“Growing up, I often felt like I didn’t fit in. I wanted desperately to be a part of the seemingly confident group of girls … when I started to see my value in Him; my identity as beloved daughter of the Most High, I began to believe the truth He said about me in His word. I am valued. I am loved. I belong. I matter.”

Growing up, I often felt like I didn’t fit in. I wanted desperately to be a part of the seemingly confident group of girls giggling, sharing inside jokes and just rocking at life … But I was shy and awkwardly taller than every girl … and boy in my class … and overweight too. Kids notice these things. They point them out. It can start to define how you view yourself. We also moved around a few times in my elementary years and this just made me feel oven more like an outsider. I also grew up knowing God loved me, and that I could pray to Him anytime and anywhere. I am so grateful for this knowledge and for what it saved me from. God used my mistakes, my fears, my insecurities and the lies I had believed about myself to eventually draw me closer to Him. Through prayer He brought true, loving friends into my life and used them — along with His life-giving, life-breathing Word to help me see myself the way He sees and loves me. He sees me. He sees my heart and knows my deepest hurts, failures, sins and flaws …  but He loves me unconditionally. When I started to see my value in Him; my identity as beloved daughter of the Most High, I began to believe the truth He said about me in His word. I am valued. I am loved. I belong. I matter. He has a purpose and plan for my life. I began to feel freedom in His love to grow and develop the gifts He gave me and use them to glorify Him.

- CHAR

 

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