6 Verses To Help With Not Feeling Good Enough
Journeying through this thing we call life has its difficulties and I can often struggle with feeling “good enough”, especially as a woman. During tough times when I question my value, I know the best and most encouraging thing is turning to scripture.
Here are six verses that have helped me and my small group of friends during times when we don’t feel enough:
1. “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you;in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” -Zephaniah 3:17
He takes delight in you. Repeat that again and again and it brings the great peace that you are enough and that He delights in you. Not only does He delight in all of you, every part, but He is with us always.
2. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7
Feelings of being enough usually stem from an anxiousness in our heart due to something happening in life. Although He already knows what we’re going through, pray it out. His peace will wash over us every time we continually go to Him. Also, we must guard our hearts and minds. We must protect the things we allow into our lives, whether it’s the things we watch on TV or see in magazines, because they may paint a different picture of perfection or alter the words that are spoken over us. God is listening to every word we bring in petition to Him.
3. “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” - Ephesians 3:17-18
Going through Rooted was one of the greatest small groups and experiences I’ve had because I was surrounded by other believers who were seeking God’s love, and I was continually reminded that I am enough. When we are rooted in His love, those doubts and feeling of “enoughness” can wash away. In times that they don’t, we stand alongside other brothers and sisters in Christ who help us find our value and remind us of His vast love. I like to think of the Grand Canyon as a reminder of God’s love; His love is wider and deeper than the majesty of that creation!
4. “If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well.” -Psalms 139:11-14
Psalm 139 is a wellspring of uplifting and encouraging verses. I recommend you read all of it. You are enough because He created and knit you together. You are not a mistake. All of His works are wonderful and you are one of His greatest masterpieces.
5. “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” -Romans 8:14-17
We are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. That is powerful. We are adopted into the family as God’s children. While we may share in the sufferings of life, such as difficulties and struggles of worth or value, we also share in all the glory, mercy, love and grace that being a part of that family also gives.
6. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” -James 1:2-4
I have been studying through the book of James with my small group and the text is so rich with wisdom. The book of James is about being on a long walk of obedience with Christ. James 1 has become one of my passages I have been reflecting on throughout the year. My word of the year is Joy and this verse perfectly conveys “choosing Joy.” We will face trials and difficulties, but we are called to choose joy because the testing of our faith and our value produces perseverance. This testing and uncertainty allows us to develop our faith and relationship with God into something of great depth. You, my friend, are not lacking anything. Nothing.
I pray that these verses encourage you. You are made in His image. You are perfect in His sight.