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This bible study was written by Nicole Boyd. Nicole is the owner of Wonderfully Fashioned, a handmade jewelry brand featuring tattered lace and wire-wrapped gems. She wants to be a voice for women all over the world, stating that her pieces are simply physical reminders of the treasure God created you to be. Nicole gives a portion of each sale to Exodus Cry, an organization working hard to fight human trafficking all over the world. Take a few minutes to get to know her over on Instagram and let her know how much you loved this study!
When I was nineteen, I went to Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California. I had walked through a lot of insecurity during my junior high and high school years. Because of the stand I had made for Jesus, I never really fit in– and I was okay with that. However, I had allowed Satan to lie to me for years, telling me that I would never be good enough.
My biggest insecurity growing up had been my shyness. I was terrified of talking to people, afraid that I would make a fool of myself and say the wrong thing. I was consumed by what other people thought about me. When I got to Bethel, God really started to change my heart and my mindset.
I lived in a house with ten other girls and while that sounds like a nightmare to most of us, it was actually one of the most amazing times in my life. I had never really had close girl friends growing up. I was a tomboy and hated drama, so I found I spent most of my time with guys. Anyway, my roommates at Bethel were so amazing and I was able to build lifelong friendships.
One day when I came home from school, my friends and I started praying together and prophesying over each other. One of my roommates was playing the piano and we just started to worship. I laid down on the floor and I heard God say, “I am loosing your tongue.” My eyes popped open and I looked around the room. It had shocked me to hear those words, I hadn’t even been thinking about my insecurity. But God had plans for me to speak and teach, and He needed that insecurity gone for good!
I won’t say that I never get nervous when I get on stage to speak, or even lead worship, but I remember the words He spoke to me that day and I go for it despite my nervousness. It gets easier the more you step out.
Throughout this month-long study, I felt like God wanted to show us who He created us to be. The reading portions are short but sweet. I encourage you to let God speak to you, and reveal how He sees you and who He created you to be!
Day 1: “I am Loved” – Jeremiah 31:3
Day 2: “I am Chosen” – 1 Peter 2:9
Day 3: “I am Enough” – Romans 8:31-38
Day 4: “I am Strong” – Ephesians 6:10
Day 5: “I am Courageous” – Joshua 1:9