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{Worth} Grace Upon Grace

Written By: Tricia Underwood

How could a mom let that happen?

That was my first thought when I read the doctor’s summary of what happened to the toddler I was about to receive in the PACU (post-anesthesia care unit) one weekend at work. As a nurse in the recovery room, I sadly see many tragic accidents and many cases of abuse and neglect of precious children. So it was natural, at least I thought, that my mind went to the latter when I first read about one-year-old Baby T (due to HIPPA, that’s the name I’ll refer to her by, as well as change a few details of her actual story to protect her privacy).

Although she didn’t have surgery this day, Baby T was coming to me after a minor procedure that required anesthesia. The procedure was done to determine what, if any, effects she sustained from falling out of a window of her home onto a paved driveway. Being such a emphatic person, I always very easily put myself in someone else’s shoes, and so I quickly reacted in such horror and fear for that mother who witnessed seeing her child on the pavement, after only seconds before seeing her safe in the room indoors.

Yet, I’ll admit, there was this side of me that also judged her, way too quickly, and said, “How could you let this happen?… An open window and a toddler?! Where were you or what were you doing that could have possibly been more important than keeping an eye on your child?”

And almost as instantly as those thoughts came into my mind, God quickly pricked my heart with reminders of how it’s only been by HIS Grace and Mercy alone that my own children are safe, healthy, and alive today. How many times did HE catch my own children from falling when I wasn’t looking? How many times did He divert their attention from doing something abruptly that I wouldn’t have been able to stop (like touching the hot oven or fireplace)? Then, I was reminded of the time He brought life and color back into my premature daughter, Maegan’s, blue face when she was only home from the neonatal ICU four days. Only His Grace and Mercy.

“From His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” ~ John 1:16 ESV

I cried out to God in my heart and asked forgiveness for being so judgmental towards this sweet mother. God softened my heart and gave me a renewed tenderness towards her as I looked into her face a short while later. As her precious little child opened their eyes when the anesthesia wore off, it was her mother’s eyes and arms she searched for, and it was into her mother’s arms I gently placed. I could sense the mother was finally at peace, knowing her daughter had come through the procedure just fine and was back in her arms, yet she was short with her words and even less generous with her eye contact.

I began to talk with her about how beautiful her daughter was and especially how much I loved her hair. That brought a smile to the mother’s face and softened it a bit. Then we talked about the weather and how hot it had gotten lately, as summer has come to our area in full-force. The mom then disclosed, in a sad, quiet voice, that it was the weather that had led to this horrible accident. She explained that they don’t have air-conditioning and that she had the window open with fans through the house to try to cool it off. She said, “I only took my eyes off her for a second.”

All I could think about was the imagine she must have seen when she looked out the window, and my eyes filled with tears.

I get it, Lord.

Only by Your Grace and Mercy alone.

I could tell by her expression that she felt remorse and fear.

I didn’t know what to say to calm her heart, so I just placed my hand on her shoulder and looked into her eyes, as if to look way into her heart. She actually held the eye contact and it was as if she knew I, for one, wasn’t condemning her for what happened.

Later on, I asked her if her daughter has any older brothers or sisters at home. She explained that her older brother is 4-years-old but is “back home” in Tanzania. She said she came here to the United States and gave birth to Baby T, but that she hasn’t been able to go back home yet due to the medical problems that Baby T has (she had a long list of health issues since birth), and I’m assuming that the older brother can’t come here legally.

So with that news, my heart ached for this mother even more so~ she has a 4-year-old son that she hasn’t seen in over a year and she has a daughter with such an extensive health history, and obviously doesn’t have the greatest living conditions if she is living without air conditioning!

In the hospital, we have ways to help assist patients and families with resources available in their communities, so I know we will be able to begin to help her find and utilize what may be available. But, my prayer is that other members of the healthcare team didn’t question this mother’s worth or value, just because an accident occurred.

A horrible accident, yes, but an accident none the less. An accident that could have happened to any one of us.

