I love this stage of my life. I love being a 20-something woman. There is so much beauty in this stage and I'm finding so much grace in the day to day living. There is something I'm noticing about being a 20-something woman, though. Most of us are a mess. Did you just say, "amen" in your head? I don't know what it is specifically, but I am noticing more and more that 20-something women have a heightened amount of "junk" in their lives. I'm sure it's true of every age and both genders - that we all deal with the "junk" in our lives on a daily basis. However, I'm noticing that it is especially true and especially difficult for 20-something women.
I am returning to the blogging world after a few months of being too busy to write, and as I thought about what to write on upon returning, it was clear that I needed to write a five part series about what I wish I could tell every 20-something woman. The lies that the enemy tells us in our 20's are real and they are deadly. If we pay too much attention to them and believe them too readily, they will likely destroy the good work God wants to do in us during this very important season of our lives.
What's the first thing I wish I could tell every 20-something woman?
You are enough.
Period. End of story. If we can begin to believe this truth that God wants to speak to our hearts, it would truly be the beginning of the beautiful story that God wants to write in our lives. I find myself fighting this core truth that God has spoken over me many times in the last several months. Why do I fight it? Why do you fight it? Why do we truly believe we are not enough?
Probably because the world tells us we're not. There are so many ways that we don't measure up to the world's standards. We're not skinny enough, not curvy enough. We're not pretty enough, we're not smart enough. We're not selfless enough, we're not talented enough. And the list could go on forever.
I think the lie that we are not enough is likely a lie that all women believe. However, women in their 20's believe it even more readily. We're still trying to find our way in the world. We're still trying to figure out who God has created us to be. We're trying to pay bills and manage relationships and parent and work hard and deal with our family of origin issues all at the same time. Women in their 20's believe that they are not enough and it breaks the heart of our Father.
Can I speak to your heart, dear friend? Can I tell you the truth of what God says and believes about you? You are enough. You are a magnificent masterpiece. When God created you, He saw beauty and grace... He saw Himself. His Spirit is in you - His image is written on your heart. You are good and enough because He is in you. Because you are His. Don't ever let anyone take that from you. Don't let the Enemy steal that precious gift that your Good Father has given you. You are enough. You are His.
If this is resonating with you as you are reading this, I would encourage you to ask yourself a few questions. Journal your answers. Take time to truly think and pray about your answers to these questions.
What are the top three areas where the Enemy tells me I'm not good enough?
What does God's Word say about who I am? (Read Jeremiah 1, Psalm 139, Ephesians 2, and 1 Peter 2)
What are 10 ways God has uniquely gifted me?
I encourage you to begin praying and worshipping daily, asking the Father to release you from this bondage of not feeling like enough. He has been faithful to do this for me and I know He will be faithful to do it for you!
Hi! My name is Stephanie, and I'm the girl behind this blog! I'm a pastor and a writer and a lover of all things chocolate. As you browse the content on this page, I hope you find yourself encouraged and smiling. At some moments, perhaps you would even shed a tear or two. Most importantly, I pray you find hope in whatever season you're walking through. We are in this journey together, and my calling is to encourage you along the way!