June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
It took me a long time for me to accept myself (my physical appearance and my gifts). When I was a child (also a teenager), I was skinny, wore glasses, had a gap in my teeth, and was bullied by others. I also was a loner (I still am) and had interests that most kids didn’t have. I just knew that I was different. I loved reading and writing. I was called weird and people told me that I acted like I was a “white girl” because I talked proper and acted differently. As an adult, I’ve changed a little bit physically. I’m a petite woman. I’ve learned to embrace myself.
I also learned that it is okay to be unique. I don’t have to be like everyone else. If everyone was the same, it would be a boring world!
When I listened to this song called Masterpiece, these verses stood out to me:
“Who is this I’ve tried so long to fight/ Filling my heads with lies that I’m not good enough/ Then I heard something in my ear/ Tell I’m perfect, now that I know the truth/ Time to show and prove/ Every part of me is a vision of a portrait of Mona, Mona Lisa/ Every part of me is beautiful/ And I finally see I’m a work of art, a masterpiece”. I think, as women, we all deal with the voice in our mind that we aren’t good enough. I still deal with that voice from time to time. I have to remind myself to block that negative voice and thoughts out of my mind.
Psalm 139:14 NIV states, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well”. God created us to be in His image. He made us His masterpieces! We all are different and unique in our own way but we are still beautiful. We are imperfect but to God we are perfect and He loves us regardless.
Thank You for accepting me as I am. Thank You for creating me to be Your masterpiece! Help me to realize how beautiful I am. Help me to block out any negative voice or thought that is contrary to Your word. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Ladies, I EMPOWER you, to accept yourself (the good and the bad). It’s a process but it is well worth it. Every time you have a negative thought, replace it with God’s word. You’re beautiful in God’s eyes.
Do you believe that you’re God’s masterpiece?
Enjoy Masterpiece by Jazmine Sullivan and know that you are God’s masterpiece:
(acoustic version) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GikmswX4u0Y
Venus Gilmore currently resides in Auburn, AL. She is an alumna of Auburn University. Venus has B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Organization and Inequality with a minor in Social Work. She plans on pursuing a career in Social Services. She currently serves as the Mamie Reese Scholarship Director and College Transition Program Director of her sorority Theta Phi Sigma Christian Sorority, Inc. Venus is also a blogger for Radical7even. She is an active Client Advocate volunteer for the Women’s Hope Medical Clinic. She successfully balances all of these responsibilities with her favorite scripture as motivation: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)