|Me and the birthday girls (BBC*). I’m in the pink vest.|
“And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: ‘Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.’ He was even called the friend of God.” – James 2:23 (NLT)
I just got home from lunch with girlfriends who gathered to celebrate my birthday. December is way too busy for us to get together, and I kind of like the later time to visit and continue my birthday. Now I feel that I can officially be 48 since I have received their blessing and enjoyed their fellowship.
I have already put their gifts in place…lots of beautiful reminders of the beauty of God’s gift of friends.
These reminders also make me feel
I have another friend, too. God.
I look around in my mind for the reminders of His friendship with me. Jesus embodies all of those areas of love, inclusion, and value.
God says He loves me in that He sent Jesus to willingly suffer and die for me even though I deserve what He took upon Himself.
He reminds me that I am included in His family with an eternal inheritance.
I have value because He has made me.
My life amounts to something because of who I am in Him and not because of what I do.
I still struggle with some of the same issues and often am pulled down by the misplaced value I put on them. More and more I am learning to trust that He truly does love me…even when I may not see a reminder in the midst. Softly, His Spirit whispers to me that I am lovely, included, and valuable.