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Hello my friend. As you may have noticed your Beautiful You Devotional was not in your inbox last Saturday. That was no mistake, I was out of town celebrating my son’s wedding and therefore was not present to do it. However, things are back on track this week so ENJOY!!! ~Crisie

Beautiful You Devotional ~March 2021 / Volume 21

Self acceptance is not a selfish thing. It is something you embrace for the sake of your sanity and that of all your relationships. Without it, you and those you love will most likely walk a miserable path. Some of us fight self acceptance because we were conditioned to in childhood by constant criticism by those who took care of us. Or we think it’s prideful, especially in Christian circles. We believe if we crawl around like worms, we win some kind of prize in the Kingdom of God. I want to propose to you today a very biblical way of self acceptance that will lead you into great peace, totally approved of God.

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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

Ephesians 1:3-6

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The Beloved is Jesus and we are accepted, in Him. Totally, completely loved and accepted. Not because of anything we have done to be acceptable but because of His love and His blood, we are accepted! That is something to SHOUT about!!!

If you’ve lived a great portion of your life feeling unacceptable or believing you are unacceptable, this is a great truth. No wonder they call it the GOOD NEWS! Feeling unacceptable and rejected is one thing, but believing you are is quite another.

All of our actions toward ourselves and others is the product of what we believe about ourselves. Believe it or not, we are the center of our own universe. If you believe you’re no good, not worthy or that others dislike you, you’ll behave that way. If you hate yourself, you’ll engage is self-destructive behaviors and allow others to treat you that way as well. This has nothing to do with metaphysics or The Secret, these are cold hard facts.

Romans 5:10 (NKJV)

“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

Journal entries from my healing journey

I remember the day I heard my heartbeat and how loved and treasured it made me feel. How human, how fragile. How held and valued I felt just by hearing it. I remember how broken I felt that day and how I wanted to be held and seen and mostly from my own self. I have been denying and rejecting my own heart and soul my entire life! I’ve tried to muster up worth and validation my whole life, realizing now, I tried to get it from outside sources because I had none of my own.

This journal entry was made as I remembered an encounter w/ God I had in a doctor’s office. I had been dealing with dizziness and my doctor ordered an echocardiogram. An echocardiogram is a test that uses ultrasound to show how your heart muscle and valves are working. The nurse had to turn me on my side facing away from her and then she almost cradled me as she moved the transducer over my chest to locate my heart. The first few minutes were uneventful and then suddenly I heard my heart beat over the speaker and tears started rolling down my face. I’m glad I was facing away from the nurse because in that moment, the love and validation of God came flooding into my soul and spirit and it wrecked me. For the good of course. I can’t put into words how that moment changed my life, but it did and it has since that day.

There is only one action step this week as I want to direct you to meditate some scriptures and then write in your journal what God speaks to your heart. If nothing, then write that, but write either way. These scriptures were pivotal in my healing process and I pray they are for you as well. In all my years of therapy, counseling and work I’ve had to do towards healing, nothing has been more powerful for that healing than the Word of God.

SCRIPTURE 1- Romans 5:1-11

SCRIPTURE 2- Isaiah 54:1-8, 10-15, 17- This passage of scripture, in particular, was healing to my soul. Although God is speaking to the nation of Israel, I believe He spoke these words directly to me as His promise! Amen!

“In the night watch
My Love is scaling the wall
To come and find me
To come and hold me close

In the darkness
His love is shining the light
To my freedom
To the end of night”

MY LOVE (A captive’s song) by Crisie Hutchings

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[DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed counselor or therapist of any kind nor is this devotional an attempt to provide those services. The contents and suggestions in this devotional are results of my own personal experience with these issues and are not meant to be professional advice or therapy. This devotional is not a substitute or replacement for regular therapy or the use of mental health resources. If the content here causes triggers, please see your regular mental health professional. Any content applied to your life along with any consequences is of your own volition.]

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