Weeks before my wedding day, I set out to find the perfect wedding dress. I was thrilled to tears (literally) when the third dress I tried on was THE one. Honestly, it was not one I would have picked out for myself but the bridal consultant insisted that I try it on. Her expertise was irreplaceable. She saw what I didn’t.
On the day of my wedding, that beautiful bridal gown enabled me to feel my confident best self as I made my entrance to meet my groom.
Unfortunately, that confidence has wavered since then. What about you? Not feeling your best self lately? Sister, you are not alone!
The longer I’ve been married, the more aware I have become of the enemies’ strategic plans to strip away the extravagant beauty God has so perfectly designed for each of us to wear. After all, our God is the ultimate designer and creator of our glorious wardrobe.
What does our glorious wardrobe actually look like?
In Proverbs, when referring to a woman who fears the Lord, we are told that she is clothed with strength and dignity.
“Strength and dignity are her clothing…” Proverbs 31:25 (ESV)
My dictionary defines dignity as “the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed.
Friend, if you are a follower of Jesus, then YOU have been clothed with strength and dignity.
The price for your extravagant wardrobe has already been paid. It was not cheap and will not ever lose its value. It will never fade nor fray. It won’t go out of style. It cannot be defined, relabeled or replicated by the world. The value of your wardrobe was settled at the cross.
It is yours for the taking. However, you have to choose to put it on. Sounds simple enough but the truth is it takes a strategic and intentional mindset.
Why? Because we have an enemy who holds out a garment of lies for us to put on every single day. The lies we believe will quickly strip away our strength, dignity and power to live the life God has ordained for us to live.
Fear, doubt, shame, regrets, comparison, negative self-talk, insecurity and disappointments can quickly unravel the beauty that was meant to be ours in Christ.
What about marriage battles such as communication roadblocks, infidelity, pornography, financial issues, parenting struggles or you name it? All of these things can cause us to feel that we aren’t worthy of our wardrobe.
The good news is, there are some strategic things you can do that can help you live your life with the strength and dignity that God has given you.
Begin by thinking about what you are thinking about. Ask yourself if what you are thinking is based on truth or lies? If what you are thinking does not line up with who God is or who You are in Christ, reject it.
Find scriptures to replace the lies.
Ask trusted friends to pray for you.
Find a mentor or counselor to help you recognize deep seated lies that are affecting your core beliefs.
Sister, only God Himself is worthy of defining who you are. He desires to restore to you your strength and dignity. You are valued, chosen, and dearly loved. It’s time to put off those false narratives and rise up as the beloved daughter of God that you are.
Faith Step: Pray and ask God to reveal to you what you’ve been wearing that is not from Him. Ask Him to help you put on the strength and dignity He has ordained for you to wear so that you can start walking with God-confidence in your glorious wardrobe today.