Determining Value

I’m honored and excited to partner with Light and Shade Creative in a series of Determining Value.

I find myself changed in this conversation as I grow. Certainly as a mom wondering how my kids see themselves, remembering my own struggle in this arena. Praying over their thoughts and planting seeds of love in their tiny vessels is my responsibility.

Life has a way of challenging us. Breaking us, even. And I hope, if nothing else, the take away from this series is that beyond any circumstance, through all of life’s disappointments and grand heartaches, we can rise by a single, solid truth: Jesus.

My current shower anthem is Reckless Love by Cory Asbury.

Before I took a breath You breathed Your life in me. You have been so, so Kind to me

It’s easy to forget this in the day to day isn’t it? Our lives are intentional. God (who doesnt make mistakes) said YES to us! Yes, to our flaws! Yes to our weaknesses! YES to our life!

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it
I don’t deserve it
Still You give yourself away

It still chills my bones. When my little brother gained his wings two years ago, faith was the first thing I battled. God knew I would struggle. And even in my anger and faithlessness, He remained faithful. And in pursuit.

It isn’t about who WE are. . . But who we are in CHRIST. And what I hope to pass to my children is less consideration over self esteem (which are feelings and are subject to change) and more towards spiritual confidence. Because Gods truth in who he says we are is forever.

When I was your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so
Good to me
When I felt no worth
You paid it all for me

There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
No lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me

This is my message to Satan and his lies of worthlessness, uselessness and self hatred: God will not stop. He will fight for the lost sheep. He will leave the 99!!! There is no sin too big or valley too deep that Christ can’t reach you AND USE YOU!

And the message I hope my children feel in their soul:

He loves you. Regardless of your sin. He loves you. Regardless of your perceived flaws. YOU ARE HIS CREATION. How could you ever be unvaluable to your creator!? If he made you, you have purpose. You are valued. He cares for every strand of hair on your head. And every single breath given to you is intentional.

Christ came and died for us who are each marked with sin! That atonement is not in vain! If we are so valued by God, I pray our souls see what our eyes fail to.

(1 John 2:2) He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

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