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You Are God’s Precious Daughter

dad-daugherYou are God’s precious daughter, sweet sister in Christ.

This may be difficult to believe, to embrace.

It was for me. When I was little, I didn’t know what to make of my dad.

Quiet, sullen, a rare smile.

Yet he taught me how to play chess and instilled in me a love of football. He did the best he could. Only years later did my dad get the medical help he needed. I was glad for him. Sad for us.

Did you have a close, strained, or nonexistent relationship with your earthly dad? How does your relationship with your dad affect you today?

What I Wanted

Growing up, I wanted a Brady Bunch kind of dad. Daddy-daughter dates, shared jokes, tickles, and a daily “I love you.”

I lacked a warm relationship with my flesh-and-bones dad and felt confused over the term “Father” for God.  For instance, since my dad was distant, I figured the Father was too. What is your view of God? Distant? Vengeful? Close? Trustworthy?

What I Got

My heavenly father quelled my confusion and soothed my soul. In my heart, I heard him impress: “You are my precious daughter.”

“Daughter” means family. It means I belong somewhere and to Someone. This thought warms me like a bowl of chili on a rainy day. I feel special, that I matter. What about you? Have you embraced the truth that we believers are children of God?

Find comfort in this promise.

How great is the love the Father has  lavished on us that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are!

Have you embraced your true identity as a precious daughter of our heavenly Father? If not why not? Did you grow up without a dad at home? Was your father abusive? Or an alcoholic? Did he hurt you as no dad should? If your dad wasn’t there when you needed him, if he wounded you, my heart cries for you and with you.

Your True Identity, Daughter

The good news for all daughters: Your Father in heaven adores you. You’re Daddy’s girl. The apple of his eye.

In Ephesians, the apostle Paul wrote, “He predestined us to be adopted as his [daughters] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will — to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves” (1:5,6; NIV, modification mine).

Daughter, God not only loves us but also created you with wonderful care.

 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for you are fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14,15, NIV).

Whatever your shape, color, size — you are perfect to your Father. Of course you make mistakes like everyone else. But — get this, let it seep deep in your heart – you are not a mistake. You are precious.

God’s precious daughter.

Friend, please check out the other articles in the series: Your True Identity. Simply click the ”Your True Identity” graphic in the left column and you can see all of them.

Next post: Practical Help for a Father Wound

In Christ and with hope!

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Your True Identity: Chosen!

cupcakeDid you miss the first post in the True Identity series? Read it now.

A new college freshman at a huge university, I feared . . . loneliness.

My solution: join a sorority and — ta-da — instant friends. But I had to go through rush, that dreaded week of scrutiny by the sororities. Will they love me or hate me?

Will I be chosen?

Have you desired acceptance badly too? What did you do to get it? Awesome news: God chooses you!  All who are in Christ have his acceptance.

Suicide?

During orientation, a sorority sister cautioned us hopefuls: “Please don‟t ‘suicide’ by listing only one sorority you like. If you list only one and the sorority doesn’t choose you, that’s it. You have no place to go but the dorms.”

So what did I do? I “died.”

The solitary sorority I chose didn’t choose me. Shut in my dorm room, I cried. A lot. I felt rejected and stupid, ugly and tossed out . . . like trash. Shoved into a can and rolled to the curb. Dumped in the landfill. Alone.

Do you remember a time you were not chosen or chosen last? How about a time you did make the team or get the part?

God Chose You

Praise be to God, he has chosen you. Yes, you. Let truth of your chosenness warm you from nose to toes.  No test to pass. No contest. No nothing. You can do nothing to become more chosen by God. Not more prayer. Or more bible study. Or good works. Or anything.  Listen.

God chose you, sweet sister in Christ, before the creation of the world. Think on this and let it transform your thinking.

Before you took your first baby step, before you were conceived, before God fashioned the heavens and the earth, he chose you.

He chose you for a purpose: to be holy and blameless in his sight. If you’re like me, you may think, “Me? Holy and blameless?” Yes! Holiness is fundamental to God’s character.

You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16, NIV

How do you become holy? The Holy Spirit empowers you to want to please God. More and more, the fruit of the Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control — adorns you.

Forever Chosen

The moment you believed on Jesus as your Savior, your old self died. You became a new creation. You are in Christ and Christ is in you.

This “in” means you have a place as a member of Christ‟s body, vitally united with him. The death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus — yes, the heart of the gospel — made possible your true identity. God now sees you as blameless because his Son is blameless, having paid the ultimate price to conquer sin and death.

Being “in Christ” is the true you.

This is why God chose you. Does knowing you are chosen change the way you think and feel about yourself? about God?

Embrace your true identity: chosen.

Are you having trouble accepting this beautiful truth about your true identity in Christ? Then please poke around my website for more biblical hope and practical help. Here’s a place to start. 

Watch for my next post of practical help. It helps you embrace the truth that you are chosen by God.

In Jesus’ HOPE!

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