Our culture loves to define people by their shortcomings and flaws.
If you struggle in school, you’re stupid.
If you’re not as good looking as the people on magazines, you’re ugly.
If you’re not bone skinny, you’re fat.
If you’re not wealthy, you’re broke.
If you’re not perfect, you’re a mistake.
I hate that I have to raise my daughter in a society that cares more about people’s appearance and status than their heart.
I hate that I’ve been guilty of perpetuating the very standard by which my own daughter will one day be measured by as people judge her worth.
I’m thankful that God is not like us.
The way I see my daughter is the way God sees you.
I could never see her as anything less than beautiful. I could never stop loving her no matter what she does. God sees you that way.
You were fearfully and wonderfully made and God loves you even when others don’t.
You might be struggling with your shortcomings, your inabilities, and your appearance.
I hope you start to see yourself how God sees you and I hope you learn to die to the opinions of shallow people in a cheap society.
You were made in God’s image. Nothing can change that. Walk in your worth.
By Clayton Jennings
Every verse in Psalm 139 is such a testimony to the love and intimately personal knowledge and care of our Lord for us. I couldn’t leave just a verse or two out there so here is the whole chapter.
Psalm 139 New International Version (NIV)
1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
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Just passed you on I-10. Looked up your blog. We too sold everything we had and went travelling; however, we went sailing back in November 2012. Great to see others living their dreams.
We have actually mixed into a small house we built. We now rent out our motorhome. The folks AWE DELIVered her to this morning are headed to Arlington, TX.i alw love learning about others like you all how have gone down the selling everything to full time path like we did. Its been the best 5 years of our lives!