I pray that just as God did with me, that they will realize how easy an accident can happen and perhaps think of how many times God has saved them or their own children from numerous accidents throughout their lives.

We don’t even know the kinds of prayers to pray to ask for His protection each day, or what kind of battles He is fighting for us each day in the spiritual world, yet He fights for us each day! Our God is so faithful.

When He looks at that mother, He doesn’t see a stressed out, single mother living in substandard housing. By these standards, she might believe she isn’t even worthy to be loved or cared about from anyone, let alone our God. Yet, when God looks at her, He sees His Son who died for her and has great plans for her and her children! (Jeremiah 29:11) Her worth doesn’t come from what she does or where she lives. Her worth comes from the fact she is one of His creation… one that His Son died for.

The same is true for each one of us. We are worthy because we are His creation~ the ones He sent His Beloved Son to die for~ and He loves us!

 

1 John 3:1 (NLT)

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!

Until Next Time,

Tricia

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{Worth} Mirror Mirror on the Wall Who’s the Fairest of Them All….

Written By: Jessica Van Roekel
The face looking back at me runs through the litany of comments….
fat
ugly
selfish
prideful
wounded
graceless
blunt
tactless
opinionated
dominating
controlling
manipulative
jealous
Mirror mirror on the wall….you are a liar.  Or maybe I am the one with the warped perceptions of myself.
I have seen the truth of these words in myself, but also within these words I have seen the lies.
The reality is that I can be domineering.  I can be controlling.  I can be ugly.  I am wounded.  I have wounded.  I can be graceless.  I can be blunt.
But the truth is that my wounds can be used for God’s glory.  The truth is that when I wound, I can experience the beautiful gift of forgiveness.  The truth is when I am domineering I have the opportunity to submit to the control of my holy, loving, gracious God.  The truth is that all the parts of who I am–the good, the bad and the ugly– are all a part of me.  And who am I to reject what I see in the mirror?  Rather than rejecting the ‘less than’ part of myself what if I were to offer those parts of me up to Jesus and surrender to whatever He wants to do to turn those weaknesses into a strength.
Don’t misunderstand me.  I am not giving myself license to be the worst side of me, I am giving myself grace to grow into the best side of me and that side is only found in Jesus Christ.  If I am going to grow, then I can expect failures.  But failures are not a sign that I failed per se, they become an opportunity to grow in a specific tangible way.
Only in Him can we be our best and if we detect patterns of thought that produce our worst, but don’t hold them up to Him like a child holding up a broken toy and saying, ’fix,’ then I am not submitting to whatever He wants to do to turn those weaknesses or those failures into strengths.
The truth within these words is that there is redemption through Jesus Christ.
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all….
forgiven one
chosen one
loved one
approved
appointed
 anointed
royalty
joy filled
saved
full of grace
covered in grace
What does your mirror say?  Maybe you are like me and list off words that tear yourself down.  If I could encourage you to offer all that you are to the one who loves you with an unending love, you will begin to see yourself redeemed.  And when you begin to see yourself redeemed, you will begin to live like you are redeemed.  Join me?
©Jessica Van Roekel 2016
Jessica Van Roekel is a woman on the journey to wholeness through brokenness. She believes that through Christ our personal histories don’t have to define our present or determine our future. Her greatest desire is to see people live this ‘God-life’ with all the power and grace that God provides. Jessica lives in a rural community with her husband and four children. She leads worship on Sundays, but seeks to be a worshiper every day. You can connect with her at www.welcomegrace.com
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{Worth} He Values Us Greatly.

Written By: Misty Keith

 

Matthew 10:31

“Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (ESV)

Birds are fascinating little creatures.  They fly, sing, peck, hunt, gather, swim, soar, build, protect and war.  Not to mention, they do all things while looking more beautiful than ever and without ever even complaining.

Just how intriguing are these little creatures?  Birds have been created with a purpose and are faithful to their calling.  Have you ever conducted a search or studied the word “sparrow?”  There are so many different types of sparrows that you could read and learn about them for days and never run out of new birds to learn about or study.

