Every morning, I have my little girls look in the mirror and say these words:

God made me.

God loves me.

He’s my best friend.

I am His righteous daughter.

It took me a long time to realize these truths. If only someone had told me how special I was to God when I was a little girl. If only I had known that I was irreplaceable to Him, created in His image, created for a special purpose. Then I wouldn’t have wasted two decades of my life being overcome by brokenness, guilt, shame, pain, and disappointment.

Satan is a liar, and from the time I was a little girl, he whispered his lies to my heart. “You’re nothing special, Kimberly. Nobody cares about you. You have no value. You’ll never be good enough.” As I matured, those lies became, “You’re a terrible mother and a failure as a wife.” Lie after lie attacked the very core of my being, of who I was. I felt like an utter failure.

Satan used many people to reinforce these lies with their own careless words and actions. Over time, those lies became the foundation on which I built my life. Every event and comment was filtered through a lens that distorted the truth and magnified the lie I most believed to be true—I was nobody.

I had heard about Christ as a child. I grew up in a family who talked about God and took me to mass. But the more I heard about Him, the more I was sure that He, too, was disappointed in me. I was constantly under guilt for my sin, convinced that I would never be good enough for God.

Finally, one day I fell beneath the weight of the lies. I crumpled to the floor in my closet and cried, “Help me, God! I can’t do this anymore. I feel like such a failure in every way. Please, take over every aspect of my life. I am so tired of trying to do it on my own.”

This cry for help was a turning point for me. I began to read God’s Word and see Him for who He truly is. I began to see myself for who I am, too—a daughter of the King! I am God’s child, worth everything to Him, even the life of His Son. I am worth far more than rubies. And so are you.

I began to understand how loving and kind God is, and how affectionate His thoughts are toward me. God doesn’t see me as a failure; God sees me as perfect. He loves me despite my past choices and experiences. No matter what, I can come to Him—just like my little girls can come to me—always without hesitation.

As God’s truth conquered the lies, I realized how many years I had wasted. And you know what? It made me angry! I had been deceived for so long. But no more! I am determined to see myself as God sees me so I can become who He created me to be. And I am determined to help others find their true selves.

I won’t lie: this has been a painful process. I’ve had to go back emotionally to the moments when those lies were first cemented in my heart. It has been hard, and I’ve often fought against going back there. But with God’s help and godly mentors, I have renewed my mind and discovered the truth of who I am.

Maybe like me, you’ve spent your life feeling less than. If so, I want to tell you something…you aren’t! You are more than enough in God’s eyes. It’s time you realize that truth and stop wasting precious time. It’s time to start living.

Start seeing yourself for who you really are. Get in God’s Word and allow His Word to speak to your heart. And don’t forget to speak His truth over your life daily.

Ready to start? Grab a mirror, take a look, and repeat after me…

God made me.

God loves me.

He’s my best friend.

I am His righteous child.

Written by Kimberly Chassion

Photo by  Ben White