You’re Beautiful

I know you sometimes feel ordinary but you’re not.

You are one of a kind ~ a unique and beautiful blend of all God wants you to be.

You are God’s prized possession, a valued treasure of great worth.

You may feel invisible…like you are just one of millions of others.

But God sees you.

And when God sees you, He sees someone He loves.

In Isaiah 43:4, God says, “You are precious and honored in my sight …. and I love you.”

He sees someone He knows.

David said in Psalm 139:1, “You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.” God knows you, too.

Since God knows you, has a purpose for you and loves you just the way He made you, I have no doubt He wants you to feel the same way.

He’ll do whatever it takes to help you get to a place of accepting and embracing your His heart for you so you can become the woman HE created you to be!

Here is the song I feel like God chose for you this week. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch, listen and let Him tell you just how beautiful you are! {If you are reading this via email, click here to watch it since it’s not viewable thru email.}

You really are…

Beautiful

Loved

Cherished

Chosen

Treasured

Sacred

You are His!

May God’s sweet affirmations replace all those comparisons. As you identify, understand and embrace who HE created you to be, I’m praying that, like the psalmist, you’re learning to say with confidence, “Lord, You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb, I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Ps. 139:13-14)

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To celebrate God’s heart for you —  my friends at DaySpring have graciously given me 5 sets of  “God’s Heart For You” giveaways to share with 5 of you!! {{so excited!!}}

To enter the “God’s Heart for You” GiveAway share your answer to one or more of the questions at the end of the chapter 8. OR if you haven’t read that far yet, share your thoughts about today’s music video or blog post. Can’t want to hear from your heart :-).

About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.

Comments

  1. “Has God allowed you to walk through experiences that you can see Him working for good in your life or in the life of others?” Most recently, I have been in probate for 4 years waiting for things to be settled. Over and over I gave the situation to God and said,” Lord this is way to big for me, I give it to you…tell me when to act, but until then I rest that you are in control”. Finally, after 4 years He is allowing me to act. “Will I use this to help others?” You bet!!! My Heavenly Father has a plan for me. I told a young man at the coffee shop today…”God has a plan and He has a lot more brains than me;He has the blue prints”.
    I don’t know what is in the future, but I know who holds my hand.
    ~Shalom~

    • really enjoyed seeing this wonderful music video about how we are beautiful.

      • I too truly enjoyed this music video. It touched my heart and bought on different emotions. I have had rough patches this year in my life and this was uplifting to me. I’m a stay at home mom and sometimes I wonder if I should be doing more than this – but after this video and starting this online bible study I know this is what He has planned for me right now. And He will help me to become the woman He knows I will be. Loved, Loved, this music video.

      • Sophia DeLonghi says:

        This song always makes me feel special! Cherished, treasured, chosen! Thank your for the reminders.

    • Peggybythesea says:

      God be with you Deena as you go through this trial..The world will try to take our joy but as you said “You bet” God will use it for good!!! Love you sister…Peggy

    • Deena,I can relate with you I’ve been through a lot of trials and just pray to God to hold my hand and be with
      me all the time and I know one day I will find the peace I’d been longing for. God Bless.

  2. do not have this book BUT this post made me cry…i am a hot mess and yet i come here and read this and listen to sog and Blessed am i by you and God…tytyty :O)

  3. I compare myself to others as a wife, mother, daughter and in ministry. UGH! God is showing me I don’t have to live by self-imposed rules to succeed. I just have to simply be who He made me.

    As a 41-year-old confident hearted woman, I am finally able to put my dream into words!!! It’s really been an exciting process picking up my Godfidence everyday and recognizing how He can use my uniqueness to glorify Him. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to make an interactive website for my job. I was really nervous about writing the scripts, what to wear and reading the teleprompter. Turns out, I had no need to be nervous; it was the funnest (is that a word?) 4+ hours ever of any job I have ever had! I would love to be on camera sharing my story with other women–I would love to make my living speaking to and ministering to other women in any way, especially this way.

    • So proud of you friend! Praying you will start right where you are video blogging and encouraging women with the gifts and message God’s given you!!

  4. I haven’t read far enough to answer the questions…so, I will answer the second part- The video was a great reminder, although I don’t feel it today! I know we are made for so much more than this….but some days, its so hard to remember! I am His and pray to be embrace who HE created me to be.

  5. Sheri Hanson says:

    I was just thinking about how ordinary I am compared to a famous singer or a wonderful writer like Renee and wondering what God created me for. I want to be content in knowing he did create me for something great and beneficial to the world. I am expecting great things and to make an impact in this world.

