For years I kept a small rhinestone crown above the kitchen sink, so I could see it while I cooked and washed dishes. It reminded me that despite the long hours I spent in the kitchen, I was more than a dish washer and a short order cook. That little crown reminded me of my true identity in Christ. [Read more…]
You are a miracle. Amazing and beautiful. The crown of God’s creation. You’re one of a kind, and God smiled when He made you. God made you so that He could love you, but during the daily hassles of life, it’s easy to lose touch with the reality that you’re God’s cherished treasure.
A co-worker gossips behind your back. Your husband, bless his heart, tells you that something you’re doing really bothers him, and you’re left wondering if you’re a terrible wife. You fail at something, and you hear that voice inside your head once again, “Can’t I do anything right?”
Sometimes that valuable, cherished feeling gets knocked out of us by hard knocks:
- Teasing or bullying at school
- Singleness when you long for marriage
- Family Conflict
- Broken Friendship
Hard times can eat away at our self esteem and leave us doubtful of our worth. Rejection, even harsh words spoken in haste, erode our self confidence.
Women were born with both a special capacity and a longing for love. We want to be loved and treasured, don’t we? When someone loves us, we feel valued, but even the best of parents, husbands, and friends let us down. They’re unable to love us as consistently as we’d like.
God’s love never changes.
God loved us enough to send his one and only son to die for our sins in order to bring us into a close and intimate relationship with Him. His love for you is deeper than oceans, higher than mountains. You are cherished. He knows everything about you. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or what anyone else says about you. Through Christ, your identity as a beloved child of God is secure.
God’s Word says that because of Christ’s death you are:
Deeply Loved and Fully Forgiven
“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” (1 John 4:10)
God’s love for you never changes, even when you’re grouchy and yell at your kids. When you mess up, He forgives you fully. You have the assurance of knowing you’re loved no matter what.
“He has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ… As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” (Colossians 1:22)
Friend, even if our mothers, husbands, or friends criticize or get angry at us, God accepts us fully because Jesus paid for our sins. We can draw near to him for the security of a relationship where we’re beautiful just the way we are, holy and blameless, without a single fault.
You can smile today because you are deeply loved, fully forgiven, and completely accepted by God.
Note: The phrase “deeply loved, fully forgiven, and completely accepted was adapted from Search for Significance by Robert McGee.
My 5 year old neighbor, who wears a princess crown, and my 89 year old mother-in-law, who visits the hair salon every week, have something in common: they both want to be beautiful! That longing to be attractive must be part and parcel of being a woman. I read once that women reach the height of their beauty at age 31. I was 31 when I married, and I certainly wanted to be as beautiful as possible on my wedding day.
But if women reach the height of their physical attractiveness at 31, what hope does that leave for the rest of us? Younger women struggle with acne. Middle-aged women face wrinkles and graying hair. [Read more…]
How many times have I sat down to pray only to find my mind going off on a thousand bunny trails? I try to pray for five minutes, but the day’s to-do list pops up before me, my mind wonders to my grocery list, or I space out completely. Occasionally a scatterbrained, nonsense prayer rolls off my tongue, like “Oh Lord, please bless the gloves.” The gloves? Where did that come from? I’m sure this never happens to you, right? [Read more…]
My heart sank, and I gulped hard when I dropped my husband off at the metro station. Jose left for a two week trip, and as I drove home I mentally went through all that could go wrong during his absence.
I remembered the infamous trip when the electrically-powered car window fell open by itself the minute I dropped him off at the airport. Two days after I had the window repaired, the toilet stopped up, and unbelievably we locked the bathroom door from the inside and couldn’t open it! [Read more…]