is true of the voices we listen to.
When words that tear down, shame or reject us nose their way into our heads we need to drown them out with His words. I love this verse from Zephaniah,
Did you hear that?
He is in our midst and He saves us.
He saves us from every harsh word or criticism we’ve ever experienced.
He saves us from the unkind words we speak to ourselves.
Right now, this very moment the God of the heavens is looking down and smiling over you and I.
He sings with delight over us!
Today my prayer for you and I is that His truth, His words, His song over us will be the loudest voice.
The bonus is that when His love speaks loudest in my life I’m able to handle criticism…even rejection. All because I hear Him first.
- His tender affirmation.
- His wise direction.
- His compassionate criticism.
If this is not your experience, if the voices in your head need a serious kick in the butt I’ve listed more scripture below.
God is waiting for us to come home…arms wide open.
We were never meant to be held captive by shame.
Each one of us is a masterpiece handcrafted by Him.
Let’s immerse ourselves in the truth of these scriptures, rehearse His faithfulness to us and turn our ears to His voice.
And then sweet friend let’s———
Relish His song.
Savoring the journey with you,