Hey ladies, my valuable, worthy ladies who love God and put yourself out there every day for others. Yes, I mean you.
I have something to tell you, something you NEED to hear. I’ve gotten so many letters, texts, Facebook messages, phone calls, and frustrated, “I need to talk to you,” face to face encounters that I have to address this. Urgh.
There is something you may not know and I’m going to tell you right now.
So listen up.
You are valuable.
You are loved.
You are who you are because God made you that way. That makes you special… special to God… special to me.
Yes, I mean you.
I see you day to day putting yourself aside and working for others, dropping by a vase of flowers for a sick older lady, changing diapers in the church nursery, going out to work to help support the family, caring your grandchildren, sacrificing for your children, washing dishes after a fellowship in your church, raising an adopted child by yourself, taking your kids to sports practice, blogging tutorials for strangers on how to save a dime, tutoring the student who just doesn’t get it, caring for a sick husband, encouraging others to keep going…
You do so much for others that I couldn’t possibly list it all. And yet, you are discouraged, feeling unloved and disrespected.
To quote a phrase in the Bible, because it is so simple yet profound, “These things ought not so to be.”
It makes me angry (yes, I can be angry and sin not) to see the women around me live discouraged, defeated lives because of how they are regarded by those around them.
It ends now.
Every woman who belongs to Christ (if you’re not sure, go here) must claim their position in Him, realize their value, and act like it!
No more questioning. No more letting people walk all over you. No more wondering if you can be used.
You are not alone.
When you met Christ, you not only were forgiven, but you became brand new. You became His child, valuable and complete.
Did you hear that? You are complete in Him. He VALUED you enough to hang on that cross – FOR YOU.
So how is it that we wonder if we are enough? How is it that we question our value?
Right now you are going to realize you are valuable, complete in Him and to be regarded as such. No more are you going to accept the notion that you are not as good or capable or usable as that woman you think is better than you (or that woman that thinks she is better than you and lets you know it).
If someone tries to make you feel small, you just stand tall and tell yourself, “I am a daughter of the Most High God, I am valued, I am complete in Him.” Notice I said, “tries.” No one can put you in your place but God, and if you belong to Him, you are already placed in His hand and He is in your heart.
Repeat after me, “I got this.”
I don’t mean, “I got this,” as in “I’m perfect,” I mean, “I got this, I’m complete, I’m valued by God, I don’t need your approval, I don’t need you to put me in my place. I’m good where I’m at, in my God’s hand, loved and valued.”
Stop comparing yourself to other women. Stop trying to compete. Just be whom God made you. Accept who you are. Realize your value. Stand up and say, “I got this.”
Being submissive doesn’t mean we are a little mouse that walks around afraid to speak. If you’re not sure this is true, go read in the Scriptures about how all the women that served God were strong, confident women with purpose.
Being a good woman doesn’t mean you stand by while others smack you around with their words or actions. Others will not respect you if you don’t respect yourself. Stand up and say, “I got this.”
One friend recently said, “I’ve decided I will just stay in my room when they are home.”
You are not going to hide. You are not going to step aside and let them devalue you, take advantage of your insecurities or let them make you feel unloved. You are the daughter of a king. You step up and say,
“I got this.”
You are going to claim your position in Christ, say to yourself, “I belong to the King,” and take your place as a valued child. You are going to set your boundaries and claim your spot. It is your home. They are visitors. They will respect and cherish you or they will go.
I have a family of 5 living in our home and my 87 year old mother. None of them treat me like I am worthless. None of them push me around. None of them disrespect me. In fact, it is just the opposite. I have loved every moment my daughter’s family has been in our home for the past 5 months. I have gained much by having my mother in our home. We help each other, we laugh, we enjoy, we respect each other. When they move out in the next few days I will feel a loss. When my mother goes home to glory, I will feel a void.
If this is not the case with those around you, then you need to reevaluate your relationships, disconnect from those who do not value you and find some who do. Pray for a girlfriend who will uplift you and support you. Find someone who can encourage you and walk with you. Set your boundaries with everyone in your life and make it clear you know whom you, to whom you belong are and who you are not. And then tell yourself, “I got this.”
You are a daughter of the King.
You are valuable.
You are loved.
You are who you are because God made you that way.
That makes you special… special to God… special to me.
And yes, I mean you.
Blessings to you,
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