Today’s post was written by Hannah Patterson.  Here she is, rocking her smile and those gorgeous cowboy boots!

Howdy! That’s what we say here in College Station, Texas. My name is Hannah Patterson and I am an Allied Health major from Dallas, Texas, but more importantly I am THE loudest and THE proudest member of the fighting Texas Aggie class of 2023! 

As a college student, and just being a girl in general, I am constantly surrounded by people and things saying I’m not enough and I’m not perfect. I am pressured to change the way I look at almost every moment, and so are most girls in today’s society.

Everywhere on any kind of media we see public figures and images of women who have been photo-shopped and edited and are told we should strive for this image. These are lies that are pushed at me every day and are ways the devil tries to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). But Jesus has come so that we may have life and freedom from these lies. He says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Jesus Christ for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

God created us all in his own image. God and his image are perfect. If God’s image is perfect, and we are made in His image, we are made perfect in his image. This does not mean we are perfect as humans, though. In fact, we are far from it.

I am so far from perfection, but I am a child of God — “You knitted me in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13) and when he created man, the Bible states, “He looked upon all he had made, and indeed, it was VERY good” (Genesis 1:30). I want to encourage everyone that the Lord made you beautiful the way you are! Our body is a temple, and the Lord calls us to keep it pure and to use it for His good. We need to take care of our bodies so that we may serve him better. 

Following with purity, we are also called to stay pure in our relationships.

Attention from guys is nice, I’m not going to lie, and we feel good when we have validation from them.

Before college I had a boyfriend, but the Lord showed me he was not the guy he had planned for me. When we were dating he made me feel like the most special girl in the world. Now I don’t have that validation from another person.

It’s hard to compare ourselves while we are single to those who have a boyfriend or a guy pursuing them. But we don’t need that validation from guys because we find our worth in the Lord. He calls us His child and a daughter of the King. The Lord’s love for us is so much greater than any human could fathom.

The Lord loves us so much that He sent His one and only Son to die for our sins. He rescued us and we are validated through His death, burial and resurrection.

It may seem like being single is a bad thing, but He blesses us with times of singleness to fully pursue a relationship with Him and further His kingdom. He has a plan for you, and we are called to faithfully pursue Him during each and every season of life.