Mental Health

I Am Worth It

MŌRIAH Smallbone

November 02, 2021 | 2 minute read

My ego is always with me. It pipes up in moments like this as I try to write something of substance. Whether I’m producing, creative directing, or song writing, the challenge doesn’t change: replace lies with truth. 

“You’re not worthy to write words that others will take seriously.”

“Whatever you say will be misinterpreted so don’t cause a disruption.”

Shouldn’t you be doing something else with your time?”

These are just some of the voices that are currently trying to distract me from sharing some honest thoughts with you about the concept of worthiness.

Last Friday, my team and I released a song called “Worth” featuring my favorite human, Joel Smallbone. When it comes to such a delicate topic, I couldn’t think of a better partner to sing along with than my husband. When I’m most flooded by those egocentric voices that leave me feeling useless and insecure, he’s often been the patient presence to guide me back to center. 

So, if any of this sounds familiar to you, I’d first like to offer that you’re certainly not alone. Secondly, I want to share some powerful words with you that have helped me rise out of those dark corners of the mind and into places of health. The following words are written on the walls of my office for my co-workers and I read aloud almost daily: 

Our identities are hidden in Christ, they can't be touched by job changes, results, or in seasons of low production when we feel we have lost our right to call ourselves creative. (Alabaster, 2019)

The message translation of Jeremiah 1:5 reiterates this thought, “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you [...]”2

This means that when we are in our most helpless state, when there is nothing we can do for God or people, we are still known, seen and loved by the only One whose gaze will never waver. This doesn’t mean we don’t need people. But it does mean that our identity cannot be tampered with based on other people’s opinions. This is a truth that is especially difficult to accept today. The most complex kinds of battles are unseen and the war we wage in our minds can be fought without even those closest to us knowing it. The most commonly associated condition with suicide in the US is often undiagnosed and untreated: mental health.3 So every time we speak our mind’s narrative aloud, we are defiantly exposing and treating the very thing that is trying to take not only our peace but also our beautiful life. 

Today, I encourage you to practice speaking powerful truth aloud as a form of faith. In addition to the God given tools of counseling, medicine, spiritual disciplines, nutrition and exercise, hearing affirmations in my own voice has been one of the most healing things I’ve done for my soul. If you don’t know what to say, perhaps, start with this simple phrase, “I am worth it.” Say it as many times as you need to until you believe it. 

You are worth every sacrifice that has gone into delivering you into this world.

You are worth every bit of love and life you’ve been given. 

You are worth sticking with until the end of time--God never left you and He won't fail you now.

Listen to Moriah's song, "Worth" here!


  1. Alabaster. (2019). All That Is Made: A guide to faith and the creative life. Alabaster Creative Inc.
  2. The Message Bible. (2001). The Message Online
  3. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (2021, October 29). Risk Factors, Protective Factors and Warning Signs. 
MŌRIAH Smallbone

MŌRIAH Smallbone

MŌRIAH (Smallbone) is a Mexican-American recording artist, actress and producer from Los Angeles, CA. After signing with SONY/Provident in Nashville, TN, her sophomore album, BRAVE, hit number 9 on Billboard’s CCM charts, which included a collaboration with Grammy Award-winning rapper Andy Mineo. Her film credits include the starring role in Because of Gracia (2017) and depicting the legendary singer Loyce Whiteman in an upcoming Ronald Reagan biopic alongside Dennis Quaid (Reagan, 2022). In 2021, MŌRIAH produced K-LOVE/AccessMore’s most successful podcast, BECOMING:us, alongside her Grammy-winning husband, Joel Smallbone, of for KING & COUNTRY. She will release her first live EP, Live from the Quarry, on December 3, 2021, which features a guest appearance by her husband.

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