One might think after conducting a search on them, that the word sparrow is just another word for bird.  But this is simply not the case.  Sparrow is only one species in the taxonomic or taxonomy order.  There are hundreds and thousands of different types of birds.

Just within the sparrow family alone we see some of the following different types: old world sparrows and new world sparrows, Green-backed sparrows, White-eared ground sparrows, Black-striped sparrows, Clay-colored sparrows, Field sparrows, Vesper sparrows, Large-billed sparrows, Seaside sparrows, Fox sparrows, Grasshopper sparrows, Swamp sparrows, Dark-eyed Junco sparrows and the list could go on… with not even coming close to all that is encompassed within this species of the Passerine Order.…..

In our imperfections, we humans tend to follow the line of thinking and believing that since there are so many types of sparrows, when one goes missing; it is not missed or valued.  If we are not careful, that same train of thought or line of inner reasoning carries over into the way we see and feel about ourselves.  We must remember though, this is not the case with God.  God does not value humans the same way that we humans value each other or ourselves.

If the Bible gives verification that not even one sparrow is shut out of God’s divine care or His provision, then how much more worth are those made in His own image?

Matthew 6:26 (ESV) says Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

Further, the passing of that which God created comes into notice with Him and His divine providence.

Luke 12:6 (ESV) says “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.”

If the Lord could be so detailed in the creation of just one species of bird, how much of more value has He given to us that which He created in His own image?

God’s divine guidance and care reaches and extends to all creatures; all their actions, including every minute detail.  Humanity, being His creation is indispensable.  We humans are God’s greatest masterpiece, created in His image to do good works.  Knowing this full well and up front is good for all, especially for those who put their faith and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Matthew Henry once said “This God, who has such an eye to the sparrows, because they are His creatures, much more will have an eye to you, who are His children.”

Other creatures were made for man and put under his feet (Psalm 8:6-8), but the disciples of Jesus Christ are the excellent ones of the earth.  Jesus loves us.

While not forgetting that our parents love us and nurture us, they, in all their love, do not even come close to the love Jesus has for us.  Jesus knows how many hairs we have on our head.  He knows our inward thoughts and innermost being.  He loves us so much that He died in our place.  Rarely is one willing to do such a thing.  Yet, Jesus sought forgiveness for those who persecuted Him as He took our place, petitioning the Father on our behalf for the forgiveness of our sins.  He is reliable.  He values us greatly.

Lastly, there is a command written at the beginning of Matthew 10:31 which are two important words for all believers.Fear not.”  Don’t be afraid.  Trust God.  There is enough doctrine of God’s providence to silence every fear of God’s people. (Psalm38:12-15; 64:4,7).  We are called to adhere to the command.  God is trustworthy.  He cares for us deeply and can be trusted always and without reservation.  If He can be trusted with the care of an entire species of birds, how much more can He care for those He created most like Himself!

Our value is worth so much to our Lord.  It always has been and always will be.  Let us not take one single breath, moment or day for granted.

In Him,
Misty

About Misty:

Misty and her family live just outside the Austin, Texas area. She homeschools all three of her children and teaches Reading for a private college in the Master’s/Credentialing program. She stays busy and enjoys the hobbies of Reading, Writing, Scrap-booking, Bible-Journaling and Running. With her family, she attends Hill Country Bible Church. Misty also enjoys traveling and taking “family fieldtrips” often. All of life is an adventure and she is thankful for every life lesson that the Lord teaches her in the process.
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{Worth} We Are Not Defined By Our Mistakes.

Written By: Laura Rath

In a recent conversation in the office, we were laughing that no matter how many times we proof a document, it seems a typo or error will be found just after the e-mail has been sent or 1,000 copies have been printed.

“I always wonder what mistake I’ll be remembered for,” someone remarked. Light-heartedly, I said, “We are not defined by our mistakes.”

But, as I walked away I kept thinking about it.  Isn’t that something we all need to be reminded of?

