Anyone have scripture verses or encouraging words they want to share about self-worth?

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Trish - posted on 05/15/2012

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1 Cor 6:19-What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own?

This may not initially sound too encouraging-especially when there are so many ways women can feel stripped of an identity at times...you already feel "not your own" and at least with me, that's often very DIScouraging, lol. I am "mother" I am "wife" I am waitress, I am maid, and the list goes on and on. This verse has always stuck out to me, though because more than all of those other "not my own" roles I am a temple of the Holy Ghost and that's how I should treat myself and expect to be treated and treat others-even if they don't treat themselves that way nor treat you that way. I'm not claiming to be a scriptural context guru, but reminding myself of this non-selfish self worth helps me a lot when I am feeling a little worthless.
Hang in there-there's also Proverbs 31:28...(Her children will rise up and call her blessed) If you read all of Proverbs 31 you might think,"Uh, I don't know if I'm 'all that'" but I'm sure in a lot of ways you are; enough at least and it's worth a read.

Kaitlin - posted on 05/11/2012

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don't forget carrie, that children just don't think the same way we do. I know i certainly gave my mother a hard time, and I was a pretty good kid, kinda nerdy, not really popular/doing the 'cool' thing, you know? There are just certain things that only come with time. I think true gratefulness is one of those. Absolutely try to teach respect and manners, but only once I was a mother myself did I really realize how grateful I was for how my mother raised me. It helps me to remember that kids are niave and crazy and think they know what truth is- but they don't. When my kids are really misbehaving, it helps me to keep my cool if I look at the overall- they're just kids. Expect them to act like it.
:) You sound like you're doing a great job! Don't forget it!

Claire - posted on 05/11/2012

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I am also a SAHM and I have struggled with similar concerns. I have found these daily devotionals very helpful: The confident woman; Soul detox; Battlefield of the mind. You can find these and many more at YouVersion.com. They have a phone app with a reminder and this enables me to read my devotionals and keep calm.

Kaitlin - posted on 05/04/2012

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There are so so many.
I would highly suggest looking into a bible study called me myself and lies. PACKED with great encouragement. Like "God cares about what you say about yourself because he cares about you. Insecurity is unbelief. To call yourself an untruthful, harsh name is a sin. It is an insult to God, demeans his workmanship, and devalues His creation. Who I am and what I struggle with are not the same thing. When you call yourself a name, it is a reflection on what you struggle with, it is an emotional reaction (it is not who you are)”
Jennifer Rothschild

Also, here's a good article. http://www.relationshipskills.com/Suppor...

you were made IN HIS IMAGE.
Psalm 19:14
Psalm 139:17
Jerimiah 29: 11
Matthew 5:25
James 3:17

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Bethany - posted on 05/18/2012

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Noone can make you feel inferior without your permission. Eleanor Roosavelt.

and Proverbs 31:10 A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. 11 Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. 12 Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. 13 She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. 14 She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. 15 She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. 16 She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden. 17 First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. 18 She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. 19 She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. 20 She's quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. 21 She doesn't worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. 22 She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. 23 Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. 24 She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. 25 Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. 26 When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. 27 She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. 28 Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: 29 "Many women have done wonderful things, but you've outclassed them all!" 30 Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. 31 Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 05/16/2012

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I have an Irish Blessing:

May those who love us always love us. And for those who don't love us, may God turn their hearts. And if He can't turn their hearts may He turn their ankles so we may know them by their limping.

Ok so it's not much about self worth, but it is funny

Claire - posted on 05/15/2012

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My pleasure Carrie. Yes you are not alone. There were days when I felt totally drained and could hardly pray. The fact that I live far from my family and have very few busy friends made matters even worse. However, I realized that my focus was more on my needs than only God. I purposed to change and these devotionals were a great help. I do have some low moments but I am doing much better now.

Carrie - posted on 05/12/2012

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Thanks, Kaitlin....
I believe I acted like that at times too when I was younger....
I just pray my children see and appreciate all that God has done for us... in the little and in the much!
I think I may try to find a verse short enough for kids that they can memorize and take to heart about thanks, gratefulness. They have been learning and memorizing 3 other scripture verses and momma is proud of them and they get excited too!!!
I just need to continue to teach them the respect, manners, and gratitude... just like you stated!
Thanks for all the encouraging words and all the prayers!!!!

Carrie - posted on 05/12/2012

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Wow, Claire...
So good to here from a woman that has been there, too! Thank you for sharing the daily devotions with me!

Carrie - posted on 05/11/2012

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Thanks, Kaitlin for replying to my post. I've been a sahm for a few years and have really struggled with my importance in life. Sometimes I feel the kids are unappreciative and take this time for grantide. At times, I give my all, only to be "slapped in the face" by their ungratefulness and sour attitude. I LOVE my children, but it has been tough giving time, effort, as well as things they need, only to have them turn a blind eye. I've been praying and asking the Lord where I can use my gifts for His glory and give to those that will really appreciate....
He has opened a door for me to work some in the evenings in retail, so maybe we will all learn to love and appreciate each other more and take every moment we have together and cherish it. ?!?
Thanks for the scripture, really needed them at that particular day!!!

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