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Who am I? I am Redeemed!

God always keeps his promises. He promised he will always be with us, for us and never leave us. Yesterday, today and forever, we are encircled by more love than we could ever imagine.

Christ’s cross without the empty tomb would have never changed the world. In the resurrection, amazing grace rained down upon the earth. He was coming to us long before we were born. He was coming to us when we didn’t even know we needed him. The Lord himself has been claiming us for all eternity.  His promise continues: despite every possible obstacle, the redemptive work of Christ is flourishing still.

Ephesians 1:7 tells us, “In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Christ emptied himself so we could be filled.  He chooses us and says, “I love you. You belong to me now.” Christ laid down his life as a bridge – inviting people to walk across into relationship with God.

We are no longer our sin or struggles, but are redeemed by the One who makes us his children. His sacrifice allows us to bring our brokenness and hurts and lay them at the cross. We can place our confusion, fear and questions there.

Because of the empty tomb, he meets us where we are. He knows our circumstances. He understands our needs and our desires. Full of compassion, God is our companion, caring for us in ways we can’t comprehend. Everyday, always.

Question: How does this truth change the way you think about yourself?

Who am I? I am Loved!

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 (NIV)

At 36,070 feet below sea level, the Challenge Deep (off Guam) is the deepest part of the ocean. Even if you could descend to that depth, God’s love for you would be deeper still.

His capacity to love is endless. There is never a room you will enter that does not already contain God’s love. There is never a circumstance when God is not with us or his love is not working on our behalf. In every situation, God’s love is in it, around it, working through it – simply because the God of All Creation dwells within you.

God knew we had a need we could never meet. Even in our sin and brokenness, he still loved us and wanted to be with us. Rather than abandoning us, he gave. God offered his son to the world even though we didn’t deserve his love.

Yet, he wants his love to be returned. God pulled on skin to help us fit into ours – made his love lesson into words we can read. He willingly laid down his life so we would be saved by his grace.  The God who renovated this fallen world with nails driven right through his hands expects us to not only receive his love, but love him in return.

God’s love is one of the most exciting and life-changing truths you’ll ever know.  Wrap yourself in the breadth of it, feel the length of his mercies and the depths of Christ’s sacrifice.  Rejoice that wherever you go, you are carried on the waves of his love.

How could you not love a God who cares for you so deeply?

Question: How does this truth change the way you think about yourself?

Who am I? I am Accepted

acceptance-clipart-acceptance-clipart-1God will never tell you “You aren’t good enough.” In the moments when we doubt we can take another step, he propels us forward. When we are weak and unsteady, he cheers us on. Not because of who we are, but because of Who he is and his enduring love. God loves you exactly as you are now.

Romans 15:7 tells us, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” With him, we are accepted; we can’t be shamed and we won’t be defeated. We never have to prove our worth because we already live in the amazing liberty of his authentic love.

As women, we often see ourselves as less than we are. Instead of God’s incredible masterpiece, our critical eyes take over. We berate ourselves and wish we could be like someone else. We see our personal issues and think of ourselves as failures, mistakes or worse.

Yet each one of us plays an exquisite part in the symphony of life making our disapproving opinion of ourselves mute. As Christian women, we possess a divine purpose: to show others who God is through the way we are. The way we live out his love in our hearts will be strikingly different. God made it that way since time began.

We don’t need to look a certain way because we reflect the image of God.  We never need to have it all together. He has already accepted us. This doesn’t mean we will never fail. It means with his grace and strength, we will get up and try again.

God understands we are both beautiful and broken. He affirms and loves us just where we are. All of us are beloved daughters of God, who treasures us beyond belief. He completely understands us and fiercely loves us.

Let’s dare to do the same for ourselves and each other.

Question: How does this truth change the way you think about yourself?