#Words: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Words are pretty powerful. Just a few can either build us up to feel invincible or tear us down to believe we're worthless. This morning, these lovely lil' words popped into my head from Psalms 139:

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body + soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside + out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
— Psalms 139:13-16 MSG

I love reading the book of Psalms because there's so much rawness among the chapters--soul cries to God written in the nitty gritty of pain, sorrow, fear + even anger. Yet amazingly, after the troubled heart is finished casting its cares, then come strength + encouragement, sweet reminders of just how awesome God really is + how strong we can be in Him.

I remember when Mel + I hosted a workshop on finding + knowing your worth at a youth conference last November. She encouraged the group of teens + 20-somethings with this very verse. Many of you may have heard people say "we are fearfully and wonderfully made," but until Mel explained it to these girls, I had no clue what those words truly meant. She shared this portion of Psalm 139, zeroing in on the declaration that we're marvelously made, in "body and soul."

Many of us may find it easy to acknowledge a beautiful girl when we see her. We're quick to double-tap on her Instagram pics because of how amazing her hair is, how on fleek her makeup may be, or how perfect her outfit is put together. But it seems to be much, much harder for us to see how beautiful we are. Maybe you're like how I was before hearing this verse, thinking you're not very pretty, but priding yourself in having a fun personality.

But according to the words of Psalms 139, we aren't just the girl with the pretty face or the ugly sweetheart; we've been created with both inward + outward beauty!

It frees me to know that the One who made me sees me this way + I can cling to that. Though I am pretty outwardly, I am more than that. And though I am awesome inwardly, I'm more than that too. I don't say this with arrogance, but with humble confidence, knowing that I--along with you + everyone else--are fearfully, wonderfully and marvelously made!

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Even if you've got questions + doubts about God, or have faith in Him, you're not exempt from being able to live with the certainty that you are beauty-full, inside + out! So let us hear it, why do you think it's so easy to see the beauty in others before celebrating it within ourselves?