You Matter To God

Photo Credit: Stephanie, "Colorful Bokeh" Photo Content: Erika Glenn

Photo Credit: Stephanie, “Colorful Bokeh”
Photo Content: Erika Glenn

 

Everything About You Matters

Have you ever had someone give you a compliment in an area that you were insecure about?  Perhaps someone admired your beautiful smile and it made you feel beautiful because you are unhappy with your full lips.  Maybe someone complimented your skin and it made you glow from the inside out because you felt self-conscious about the mole or freckles on your face. Even better, perhaps someone adored your figure and it made you feel flawless because you’re uncomfortable with your full thighs.

When someone appreciates an area of our body or our personality that we are used to criticizing, a great wave of confidence seems to come over us.  Unfortunately, these moments of appreciation and adoration don’t come as often as we’d like, and we tend to spend more time criticizing ourselves instead of appreciating ourselves.  We spend time regretting past decisions and past relationships.  We use our days trying to prove ourselves to those who don’t notice us or appreciate us.  We allow the person who left us to make us feel undeserving. We let the money we don’t yet have, cause us to feel unimportant.  We allow the promotion that we did not receive make us feel unqualified.

In God’s eyes none of these things affects the way that He sees you and loves you. These things matter to Him, but not for the reasons that they matter to us.  Your small bank account matters to God because it allows Him to develop your character.  The scars on your body and on your face matter to God because: 1-He made you that way, and 2-it allows Him to develop your confidence and prepare you for a great blessing that is to come. Those stretch marks you loathe allow God to show you how beautiful you are to Him, from the inside out.

Everything about you matters from the size of your clothes and your home to the family you come from, the things you’ve overcome, the dreams that are in your heart, the way you see the world, the way you cry, the way you smile, the way you run and the way you giggle.

Something about you brings joy to someone else when they see you and speak to you. There’s something in you that the world needs.  Everything about you can be used by God.  Everything about you gives God a reason to continue to wake you up each day.  Everything about you gave God a reason to give His son’s life for you (John 3:16). Everything about you matters to God.

If you’re feeling down today or feeling challenged by a person, thing or a situation, remember that it matters to God just as much as it matters to you. If you’re frustrated about your weight, size or height remember that God isn’t complaining. He calls you marvelous and fearfully made. 🙂 (Psalm 139:14).

If you’re frustrated over your business that seems to be struggling, remember that you have a mind full of creative power that God loves to use–begin to pray for ideas, wisdom and creativity. (Exodus 35:30-35).

If you’re upset over a job that recently let you go, remember that God is still holding onto you.  Your life and finances matter to Him–read His promise that says “I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken or their seed begging for bread.” After you’ve read that promise add the following sentence to it “I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken or their seed begging for bread because because my life, my goals and my job matters to God.” (Psalm 37:25)

If you’re hurting over the loss of a loved one, remember that God has promised to give you peace that surpasses all understanding because your mind and your well-being matter to God. (3 John 1:2).

If you’re sad over a relationship that has come to an end, remember God’s promise to be with you when you go through the deep waters of life. Then add on “because my heart and my happiness matter to God.  He will use this experience to show me how much I matter to Him and to others.” (Isaiah 43:2).

Nothing about you or your circumstances is insignificant.  EVERYTHING about your life matters. The bad things and the good things that are happening are promised to work together for your good because you matter to God (Romans 8:28).

In everything we go through, we have to remind ourselves that we matter.  Everything we see as a flaw matters to God.  Everything we desire to change and transform matters to God.  The more we know that we matter to God, the more we will see God change and transform the matters of our lives.

Be encouraged in knowing that you matter to God.

Reflection: What am I unhappy about today?  How can I help myself find happiness in this area by reminding myself that it matters to God?

Prayer: God, today I am unhappy about____________________ (insert your answer from the Reflection). I am struggling to understand that this situation or thing matters to you.  I am struggling to understand why it would matter to you.  Today, I release what I am holding onto and in return I ask that you give me peace, confidence and assurance of why it and my life matters to you.  Today, I ask that you show me why you love me and why everything about my life matters to you. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Scripture:

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters,stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work…Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!…Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:1-9)

Happy WINSday! God bless you.

Love,

~ETE

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4 Comments
  • Roselyn
    January 29, 2014

    All the words in the post aligns, just like a completed puzzle. You hit all areas we hurt most and seek ways through. As always God has a plan and will see us through for the plans to manifest. We need to believe in faith, hope and always know he loves us unconditionally. Romans5: 1″Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us”. He is with us and with him we can be and do what he has called us do and not what our circumstance is telling us to succumb!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 30, 2014

      Amen Rozzy! Like the scripture says “we have been justified.” That alone says it all. We’ve been made to perfection and equipped with everything we need for our dreams!

  • Courtney W.
    January 30, 2014

    I love this scripture and re read it this morning. I love that not only are we encouraged to pray but we are told that by prayer we will experience the peace that can only come from knowing Jesus Christ. WOW. That is humbling. Thank you for this encouraging word Erika!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 30, 2014

      It’s so true! Some of my greatest revelations come through prayer. We think that we’re doing all of the work when we pray but the truth is that we’re really just receiving. We’re putting ourselves in a position to catch what the Holy Spirit pours out for us. There’s truly no one or thing like our God!

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