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Monday, March 4, 2013

For Every Woman



Come, let's take a walk.
This is important.
Be sure to...
Notice the sun glimmering on the peaceful water. Feel the warm sand under your toes. Take in the beauty of the trees and the soft mist floating between the glorious hills…This is God’s handiwork.  He created every grain of sand, every drop of water, every leaf on every tree and every rock that forms each mountain.  He created the sun that so beautifully reflects off the water…all of these things are magnificent creations of God.

Now, I want you to place yourself in this picture.  It doesn’t matter how much you weigh, how old or young you are, or what your skills and accomplishments are.  It doesn’t matter one bit what kind of car you drive or the size of your home.  You are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for His purpose... To bring glory to Him.

Yes, His majestic mountains, rivers, oceans, and solar systems are incredible,  
yet none can compare with you.   
He didn’t create the mountains to commune with Him.   
He didn’t create the rivers to talk with Him. 

But you… You He created in His image.  And when you placed your trust in Him 
as your Savior and Lord, by His shed blood, you were received as
His beloved ~ His precious daughter.   
Nothing compares to you.
I know for some of you this isn’t difficult to accept and believe. But for some... Perhaps you struggle with insecurity. Perhaps growing up you never felt loved or affirmed and you’ve been searching for that all your life.  Perhaps you feel inadequate as a mom.  Perhaps you've never felt pretty enough, or accomplished enough, or good enough...

  I’d like for you to close your eyes and sit  with this truth for a minute.
Let this wash over you...

   You are far grander than the highest mountains and vast oceans.   
  You are His beloved, His precious daughter, His workmanship. 
  You are His masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus.
Receive and embrace this as God’s truth.
It changes everything...
just for you. 

"For we are God's masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus
so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago."
Ephesians 2 :10 {NLT}

Do you truly believe you're a daughter of the King?
  Or, do you struggle with feeling less than?
I'd love to hear from you.
Leave a comment!


So many of you have been leaving comments, and I just need

to tell you how much I appreciate each and every one.  

You bless and encourage me each time you drop by for a visit.
Thank you so much!
With much love, 
Mary  
Mary

Living in His grace, 

Mary


Mary

36 comments:

  1. LOVED this Mary! This really calmed me after one stressful week I had.

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    1. Ashley, I'm so glad to hear that it calmed you! Sometimes it just helps to take a deep breath and remember who we are in Christ!
      Praying for a better week!
      Love and blessings ~ Mary

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  2. Hi Mary,
    Thank you for this beautiful reminder. I do believe I'm His daughter. :)
    Visiting from Soli Deo Gloria.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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    1. Laura, I'm so glad to hear that you're secure in your 'daughter-hood'! {I think I just made that word up!}
      Thank you for coming by!
      Blessings and love to you ~ Mary

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  3. I'm so glad that I've been created in HIS likeness. Thanks for the reminder. We are works in progress!

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    1. Victory, He has fashioned you in an extraordinary way... You are His masterpiece!
      Blessings and love ~ Mary

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  4. Dear Mary
    I used to be one of those who found it difficult to believe in Pappa's love, but let me assure you that He will leave no stone unturned to show you the truth of His love. I love your description of us being created to walk with Him and commune with Him! Over via Jenn's. I am so excited about her travels in China.
    Much love XX
    Mia

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    1. Mia, I too, used to find it difficult to believe in His love. Isn't it wonderful when He shows us that we are His workmanship in Christ Jesus!
      Thank you for coming by and taking time to comment. I'm super excited for Jenn's travels and will be praying for her!
      Blessings and love to you Mia ~ Mary

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  5. Mary, the photo and the words go perfectly together. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks Jody! It's a beautiful thing to be His workmanship!
      Blessings to you ~ Mary

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  6. Thank you Mary! I have struggled all my life with feeling inadequate and less than, always seeking approval. Since realizing my place in Christ's heart as a daughter of God, I still need regular reminders of my worth in Him to keep old doubts from creeping back in.

