Wonderfully Made

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There is something magical about creating.

All of us create in one form or another – on canvas, through song, in the kitchen, with our words. Even maintaining organization and order to a household is a form of creating. We all have it.

We put part of ourselves into those creations. And the world sees a piece of who we are through what we create.

The same principle applies to us as God‘s creation.

There is a part of who He is that the world only gets to see through you.

Isn’t that an amazing truth?

Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

In Holley Gerth’s book, God’s Heart for You, she recommends reading Psalm 139 in its entirety and I’m so glad she did. It prompted me to go back to some of my favorite passages and messages about how intimately God knows us.

There are many times that I feel unworthy and less-than. In those times, I remind myself that my worth really isn’t about me at all. It’s about the One who created me.

The same God who hung the moon, filled the oceans and flung the stars into the heavens also made me.

How wonderful is that?

He knows when I sit and when I rise. He perceives my thoughts from afar and is familiar with all of my ways. (Psalm 139)

In Cure for the Common Life, Max Lucado says, “Da Vinci painted one Mona Lisa. Beethoven composed one Fifth Symphony. And God made one version of you… We exist to exhibit God, to display His glory. We serve as canvases for His brushstrokes, papers for His pen, soil for His sees, glimpses of His image.”

Embrace the worth and value the Almighty has given you.

You may put on a different face or show a different “you” because you think it’s more acceptable to the world.

We’ve all been there. At the end of the day, when it’s just you and your thoughts, you know who you are. In those moments, remember whose you are.

You, my dear, are wonderfully made.

I Am Accepted

acceptance

True acceptance is a rare gift.

Many have never had it and wouldn’t even recognize it if it were right in front of them.

Yet, it is something we all long for and desire with our whole hearts.

We seek acceptance among peers and friends, but even the most loyal can disappoint and turn away when their expectations aren’t met.

We seek acceptance among family where ‘unconditional love’ should be found, only to find judgement and criticisms if we choose a different path than they think appropriate.

We seek acceptance in our churches, and all too often we are met with a long list of rules and guidelines about who we must be to win God’s favor.

That isn’t acceptance.

We should not have to hide our true selves and what we believe just to feel that sense of belonging.

Sometimes I think I’ve done that for so long that being who I really am is hard. Putting on a face and pretending is more of the norm. Maybe you know how that feels, too?

Do you remember the story of Beauty and the Beast? The beast was so ashamed of his appearance and the choices he had made that he kept himself hidden away where no one could see him. He was certain that anyone who saw him would be horrified, so he stayed shut off from the world.

So many of us do the same thing. We hide behind our own walls, afraid of what others might think if they saw our flaws.

Can I tell you that there is One who knows you and loves you inside and out.

Your fears and shame – He knows them all. You can stop hiding now.

He holds you in His hands and carries you in His heart.

Every second of every minute of every hour.

That doesn’t mean everything we do and every choice we make will be right or okay. It won’t. We will stumble, and there are areas in our lives that we will need to take a hard look at and make changes.

Here’s the thing – conviction is about what we do, not who we are. Conviction and condemnation are very different.

In Holley’s book, she compares it to having something in your teeth. A real friend will tell you, even though it’s uncomfortable to do.

You will know His voice and feel the nudging in your spirit to deal with things that may be deeply buried, things that He knows do not belong in your life.

See, acceptance is already there – pepper in the teeth & all. We just have to open our hearts enough to receive it.

You are accepted.