We are not defined by our mistakes.

Yes, some can be real doozies, and some mistakes are remembered for quite a while.  But they do not define us.

Define means to describe, detail, or to state the meaning of. (dictionary.com)

We can describe our mistakes, but our mistakes do not describe us.  The enemy will try to tell us otherwise.  He will tell us that our mistakes are who we are.

You can’t do that; you’ll mess it up, you always do.  You’ll never get it right.  You’re such a mess.

Remember what you did last week?  That’s who you are.  That’s what everyone thinks of you.  But God trumps the enemy every time, and He says we are not defined by our mistakes.

He does not describe us by our failures…or our successes.  And that’s freeing because God’s love is not dependent on what we do, or fail to do.  We are loved by God, not because we are perfect, but because we are His.  He knows we will make mistakes.  And from those mistakes comes growth.  Our successes and failures may help shape us, but they are not our identity.

We are who God says we are.  And God identifies us as His—Forgiven.  Chosen.  Redeemed.

I may make a real whopper of a mistake, one that takes some fixing and apologizing for.  But it’s not who I am.  And when my co-worker makes a mistake, it’s not who she is.

Remembering this reminds me of grace.  The grace God gives.  The grace I ask for from others.  And the grace I want to extend to those around me.

We are not defined by our mistakes.

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.” Isaiah 43:1 NLT

Has there been a time you feared you would be remembered for a mistake you made?  Do you remember others for the mistakes they make?

In Christ,
~Laura

About Laura:
Laura Rath writes to encourage women in their walk with Christ.  She is a wife, mother, writer, blogger and works in church ministry.  Laura shares stories of her faith journey on her blog Laura Rath ~ Journey in Faith, and recently experienced one of her God-sized dreams when she had the opportunity to speak at three women’s events, with another one planned for later this year.  Laura is a regular contributor at LifeLetter Café, and can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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{Worth} You are Beautiful…

Written By: Cindy Morrone

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Romans 12:2

I drove past this house countless times but for some reason that day, memories from a long time ago rushed in my consciousness; like something caged finally, set free.  I recalled that day clearly and heard all over again the hurtful things said and done.  I realized in that quick drive past that home that I had accepted those painful offences and tucked them away into recesses of my being.

I believed and so I became…

I remember going to this house, tagging along with my bff (well, that’s not what we called each other way back then; that term wasn’t yet invented!) and visiting some others.  I really wasn’t wanted there.  The others really just invited my friend to visit, but since we went most places together I went along.  I wished I hadn’t.

This mixed company told me how they felt.  I don’t remember the words exactly but I do remember feeling and believing I was ugly….fat…. and not wanted.  It was a long and horrible visit.

I recall similar situations throughout my growing up years…feeling unwanted and somehow unworthy to most.  Whether it was my childhood and living through the tragedy of a parent gripped in alcoholism or being raised in a single parent home; whether it was just what kids/people say/do to one another; or whether it was my own perceptions observed by my tainted vision.  I allowed harmful thoughts to build one on top of the other, setting a firm foundation in self-defeat.

It is no surprise that what followed my growing up years was laced with self-inflicted turmoil and sin, only meant to further take me away from who I was truly created to become.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 12:5

If I could go back; do a ‘do over’, this scripture would be impressed upon my heart as it is today and I would take every thought captive; every single one, is this what my heavenly Father thinks of me?  Is this the truth?  Is this who I was created to be?

You see my biggest problem wasn’t the situations or circumstances or happenings in my growing up years, the biggest problem was that I did not truly know who I was and am in Christ!!

Your self-worth; beautiful ones cannot be found in a new pair of jeans, a hair style, the friends you keep or the boyfriend you have, what others say about you or what they do to you.  You are already beautiful, you see,—protect all that God has created you to be!  Do not accept the harmful lies, instead turn them over to your loving and heavenly Father and He will help you and take care of you.  You are unique; hand crafted and set-apart for His glorious and divine purposes!

