This morning, I looked in the mirror and saw myself standing there. A woman with four children, who had lost her temper because of the six questions that were fired at her at the same time. Thinking of that moment when I reacted more impatiently than I would really have liked to, the moment I said ‘NO’ to my son wearing shorts earlier that morning. And yes – I also got out of bed too late and I forgot to prepare the kids’ clothes the night before. I looked at myself and saw ALL my shortcomings!
As I looked in that mirror, I felt condemned for reacting in all those situations very differently than what I would have liked to. Then the questions came: How does God see me? Who am I in the eyes of God? How is it even possible that God completely accepts me as I am with all my defects, shortcomings, faults and imperfections?
When you look in the mirror you see the outside of yourself. You see all the shortcomings, lack and every bit that you might want to change about yourself. But when your Maker looks at you, He sees your divine DNA.
God is your Maker and He does as He is. God is love, therefore God acts out of love, God loves you unconditionally just as you are. God is always the same. When He came up with His master plan, He thought about every detail, every flower seed, every blade of grass. God made you with that same love and thought about all your details as well. Every hair on your head is known and counted by God (Luke 12:7).
Ephesians 1: 4-6: He chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe! Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence. For it was always in his perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed ONe, so that his tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify his grace – for the same love he has for his Beloved One, Jesus, he has for us. And this unfolding plan brings him great pleasure!
God chose you to be His child. God has chosen you to read this blog right now. God has chosen you to tell you now how much He loves you. God chose you to be the woman that you are!
Because you are one in Christ, let the thoughts that God has toward you become stronger than your own thougths. Some of the most common thoughts I hear from women are: “My friend has her business / life all in order”; “I never do it well enough, there is always room for improvement. The righteous thoughts of Jesus in you may be: “God designed me exactly how I am right now. I am good enough”; “I can trust that Jesus has already provided me with wisdom, advice and help”. Do not think that you have to be perfect. Trust in the peace and joy that God gives you.
You may be wondering: How do I get there?! Where do you get your wisdom from? These are very good questions!
Imagine the following situation: you are the mother of a baby boy. You live in slavery, the death sentence has been passed on the life of your baby. You can do nothing but keep your baby hidden. And when that no longer works, you make a basket and put your three-month-old in it. Because the death sentence is on your child’s life, you can not ask anyone for help. No instruction book has been written about how to make a basket for your child or how to deal with intestinal cramps, crying spells or any other questions you have. And so you decide to let your baby float in the basket among the reeds, along the banks of the largest and most dangerous river in existence, the Nile.
This story is about Moses and his mother Jochabed. She lived at a time when the Hebrew midwives Shifra and Puah were ordered to kill the boys immediately after birth. But these Hebrew midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. When summoned, the midwives said to Pharaoh that the Hebrew women were vigorous and gave birth before the midwives could come to them. It was because of their righteous act, that the Hebrew nation could multiply and increase. And God rewarded them greatly!
Jochebed means strength and God’s glory; Shifra means beauty and Puah means blooming and flourishing. THIS is how God sees you. What incredible confidence these women needed in God to do this! I then thought; “okay, if God can do that at that time, why not now!”
If you need help or wisdom, He is always available. Isaiah 40:28 says His wisdom is beyond understanding. He knows the right time, the right thing, the right place for you, right now. You can turn to Him for wisdom, guidance, help and confirmation. The Holy Spirit has come as a Helper to you. John 14:26 – “The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things”.
Ask Him for help in your situation. God wants nothing more than to be very close to you in this time of being a woman!
What do you consider more important and give more weight to – the thoughts you have about yourself when you look in the mirror or HIS loving thoughts toward you? Spend time with your Maker, look in that mirror tomorrow morning and see how good, accepted and beautiful God has made you as a woman. You are approved and perfect in God’s eyes. He gave you your children. You are beautiful, powerful, strong and full of His wisdom!