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    1. Beckey, I too, need regular reminders that I'm His masterpiece and His beloved. His word says it and we need to believe it! We just need to keep reminding each other! :)
      Blessings to you ~ Mary

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  7. Mary,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog - I'm happy to be following you back. Your words on this post are what every women needs to hear. I know that sometimes, as a mother, I feel inadequate, like I'm not doing enough...praying for them enough...playing with them enough...putting them around other children enough....Enough is enough, right?? LOL! Thanks for the gentle reminder of God's love for us all, no matter how much we fall short.

    XOXO,
    Meredith

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    1. Meredith, I think momhood represents one of our biggest insecurities. It's such a strength and comfort to know that we are His workmanship in Christ... and that's not only enough, it's everything!
      Thanks so much for coming by and following!
      Blessings to you ~ Mary

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  8. Hi Mary, beautiful post and very encouraging. So glad you linked it up on Winsome Wednesday. God bless lovely lady
    Tracy

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    1. Thank you, Tracy! I'm glad you were encouraged. Thanks so much for hosting Winsome Wednesday. I know it's a lot of work... you're doing a great job!
      Blessings and love ~ Mary

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  9. Oh Mary ... What an encouraging word you've brought us today. None can compare. Each of us, a masterpiece, yes ...

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    1. Hi Jennifer! I think Ephesians 2:10 is so encouraging... that we are His workmanship, His masterpiece created in Christ Jesus! Now, that's something to meditate on!
      Thank you for coming by today. I appreciate the great job you do at hosting the linkup!
      Blessings and love ~ Mary

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  10. Oh how this post blessed me!! I am so glad I stopped by from Doing You Well link up!!! I just soaked in every word. Thank you!

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    1. Chris, I'm glad you were blessed. His word is so encouraging!
      Thanks so much for visiting!
      Blessings to you ~ Mary

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  11. I taught a similar lesson in my Sunday school class last month. I told the kids that God was an artist, and that our room was his gallery, because we are all his masterpieces! Love it!

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    1. Thank you for teaching Sunday school! I love that you taught the class that they are His masterpieces... very cool!
      Thanks for coming by!
      Blessings to you ~ Mary

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  12. Stopped by with Doing Well Hop. I was already a follower. Love your posts.

    http://agutandabutt.blogspot.com/

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    1. Betty, thank you for stopping by and following!
      Blessings to you ~ Mary

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  13. Thanks for stopping by the Overflow so I could "find you" here- beautiful picture, beautiful words.

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    1. Thank you Alicia! God's word is so beautiful and encouraging!
      Thanks for coming by!
      Blessings to you ~ Mary

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  14. Love this post, Mary. Thank you so much for sharing it! Our pastor is doing a series now called "You'll Be Glad You Did". The first talk he gave two weeks ago was called "Label Makers" and talked about all of the different labels we wear that are not given to us by our Creator, yet we believe them to be true. Powerful words! If you want to check it out at some point, here's the link!
    http://www.northpoint.org/messages/youll-be-glad-you-did

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! And thanks again for sharing these truths today!

    ~Heather

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    1. Hi Heather! Thanks so much for letting me know about your pastor's series. It sounds fantastic... I'll be sure to check it out!
      I'm glad you came by! Have a great weekend!
      Blessings and love ~ Mary

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    1. Thank you Ren! I'm glad you came by!

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  16. Hi Mary, Can always use a reminder that I am God's daughter and He loves me, EVERYTHING about me. Love, Karin

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    1. You're right, Karin! He does love everything about you. You are His MASTERPIECE!
      I'm so glad you came by and left a comment!
      Much love, my dear friend ~ Mary

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  17. This is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing it this week over at WholeHearted Home.

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    1. Thank you Judith! I Love having you here! Thanks for hosting WholeHearted Home... I so enjoy your site.
      Blessings to you ~ Mary

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  18. This is beautiful. I struggle in accepting the fact that God loves me. So encouraging.

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    1. Barbie, I struggle with that too. We must always remind ourselves that we are His masterpiece, His beautiful workmanship whom He loves beyond measure! Be encouraged my sweet sister...
      Blessings to you ~ Mary

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