You Are Priceless

Have you ever heard someone say ‘God knows the number of hairs on your head.’? If you’re fairly new in your relationship with the Lord you might not have heard that yet. But I can remember when I was growing up I always thought that was an odd thing to say. Like who really cares how many hairs are on my head? Well as I’ve gotten older I realize that the number of hairs on our head can change rather rapidly on any given day. It’s just one of many things we might find concerning to us from day to day.

Luke 12:6-7 reads, “Five sparrows are sold for just two pennies, but God doesn’t forget even one of them. Even the hairs on your head are counted. So don’t be afraid! You are worth much more than many sparrows.” In the time that the Gospel of Luke was written when someone purchased five sparrows that fifth little bird was free because one sparrow had no value. But even that sparrow that we might say had no value – was valuable to God. He watches over and cares for every little thing. And that includes everything about you and I as well.

If God cares about the little things, imagine how He responds to the big things. We can be sure that God is keeping track of all of it. For even the hairs on our head are counted. So don’t be afraid! That’s what He said. Do. not. fear! For you are worth much more than many sparrows.

What does God say about you? You are priceless.

You Are Protected

When I was a kid I remember walking in a crowded parking lot of the shopping center with my mom. She would want me to walk closest to the parked cars in the lot. She would position herself between me and any vehicles driving through the lane as we were walking. When I became a parent and my kids got old enough to walk alongside me, whether it was a parking lot, or on a sidewalk, it was just a natural thing for me to put myself between my child and any oncoming traffic. You’ve probably done the same.

So it is with our Heavenly Father. God gives us a place to know we are safe when there is danger present. And He goes even farther in helping us to know His comfort. See if you can just envision what Psalm 32:7 reveals to us. “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” What a beautiful picture of His peace surrounding us when there is trouble nearby. He surrounds us with songs of deliverance! How many times have you and I heard the right song at just the right time?! What if that is the Lord singing a song of deliverance over you at just the moment you need it most?!!

What does God say about you? You are protected.

You Are Equipped

I have had this recurring dream over the years. I walk out onto an empty stage with a spotlight on me and a room full of people and I can’t remember anything that I’m supposed to say. Not. one. word. Talk about stage fright! The first time I remember it happening I was preparing for a fifteen minute monologue that I was going to be acting out on stage at a dinner theatre. It was so far out of my comfort zone that no matter how much I prepared for that moment I was battling the fear that I would walk out on that stage and forget every word of it!

Even though I spent hours memorizing and preparing for that presentation I still remember the nightmare and that fear of being unprepared. The fear was real to me but the reality was I had invested the time and I was prepared for that moment. I had to choose faith over fear to accomplish the task I was called to do.

So it is in living our lives for God. Each of us are called by God to do good things to fulfill His plan for us. How do we prepare? How can we be ready when an opportunity presents itself? And make no mistake. There will be many opportunities every day to do good things! 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us the answer. Spend time soaking up God’s Word! “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

No matter what your stage looks like…a kitchen, a classroom, an office, a construction site or a boardroom…you are not alone. If you’ll take the time to hear what God wants to say to you through His Word, you will find that you are more prepared than you thought possible. Choose faith over fear today.

What does God say about you? You are equipped.

You Are Safe

What does ‘safe’ mean to you? The more I’ve thought about what it means to feel ‘safe’, I’m realizing that there is an action that must occur first. We must trust. Trust in something or someone must occur in order for us to feel safe.

How do we know that we can eat or drink the foods and beverages we have in our pantry and refrigerator without getting sick? We read the label and have a level of trust that the contents inside are exactly what the label tells us. We read the safety features on a new vehicle, a bicycle, or a stroller for our newborn…and we trust that the manufacturer has presented all the safety features and cautions that we need to consider before purchasing.

How do we know that we are safe in God’s care? We read His Word. It’s got all the ingredients of our life listed, along with all the many safety features, and comes loaded with cautions to direct us and help keep us safe on our journey. The question is what level of trust do we put in our Savior? His promises are trustworthy and we can be sure that if God said it…we can believe it! We can trust Him.

There are so many promises in God’s Word about being safe in Him. Proverbs 18:10 is one of my favorites. “The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and are safe.”

What does God say about you? You are safe!

You Are His

There’s nothing wrong with being independent. We should know how to take care of ourselves. It’s what our parents teach us and what we, in turn, teach our children if we have them. But there is something in our spiritual DNA that leaves us searching if we don’t find the connection we were created to make and preserve with our Creator.

In our search to connect we might make choices that lead us in the wrong direction, but if we will choose to seek God we will find Him. He longs for us to seek Him with all of our heart. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is an amazing word picture. Imagine this verse from Genesis 3:8 about Adam and Eve in the garden. “When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden.” Of course, that was right after they had disobeyed God’s instruction and everything for them, as well as for all of humanity, was about to change forever. But imagine that was a daily routine that they would connect with God…every day, in the cool evening breezes, maybe with a glass of sweet tea on their front porch.

Things changed that day and the entire Bible is filled with the stories of men and women on their search back to find connection with their Creator. When Jesus came to earth, He restored our relationship with God. We can walk with God in the cool of the evening, or as the sun is rising, while we’re driving to work, over our lunch break, wherever we are willing to make a space for Him. God is with us, always.

Through Christ, God redeemed us, each one, and we don’t need to live in fear of anything. Jesus restored our connection with God! Isaiah 43:1 tells us God’s word through the prophet Isaiah: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.”

