Today, I was wondering why do Christian women feel “less than” others or lack self-worth? Have you ever struggled with self-doubt and why it affects us? Some people call it “self-image. Others call it self-esteem. You may have even heard of it referred to as self-worth. At the end of this post, I’ll share a few scriptures about confidence that help me as a Christian woman.
Whatever you call it. It’s a thing. I can honestly tell you self-esteem once was a huge issue for me in the past. Actually, from time to time it still rears it’s ugly head when I step out on faith or try to do something new.
It’s kind of wild when I think about it. With all we know about God and who he is, why is it a problem for so many of us Christian women?
We can feel insecure because people let us down in the past.
Frankly, I think a lot of insecurity comes from external interactions (i.e. other people) that wound us and make us question [the so-called] stable areas of our life.
I further think when instability happens to us at a certain age it really damages our confidence and self-image. What do you think?
For the famed author, Beth Moore, she said in an article on Christianity.Com her insecurity stemmed from being abused and living in a home with an unstable marriage. That would do it.
Structure – like in a family- helps us feel more confident. I think it helps us to know that we can depend on something strong, reliable, and enduring.
When something goes wrong with that structure in our lives we feel emotionally wobbly. What do you think of that comment? I’m no therapist, but I can speak from my own experience
Let me do just that for a moment.
My Story and my start in feeling insecure
As a girl growing up, my brothers’ rebellion made our home unstable. Two of them were always in trouble and inhibiting the family unit. As a child, it made me nervous to see the chaos they caused and how it affected my mom (my safety structure).
I still remember being a little girl and often being awakened from deep sleep to dart out to get one of my brothers from jail or someplace. In the middle of the night, there I was in the backseat hugging a pillow and blanket as we darted off to “rescue” him/ them from some legal holding area. It was really scary for a little girl. It affected me. Can you relate?
Their instability made me unstable.
My brothers’ behavior generated a sense of instability in our family structure. It produced a worry and distress in the person I should have been able to rely on – my mom.
Not only that, but I was also always scared one of them would be killed because they live such crazy lives. No child should have to fear such a thing. It rocked my little world. I link my insecurity to that situation and others that should have been trustworthy – but later proved not to be so.
Do you struggle with insecurity? Can you trace it back to something or someone who let you down?
Maybe it was a person, a system or a unit.
I think the answer to feeling confident as a Christian woman rests in placing our trust squarely on the One whom we can rely on – Jesus Christ. Trusting Him and understanding how He works is the key to being confident in life.
You learn how He works by studying the Bible. Researching His faithfulness. Learning how He handled situations of old and knowing if He came through for them, He will come through for you too.
Secondly, you become a confident Christian woman by studying scriptures about confidence and all the reasons you can actually be assured in Christ. Replaying them in your mind. Memorizing them, meditating on them will build a confidence nothing else ever could.
Here are a few scriptures about the confidence we have in God…just to get you started.
You’ll be confident when you
learn to trust the Lord.
No matter what’s going on, we can be confident!
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident. Psalm 27:3 New International Version (NIV)
Wondering where your confidence is? It’s not in you, it’s in the Lord!
In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
And His children will have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26
Confidence is not loud, Christian Woman.
In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15
We can come boldly to
the Lord as Christian women.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Christian Woman, we have
confidence “toward” Jesus.
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.
And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments
and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 1 John 3:21-22
Christian women can depend on God – He is stable!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8So many people are insecure because their confidence is in the wrong things. Click To Tweet
The Lord helps Christians women soar.
So we may boldly say:
Who should we be afraid of? No one and no need to feel insecure as Christian women!
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident. Psalm 27:1-3
How could you ever fear knowing this?
For the Lord will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught. Proverbs 3:26
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Oh yeah, do you have any verses that help you feel confident? Share them in the comments! 🙂