Hello lovely ladies! Rather, hello precious girls, as Debbie Lindell would say, and especially in this terrific book we are reading, She Believes.
We will post a blog every other Friday to discuss the book by sections, which contain about 4 chapters each. Today, I will begin by introducing the book and sharing my thoughts on it.
Section 1: Believing…You Were Designed on Purpose.
Although the book is written with a contemporary tone, the message is timeless. God’s word tells us everything we need to know about who we were created to be. To borrow the words of Christine Caine in the Foreword,
“There is nothing like that moment when a woman is awakened to the truth that she is who God says she is.”
That is why we are reading this book. We want the truth of God’s word to take root in our hearts and wake us up so that we can live on purpose. “The earth awaits your contribution,” Christine Caine wrote.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT)
I love the word anew in the NLT version of that scripture. It tells me that now that I am a new person in Christ (a new creation, 2 Cor. 5:17), I can finally get on with God’s plan for my life. I would have never achieved God’s purpose for my life had I not accepted Christ as Lord. When I turned to Jesus, He opened my eyes.
“But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” (2 Corinthians 3:16)
If you are like me, you may have been on this journey before with God. However, I ask myself…do I believe what I believe? Do I truly know all that God’s Word says about me enough to walk in that knowledge or enough to speak the same words of life to someone else who needs to believe?
I have full confidence that by the end of this book, and through much meditation on God’s Word, I will be fully awakened to the truth. And so will you!
“For this reason it says, Awake, sleeper…And Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14)
In Chapter 2, Debbie alludes to the fact that sometimes as women we tend to compare ourselves to others and form low self-images. I admit, sometimes it is so easy to look at others and see how great God made them. We look at their talents, abilities, and appearances and we say, ‘Wow, God, You must really love her to have made her so wonderful.’
When we do that, we discount our own unique traits, and we dishonor the Creator. We form an estimation of God’s love for us based on comparison with others.
It’s been said that comparison is the thief of joy, the root of insecurity. Well, we know who the real enemy is, coming only to kill, steal, and destroy. And he uses insecurity as a weapon. His motive? To make us doubt our God and to rob us of God’s purpose for us.
We only need to look to Christ to find both our value and our purpose. The truth is, if we look to anything other than Him, we set ourselves up for disappointment.
“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for…” (Ephesians 1:11-12, Msg)
We must believe God’s Word.
I am reminded of what Jesus told the Jewish leaders in John 5:39-40, “You study the scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” The Jewish leaders studied the scriptures, but they did not believe God’s Word.
When Jesus studied the scriptures, He read about Himself. When we study the scriptures, we also study Him. And if we believe God’s word, we know that the more we fix our gaze on Him, the more we will reflect Him, as in a mirror.
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
We are the reflection of Christ! Your reflection is beautiful, and we need to believe it as it’s written in the Word.
“For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.” (James 1:23, NLT)
Friends, let’s not forget what we look like! Let’s learn to see ourselves as God sees us, and let’s embrace it and not forget it!
I love how Debbie worded it in Chapter 2, that when we cast off insecurity and embrace who we are, then we will “be able to radiantly reflect the beauty of (our) Creator to the world…”
Our reflections also include our stories.
I used to have anchors of shame and regret attached to my story that kept me bound to a place from which God wanted to free me. He walked me through a process of freedom and helped me to realize that if I am ever to reveal Jesus and His saving grace to the world, I have to reveal what He did for me through my story.
Every story matters, because they are God’s stories. They are not our own. It is He who is working out the transcript of our lives.
Ultimately, God’s love is the crux of this book. We were created to be loved.
“He created you to be loved by him. And deep within your soul, there is a longing to understand and believe that you are.”
How do you think your life might change if you fully grasped the gravity of God’s love for you?
Is there a certain scripture that you repeat often to remind yourself of who God says you are?
Please leave us your feedback and join us back here in two weeks for a discussion of Section 2.