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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?

Who am I? I am Welcomed!

The battle to live a rewarding, self-confident life is won by believing the right voice.

welcomeThe world will say you have no value. You are small…that you are the product of other people’s opinions.

But you’re not! You are welcomed! The Most High God, in his love, reached out to welcome you into his kingdom…to make you his child, even before you knew he existed. His son, Jesus Christ, stretched across the chasm of sin to bring us to him.

Which means you are not your mistakes,

You are more than your slip ups,

You are not what others say you are when they whisper about you in cold, callous tones.

God says you are worthy; you are significant.

Romans 5:8 tells us, God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. All you need do is pray to God telling him you want him in your life. His love provides victory.

Even when criticisms disparage, you always remain his daughter,

Loved,

Welcomed,

Radiant,

Cherished and Whole.

You are all that and more.

The Creator of Love sees only the best you, your most beautiful self.

With his strength, you reflect back the glory of God.

And when the world comes crashing down on you, remember God loves you and he will hold on to you no matter what.

Listen to him! Listen to his comforting voice welcoming you into his presence.

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