Getting dressed for church….

Getting dressed for church….

This morning we will get ready to go to church. We’ll put on makeup and do our hair. We’ll stand in front of our closets wondering what to wear. And all the while we are getting ready for church, we will be talking to ourselves.

Most of us will complain about how we look. We’ll tell ourselves that we’re too fat, too old, and out of shape. Many of us are having a bad hair day and are wishing we had hair like Jennifer Aniston. Others are noticing new wrinkles for the first time. We may even ask our husbands the dreaded question…..

Do these pants make my butt look fat?

We are feeling insecure before we ever make it through the church doors. And when we get there, we may even start feeling  worse about ourselves! Maybe the lead singer is young and beautiful. Maybe the pastor’s wife has fingernails and toenails that match her Chico’s So Slimming outfit. Maybe the lady behind us has on the same summer dress and it accentuates her curves perfectly while it makes us feel fat and frumpy.

Even while we are singing praises to the one who made us in His image we are rehearsing   our own insecurities.

As James would say, sisters, it isn’t right for things to be this way!

He goes on to say……

James 3: but the tongue no one can tame — it is an unstable and evil thing, full of death-dealing poison! With it we bless Adonai, the Father; and with it we curse people, who were made in the image of God.

Sisters, it’s not just those ladies who intimidate us who are made in the image of God—–We are made in his image too! It’s actually impossible for us to stand in church,  singing praise to God while we are cursing, belittling, and berating ourselves! We might be singing the words, but our hearts and minds are way too occupied with our own insecurities.

So now our insecurities have stolen not only our confidence and relationships with other women but they have also stolen our praise and worship!

This morning, I’m going to confront the lies that I tell myself every Sunday morning with the truth of God’s word!

Psalm 139:14 I thank you because I am awesomely made, wonderfully; your works are wonders — I know this very well.

And guess what? These pants make my butt look fine!

For birthdays and celebrations, I always ask Hank, Hannah, and those I love what is it that they would like for dinner and then I do my best to make everything they wanted. It’s my gift to them and I want them to know with every bite that I love them.

And our Heavenly Father is no different. The food that He created for us is a gift that he gives each and everyone of us.

I guess I’m like him too in that I often use food as a reward for those I love. If someone has been through a difficult time, I reward them with a special meal or dessert. But God doesn’t give us pizza or treat us to ice cream instead He causes the sun to shine and the rain to fall, the seeds to grow, and the harvest to be picked. He rewards us with produce!

Isaiah 1:19 If you will only obey me, you will eat the good things the land produces.

When we eat fruits and vegetables, we are literally eating God’s rewards! How much more would we enjoy a salad if we saw it God’s reward instead of feeling that we are denying ourselves something that we really want?

Is it possible that eating well could become a moment of gratitude for all that God has done for us in our daily lives?

When we enjoy God’s garden and say to ourselves that it is good then we are coming into agreement with God Himself and giving Him praise with each bite!Image