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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!

Shannon Shaffer

"I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Ps 139:14. When you look in the mirror do you agree? Do you think you are wonderful? Do you know it FULL WELL?! I always forget that ending part of the verse. To know something full well means to have no doubt about it. 

There are so many things we DO know "full well."

1. We know no matter what, God loves us

 2. We know our husband and kids are going to want dinner. Every.  Single. Stinking Night! 

3. We know that we really should eat more salad and less donuts, but come on, life is hard!

But knowing and believing "full well" that you are wonderful? That's a different story right?  Like, thank you Jesus for creating this beautiful body and face like an angel 😇. HA! Not quite! Ok, I know that's a bit extreme. But think about it, if we say we believe His word, and it says His works are wonderful, and we are the creation He created in His very own image.....get it? 

As women we don't even accept compliments very well.

-"Wow! You look great!"

-"Thanks, but I really need to lose 10 pounds."

I spent lots of years looking in the mirror and not even liking what I saw, much less thinking I was wonderfully made. Hating my skin, hating my smile, just plain hatin'! 

Somehow we need to change our way of thinking. 

These hands- just cooked a meal for six. 

These arms- lifted an 18 month old 47 times today. 

This back- gave 2 kids a pony ride at the same time!

These legs- jumped on a trampoline, enough said if you've ever given birth!

These knees- kneeled to ask my Heavenly Father for strength and wisdom. 

These feet- stood in line for longer than I'm willing to admit to get the latest Nintendo thingy. 

This mind- invented a game to entertain the kids while stuck in traffic for 45 mins. 

This mouth- encouraged a friend, sang a baby to sleep, told my husband how much I appreciate him. 

And this heart- loved fiercely❤️

I have been through some things in my life that were very difficult, as I am sure you have as well. Things that if you'd been warned beforehand you would've said,"I can't do that; I can't take it; I won't survive it."

But guess what? We did! And now? We should have a new respect for this fearfully and wonderfully made self! 

Don't get me wrong, I still look in the mirror and think Ew! Where'd that wrinkle come from? But by taking the focus off what I SEE and placing it on what I AM, what God has grown me into, shows me that I am so much stronger than I ever even imagined. I didn't know I had it in me! 

Imagine that, God built us just right! 😉