Hey, Self Talk

Okay, self talk. We do it all day long — mostly unconsciously — whether we’re looking in the mirror, considering job performance, school grades or even looking at our kid’s behavior. What percentage would you consider positive versus negative?

You are loved. You are cherished. You are beautiful. Not when you lose 10 pounds, not when you get that promotion, not when you have a boyfriend/husband, not when you have kids, and certainly not when you perform well enough to get the perfect grades or accolades at school or work. BUT right NOW. Right now, in the body you have, in the messy house with dishes & laundry, in the workplace that may be mundane, the school that seems unending and difficult, in the relationships you have now; in that my sweet friend you are gorgeous, adored, bright and ever so beautiful.

Don’t get me wrong, I want good grades, a great body, to live healthy and have the picture perfect home but life is a journey. Every day a progression, not perfection. And the self hate I see around me and even in myself is devastating. Why would anyone {including me} want to live life hating on one’s self — whether publicly or silently in our very own mind?

There is nothing, absolutely nothing that can change the love the Lord has for you. Unbelievable, right? Not possible?

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

Maybe God missed that I’m not perfect? He can’t know what I’ve done?

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, AND all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ.” Romans 3:23-24

I encourage you, as I will be doing, speak truth into your life. Whether it be a sticky note on the mirror, a tangible reminder, phone alarm or accountability with a trusted friend — speak highly of yourself for you are highly valued, just as you are. Not in the next accomplishment but right in this very moment.

God has given you everything you need. So as we strive for better, always better — love yourself in the process, speak it out loud when you look in the mirror, are overlooked at work or when you get that next grade back. You are chosen, loved, cherished & desired. Not when you improve but right in this very moment.

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

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Being Sure of His Promise

I’ve never been abandoned or absolutely needed something I could not get/have. Yeah, this morning on the way to work the temp gauge drifted to the “too hot” range. But never has it overheated while we are a one car family. Many would say coincidence but I know for certain the truth of God’s word. His divine plan and intervention is so evident in our life. The pharmacist changes my medicine and it negatively impacts me but I am able to get a new prescription and return the old? God. My husband and I share a ’96 Saturn and it works? God. D and I have friends and loved ones who share this beautiful journey of grace with us. And that I know is the sovereignty of God.

I think I have control and I begin to worry. When I know we need two cars in exactly 8 days and I don’t see how it’s possible? I remember I serve a God whom I cannot exaggerate. I remember I am the daughter of the King who gave His own Son to save me. What good thing will He withhold from me?

 

My daily prayer right now is…

Lord help my unbelief. Mark 9:24

I hope in your word! Psalm 119:114

The Lord is my portion; I will hope in Him. Lamentations 3:24

 

And I hold His promises closely…

I will strengthen you, I will help you. Isaiah 41:10

I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Isaiah 43:1

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. Isaiah 43:2

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:25

 

I am learning the beauty of God whom I call Abba, Father and whom I also call Lord, Master. When I approach His throne reminding myself He is both. Thankful that I am not Him but am a small vessel to be used, a small child to be loved. How beautiful

Sufficiency

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

1 Timothy 6:6-8

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We’re emerging out of the season of giving thanks and extreme shopping. How has the world so twistedly convinced us to believe we need so much. They do a very good job. They have enticed, tempted and swayed me. I need new clothes, I need more décor I NEED. What do I need?

But there is a sale! I am saving money. Oh how I have turned things and justified purchases I thought I needed. Oh how much time and money I have wasted perusing sites as for the convenience of online.

My husband only wants me to be happy and I think he has a small, tiny hope that maybe that next purchase will do the trick. But he and I both know, deep down. It will give me short or maybe even slightly long, temporary happiness.

How long will I play this game? I know how it ends. I may even know how to win but I still choose to search the temporary, the wasting away, the “already old when it gets to me”.

What is enough? When is it enough? When will I be satisfied?

suf·fi·cien·cy   noun   – to meet one’s needs.

God is our sufficiency. He is our everlasting  joy. He is the what, who and when of our every minute of satisfaction. He alone is sufficient.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8

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 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Corinthians 11:9

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Please don’t be mistaken. This message is for me. It has been coming for 22 years now. Well 2,000 years. I struggle to stop the wants and to close my eyes to what the world preaches. What I have previously preached. I want Him to be enough. I need Him to be enough.

I am learning this season, and the seasons to follow, I want to, I need to shift my “needs”. There is only one that stands forever. There is only one who satisfies. I want my eyes to be solely there. Solely on the cross. As we celebrate Jesus’ coming, His birth, I can celebrate and experience pure joy because he came to satisfy. He came to quench the thirst that wouldn’t go away. A far greater power than a new shirt, a new house or a new job.

How badly I want to experience the now. I can do that through the one who satisfies. Thank you, Lord, that you alone are enough. Thank you for meeting us where we are. Meeting our needs.

Merry Christmas. Happy birthday to the gift that brought us life, joy, the gift that meets our every need.

Daughter of the King

Luke 18:41 Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied.

My name is Jacquelyn, I am a daughter of the King, a woman seeking Christ with the cry of my heart: Lord I want to see. I hope to share the Lord’s unconditional, unfailing love with others through my blog. I am currently engaged to the love of my life and we are preparing for the start of a new chapter for our lives together in Christ. I am finishing my final semester of my Bachelors of Science and will be starting a physical therapy school shortly after. I enjoy running, cooking, baking, traveling and trying new things. My Love favors the outdoors, as do I and we spend much of our time together enjoying God’s beauty through His creation. I come from a big family, having four sisters and one brother. We have gone from a family of eight to a family of ten with my older sister marrying and the addition of my fiancé. Together we are one big crazy family, and I would not have it any other way. Each day I count limitless blessings, gifts, God has given me and I am incredibly thankful and am filled with joy. I hope to share that thankful spirit and share the joy with you!

Ephesians 5:20 Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.