Growing up in a non-Christian home without the truth of God’s word alive in my heart, I struggled with self worth and accepting that there was a God who loved me, unconditionally, exactly how I was. Even after all these years, I still struggle with accepting God’s unconditional love for me — the me He created me to be, just as I am.
In 2013, I wrote a book, Coffee Talk With Jesus: Intimate Chats With The Savior. I penned it the year before during the 31 days of writing in October. I remember how I would sit and pray and ask the Lord to speak to me and give me a word for His daughters each day. And I remember how overcome I was with emotions while writing each post. It’s as if God was speaking directly to my own heart so that I could absorb the truth and then share it with those who where reading.
Tuesday is Valentines Day, and regardless of your relationship status, I believe God wants you to know this: He loves you, just as you are.
I want to share just a few truths from my book in the hope that you will be encouraged to embrace the you that God created you to be!
Truth 1: God Sees You.
I’ve struggled with the feeling of not being seen all of my life. Matter of fact, I still struggle with it some days. I could be in a room full of people or home with my entire family and still feel so alone. But God has a powerful way of showing us that He sees us, when we least expect it. He is the God who sees you and He will never take His eyes off of you!
Here is what God says:
“You are longing to be seen yet you are afraid to be seen. Why do you fear being accepted for who you really are? My eyes peer deeply into your soul and what I see is beautiful. What I see is good. What I see deserves to be seen by others. Whenever you feel alone, I want you to remember that I am the God who sees you.” – Coffee Talk With Jesus, Day 5.
Truth 2: You Are Valued.
One of the things I’ve struggled with most of my life is feeling treasured by those closest to me. When you value something, you hold it in high esteem and treasure it above other things. I never felt like my life had any value, worthy of someones time and attention. You are so valuable to God that He purchased you back from the darkness.
Here is what God says:
“I know you don’t often feel valuable. I know that you cannot imagine that you have anything of value to give to others. But please understand that you do not have to “give” anything to be of value. Remember that I love you, and that I paid a high price to purchase you back from darkness. Your worth and value far exceeds what your mind could comprehend.” – Coffee Talk With Jesus, Day 14.
Truth 3: You Are Beautiful.
Can I be honest with you? I still cringe whenever my husband tells me I’m beautiful. When my girlfriends tell me the same, I laugh it off. Why is it so hard for me to accept such a powerful truth? Perhaps it’s because all of my life I’ve measured beauty by the world’s standards. When I feel as if I don’t measure up, it’s hard to see myself as everything but beautiful. God looks at you and calls you beautiful. All that He sees in you is good.
Here is what God says:
“My desire is that you would walk in the full understanding of how I see you. You captivate Me, every time I see you. I love to look at you! True beauty is not reflected by outward appearance, but rather by what is found on the inside. Learn to walk in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control and you will portray your beauty to others. Most importantly, My beauty will be reflected in you, and there you will become all the more beautiful. Even in your imperfections and your unfinished state, you are still beautiful!” – Coffee Talk With Jesus, Day 17.
These are just a few of the truths I wanted to share with you today. I hope that you are blessed.
What is one lie that you are believing about yourself? Pray and ask God how He sees you? What truth is He speaking to your heart?
And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.
311. The scent of lavender that brings calm.
312. A reminder that I am a friend of God. He calls me friend.
313. He is a good, good Father.
314. My parents celebrating 56 years of marriage.
315. Being reminded again that God sees me.
316. A phone call from a proven Prophet. (I will blog on that one soon!)
317. Psalm 84:11.
317. Listening to my 20-month old grandson form words.
319. Encounters with God during worship.
320. My children, such a blessing to my heart.
It is time to share the glimpses of beauty found this week.
Words written, gratitude given, photos taken, things created — anything that reflects the beauty of God revealed in your ordinary life.
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