Gratitude Creates Confidence

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The other day on I read the most impactful thing on Soul Script’s Instagram… I am going to type out the whole caption for you and then I kind of wanted to talk about how amazing and powerful what they said truly is.

“For so long I was afraid of what people might think, what could go wrong, or how I might mess up. And it was really rocky ground to stand on. But I’m learning that confidence isn’t just a thing to make inspirational quotes about. It’s directly correlated with gratitude. Will I be GRATEFUL for the new life I have or lose sleep over what someone else may think about how I live? Will I be thankful for the gift of salvation or will I waste energy trying to be my own savior? When I feel the earth beneath me shake, it’s usually because I forget to stand on the Rock and praise just for being able to stand there. So, what about you? Are you living in gratitude, standing on the rock? Before you worry, compare, or complain, remember that people won’t always like it and you won’t always have it all figured out. But you are called higher. So be the kind of woman that stands on the Rock, knows her identity in Christ, walks on holy ground, but that’s also unafraid to be silly and free because life is too short to be uptight and figured out.”

But I’m learning that confidence isn’t just a thing to make inspirational quotes about. It’s directly correlated with gratitude.

My jaw dropped when I read this because in my heart I knew how true it really was. As I’ve become more aware of who I am and how my personality works I’ve realized that on the days when I’m thinking about myself, about my problems, or about how stressed out I am, I become the lamest person probably ever. But, on those days that I focus on gratitude, when I wake up and start my day by saying thank you to the One who created me I am a whole new person.mondayref-7Gratitude takes you away from yourself and re-centers your life on Christ. When I focus on being grateful for my health I’m no longer focusing on being self-conscious about my weight because I am too focused on how lucky I am to have been given this body. When I focus on being grateful for the faith God gave me I’m no long comparing my faith with others allowing me to focus only on my relationship with Him. Gratitude creates confidence because it removes comparison with others and gives us the ability to be grateful for what we have, not upset by what we are lacking.

Gratitude takes you away from yourself and re-centers your life on Christ.

I loved when she asked, “Will I be thankful for the gift of salvation or will I waste energy trying to be my own savoir?” I wasted energy on this for way too long. I spent so many years of my life trying to fix myself before I presented myself before Christ instead of bowing before Him as a humble and broken servant. My pride got in the way of so many good things because in my need to appear like the perfect Catholic not only did it hurt my faith but it also destroyed my happiness. I am most happy when I am authentically myself, and the real me is in desperate need of salvation.

Whenever I feel the lies of the devil creeping into my head… the lies of comparison, unworthiness, and fear… I have begun to not only call them out but also to combat them with words of gratitude. By just beginning to thank God for all the amazing things He has given me, for the way He has loved me, for the way He created me has created a noticeable difference in my life. Those days that I live my life in thanks giving are some of the freest and most confident days I have ever had.mondayref-8Soul Scripts was right. Too often do we just tell people to be confident or use an inspiring quote to do so, but confidence is not something that you can gain by sheer willpower alone; you have to work at it. I truly believe that the best way to grow in confidence is to focus on what God has given to you and live in gratitude of that. I’ve learned that I need to stop focusing on “how hard my life” is or all the things wrong with me and instead serve others, live humbly, and be grateful for every little thing in my life.

That is how I have grown in confidence within the last year and I am so grateful for Soul Scripts for putting it into words for me.

In Him through her,
Lizzy

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