I have just turned 45 years old and I was so taken aback by my memories.  It was like the Lord opened that door and let all those lies and memories fly away; not to be kept anymore.  I am so thankful for His love for me; He has redeemed me and my value and my worth are solely in Him!  The Lord didn’t leave me there in the pit of destruction and today I am certain of who I am in Christ!!

Bless you beautiful ones!

About Cindy Morrone:

Cindy is a daughter of the great I Am; the one ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come’.  A true county girl, she has lived most of her life in the small towns of southwestern Ontario.  Cindy has been married to the man God handpicked for her for 20 years.  They have two amazing identical twin daughters that were hand delivered by God.  Just recently Cindy has officially become a stay at home, homeschooling Mom.  And even more recently has been obedient to the call of fostering.  She has a passion for speaking and is dedicated to the youth ministry at her home church. Cindy is honoured to be a part of, “We Are His Daughters” and counts her friendship with Mandy as one of God’s richest blessings.

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{Worth} Don’t Try… Trust! God Is In Complete Control

Written By: Gwendolina Paoletti

At one time or another, we’ve all felt broken, maybe today that’s you; whether it’s in your finances, emotions, strength, or relationships.

Brokenness of any kind, causes us to operate in partial power, whether the root cause is hurt discouragement or frustration.

In Jeremiah 17 God says: “the Potter takes the clay, even while it’s still marred in His hand and makes it whole and complete.”

God is whole and complete and has formed you in His own image (Genesis 1:27) to live and function through Him that way too.  He doesn’t want you living broken, confused, or making only tiny measures of progress in only certain areas of your life.  There are strategic steps you can take to accelerate your progress by taking the right kind of action.

When you let the frustration and cares of the world lead you and guide your actions, you will always be left diluted in your Christ-available power.  Leaving you to not function at your fullest potential, and frustrate the plans and purposes God has for you.

It’s easy to feel so far behind, or mentally and emotionally exhausted, that we just can’t seem to experience a complete satisfied life in EVERY area.

We may have a little joy over here, then maybe a good moment over there.  Yet, as a whole, it just doesn’t seem to all come together like we know it can.

In today’s Episode: Don’t Try… TRUST, you will be equipped and encouraged.  We will reveal:

  • The Most critical and scripture-directed step to help you release the weight of your burdens (allowing room for the Blessings)
  • Why you must come “as you are” to recieve the fullness of His grace
  • How much success is waiting for you when you 1st come to Him and TRUST the process.

True success is found in making God our 1st step.

He IS:

  • The Key to unlock our confusions
  • The combination to a vault that hold your dreams and success
  • The coordinates to guide you into safety every moment of your days, leading you away from delays, unfruitful connections, and obstacles set up to detour you from your Destiny destination. 

Once we stop TRYING to be deserving of God’s Grace and His help, we get to fully experience the undeserved favour of His miraculous saving Grace.  As long as we are continuing to work out the things in life on our own, we will live in partial power and unfulfillment.

God shares with us where to find the wisdom:

“Without Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5)

He also shares how and where to fuel up with His power:

“You can do ALL things through Christ who will strengthen you.” (Philippians 4:13)

No matter what problems you are facing right now, you can rest in His love for you.  There is no problem that is too insignificant for Him to handle.  He is not just God Almighty, He is also your heavenly Father who loves you!  He desires for you to live in the fullness of who HE is and have unlimited expectations in His truth.

May you release every weight of concern to Him and remember these truths:

  1. If it bothers or burdens you.. it interests HIM to carry it for you.
  2. If the hurt or disappointments are keeping you down, He wants to lift you up & get you out.

Begin practicing today:

“Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He WILL sustain you: He WILL never allow the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22

Cast your cares as they arrive, and the ones you’ve carried far too long.  Peace and rest are your gift and inheritance as a child of the Living God.

When you let go of your burdens to Him, you make room for the blessings and gifts He is ready to pour out and bring forth into your life.  This is your blessed life, you are FREE to LIVE it and ENJOY it along the way.

