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  1. Oh Cindy… that just makes my heart ache for you! And if they only knew what a cheerleader you’d become!! The best kind—cheering on your sisters (younger or not) wherever you go.

    I had a similar experience. I tried out for a singing group at church. I’ll never forget looking at the results posted outside the practice room door.

    3 altos
    3 tenors
    3 basses
    2 sopranos (not including me)

    See, I was the giggly girl who did more distracting than singing. I’m sure I was a thorn in my (very serious about music) leader’s side.

    She succeeded in stopping up my giggles—but only for a time.

    Aren’t you glad Jesus doesn’t do tryouts?? He does send outs! Even for those of us who feel like we’re not enough. Because He is more than enough!

    1. Shannon: thank you for this life-giving post. I was always teased about being so skinny, and felt on the outside so much of my teen years, felt like the ugly duckling.. never tried out for anything ! I know I was afraid of rejection.
      So glad to say, I found Jesus at 35 and with Him and my faithful, loving husband and family, I can encourage woman around me to find Him too! He is everything we need💕

  2. Oh Cindy… that just makes my heart ache for you! And if they only knew what a cheerleader you’d become!! The best kind—cheering on your sisters (younger or not) wherever you go.

    I had a similar experience. I tried out for a singing group at church. I’ll never forget looking at the results posted outside the practice room door.

    3 altos
    3 tenors
    3 basses
    2 sopranos (not including me)

    See, I was the giggly girl who did more distracting than singing. I’m sure I was a thorn in my (very serious about music) leader’s side.

    She succeeded in stopping up my giggles—but only for a time.

    Aren’t you glad Jesus doesn’t do tryouts?? He does send outs! Even for those of us who feel like we’re not enough. Because He is more than enough!

    1. Shannon: thank you for this life-giving post. I was always teased about being so skinny, and felt on the outside so much of my teen years, felt like the ugly duckling.. never tried out for anything ! I know I was afraid of rejection.
      So glad to say, I found Jesus at 35 and with Him and my faithful, loving husband and family, I can encourage woman around me to find Him too! He is everything we need💕

  3. I can relate to so much of what you talked about! But then I met
    Jesus!
    He changed the way I saw myself. He made me know that I am accepted in the Beloved. And His great, powerful love made me respond to Him like Mary: “Be it unto me according to your word”

    Now, His Word defines me! Whatever He sees in me is true. Whatever He wants to do in me or through me is possible!

  4. I can relate to so much of what you talked about! But then I met
    Jesus!
    He changed the way I saw myself. He made me know that I am accepted in the Beloved. And His great, powerful love made me respond to Him like Mary: “Be it unto me according to your word”

    Now, His Word defines me! Whatever He sees in me is true. Whatever He wants to do in me or through me is possible!

  5. Cindy I can really relate. I remember trying to hide my abdominal scars (due to a birth defect) all through junior high when the girls had to shower together for gym class (eek!), thinking I had done a good job of concealing them, one day a girl said to me outside of class “What happen to your stomach, it’s ugly, – it looks like a car wreck!”

    I was horrified. Little did I know what God had in plan for the rest of my life.

    Those scars marked me out for His work over the last 3 decades. I’m an image consultant/speaker and I’ve come to realize that scars are just tattoos with better stories.

    One day about 10 years ago and 9 surgeries later, I noticed a distinct picture in the scars, it is an old rugged cross. What a beautiful reminder of what Jesus did for me. We are ALL Gods masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus to do the things He planned for us long ago 🙂 Eph 2:10

    1. ” scars are just tattoos with better stories.” – YES! Jill, every day I start my prayers with Romans 12:1, offering my body as a living sacrifice. Among other things, I pray that any scars I have will just tell a story of God’s grace. I love that your scar is an old rugged cross – awesome.

  6. Cindy I can really relate. I remember trying to hide my abdominal scars (due to a birth defect) all through junior high when the girls had to shower together for gym class (eek!), thinking I had done a good job of concealing them, one day a girl said to me outside of class “What happen to your stomach, it’s ugly, – it looks like a car wreck!”

    I was horrified. Little did I know what God had in plan for the rest of my life.

    Those scars marked me out for His work over the last 3 decades. I’m an image consultant/speaker and I’ve come to realize that scars are just tattoos with better stories.

    One day about 10 years ago and 9 surgeries later, I noticed a distinct picture in the scars, it is an old rugged cross. What a beautiful reminder of what Jesus did for me. We are ALL Gods masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus to do the things He planned for us long ago 🙂 Eph 2:10

    1. ” scars are just tattoos with better stories.” – YES! Jill, every day I start my prayers with Romans 12:1, offering my body as a living sacrifice. Among other things, I pray that any scars I have will just tell a story of God’s grace. I love that your scar is an old rugged cross – awesome.

  7. Cindy, thanks for sharing. I did make the squad, and guess what? It did not change me as I had expected. It did not fill my life and make it complete. Only brought more comparison issues. Until I met Christ the following year (senior year of high school) did I find peace with myself and with others, and understand that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Being on the God squad! Best decision i ever made! He picked me!

  8. Cindy, thanks for sharing. I did make the squad, and guess what? It did not change me as I had expected. It did not fill my life and make it complete. Only brought more comparison issues. Until I met Christ the following year (senior year of high school) did I find peace with myself and with others, and understand that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Being on the God squad! Best decision i ever made! He picked me!