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Thirty Things I’ve Learned about Being God’s Beloved. A guest post from Marvia Davidson.

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thirty_things For me, one of the most wonderful things about this series is the breadth of stuff I get to share here. This post is wonderful, and I love it, because it’s something I’d never even think of writing. Thank you so much Marvia.

My favorite words all have to do with lovebeing, and belonging.  Perhaps this is because I love to sing, worship, and write songs about what it means to belong to God – to be chosen, treasured, and forgiven.  Maybe it’s because I love quiet moments of contemplation.  Words have always held great meaning and impact for me.  Words have the power to bolster the soul, lift the spirit, and soothe the mind.  Anytime my faith falters, I lose my way, or I feel overwhelmed, I turn to the Word because it gives me life.  Along my life’s journey, I’ve learned more about who I am made to be.  Here are 30 things I’ve learned about being God’s Beloved.  You can say them aloud with me. Be empowered because you are precious and loved beyond measure.

 

  1. I am fearfully and wonderfully made – a unique creation– and beautifully attractive because I am redeemed (Psalm 139).
  2. Nothing I can do will make God love me less.
  3. My dreams matter to the Creator, and He has really good plans for me.
  4. Experiences in life are not wasted.
  5. I was made to rest in His arms, but it also means being open to the embrace and love of community.  Connection with one another keeps us grounded and growing.
  6. I am loved most ardently, and I belong.
  7. God dances and sings over me (Zephaniah 3:17)
  8. He gives me beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:1-3).
  9. Don’t let anyone else try to define who you are and who you were made to be – beloved of God – a chosen and treasured possession.
  10. I am His handiwork (Ephesians 2:10); and I’m worth fighting for.
  11.  I am wholly loved and loved wholly because of who I am not what I look like or what I do; and it’s okay for me to fully love others as they are.
  12.  His discipline is for my good, and sometimes “no” is for my benefit and His glory.
  13. I can rest between His shoulders, and when I let go of my frailty and selfishness, the reward is worth the sacrifice.  I lay down my life, and He gives me love and grace eternal (Deuteronomy 33:12).
  14.  He makes all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).
  15.  I am not alone.  God is always with me (Hebrews 13:5).
  16. The boundary lines have fallen to me in pleasant places (Psalm 16).
  17.  I am no longer condemned (Romans 8:31-36).  God knows my whole story – even the broken, unholy, foul, and ugly pieces … still, He loves the whole of me.
  18.  I am victorious and no longer a victim (Romans 8:37).
  19.  My heart,  spirit, and soul – are precious to God.
  20.  Nothing can separate me from His love (Romans 8:38-39).
  21.  My name is engraved on the palm of His hand.  He won’t forget me (Isaiah 49:16).
  22.  When I am at my worst or lacking faith, still, He loves me and proves Himself faithful.
  23.   I am loved with an everlasting, extravagant love (Jeremiah 31:3).
  24.   God is kindly patient with me, and He tears down walls that hinder intimacy, connection, and communion with Him.
  25.  My pain, my sorrow, my grief, my hurt are not ignored; and when I’m authentically vulnerable in confessing these to God and others – His love covers and I find strong bond with brothers and sisters in community.
  26.   He catches all my tears in His bottle.  He is acquainted with heartache – He knows.
  27.   He loves that I crack myself up (I even slap my knee).  This is joy.
  28.   He holds me together when I think I’ll fall apart (Colossians 1:17).
  29.   When I hide in the shadow of His wings, His embrace lingers on my soul (Psalm 91).  When I connect to community, I can share that embrace to those in need.
  30.   Real love is knowing Whose you are and how unchangeable that Love is in God through Christ; so I may lose my family and my friends, but His love will remain.

 

UntitledMarvia enjoys sharing the journey of life and living more fully.  She is young at heart and believes in God.  She’s all about authenticity and learning to just be.  While her life may not be perfect, she is on the road to perfection in Christ.  Marvia seeks God and to be like Him.  Her desire is to share love, light, hope, words, thoughts, dreams, faith, and whatever else seems good and prudent.  She is often found walking the rockity-bumpity journey of life in wide open spaces of Texas, sipping tea, drinking coffee, splattered with sugary flour dust while baking with family, laughing and snorting loudly, dancing ridiculously, and most recently getting her Zumba on.  This is where the rubber hits the road and her faith is fleshed out.  Join her on the journey, or watch out for her tweets.

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6 thoughts on “Thirty Things I’ve Learned about Being God’s Beloved. A guest post from Marvia Davidson.

  1. Pingback: Thirty Things I’ve Learned about Being God’s Beloved | The Human Impulse

  2. As I read through these, Marvia, I realized they would make wonderful daily messages of hope … just enough to fill a month. (Well, you’d need a 31st one for some months …) They’d be a terrific auto-responder series to send out to people who are part of your email universe … and the series could even be restarted each month because they’re so simple, yet so powerful. Thank you for sharing them!

  3. This is rich, a deep treasure trove, Marvia! And I love Sharon’s idea of breaking each one down into a “daily dose” of encouragement and inspiration! Your love for God shines through here, even as you proclaim his love and faithfulness over you. My personal favorite, of the above, is: God dances and sings over me (Zephaniah 3:17) <- It just about says it all, doesn't it? 🙂

  4. These would make such a great list to stick on your mirror to read and reread every morning before starting your day, as you look yourself in the eyes! Awesome. Simply awesome. Thanks so much for sharing this from your heart with us!!

  5. Love these promises! AWESOME, really! The power we have already inside of us through the Kingdom of Heaven is infinite! Choosing LIFE & TRUTH! Thx Marvia 🙂

  6. Reading this today is just a confirmation that God loves us, blemishes, warts and all. The Father’s Love is indescribably awesome/ I have also recently been meditating on Isaiah 61. About God wanting us to comfort the broken and the bruised.
    Thank you for this article in season.

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