Dear my beloved daughters,
It’s the day after National Daughter Day. What a chance this is to write you this love letter! And goodness me… how I love you both. So much so, I’m NOT going to tell you all my ways. Instead, I’m going to give you something greater than my love. Something that will last you long after I’m gone one day. Print and save. Tuck this into your Bible my sweet girls. Read it often. Better yet, you find the verses in your own Bibles. Mark them. Rewrite them if you’d like in your journals or on your mirror. Meditate on them day and night.
This is who YOU are.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalms 149:14)
You are His own special possession. (1 Peter 2:9, Deuteronomy 14:2)
You are chosen, handpicked by the God. (1 Peter 2:9, Jeremiah 1:5, Ephesians 1:3-4)
You are treasured. (Deuteronomy 7:6 14:2, 26:18)
You are irreplaceable. (1 Thessalonians 1:4)
You are loved. (1 John 4:19, 4:10, 3:16, Romans 5:8, 8:35-39)
You are worth dying for. (1 John 3:16, Romans 5:7-9)
You are forgiven. (Ephesians 1:7, 1 John 1:9, Romans 8:1, 33-39)
You are His child. (1 John 3:1, Galatians 3:26)
You are free. (Romans 6:18, Galatians 5:1)
You are precious. (Isaiah 43:4)
You are set apart. (John 15:16, 19, I Peter 2:9)
You are His workmanship. (Ephesians 2:10)
Seriously my sweets… Read over that list and take it in. Soak in it. And most of all remember….
This is who you are when you awkwardly must sit or stand alone.
This is who you are when you get that bad grade or the 100.
This is who you are when you don’t make cheerleader or the volleyball team or when you do make head cheerleader or captain of a team.
This is who you are you when you didn’t get into your first choice college or you did in a college of His choice.
This is who you are when everyone else has a date but you do not or when a stud ask you out.
This is who you are when everyone ask what you want to do with your life, your major, but you still have no clue or maybe you are crazy focused and God has shown you a path.
This is who you are when you look into the mirror and primp and then pick apart your flaws or when you take that selfie and think I look good!
This is who you are when you succeed and don’t feel worthy of the blessings.
This is who you are when life hits you with a blow and you are fighting the feelings of depression or anxiety,
This is who you are when you’ve sinned and the guilt leaves you feeling unforgivable.
The world will tell you something else. They will even be sneaky and give you half truths. Your voices in your head as you scroll and look at all your IG followers (and remember they are NOT all your friends) will also tell you something else. But, make no mistake. This here is YOU. IF you’re in Christ, this is who YOU are. This is your permanent identity. Silence everyone and everything else. This is truth. And this truth will set you free and keep you free.
When I say you were created in His image, this is it. This is your identity in Christ.
Now go change your world. Go shine bright. Like a moth to a flame, may others be drawn to HIS light in you. Not your own light, but His light.
Love you with all my guts and more importantly by all His grace,