Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Susanna Foth Aughtmon's book, My Bangs Look Good and Other Lies I Tell Myself: The Tired Supergirl's Search for Truth, (Revell, 2010).   

 

Lots of lies swirl around this fallen world. If you're not careful, you can just accept those lies and start telling them to yourself. That's why it's crucial to know the truth about who God really is, and who He has designed you to be.

Here are some common lies women tell themselves that you can overcome with truths from God's Word:

"God is out to get me."  It's true that God is out to get you - but for a good reason.  He pursues a relationship with you because He loves you.  He doesn't want to break you down; He knows you're already broken and wants to heal you and give you the grace to grow.

"God is disappointed in me."  God understands your struggles and accepts you just as you are.  He doesn't expect perfection for you.  All He wants is for you to believe in Him and trust Him.

"I can't be real with God."  Actually, God wants you to be real with Him, because that will help you draw closer to Him.  He is willing to meet you wherever you are and walk through any situation with you.

"God doesn't have good plans for my life."  God has great plans for your life that will rock your world if you choose to discover and fulfill them.  God's plans for you will make your life an adventure and transform you into a stronger person in every way.

"God will ask me to do things I don't want to do."  Yes, God will ask you to do things you don't want to do, but if you follow Him, He promises to be with you every step of the way and use your experiences to transform you.  God will take you to places in life that you could never imagine on your own.  Spending your life following Jesus is much better than any other life you could ever fashion for yourself.

"God can't use me."  God can use anyone.  He isn't limited by your weaknesses.  In fact, the less you have to offer Him, the more He shows that He is strong.  Living a faithful life has less to do with being talented and more to do with being willing. So be ready for God to use you.

"God doesn't hear me."  God hears every word you speak, and even the words you think.  So fully express your thoughts and feelings to Him in prayer often - and believe that He will answer your prayers.

"God can't possibly care about me."  In fact, God cares deeply about you - much more than any other person can.  God is great enough to care for every human being He has created, and to provide for the needs of everyone who trusts Him.

"God caused my problems."  The sin in this fallen world has caused your problems.  But God is aware of them, and He promises to be with you in the midst of them.  If you trust Him, God will use even your worst problems to bring about good purposes in your life.

"God doesn't know me."  God actually knows everything about you.  He sees the state of your heart at any given time, and He is always hoping that you'll join your heart with His heart.