It has been said that the value of something is determined by how much someone is willing to pay for it. Well if that’s the case then you and I are invaluable, we are priceless beyond measure because we were paid for with the life, death and resurrection of Christ! The ability to grasp that statement has the potential to change your life. Knowing and believing in your value will change how you look at yourself.
I went to a party once where I knew literally every single person there, right down to the chef and servers. I knew everyone, that is, except the couple sitting at my and my husband’s table. At first I was nervous about it, but I decided that “You know what, I’m gonna make a friend tonight!” I know what you’re thinking, “Easier said than done!” I know that I am most definitely a people person. In fact some of my favorite conversations start with the words “Dear random stranger…”
Have you ever wanted to go back in time and talk to your younger self? I certainly have! Unfortunately Forever 21 is just a store in the mall. Sadly, we can’t actually go back to the ages of 17, 21, or even 30 to advise the younger version of ourselves. We don’t have the option to utilize the wisdom that comes from years of experience to steer “them” clear of bad decisions or spur “them” on to good ones. But there is something we can do. We can use that wisdom that we have grown in over time to have those conversations with others.
Daddies little girl… The culture of our society today is that many women have never had that title. I, myself, was raised by a single mom until the age of twelve. So I understand if the image of a little girl dancing on her daddy’s feet has a little bit of a sting to it. But that’s ok and I’ll tell you why; regardless of our relationship with our natural fathers, whether amazing or not so amazing, we have a Father in God who is extraordinary and marvelous beyond any hope or expectation. It is our relationship with Him that I would like to focus on.
“All the single ladies! All the single ladies! Now put your hands up!” Did you read that with your Beyoncé voice? I hope so because I wrote it in my Beyoncé voice! And if that’s you, a single lady who put her hand up, I want you to know that with God you can be an UNSTOPPABLE single! You can be a single woman leading a life full of purpose and joy!
My friends are amazing! All of my girlfriends, through the course of my life have played a role in helping me to become the woman I am today. The truth is, all of our relationships change us, the question is are our relationships with our girlfriends changing us, and likewise are we changing our girlfriends, for the good? Are we challenging them and encouraging them to grow in their walk with the Lord? Are we helping them to see themselves the way the Lord sees them? Are we speaking the truth, in love, to them even when a conversation full of truth isn’t the most comfortable?
I think we can all agree that we love to serve in the house of God. It is often how we find our passion. It is where we develop relationships of partnership and purpose. The house of God is HOME! And just like at home we have a part to play; something to contribute. While growing up, we would have chores; wash the dishes, take out the garbage, etc. Nothing overly lovable about those things, nothing on the “chore chart” to be passionate about, but serving in the house of God is totally different.
I am currently parenting a teenager (pray for me). I have 16 years of parenting behind me and can I just tell you that I am FAR from an expert. However there are a few things that I have learned along the way. To be an UNSTOPPABLE Mom, we must follow the lead and example set by the ultimate parent, Father God. Who knows us, and our children better than the one who created us? Umm, no one! That’s who. So to understand how to best parent our children, let’s look at how God, our Father, has always parented us.
To be UNSTOPPABLE at anything we must first start with love. I know what you’re thinking: “Duh! Of course I love my husband.” Well me too! I absolutely adore my spouse. I think he is aahhh-maz-ing! But I don’t just love the man that he is to me and for me. More than anything I love the man that he is, to and for Jesus. He is God’s workmanship, he is God’s son, he is God’s gift to me. A gift I am meant to help, encourage, and love. Out of my love for God and his son, whom I call husband, I want to be the best wife I can be. I do this in a myriad of ways, but I want to focus on 2 ways.