How God helped me deal with my low self-esteem when I had braces

Recently I had to get braces. Being a 26-year-old woman in the prime of life this came a bit of a shock but there was no getting around it. My orthodontist had been examining my teeth for some time and concluded I had misaligned teeth. The longer this went on the worse things would get. Braces would be needed and not the invalign kind that can be hidden but the headgear setup that looks like something out of the movie Saw!

He assured me that it would only be a short time and then I could have them removed. 6 months though is quite a long time when you need to walk around looking like you stepped out of a medieval village. Understandably my self-esteem took a nose dive. Everywhere I went I could feel the press of eyes on me, it wasn’t an easy subject to talk about and most seemed to skip around it. Considering how obvious the braces were this unwillingness to acknowledge them bordered on the ridiculous.

Having always had a strong fate in God I knew I could turn to him for guidance. I went through my Bible, which I always have by my bedside, and went through passages I had marked earlier. I found ones that gave me the strength when needed.

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1 Timothy 4:10That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe”

I’ve struggled through hard times before and I’ve always pulled through thanks to a strong belief that God is guiding me and knows what’s best. Anyone who’s undergoing depression or anxiety can benefit from these words which remind us strife is a part of life and one of the ways we test ourselves, both against the world and our faith in God.

Psalm 34:17-18 – “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”

This reminds us that even in hard times God is always there. He listens to us and gives us strength in spirit. It’s in rough times when we feel demons oppressing our should that we can turn to the light of God to guide us back.

Building on that, here are others that gave me the strength to get my confidence back.

Psalm 62:5-6 – “Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on Him. God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure”

Philippians 4:13: – “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me”

Psalm 28:76 – “The Lord is my strength and my shield”

Not forgetting, of course, the support of friends and family. They helped me make light of things and get back to normal. Look to your church group if you need it, it can make a massive difference knowing you have the support and unconditional love of those around you.