A lot has changed since I have become a mom. Even if I tried, I don’t think I could possibly list all the things that have changed in my life. I am not the same person I was before I had the girls. Most of you who have been following my journey know that most of what I talk about these days are my girls. They have taught me so much about who I am, who I want to become, where I need to change, and where I need to be better. They have taught me how to love deeper, forgive sooner and that no matter what happens in a matter of 24 hours, there is no such thing as a bad day. These days they are carrying on full conversations with each other and to anyone who will listen. I don’t know everything they are trying to say, but coupled with their blabber is a lot of hand motions, facial expressions and finger pointing that help get their point across. They are so much fun! They love to sing and dance, especially to worship music. They lift their hands, sing and even close their eyes. Those moments are truly priceless. Seeing them worship their creator melts my heart, I could only imagine what it does to Jesus, the one who created them. I love seeing them grow up right before my eyes and I feel I am the most blessed person on this earth to be their mommy. I stare at them all the time and get lost in many moments. They brighten up my every day. Kennedi and Brooklyn have added to my life what no other person or thing has ever been able to do. I take advantage of every moment, every diaper change, every single second I have to stop what I am doing to hold them, love on them or give them my undivided attention.
Last week as I was doing what every mommy finds herself doing most days: straightening up the family room, putting away the toys, searching for the remote that was buried in the toys bin, taking out meat from the freezer, (while crossing my fingers hoping that it will thaw out in time to prepare dinner) pouring Drano down the bathtub because our apartment has horrible plumbing, and cleaning up the kitchen all before the girls wake up from their nap I was stopped dead in my tracks. I had a moment, yes a BLOG moment. I felt as though the Lord reminded me of something I can often lose sight of. He said, “you are valuable. Your value is found in what I have done for you, not given to you by anything you can ever do or accomplish.”
Last week I had the amazing opportunity to speak to a group of world changers. It was a great experience and I was so honored to have been asked to share with them about God’s faithfulness. As I was walking back to my car and thanking God for a great morning I had another moment, yes a BLOG moment. I felt as though the Lord reminded me once again. He said, “you are valuable. Your value is found in what I have done for you, not given to you by anything you can ever do or accomplish.”
This past weekend as BJ and I were talking and dreaming about how we are going to help change the world I had another moment, yes a BLOG moment. I felt as though the Lord reminded me once again. He said, “”you are valuable. Your value is found in what I have done for you, not given to you by anything you can ever do or accomplish.”
I’ve always wanted to make those in my life proud of me and my accomplishments. Not in a prideful way, but in a way that honors them as my parent, friend, sister, wife, boss, pastor etc. I don’t want to let anyone down, including God. Many times in my life I have looked to God as my coach or CEO, but not enough times looking to Him as Father. This past year I feel as though I have realized that God doesn’t want to be my coach or the CEO in my life, but He wants to be my Father. A coach or a CEO puts a certain amount of value on a person based on that person’s achievements and accomplishments. A father sees His son or daughter as valuable no matter what that person could ever achieve or accomplish, for the good or the bad.
My daughters couldn’t possibly make me love them or value them more if they tried. No matter what they do in a single day, my love for them is the same. They are valuable to me because they are mine. A lot of things happened this past week, days where I seemed to have accomplished a lot and days where I may not have. What I learned is that no matter what I do or don’t do, I am still valuable. Not because of what I have done but because I belong to the Lord and what He did for me on the cross gives me value.
I thought it was fitting to share with you what I learned this past week since this Sunday is Easter, one of my most favorite Holidays. It is my reminder that it is not about anything we can accomplish on this earth but it is all about what He has already accomplished for us that will last forever. He was crucified. He was buried. He was raised back to life. These things that HE accomplished give us HOPE and life everlasting.
Maybe you are like me and your deepest desire is to be someone who has accomplished much in this lifetime. Never lose sight of that, but as you change the world, make a difference and accomplish great things for God know that, “you are valuable. Your value is found in what I have done for you, not given to you by anything you can ever do or accomplish.”
TRUTH: “It is not about what WE have accomplished that gives us value, but instead it is what HE has accomplished.” – Me.
DARE: Let me know that you believe it and leave a comment in the box below that reads, ” I am valuable, my value is found in what God has done for me not given to me by anything I can ever do or accomplish.”