Dear  Ones,
Hope you wake to a day of blessings. I hope to get downstairs as it’s that day for choc covered raspberries and coffee. Question for this week is: Do you believe that you were divinely created or are there things about yourself that are hard for you to accept? 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
   We all have the desire to be loved and to be needed and connected to something bigger than ourselves. We are not an accident that live for a short time but divinely designed and lavishly loved. I am reading James Smith’s book, The Good and Beautiful You, and he writes how we are perfectly and intricately designed by God and loved into existence. How different that narrative is from what is taught today that we exist only because a female egg and male sperm began fermenting and one day will cease to be. No, we are created to connect with God and to glorify Him with the life He has given us and enjoy life with Him forever. In fact, we existed in the mind of God long before we were even born. God said so in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” I love to picture how we were formed in our mother’s womb and God saw us even then.                               
   We are all originals and designed to live life with joy and to enjoy life with God forever. None of us were accidents, we were created with intent, and we existed in God’s mind before were born. When we devalue and think less of ourselves, we are hurting our Creator who made us. We don’t find our worth in how we look or any great things we accomplish but rather that we are His originals and our worth is in Him.
   Who we are is a gift from God and He created us in love. The question is will we accept who His creation is in us and find our worth in Him or will we try to find worth in the world. If we try to find value in anything else other than God, we will always be striving and wondering if we measure up. Of course, those voices will tell us we are not enough,
   But let us instead believe that we are divinely created and humbly remember we did nothing to earn any gifts we may have been given. Let us live to bring glory to the One who created us and loves us and remember that we are His divine work.
  Challenge for today: Thank the Lord for how He has created you and live to bring glory to Him.
Blessings on your week and prayers and love, Judy