Monday Manifesto #2: I Am Seen

[Ooooohhhh…It’s Monday!  Monday is our favorite day of the week here at She.ology and we start each week with a manifesto of sorts - it’s like a word-bullet, created to shoot into limiting mindsets.    

Proverbs 18 tells us our words are jam-packed with the power of life or death.  Often, women think first about how their words effect others, but forget how much our words impact our own hearts and hopes and vision. Because speaking strength to ourselves is hard. And that’s where our Monday Manifesto steps in to do some of the dirty work.  Read the manifesto and pick a statement to use each day this week to change your self-talk. Record in your journal what kind of impact this has on your thoughts - or record it in the comments here!]

Monday Manifesto:  I Am Seen

Genesis 16:13 “Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me.”

Our world is inundated with the need to be seen.  The fervent pursuit of our “seen-ness” keeps us running for validation and worth and a pat on the back to tell us we are beautiful and valuable and doing okay at life.  And that’s the problem. Looking for signs of our worthiness in a fickle and fleeting world will only leave us more insecure and unsteady. So, where do we turn? How do we shake ourselves out of this temptation to entrust our identities and value into hands that are incapable of holding it?

In Genesis 16 we find a woman named Hagar cast out, abandoned, and afraid. Preparing to die in the wilderness, the God of the universe steps in. God sees Hagar. He sees her brokenness, her impossible circumstances and her desperation. But He knows who He created her to be. His purposes and plans for her are steady. He speaks, and she is visible.  He speaks, and she is not alone. This encounter in the wilderness is so life changing for Hagar that she gives God a new name. Intimately crafted out of this place of being truly and utterly seen, she calls God the “One who sees me.”

Let that truth sink in for a minute. God sees you. Beyond the filters and facades, He sees the real you and is simply crazy about that girl. Yes, He likes you on your picturesque hike but He also loves make-up off, head on your pillow, simple, ordinary you. Even more, He sees beyond the surface to your heart, your thoughts, your concerns and the very intricate pieces that make you, you. And when we embed our identities in the truth that we are seen and loved by Him, we can fully and freely give that love to the invisible-feeling people around us.

Knowing this frees us to stop fretting about how others see us.  When I am secure in who God has made me to be I can release others to be secure too.  Let’s anchor our stance in our “seen-ness” and be change makers for those shaky beside us.

Choose one of these “word bullets” to shoot into your limiting mindset this week.  Each time you feel unseen, unknown or unloved, say the line out loud, over and over, until your brain begins to build a new pathway to truth.   

  • I am intricately seen and rejoiced over by the God of the universe.

  • I am fearfully and wonderfully made-there is no flaw in me.

  • I am secure in the truth that God knows my needs.

  • I am not forgotten by the God who loves me.

  • I am the one who God takes notice and delights in.

  • I am the apple of God’s eye, His Beloved.

Recommended Reading:  

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely,  by Lisa Teurkyst

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

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