Live Generously, give discreetly, and always keep shining upon the world.

Until Next Time,
~Gwendolina

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{Worth} Numbers Don’t Measure Your Worth

Written By: Taylor Fast

“Do you have an eating disorder?”  I have honestly been asked this question multiple times throughout my life.  What if I actually did have one?  Do you honestly think I would tell someone I hardly know?  Do you really think asking me that question would make me seek out help if I did have one?  Does that question make me feel happy?  Obviously, hearing those words was quite devastating to me.

If anyone comments on your weight or comments about your outer appearance, I want to remind you ladies that your weight, height, or any other physical features do not measure your worth.  I also want to remind everyone that commenting on someone’s weight because they are skinny in your opinion so you feel it’s acceptable is most definitely NOT acceptable.  Whatever somebodies weight is, it is none of our business- as all bodies are beautiful bodies.

“You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” Song of Solomon 4:7 (ESV)

Women of God, remember that your body is a temple; one that God has given you to take care of, nurture, and love.  It is so easy for us to get caught up in how the world says we should look, and even get caught up in the comments others say- I urge you not to!  Our bodies will change as we age, but we will always be beautiful.  Find love and compassion for yourself in the way you look.  Part of being healthy involves loving ourselves, when we love ourselves we take the time to care for our bodies and grow in our self-esteem and worth.

I urge you all to look in the mirror and pick out three things you love about your body.  I also want you to pick out three things you love about your personality.  Rock you today as you go out in the world, no matter what beautiful shape you are!  As you are out and about in the world today, also be aware of how you speak with others, are your words filled with life and love, or anger and jealousy?

Until Next Time

~ Taylor

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{Worth} All For You

Written By: Joceline Sweeney

What a day to ponder our worth? Good Friday.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

If you struggle with feeling like you are not worth it, like so many of us do, today of all days you can stand firm that you are worth everything.  God the creator of the universe sent His only son to die on the cross so that YOU could have eternal life with Him.  Jesus hung on that cross for YOU.  He thought of YOU when He cried out His last words “It is finished.”  The work He had come to do for YOU was finished on the cross.  He paid the debt for your sins, you could have never paid it on your own.  He paid it so that your life could be made whole.  If you don’t think your worth it, stand on the truth that Jesus saw you even while you were still a sinner and felt you were worth the pain and agony He suffered to make you new.  He looks at you with such love and admiration, you are a treasure.

It can be so easy to tear ourselves down, but really who are we hurting?  In these times try to remind yourself that your words are not only hurting you but you are basically calling God a failure.  May I remind you as I said earlier “The creator of the Universe” the one who knew you while you were still a secret even from your parents, thinks you are marvellous!

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body

and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!

Your workmanship is marvellous—how well I know it.

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,

as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

You saw me before I was born.

Every day of my life was recorded in your book.

Every moment was laid out

before a single day had passed.

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.

They cannot be numbered!

Psalms 139:13-17

 

His thought are precious toward you.  They cannot be numbered!!!   Start today on Good Friday, the day God gave everything He had just for YOU, remind yourself how He really feels about you even when you struggle to see yourselves that way.

To Him YOU are completely worth it.

Until Next Time,

~Joceline

 

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{Worth} Everything I Ever Did

Written by Melissa Longval

In John chapter 4, we meet the Samaritan woman at the well.  As is well known, Jews and Samaritans hated each other and would go out of their way to avoid contact.  Through this purposeful encounter with this woman, Jesus reveals much about His heart and care for us.

As the sun was hot and high in the sky, the woman approached the well where Jesus sat, alone.  Water was gathered in the cool of the morning and evening,  and was a social gathering spot for women.  But not this woman.

She went for water when no one would be there.  She was an outsider…an outcast.  Rejected by her people for poor choices and seemingly bad character.  Nothing was hidden from Jesus…He knew her story before she opened her mouth.  He chose that spot at that time…He chose her.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” John 4: 17-18

Though He revealed her shame, there was no one to condemn her.  In His kindness, Jesus helped her face what had separated her from the rest of her people.  Then He used the very thing that separated her to bring her healing and redemption.

