What does it take to stay grounded in our self-worth and rooted in God’s care for us? We read in Psalm 139:13-14a, “For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Here the word “fearfully” is about being in awe of how we are made. We hold in reverence this amazing body created and given to us by God. We should be filled with astonishment and wonder when we consider our bodies and their intricate inner workings. They should not be objects of our shame or hatred.
Sometimes I’ve bought into the messages that many of us women allow into our hearts: We’re only worthy if we’re a certain dress size (tiny!) or a certain weight (less than the normal range) or blonde or beautiful. Enough. Deep down, I know none of these things is the measure of my worth. My worth comes from the fact that I am a beloved creation of God, that in God’s eyes I am “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
This message is excerpted from “’Fearfully and wonderfully made’” by Sonia C. Solomonson in the November 2015 Gather magazine.
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