The right of every woman and girl

For 20 years, God has allowed me to share His heart with Texas college women about true identity. Who are we, anyway? All of us currently live in a world of pretend, heartache, and shame. Yet, we are more than filtered Instagram pics.  Our collective beauty can be more than external.  Our level of satisfaction in life should be more than just “the next thing” in life.  All women sense there is something more to life than beauty, school, career, health, wealth, marriage, and motherhood. Is there something else to make us feel valued?  Rather than a something, could it be a Someone? Could it be Someone who knows us because He made us?  I cannot adequately express the joy of seeing young women choose to come to Jesus to be made new as someone cherished, valuable, and crucial to the plan of God. It’s no accident that the first person to see the Risen Christ was a radiantly new woman. (John 20) Remember, Jesus was -and is-perfect and yet He gave His first glimpse of resurrection purity to an astonishingly imperfect woman who loved Him. Mary could be my bestie! (Can I get a witness?)

He is still at work in the lives of women.   

Now, ready for some next generation hope? Every year, my daughter (and her dance pals!) join me to speak about true identity   every summer.  These are more than just cartoon princess events. These are times we look at what Jesus -the true King-offers to every girl who believes in Him the role as Daughter of the King.  The symbolism of this crown is never lost on these girls! They understand it’s a gift to be received and that crown means “princess”.  When girls put on this crown and turn (for the first time) to see themselves in a mirror, they always smile at their reflection! Why? Because the unconditional love and favor of the King has been lavished upon them and they see it represented by the crown!  

Many of are not girls anymore-yet we STILL want new identities.  We don’t want a mere makeover.  We want a MakeNew.   Have you given up on feeling “special” in this world? Look out of this temporal world to the eternal Kingdom of Love. Jesus holds out a new crown  for you with the inscription SHE WHO IS ADORED.  He loves you. (John 3:16)  We’ve all made mistakes. (Romans 3:23) Jesus paid for our mistakes and wants to give us new hearts and new lives!(Romans 5:8) Now what? Tell Him you believe Him . Tell Him you believe He is God and you are not. Thank Him for dying for you. Ask Him-now-to make you new! (Revelation 3:20) Are you ready? Your life is about to radiate His love, His purpose and His power! Learn about your King by reading the book of John.  Then,  look in the mirror and say, “This girl is special for she knows the King! ” 🙂

 

Lead Together

Can I tell u how much I love to lead with these girls?! @mrssarahdesousa & @tltoone & I have seen that every single time we are in this powerhouse book, God peels back another layer to see His Son afresh! It’s utterly impossible to miss this key point: Jesus is way more wonderful than we understand Him to be! Hebrews causes every person to look away from self & stare in wonder at this true King. Isn’t it funny that when we look only at our struggles, Jesus can seem far? Yet, when we saturate our minds with His biblical identity, our problems suddenly seem to be put in their proper place-below His greatness. Make this your verse this year: “And HE is the radiance of His glory & the exact representation of His nature & upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification for our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb. 1:3) Don’t just read this today, ask yourself, “Do I really believe this?” Now, live as one smitten by His love for you! #hebrews #jesusisbetter #womensbiblestudy#wednesdaynights @gracebible

— with Sarah De Sousa and Traci Toone at Grace Bible Church.

 

EVERY hour I need thee…

Something huge happens in your life when you realize that you don’t just need God for some things but for all things. You need Him for big questions (“Is this the job I should take, Lord?”) & for everyday living (“Lord, help me be kind to this person!”) Amazingly, both needs are the same size to Him. Grow in your need of Him-talk to Him as you would a friend, a coach, a parent, a King. Put aside the human lie that frowns on neediness. Turn to your Greatest Love & prepare to be shocked. Imagine His response to your need as “Come, my child & see what I will do for you, for I delight in your dependence !” #2corinthians #hedelightsinyou