Wow. I have just had some wonderful encouragement from my Quiet Time with the Lord. I started off with reading Psalm 78. If you've never read this chapter, I encourage you to do so. It starts off with these thoughts: "Showing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord and his strength and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded to our fathers that they should make them known to their children: That they might set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments." It then goes into all the blessings that the Lord bestowed upon the children of Israel and how gracious and long suffering He was to them. It continues with, "but their heart was not right with him, neither were they steadfast in his covenant. But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away and cometh not again. " In the end, we know that many of the Israelites were destroyed ultimately and that many were not allowed to enter the promised land. There is ultimately an end to the Lord's patience. He knows we are weak in and of ourselves, but He wants us to show our children his praise and His strength and his wonderful works that he has done! He wants us to dwell upon Him and His great compassion. What a beautiful and thought provoking chapter of God this was.
Moving on, I next read a chapter from "A Woman of Worth" by Tamyra Horst. This book never ceases to be a blessing and encouragement to me. It tells me how much I am worth to the Almighty. I get to feeling pretty insignificant and unworthy, and like I can never do anything "good enough." When I read this book, it brings it all back in to perspective. Satan is constantly trying to fill our minds with negativity and self-doubt. He wants to bring us out of our connection with Jesus and down to a lower level of pessimism and gloom. This is an ongoing battle for me-listening to the devil's lies of-not being good enough, not doing enough, not being enough. In reality, Jesus says "I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn you" Jeremiah 31:3
I have called you by My name, you are Mine... you were precious My sight you have been honored, and I love you. Isa. 43: 1,4. The Bible says that God delights in us and He created us just for Him!He has chosen us and made us His special treasure. His word is full of reminders of His love for us. But often times, we don't listen to His word! How SAD! We have no reason to be ashamed of who we are. We need to see our reflection in the light of God's word and believe-really believe. The place to start is by filling our minds with God's Word's. Place promises around the house where you can see them and can often be reminded of His great love for you.
We are all different, and we all fill a different place in this world. I don't have to be a great world traveling singer, or a famous blogger or a top-chef. I can be just who I am. A daughter of God. A wife. a Mother. I love it.
What about you? Do you ever struggle with who you are and what you do? I hope this brings you a little bit of encouragement. We all struggle to keep our eyes fixed on Heaven, but perhaps by sharing, we can see that many of us struggle in the same areas and we're in a journey, but by training our thoughts to turn upward instead of inward, I think we'll be on to something. :)
Have a blessed weekend y'all! (and I hope this made a little bit of sense!)