For You shaped me, inside and out. You knitted me together in my mother’s womb long before I took my first breath. I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe. You have approached even the smallest details with excellence; Your works are wonderful; I carry this knowledge deep within my soul. [Psalm 139:13-14 (VOICE)]

I am confident that the Creator, who has begun such a great work among you, will not stop in mid-design but will keep perfecting you until the day Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, returns to redeem the world. [Philippians 1:6 (VOICE)]

dscn2763webDo you ever talk to yourself in a way you’d never (or hardly ever) use with anyone else? I’ve been known to call myself horrid names (things like idiot, numbskull, clumsy, klutz, dummy, and stupid, among others) that I wouldn’t ever call others (at least not out loud). We grow impatient, get angry and demean ourselves in ways we neither would do to others nor tolerate from anyone else. In short, we are often our own worst enemy. If God can love us with all of our faults and imperfections, we ought to be able to do the same thing. He calls us to love others as we love ourselves but, if we can’t love and respect ourselves, we certainly won’t love and respect those people around us.

“Be patient, God isn’t finished with me yet!” were the words on a picture in my daughter’s childhood room. Sometimes, however, it’s easier to be patient with a child than it is with ourselves. We forget that we, too, are still mid-design; until our last day, we remain works in progress. No matter how old we are, God is never quite finished with us!

Heavenly Father, thank you for your limitless love. You know everything about us and love us anyway! Teach us, O Lord, not to expect perfection in ourselves or others. Give us realistic expectations and help us to see the difference between excellence and perfection. Help us appreciate who and what we are—your children, heirs to your Kingdom, and still works in progress. May we never forget that we are loved, forgiven and made in your beautiful image. Thank you for your hand of blessing upon our heads.

Father, out of Your honorable and glorious riches, strengthen Your people. Fill their souls with the power of Your Spirit so that through faith the Anointed One will reside in their hearts. May love be the rich soil where their lives take root. May it be the bedrock where their lives are founded so that together with all of Your people they will have the power to understand that the love of the Anointed is infinitely long, wide, high, and deep, surpassing everything anyone previously experienced. God, may Your fullness flood through their entire beings. [Ephesians 3:16-19 (VOICE)]

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