By: Jana Greene
The woman trying to fake happy, always busy being the nurturer.
You could use a little nurturing yourself.
Am I right?
And you – the one worrying late into the night for her adult children who seem to running from the God you made sure they were exposed to in church as youngsters.
You, the lady who feels like writing the bills requires her to channel Jesus Himself to pull a “loaves and fishes” miracle to have enough.
You, the one whose marriage has lost its luster.
Or suffering loneliness.
The woman who looks in the mirror and sees only wrinkles and fat and lost youth; the one who is saddened about the texture settling into her face as age sets in.
The one fed so many lies, by the media, societal expectations, and worse – ourselves.
What we need is a Truthspeaker, someone to cut through all the crap and speak light and light over us.
For you, battling addiction, depression, and any of a thousand issues that the devil is trying to use to keep you down.
Who do you think you ARE?
Listen to what I am going to tell you (I’m going to try to listen to myself, as well….)
You are THE Apple of your Father’s eye.
If you didn’t have a good father in the natural, I have good news for you. You can still get an accurate picture of the perfect father from some of the names of God in the Bible:
Jehovah-Jireh – “The Lord will provide a sacrifice” (Gen. 22:13)
A good father makes sacrifices for His kids.
Jehovah-Rapha – “The Lord that heals thee.” (Exo. 15:26)
A good father kisses His daughter’s boo-boos (especially the ones deep in her heart)
Jehovah-Shalom – “The Lord is our Peace.” (Jud. 6:24)
A good father provides an environment of peace and stability for His children.
Jehovah-Raah – “The Lord is my Shepherd.” (Psalm 23)
A good father watches over His daughters and protects them from harm.
And my favorite, ABBA – which means “Daddy.”
So who do you think you are? The Bible describes you and your worth as thus:
Set free from the law of sin and death.
Holy and without blame before Him in love.
Receiver of the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, enlightened.
God’s child. His workmanship. A new creation.
You are a joint heir with Christ.
More than a conqueror. An ambassador for the living God.
Part of the chosen generation.
The righteousness of God in Jesus Christ.
The temple of the Holy Spirit.
Firmly rooted, healed by His stripes.
Greatly loved by God.
And so much more.
I strongly encourage you to keep this list of attributes of your true identity in Christ somewhere in your home or work, and READ IT ALOUD often so that the devil, who is trying to keep you down, can HEAR it.
I know you’re tired, worn down from worry.
I know things just keep changing, and you can scarcely get used to “the new ‘normal'” before things change again.
I know you’re weary, but take heart.
Lean into the assurance of two things:
Who God truly is as a good, good father.
He speaks ONLY truth.
And who YOU are as the Apple of His eye.
He’s got this.
He’s got YOU.