encouragement

pretty, pretty princess

Hello pretty, pretty princess. Yes, you. You, the one reading this. You’re a pretty, pretty princess. Pretty, pretty… as in REALLY pretty. Princess… as in your Father is the King of kings. So, hello pretty, pretty princess. I have a question for you. Do you feel like a pretty, pretty princess? When you look in a mirror, are you pleased? Do you feel like you deserve every good thing like a princess does? If you don’t, I have a little something to tell you…

“In the beginning God” Do you recognize that phrase? It comes from Genesis 1:1. In the beginning, there was God. Only God. In fact, there wasn’t even darkness, because He made that on day one. But we’re talking about before day one. Before time was created. Before there was even a dark, black sky, there was God. He was there. Just Him. Only Him. So, in the beginning, God. Well, He created… everything. The light, the dark, the water, the land, the sun and moon and stars, the fish and birds, the animals, and man. He created it all. He spoke everything into existence except. Bet you weren’t expecting that word. He spoke everything into existence except. “Let there be ___. And it was so. And God saw that it was good.” That’s what happened on days one through five. On day six, He started with the animals, did the whole, “Let there be ___. And it was so. And God saw that it was good.” But then. Then comes the except. “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’” (v. 26) He said let “us”, as in the three-in-one. Not just the Father, not just the Son, not just the Holy Spirit. Let US. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (v. 27) Verse 31 tells us that God saw it was very good. VERY good. Not just good. So basically, we’re exceptional. In Genesis 2:7, we read that “God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” You see, God spent so much more time on man. Plus, He made us to have dominion over the rest of the earth. He made us to be fruitful and multiple. Obviously, He has big plans for us. And not just us as a whole, but us as individuals. As in you. As in “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7. You are precious. You are sought-after.

We see from the very beginning how loved we are. But then of course, as humans have it, we messed it up. We separated ourselves from God and were cast out of His safe place for us. And what does God do? Does he say, “oh well, I tried” and go home? Does He get angry and throw it all away? No. As the Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15:11-32) tells us, God waited for us. In fact, He even went a step further, and paved a way for us to be with Him again. Say whaaaaattttttt. How did He do that? He sent His ONLY Son, born of a virgin, to earth, to never sin for His 30 years of human-life, to spread the Gospel, to perform miracles, to change minds, to be put on a cross with a crown thorns on His head, to be buried in a tomb, to raise from the dead on the third day, to defeat hell, and to save us. Wow. That. Is. Love. Not the love we know from our mothers, not the love we aspire to have from our spouses, not the love of this world. This world, taints things. Even the most perfect, pure love from someone cannot compare to the love of our Savior. His love for us is unconditional, unfailing, never-ending, always present, and so super duper strong. Nothing we can do will make Him stop loving us. We can never be so bad, so far gone, so helpless, so ugly that He will not still reach out for us. He gave us life. And when we threw it all away to become more like Him, He STILL pursued us. He gave us a second chance. Every day He opens His arms and says, “come child.” Never does He stop thinking about you, stop loving you, stop pursuing you. His love is THE love. It’s an epic love story. The one all of us are in.

You see, God knows that you’re worth it. He knows what you need. He tests us because He loves us. He never gives us more than we can handle, He always provides a way out, and He always offers His wings for us to have shelter. (1 Corinthians 10:13 and Psalm 91:4) He knows your worth. 1 Peter 3:3-4 tells us that beauty should not come from appearance, but from a gentle and quiet spirit. 2 Corinthians 4:16 basically tells us to not worry when we get old and wrinkled because even though our bodies get old, our spirit is renewed daily. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that God created us to do good things, which He’s already planned. Psalm 139:14 tells us to praise God because we are fearfully and wonderfully made. It goes on to say, “your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” I really like that. You see, we know that we were made by God. So, we fall under the “works”. We are wonderful. You are wonderful. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God made everything beautiful in its time. Well, there it is again. You were made by Him. You are beautiful. Oh, pretty, pretty princess. Do you see how magnificent you are?

If you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see, read what God has to say about you. Thing is, there’s a secret to having true beauty. And it doesn’t include some elaborate skin-care routine or specific diet. It focuses on your inner beauty. When you truly realize your worth and your importance, something crazy happens. And you don’t worry about that mole on your chin or the way your hips are. You become more focused on your character. And when you do that, and look in a mirror, you smile. Not necessarily because you’re happy with the way you look, but because you’re proud of the person you are and you see that person shining out. If you don’t feel like you deserve everything good. If you think you’re too broken or too pitiful or too anything… remember what Christ did for you. Remember that you are more precious than the sparrows and if even the birds have a place to sleep, do you not think that God will WANT to take care of you? (Matthew 6:26) Think about how many times the waves crash on the beach, because even more times does God call your name, waiting for you to answer. He wants you. He loves you. He knows your worth. Not only does it hurt His heart, but it hurts mine when you don’t realize how beautiful and worthy you are. You are as humanly perfect as you can be just the way you are. Look at yourself through His lens, not the world’s. See your true beauty and learn to love that person. I love you. I want you to love you too.

11/27/2018

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