God Wants You To . . .

. . . embrace your God-given worth!

So often we struggle with self-image. Who am I? What am I worth? At times, many of us battle low self-esteem or even self-hatred.

But is this what God wants for us? Is this dark and crushing struggle what he made us for? Why he’s sustaining our life every day?

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Embrace Your Worth-CVR1This common struggle and Scripture’s resounding answer to it compelled me to write Embrace Your Worth. If you want to dig into Scripture and explore ideas like self-worth, God’s grace, spiritual gifts, and God’s unique calling and purpose in your life, I encourage you to use Embrace Your Worth as a 30-day personal Bible study. Gather friends around you to go through the study together (and find a free discussion guide here). Or consider giving the book as a gift to women you care about – women who you want to develop a strong sense of identity, purpose, confidence, and, ultimately, their value in Christ.

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2 responses to “God Wants You To . . .

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    Suffering in he Bible

    SUFFERING

    Phil.2 : 8 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross Luke.9:23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself andtakeup his cross daily and follow me. Mark.8 : 34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his crossand follow me. Luke.9 : 23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke.14: 7 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

    1Pet.4 : 13 But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

    I Think God wants us to “be at peace” within ourselves. If God sees fit to include “Joy” and “happiness” for us; its a GREAT blessings. But even when He does not, we should accept what comes as God’s will for us at that time, accept it; offer it up and not complain.

    God Bless you,

    Patrick

    working4christ2

    1Pet.5 : 1, 9 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ as well as a partaker in the glory that is to be revealed. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world.

    Phil.1 : 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,

    2Thes.1 : 5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be made worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering

    Heb. 2: 10

    For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering.

    2Tim.4 : 5 As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. *

    • Thank you for this comment. I definitely agree with the spirit of your comment here — that God can, and very often does, call us to a life of suffering for his sake. I do think, though, that joy — in the biblical sense — is always part of God’s will for us. It depends on how we understand joy, I guess — but I’d simply say it is the happiness/contentment/goodness/peace we experience in God even despite painful circumstances. It is deeper and more steadfast than emotions. (You can find more of my thoughts on joy by looking for my posts tagged “joy” in this blog.)

      In the context of this post about embracing our worth, I believe the idea of finding our ultimate value in God is central to a Christian’s life regardless of his or her circumstances. This is critical during “happy” times and also during times of suffering. Unfortunately many of us — and I think, especially many Christian women — are tempted to seek worth in other things or other relationships. When we allow hurts or other people or cultural messages or our own misplaced expectations to define our sense of “worth,” we end up missing out on the identity — and the life — God desires us to have as we follow him.

      Thanks, again, for engaging with this post.

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