A Beloved Child

Psalm 139 Part 3

The Love of Grace

You are not an orphan. You belong to a loving God, a caring Father. You are His child. He knows you inside and out. Whether you are 18 or 98 – you, at this very moment, are God’s precious and wholly loved baby boy or baby girl.

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13For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

 

I am in complete awe and wonder that, generations ago, God created me to be his adopted daughter. He waited until the perfect time to place me as a seed in my mother’s womb. I did not have the perfect childhood; not many of us did. But that troubled road helped to form me, helped me to become who I am today. Had it not been for those particular parents and those particular struggles, I would not be me, the refined silver reflecting his glory.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Isaiah 46:3 I have carried you since your birth. I’ve taken care of you from the time you were born.

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart for my holy purpose.

God knew the day and hour I would respond to his call. He knew I would come to him at the perfect time. He knew how tightly my fists were clenched. He knew I needed years of refining, maturing, and yielding before I was reading to choose to embrace him, to follow him, to abide in him.

God knew all my doubts, my fears, and my questions. He provided surety, courage and answers in a way this fifty-four year old, poetry loving, elementary school teacher could understand them. He led me to trust in him even when I didn’t have the answers, to love him because he loved me first, and desire to know him more deeply each day.

Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans I have you, declares the Lord. Plans for peace and not disaster, plans for a future filled with hope.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Ephesians 2:10 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

I am more certain now than ever, a decade later, that I am his beloved daughter. I have a Father who loves me and will never leave me. He nurtures me, accepts me, shows affection for me, encourages me, instructs me and calls me to walk worthy of him. I am able to cry to him, laugh with him and rest in his loving arms.

1 Peter 4:8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

Because of his great love for me, I am able to love those around me and see them through his eyes.

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1 John 3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.

18 comments

  1. Just love the humble confidence, Susan. THIS is it! This truth our elixir of joy. Rooted in our identity in Him there is nothing that can undo us.

    Xxx
    Diana

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    1. Thank you so much, Diana. Bless you.

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  2. Too often our heavenly Father is portrayed waiting for us to slip and fall so he can beat us down instead of a loving Father.

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    1. I know, Susan. I don’t see Him as a taskmaster. If He ever was, that all ended with Jesus. It’s time we shed our Old Covenant cloak. God no longer wants us to wear it, yet we keep pulling it out of the closet. Time to box it up and give it a way for good.

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      1. Your posts are always uplifting. They encourage me.

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  3. Perfectly perfect in Jesus. To accept others where they are at. After all Jesus is not done with Tom yet. Man to think of all the refining Jesus has done to date in my life. All those failures and long roads and the ones that lay ahead of me. On a journey with my Lord holding his hand. I love you my sister in Christ. Such a pure heart.

    Much love Tom

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    1. Always uplifted when I read your comments, Tom. Yes, we can count the failures, and alongside those failures are as many mercies and gentle redirections. His grace is always the bridge that helps his children crawl, walk or run back to the narrow road.
      Glad we’re on this journey together, brother. ❤

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  4. Susan, I also had a difficult childhood with a very disciplinarian father and a mother who went along with him far too much. But, the suffering I endured has made me more empathic. I had a hard time seeing God as my father, but no longer. I have come to terms with the stress I suffered when I was far too young to do anything but put up with it (I am sure that is why I always wanted to be a psychologist and teacher, from earliest memory). But you can’t be a good teacher or psychologist unless you have someone guiding you, as you well know. Luckily, God sent his Son, and his Son sent the Holy Spirit. We have the guidance and care we need, now we just have to experience it.

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    1. Amen, Beth. I’m certain that’s why I became a teacher, too. We are SUCH kindred spirits. ❤

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  5. Thank you for this beautiful reminder of His love…good timing for this heart of mine today!

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    1. So glad, Christie. May you have a weekend that is filled with His love and beauty.

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  6. Susan, I have long since struggled with the love of God and just exactly how much He does love me. I suspect it is because of my relationship with my earthly father and his very strict disciplining ways. With every negative thing that has happened to me plus the legalistic sermons that scared me throughout my formative years, it’s no wonder. I write all this to let you know how your devotions touch the core of my soul…the me who longs for my Father’s love. Thank you very much for defining one of the Psalms that speaks to people like me. Love, Dale

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    1. I struggled for a long time, too, Dale. Searched and doubted, when he was there surrounding me with hands outstretched the whole time. My earthly father was a rage-aholic; it took me a while to get over that. And I once thought all Christians were extreme right-wing fundamentalists. So there you go.

      As I began to read those red printed words of Jesus, I realized he had his hand upon my heart. His words reflect the love of our Father – “Come to me,” “My burden is light,” “I am with you always.” I rely on his words to fill me, to keep me straight, to encourage me and exhort me. And he said if we know him, we know God. I take Jesus at his word.

      Much love, sweet friend.

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  7. “But that troubled road helped to form me…” How true 🙂

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    1. So thankful I know now he walked with me through it all.

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