What does God say about you? You are His.

You Are A Citizen Of Heaven

My first passport arrived and I was so excited! Other than the inside front page, which had my photo ID along with who I was and my citizenship details, the book was empty. But as I leafed through the book, blank page after blank page, I could just envision the possibilities. All of the countries I could visit and the endless stories I would tell!

As I have traveled to different countries, each country with its own unique stamp, has turned a page and stamped my passport giving me permission to access its border, connect with its people and experience its own unique flavor and character. The customs stamp declares to anyone who asks that I am approved to visit but my cover page shouts in bold print that I do not belong there.

While I have enjoyed my visits to other countries there is nothing like coming home. And there is nothing like handing my passport to an officer at customs when entering my home country and proudly showing that I am a citizen of the United States of America. I belong here.

But even ‘here’ is temporary. As a believer this world is just a temporary stay. We have access to its sights, its people and experiences day after day, after month, after year. But our real home is heaven. Philippians 3:20 is clear. “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Our passport may be filled with colorful experiences and connections from all of our travels here in this life…but if you could see the seal of the Holy Spirit on our hearts it would clearly spell out where we truly belong.

What does God say about you? You are a Citizen of Heaven.

You Are Handpicked

I love picking out fruits and vegetables in the grocery store. I avoid the bags and containers of produce. Because, you know that while some of them may be just right, there will undoubtedly be a few rotten ones in the bunch. Hand selecting produce ensures that we should get the very best of the best. So we pick them up for inspection. Do they look good? Do they feel right? No bruises. No soft spots. We might take ‘seconds’ in canned goods but seconds in fresh produce is just not acceptable.

Get this! The Bible says that we are handpicked…by the Master Gardener, Himself! John 15:6, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in My name the Father will give you.” What a promise! We are chosen by God to bear fruit. And not fruit that goes rotten but fruit that will last. Chosen, appointed by God, fruit-bearers. That’s an amazing thought! The next time you are feeling overlooked or unseen. Remember what John 15:6 tells us.

What does God say about you? You are handpicked.

You Are Healed

I had a Sunday School teacher who used to say, “instead of saying, ‘I think I’m catching a cold!’, start saying, ‘I think I’m catching a healing!'” It IS a mindset, you know. We could go either way in our believing. Is it because we condition ourselves to expect the worst? Maybe to avoid discouragement perhaps?

The truth is Christ finished the work of our healing on the cross. 1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed”. Some Bible translations read, “you were healed.” Our greatest need of healing is for our soul. Christ’s death and resurrection made that possible if we will only acknowledge and receive it.

Every other healing that we would need in this life was purchased by His stripes (wounds). The prophet Isaiah, told us in the Old Testament, ‘by His wounds we are healed’. Notice Peter quotes Isaiah but makes one change in the statement. He said, ‘by His wounds we have been healed.’ Our healing has already happened…we’re just not yet walking fully in it!

Sometimes our healing is delayed. We don’t always understand His ways. If there is a delay we can be sure it is not without purpose. God never wastes a moment of our pain or suffering. He will redeem it. Ultimately, you and I will be completely healed…made whole…because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Healing may come for us today, in an instant, or most certainly when we receive our ultimate healing from this life to eternity.

What does God say about you? You are healed.

You Are God’s Masterpiece

Decades later whenever I hear the word masterpiece I still think of the sweet, tender song that Christian artist Sandi Patti recorded in 1989 for her first born child, Ana. It may have even been sung over you at your baby dedication if you were born in the 90’s. My favorite lyric in the song, “He breathed in you a song and to make it all complete, He brought the masterpiece into the world. You are a masterpiece, a new creation He has formed.”

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” That verse is Ephesians 2:10. There are so many wonderful things packed into that little verse. You were never unplanned. God not only planned your creation, He formed every single part of you. He also planned so many good things for you to accomplish long before anyone even knew you were a possibility! You have a Kingdom purpose! And, accepting His Son, Christ Jesus, as our Savior makes us a new creation.

We could use that Bible verse in our prayer today. “Thank You, God, that I am Your masterpiece. That You created me and You have a master plan for my life. Don’t let me miss a single thing that You have planned for me to do! And all the glory goes to You, Lord. Amen.”

What does God say about you? You are God’s Masterpiece.

You Are Treasured

Without me knowing it, my husband, Ken, had gotten an old, worn travel trunk, that once belonged to my great grandmother, from my parents basement and had it restored to give to me that Christmas. The one who restored it also included before and after photo’s along with a history of the type of trunk it was; a ladies trunk, because it had compartments inside that were for a parasol, a hat and undergarments. Because of the embossed tin on the exterior it is thought to have been used as far back as the late 1800’s.

Seeing it on Christmas morning brought me to tears. I loved that Ken had pulled off such a wonderfully thoughtful surprise gift and that I had a beautifully restored family heirloom to cherish. And I have treasured that trunk over the years. Not only have I always given it a place of prominence in my home but I have used it to store cherished keepsakes inside as well.

Deuteronomy 14:2 tells us, “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be His treasured possession.” He has chosen you and I. Weary travelers. Worn from the journey and maybe even considered worthless by some of the world’s standards. But not by God’s. We are His. He chose you and I to be His own. So valuable to Him that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to live and die and be raised again to life, that we could be restored in our relationship with Him. That’s the best restoration story ever!

What does God say about you? You are treasured.