Recently I was browsing Facebook when a friend suggestion popped up. I recognized the person, and wondered how their life turned out. I clicked on their profile picture to go to their page, and as I was scrolling down saw a picture graphic that said,
YOU MATTER! It struck me so profoundly!
In a world that screams outer beauty,
material possessions, and social status fame
are the definition of value. I begin asking
God why this was highlighting in my spirit,
and searched Google to see what popped up.
I discovered that the phrase was for a
suicide prevention slogan that reminded people
their life mattered.
Because I know how God's kingdom works, I quickly recognized I just went to a funeral that happened to be the same funeral home a young family friend committed suicide more than twenty five years ago, and my son's health lesson that week included a Biblical perspective for teens on suicide. I knew God had something important to share.
Suicide is devastating for all, especially the family left behind. I do not speak lightly of it, but wonder have we spiritually allowed small parts of us inside to self- sabotage our value in who Jesus says we are? Have we allowed the enemy to kill our destiny and use our past to kill a part of us?
I am shocked that many women do not know their great significance with all the Bible has to say about a woman's value, and how they don't know God created them for this exact time for a purpose.
I sed to do ministry with a precious lady. Once she shared something she found written by a minister about our gap in time. What is a gap in time? It is the date of your brith until the day you go home to heaven. As you can see demonstrated below... the lines represent eternity and there is PRECIOUS YOU in that gap of time!
Psalm 139:16 reads, "You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed."
This means before you were born, God had every day written out because you are valuable to His big plans in the world. He gave you every talent, spiritual gifts, and anointing you would need to fulfill your purpose in the gap of time on earth to bring glory to Him.
Value reminds me of taken social media pictures with filters. Are we allowing the worldly view to affect how we see our true self in Christ? After a while, because we use filters...once we don't, it's hard to recognize ourself unfiltered. Do you recognize your true self?
Let's take off the filters, and live out the value God gave us. His Word is clear.
Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Ephesians 2:10, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Song of Solomon 4:7, You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.
Proverbs 31:10, A virtuous woman who can find? for her price is far above rubies.
Psalm 34: 5, Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
I pray today that you will allow any part of you that feels invaluable to be resurrected in the power of the Holy Spirit and examine your heart: asking Him if the past or present is causing your value to fade or be falsely filtered, and that you will be transformed into the shining, virtuous woman you are in Jesus to the world. Let's shine Jesus!
Create in me a clean heart. A heart that allows life to stream forth, and into the world for Your glory. Any part of me that the enemy has tried to kill, I ask for your restoration and healing. Let me see myself as you see me, and let me see others through Your love for them.
In Your name, Amen!
Julie is writing her first blog post for Radiant Faith Ministries. She says, "Let me begin with WHO makes this bio possible. God is my all in all! All I am is because of Him. My family is the gift I prayed most of my life for. I have been married 15 years to a deaf man who is a man after God's own heart. I am a boy mama, ages 31 and 14. Yes! 17 years apart! I joke and call that God's grace! I am a JuJu to two beautiful and creative granddaughters, and I have one very special spiritual daughter. Homeschooling is a calling that humbles me every day. I learn so much about how good God is in homeschooling. I love to interpret in church (sign language). Using my hands to open the eyes of the Deaf person's heart to hear the gospel in signs is an experience no words can't express. I love to write, especially writing Bible studies. I currently have two and love to lead Bible study groups to disciple women. Another unique avenue of mentoring/discipleship for me is teaching fitness classes. I can lead a woman to strengthen the outside as Holy Spirit re-sculpts the inside."
Julie shared her own personal experience about having a friend that committed suicide in her blog post above, if you know someone that is struggling or if you've been struggling and having any thoughts of suicide please know that their is hope and people that want to help you. Below are some suicide prevention resources.
Suicide Prevention Resources:
Acknowledge – Take it seriously and listen
Care – Take the initiative & show and/or voice your concern
Tell – Get professional help immediately
IF YOU ARE HAVING THOUGHTS ABOUT SUICIDE:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)
SuicidePreventionLifeline.org via the button below:
National Suicide Prevention (24 hours): 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255) or chat online via their website
Crisis Text Line (24 hours): Text CONNECT to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, at any time, about any type of crisis
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES & SUPPORT: