I’m excited to announce that there is a new e-book devotional for teen girls coming out August 21st called 30 Days of Surrender! Anastasis Faith, founder of Morning Glory Ministries, has graciously allowed me to interview one her writers…
Aly Marcel authored the portion of the devotional called, Surrender your Insecurities.
I hope you enjoy reading her answers as much as I did! ❤
Tell your story! How did you come to be an author in 30 Days of Surrender?
Anastasis actually reached out in an email and asked if I’d be interested in writing in her devotional. The idea sounded fantastic to me, but I was afraid I’d be too busy to fulfill my commitment efficiently. After much prayer, I felt the Lord prodding me to participate, share, and help however I could. I’ve never regretted saying yes! It’s been an amazing experience!
Do you have any advice to offer or lessons learned on how to put this area into practice?
Ahh yes! I have definitely learned my lesson (multiple times!) on dealing with insecurities. When I was young, I would often be super self-conscience because I didn’t think I looked as “grown-up” as some of my friends. I would put on extra underclothes to try and make myself appear older, meanwhile, I was practically suffocating because of all of the too-small, too-tight, and too-many clothes on me. And all of this because I was insecure about my body. I didn’t think myself good enough. Thankfully, those miserable lessons did teach me that I was not honoring God in the way I was acting. Though I am still tempted to put on a bit too much makeup, wear that too tight shirt, or whatever it is, God has really taught me the importance of modesty and to love the way God designed me.
Can you give an example from your life (maybe a certain circumstance or trial) that brought you to a place of surrender?
Before I came to a place of surrender in this area of my life, I was drowning in my need for man’s approval. My constant obsession with trying to impress my friends and receive compliments was overwhelming and, frankly, controlling my life. God finally brought me to my knees when, on one particular day, I had worked so hard to look a certain way and the fact that no one noticed made me absolutely miserable. I felt completely empty inside. I was overwhelmed with this “task” that I had placed on myself to change the way I looked from how God made me to be. That was a hard time in my life but God brought me through it.
What verse(s) helped cultivate the desire to yield your life to Him?
Isn’t it funny how God works in our lives? I do have a verse that I keep near and dear to my heart when I’m feeling like I just don’t measure up in appearance. The Lord really dropped this verse in my lap when I most needed it. I had read it dozens of times before, but it didn’t have such an impact on me until this time. 1 Samuel 16:7 says “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'”
Do you have a favorite quote or book on the subject?
I don’t have a dramatic or exciting story of how I found this quote. I was just on the internet and came across it, but I memorized it and have really appreciated it since I found it. “Make it a goal that when a guy looks at you, he will notice the light of Christ in your eyes, and the radiance of your smile, rather than being distorted by the outline of your body.” I tend to replace the “guy” in this quote with “anyone” and the “he” with “them”.
Aly Marcel was born a sinner and saved by grace. She was raised in Massachusetts. With a heart towards ministry and missions, she spends her time preparing for what the Lord might call her to do. She started her blog http://shepherdshandmaiden.wordpress.com in hopes of encouraging and guiding young ladies in their walks with God. Her goal is to point girls to the Father who loves them above all else, help them embrace their God-given femininity, and encourage them in their daily battles. She enjoys reading books and blogs, writing in her own blog, anything pertaining to musicals, dancing around her kitchen, coffee, chocolate, and love stories.
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Wasn’t that refreshing? I loved getting to know Aly more and to glean from what the Lord has taught her about surrendering her insecurities. Convicting and refreshing all at the same time. This is just a tiny glimpse into the hearts of the authors behind this devotional!
30 Days of Surrender is available for pre-order at this link:
May your week be joy-filled,