During one of my devotional readings, I came across what the writer labeled as “breath prayers”. It’s something I’ve been accustomed to doing in my daily prayer life to fulfill the verse of praying without ceasing. I had thought it was something impossible until I told myself *I’ll just have a running conversation with the Lord all day. I’ll say a short prayer any chance I have and I’ll make sure to keep talking to God throughout the day* and without realizing, I had began a life of “breath praying” since my college days. In case you don’t know what they are, it’s a short prayer you can say in one breath. The writer gave a list of examples for readers to have an idea of what she meant. You can find the whole list here: Don’t Mom Alone Devotional Day 4
This one touched me deep inside my heart.
“Creator, remind me of my worth.”
For many years, I’ve always questioned if I was worth anything to the Lord. After all, the Bible tells us we are like vapor on the surface of the earth, here today and gone tomorrow (James 4:14). I had accepted that the Lord will get His message out across the nations one way or another, with or without my help. Worse case senerio: God will lift up someone in my place to get the job done.
But is this the way God works? How healthy is it really to think and live this way?
Check this out: Many people are familiar with the phrase “you are what you eat”. We hear it everywhere! It implies we should care for what we eat because it will determine our health. However, growing up my mother always told me something slightly different: “The way you think is the way you live.”
Reread it. Let that sink in deeper.
The way you THINK is the way you LIVE. This statement implies that your life moves in the direction of your thoughts. So I ask you today, do you think you are worthy of the Lord’s love, mercy and grace?
On Sunday, I heard a very special message from the Lord at a small community church near our home. Pastor Zack preached on Luke Chapter 1 and the declaration of the birth of John the Baptist. He also went into several points about the Scripture that followed. I read over the passage at home and reviewed the sequence of events and the points made throughout the sermon. I couldn’t believe the incredible timing of the Lord. As always God has a way of showing up right on time. Pastor Zack explained that God knows me and calls me by my name. That the Lord is not about that “worse case scenerio” type mentality I had been imposing on myself in the past. You know. The kind that says “if I prepare for the worst, just in case God doesn’t show up… I’ll be prepared with no expectations of what I’m hoping for, that way I can’t be left disappointed.” Such low expectations of glory that I managed to convince myself God won’t come through for me the way I imagined my saving. Sort of like that scene from Shrek the movie, where Fiona is explaining to Shrek what her rescue should look like all while in the middle of him actually rescuing her … “awaiting a knight so bold as to rescue me”.
Can we pause for a second and break down the previous troubling statement? “Just in case”? By having a “worse case scenario” mentality not only was I telling God HE is not good enough to pull me through because it’s not according to my imaginary saving (even though He always has come through as He saw fit). But I was basically declaring HE is not enough, period. His timely spoken word is not enough, His strongly demostrated love is not enough, His eager swift actions are not enough. All which are completely against what I know from His word and against what I have come to know through my own life experiences with Him.
Guess what? GOD IS ENOUGH!
Not only is God enough, but, God is more than enough. So much so, He was willing to preach to me in what felt like a face-to-face encounter. I’ve been busy painting my mind into a corner with all of my brushstrokes of uncertainty and colors of doubt that I had forgotten a very important verse in the Bible:
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalms 139:13 NLT
And the way this works is, if God is willing to put in so much details into my formation in secrecy, what would make me think that I have no worth in His eyes right now?
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! Psalms 139:17 NLT
As a child, a teenager, young adult or senior – God calls you by your name and knows you! Knows your desires, your thoughts, your dreams! Your life is important to God. And He wants you to live a life that is pleasing to Him and full of His abundance. In both the big picture and in the small details; He wants to be a part of your life and reveal His Glory. He wants you to know it and believe it!
From the very beginning the Lord has been telling me and telling you that we are worth the price He paid on the Cross of Calvary. You and I, we are worth it! He died and rose again because He knew, not only as God’s creation but as God’s children, we were all worth his Love.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17 NLT
So if this has been something you have been struggling with, I challenge you to change that worse case scenario mindset to one that knows with certainty the Lord has made you worthy.
Take that deep breath and pray “Creator, remind me of my worth” because you are worth it!
You are worth God’s love. ❤
For kicks, click here to see the first two minutes of the video clip from Shrek: https://youtu.be/Nf8Pz4lqFRU
As always, have a wonderful night and stay blessed.
~The Cabello MamaBear