Yes, it’s Monday. Again.
The alarm goes off. Coffee is downed. And before you head out the door to wherever you’re headed today, you hear one of two things when you look at yourself in the mirror. Either that you look really good today, or you have a Mia Thermopolis moment and think to yourself, “This is as good as it’s going to get.”
In however long you spent looking at yourself in the mirror, you either believed lies or truths about yourself. If I’m being honest, most of the time I believe the lies.
Like should I have gotten more self tanner because sweet Baby Jesus, I could glow in the dark today.
Or why I haven’t been as disciplined in working out as I was this time last year.
Or my closet full of clothes definitely doesn’t have what I’m looking for today, so that definitely means I should go on a shopping spree in the near future.
Or why my skin still acts like I’m a teenager as I use up the last of my concealer.
I could go on and on. And on.
I started a new book today called, The Dream of You, by Jo Saxton. I didn’t even get past the Foreword written by Ann Voskamp. She begins by talking about the Himba people and how, when a woman is expecting a child, she goes out into the wilderness with a few of her sisters. And there they wait until the dream of the child forms a song.
And that song is sung over the child when it’s born, when school begins and even when the child loses its way and needs some guidance.
So often, whether I realize it or not, it’s the Enemy who is singing the song over me. There’s a hat out there that says, Not today Satan, that should find it’s way into my closet soon. Because it’s something I need to remind myself of daily.
While it’s a sassy comeback to a bajillion things and serves as the perfect one-liner, it’s a phrase I need to use daily. When he whispers that what I am isn’t enough. Not today Satan. When he tells me I’ll never be what the girl (in the same industry as me) is. Not today Satan. When he tells me grace is for the weak. Perfection is the only way to go. Not today Satan.
“You are not defined by the blind or the unkind or mankind, but only by the Conductor of the Cosmos who sang the dream of you into glorious light.”
– Ann Voskamp, The Dream of You
As Voskamp wraps up the Foreword, she lists some verses that can serve as the melody you can sing over yourself when the lies start coming your way.
“You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.” (Psalm 139:15 MSG)
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” (Eph. 1:7)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Cor. 5:17)
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” (Eph. 6:10)
“To the praise of his glorious grace, which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” (Eph. 1:6)
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” (Jer. 31:3)
“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” (Deut. 28:2)
When Satan tells you that you are a complete hot mess – you are God’s masterpiece, completely.
When Satan tells you that you’ll never measure up – you are completely forgiven.
When Satan tells you that you’re stuck in your sinful ways and you’ll never change – you are a new creation.
When Satan tells you that you’re weak – you’re strong in the Lord.
When Satan tells you that no one will talk to you, pay attention to you or ever care – you are completely accepted in the Lord.
When Satan tells you that you’re unloveable – you are loved eternally.
When Satan tells you that you are an utter failure – you are blessed.
Not today Satan. We’re listening to a new song.