Jesus chose a broken and damaged woman to bring the good news to the Samaritan village!

 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”  So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days.  And because of his words many more became believers. John 4: 39-41

Is shame of past choices keeping you from telling others about the love of Christ?  Do you believe the lie that you are not good enough or smart enough or clean enough to be used by Jesus?  The very story that you try to hide can be the tool that Jesus will use to bring others to Him.

There is freedom in Christ…freedom from our past…freedom from our reputations…freedom from our failures.

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters.  But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature.  Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.  For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Galatians 5: 13-14

As the Samaritan woman, let’s boldly exclaim, “He told me everything I ever did…and He still loves me!  Come, meet Him and learn of His love for you too!”

And as we serve others, may our Bibles be worn from reading, our hands be rough from tender care, our arms be tired from reaching others, our feet be tough from following hard after Jesus, and our hearts be full knowing we are eternally loved!

Until next time,

Melissa Longval

 

Amie, {Worth}

{Worth} Snapshot

Written by: Amie Comber

Have you ever seen a picture wall?  More than simply seeing one, have you ever made one?  Be proud of me, I put on my creative hat and forced myself to do something artsy one afternoon.  My picture wall was the product of that endeavour.

Each picture on that wall holds some special memory for me.  A local coffee shop, a place I’ve travelled to, even multicoloured balloons that I bought a darling friend for her birthday.  To anyone else, it would just be a collage of pictures on a wall, something to gaze at for a moment, but forgotten in the next.  But to me, they are irreplaceable, as they pair an image with a memory and a feeling.  I like to imagine that God has a picture wall, and that each one of His children has a wall dedicated to them.  From the moment you began your relationship with Him, He has snapshots from His favourite moments with you.  Maybe they’re moments that were just a part of an ordinary day to you, but to God, that memory made it up onto His wall and He glances at it everyday and thinks of you.

I like to think of worth much like I think of my picture wall.  The world looks at my wall from a different angle: how much does it cost, they ask, and how does it look?  That’s how the world would describe worth.  But right now, as the creator of this wall, I’m looking at it, and I feel beyond loved, remembering all the people that show up in those photos, and excited that my life looks colourful and dynamic.  I’m taken back to quesadillas in Texas, and picnics with cookie dough in Tennessee.  Sweet girl, the world looks at you from an angle much like it does with my simple picture wall.  It asks what you can do, how you look, and how much money you have, just to name a few of their categories.  But when God looks at you?  His heart swells with joy, because He knows that you are His and He is yours.  He remembers all the little moments, and all the prayers.  He knows the dark nights and the heartaches, and He knows the sunny days with ice cream and sprinkles.  You are irreplaceable to Him.

Everyone has an opinion, darling girl.  My question to you would be, who’s opinion are you going to believe?  Are you going to believe the world’s, which marvels at your beauty and achievements for a moment and disregards you in the next?  Or will you find your worth from the God who not only remembers you, but also proudly displays His love for you?  The God who has your picture on His wall and makes space for more memories down the road.  You are worth more than you could possibly imagine in His eyes.  Opinions change and are swayed in our world.  One minute you can have popularity and the next feel alone and rejected.  You know what?  I know you’ve heard it before but I’m going to say it again here, God does not change.  His opinion and worth He projects on you have been the same all these years.  You can trust Him, sweet girl.  He moved the world just so that you could know Him.  To Him, you are worth dying for.

Take a moment to ponder from where you are looking for your worth.  Are you looking for it through the eyes of another human?  Or are you seeking it through the eyes of your peers or the world?  What if you looked at it through His?  The minute you do, you’ll see yourself in a brand new light.  I dare to say… I believe when you do, that’s a moment that will end up on His picture wall for you, because that was a moment that He will treasure forever.

Until next time,
~Amie