I was having a conversation yesterday with a friend about our insecurities as women. I was encouraging her that her worth isn't based on what other people say about her or even what her husband says about her. Her worth is based on what God says about her and God says she is glorious...a wonderful and beautiful Child of God. As hard as it can be to ignore what other people think, especially your spouse, the only opinion that matters is God's. And His Children are Glorious!
Our conversation progressed into building up our daughters so they wouldn't have the same insecurities that we have. I told her how I am very intentional about making sure the first thing my daughter hears in the morning is that she is a "Beautiful Child of God." Throughout the day I give her other compliments, but I want the first thing she hears every day to be that she is a Beautiful Child of God because I want her to base her worth on what God says about her, not what I say or some guy says to her or what other girls will say to her as she grows up.
So, this morning as I woke Allyson up I told her she was a "Beautiful Child of God." And you know what my baby girl said back to me?! She said you are a "Beautiful Mommy of God." Now I know she doesn't get the concept of being a Child of God yet, but the fact that she hears me every day and is acknowledging the affirmation through God melted my heart. And it also affirmed my efforts as a mother in raising my children to walk with Jesus.
How do you build up your children? How do you attempt to break the cycle of insecurity in your children?