God is truly in love with us and He wants to let us know that!
Luke 12:6 says, "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God."
God made man and said it was very good. He created us above all of His creations!
In Psalm 8: 3- 4 David says,
"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of Him, the Son of man that You care for Him?"
To put this into perspective, David sees all of God's wonders and wonders how He could still care for us.
We are so full of sin, and the depths of our hearts are so terrible, and YET God says:
"I have loved you with an everlasting love," (Jeremiah 31:3)
"I knitted you in your mothers womb" (Psalm 139:13)
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart" (Jeremiah 1:5)
"You are mine" (Isaiah 43:1).
He says, "You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." 1 Peter 2:9.
I look back and think, "was I truly resting in God's love? Was I truly believing Him when He said I was so valuable and that He accepted me?"
We all go through that, where our surroundings seems to dictate our worth in God, or question God's love for us, but praise God He doesn't let us rest in that!
In Matthew 10:29 Jesus adds "...Yet not one [of the sparrows] will fall to the ground apart from the will of Your Father."
How amazing is that? :)
In Biblical times, sparrows were seen as the LEAST of God's creatures and people sold them at the market place after killing and tying them up. In the people's eyes, they were just worthless, so to kill them in any fashion and sell for extra change was an everyday task that didn't need much thought, but in God's head, HE knew when a sparrow would go down, and how everything would pan out.
God knows when a sparrow will fall down.
How much more for us? For you, for me? How much more!
No matter how "worthless" you feel, know that you aren't, and that your value lies in God.
"Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows." (Like 12:7).
He cares so much! SO much, we have no idea!
He values us so much.
He is so mindful of us, cares for us, and every detail is His.
"I have summoned you by name. You are mine." Isaiah 43:1d
God is SO good! I've been doing this online 365-day devotional by Joyce Meyer, and it has really been speaking to me (hence the many references to her as of late!! haha!). She said: "I know God loves me, so I can love what God chooses to love. I don't love everything I do, but I accept myself because God accepts me."
If a PERFECT God, who has NO blemish CHOOSES to love us, why can't we start to see ourselves in the same light He does?
I believe that we are meant to love ourselves (obviously not in a conceited way)...
"Even when you say i'm not, He says I'm beautiful.
I didn't watch American Idol, but when I heard Candice Glover's song it was really inspiring, and it made me think of how many of us define our beauty by what we see around us or what we hear from people or the media. Curious of who she was, I watched an interview of hers. The presenter asked her who the "he" was, and she said that the audience can take it as a guy who didn't accept them as they were, or as God. I choose to see it as both, and it can also apply at times when anything sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and His truths about us. :)
In 1 Samuel 16:7, when God instructed Samuel to go anoint the next king of Israel, He tells him not to consider [the next king's] APPEARANCE or his height because the He had rejected him [who had those things]. He then says: "The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the OUTWARD appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
When we start looking to God as our foundation of beauty, nothing in this world can hinder the truths that rest in us, and when lies do start to enter our lives, we know that we have a resting place to run to, a God who is comforting, reassuring, full of truth, and never changing (Malachi 3:6a "I the Lord do not change).
No matter what they say, YOU are beautiful :)
Is a girl who fell deeply in love with Jesus,