As I was traveling home from my son's school today, I saw a lady with one of those "... on board" signs. Her on board sign did not say "baby" or "Bears Fan"; it was a derogatory word referring to herself. You can fill in the blank.
I wonder what occurs in a women or man's life to bring them to the point to think of themselves in that way or to allow someone else to think about them or refer to them in that way.
I realize that some people find derogatory words to be a joke or find those words funny. Personally, I would think that deep down, those insults really hurt. I also realize that some people have built up a thick wall around themselves to protect their hearts from further hurt.
I am here today to give you this message. You are more than your circumstances. You are more than what other people make of you. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!
Right before leaving my son at school we were listening to the radio. The song on the station was "Beautiful" by Mercy Me.
Part of the chorus of the song says:
You were made for so much more than all of this
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His
I was just singing this song to my kids. I pray they will believe all of God's truths about them and not the world's version of them.
Isaiah 43:1-4 (NLT Tyndale LASB) says
But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Isreal, Your Savior. I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Cush and Seba in you place. Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.
Dear readers, The One who created you has a clear message. He calls you by name. You are His. You are not who the world says you are. You are not what your circumstances say you are. He calls you precious and honored and he gave so much because He Loves YOU. In fact he sent His only son, Jesus, to die on the cross for YOU. To rescue YOU. He did that all for YOU. Why? He tells you here in Isaiah because YOU are precious to Him and He Loves YOU.
Your job is to respond to this call. Accept the gift that he offers you in Jesus. The choice is yours; choose what the world calls you or choose your identity in the fact that your Creator calls you by name.
Beautiful one, know that God knows your beautiful, because He created a Beautiful You.
Have a beautiful day!
Seek Him First! Today's Bible Reading
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
It is of utmost importance that you know that Christ died for you. He died for all sinners so that our relationship with Him could be restored.
Because of His sacrifice on the cross we can have peace. Are you seeking more peace today? Peace of the soul can only be given through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.
I hope that you, too, know the saving grace of an amazing God.
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