    • Sher you are so right, God does have great things for you, and only YOU can fulfill them. Keep that beautiful chin held high knowing that He made you to do something wonderful!! I feel inadequate too sometimes. But I just stop myself, pray for God to take that feeling away and in no time at all His grace once again comes to the rescue. I am praying for you too dear sister in Christ. Have a wonderful day today, knowing you are loved!!

  6. Renee: I love all the thoughts about how God wants to use our experiences to encourage others in question 6. One of the ways I believe He is using this fact in my life is through being mom to a terminally ill child. Even this morning at Bible study, the Lord crossed my path with a sweet lady whose path had crossed mine years ago. She said to me:” I can’t believe I’m seeing you today. Do you remember years ago how you encouraged me? I was just telling someone about this yesterday!” To be honest, I didn’t remember how I possibly could have encouraged her, but she went on to explain in great detail. How interesting that something I considered run-of-the-mill, she is still sharing with others, years later. Then God gives me the pleasure of seeing her again and providing encouragement to me through her words! Doesn’t His grace just run full circle?Blessings to you today!

    • Being mom to a terminally I’ll child must be one of the most painful things God calls a mom to. I have spent years taking care of oncology patients and I love that population and their families. I am sure God blesses you greatly. I hope you have WONDERFUL support at your side dear mother! May God richly bless your family right now!

      • Janet Spates says:

        Karen – as a cancer survivor 🙂 I thank you for your heart towards oncology. It must be difficult to care for us daily, but I also know that God uses each one of us. Within an hour of my 1st hospital stay (getting the port in) I had a wonderful prayer partner right there in the hospital! She encouraged me through the 1st difficult stay and continues to be there for me each time I go back in.

    • Oh Rachel, I’m so thankful you share this with me/us. I love how Jesus timed it for you to see her. Hoe He gave you that sweet gift of encouragement of being remembered, being used to touch someone else’s life. What a beautiful offering of His love you are!! You are such a picture of faithfully serving right where you are –pouring out His love and mercy, tenderly shepherding the precious flock He’s given you and caring for your little lamb the way you do. I am inspired by your heart, moved to the core by your story and your beautiful faith. Love you to you my sister-friend!

    • Oh Rachel, I’m so thankful you shared this with me/us. I love how Jesus timed it for you to see her. Hoe He gave you that sweet gift of encouragement of being remembered, being used to touch someone else’s life. What a beautiful offering of His love you are!! You are such a picture of faithfully serving right where you are –pouring out His love and mercy, tenderly shepherding the precious flock He’s given you and caring for your little lamb the way you do. I am inspired by your heart, moved to the core by your story and your beautiful faith. Love you to you my sister-friend!

    • Oh Rachel, I’m so thankful you stopped by and shared this today. I love how Jesus timed it for you to see her. How He gave you that sweet gift of encouragement… of being remembered, being used to touch someone else’s life.You are such a beautiful offering-pouring out His love and mercy, tenderly shepherding the precious flock He’s given you and caring for your little lamb. I am inspired by your heart, moved to the core by your story and your beautiful faith. Love you to you my sister-friend!

  7. Hi, This has been an encouraging chapter…(I’ve underlined a bunch…just want to remember…) I can relate to the “undiscovered dreams”…as I lived through others (and am still working on this one). It took me all the way to 50 to start seeing that I have individual gifts that God has given me. Individual trials, individual struggles and things that I thought were weaknesses…that He has made into strengths. I still struggle to accept certain things…some still bring pain, often…but God, being Who He is…knows what He is doing and I must count on that fact. He has used my weaknesses to help others just as you mentioned on pg. 151.

    I compared myself with others because I am more introvert…and extroverts are the ones you see and hear around you, usually…so I thought I was a freak for not being more like them. They would try to pull me into what they were doing, but I didn’t feel comfortable at all. I finally read a book about being an introvert (that a friend had mentioned)…now I understand more about me…and it’s okay to be different!

    I am melancholy (which goes along with introvert often). I used to think melancholy personality was kind of a curse or something…that all the other ones were good, but melancholy was bad. But now I see differently…God has us each made for what He wants us to do in life…we are all a part of the whole. (Like His description of the Body of Christ…each serving a purpose…and together making up the whole.)

    I do believe that God created me with unique desires and dreams. I dream of wholeness (emotional) for members of the Body of Christ…that true healing would come to many people who struggle. I also enjoy the arts (esp. fine arts) and would like to see them resurrected in the Body of Christ…God as Creator and we made in His image…to glorify Him!

    Thanks for the “Beautiful” song…I love that one…still trying to let it sink into my heart though….Seems like something is holding it back…

    God bless!

    • Sorry I was so long winded…had a lot to say…(and that’s the short version )

    • I love that you were long winded — just chatting away. Enjoyed every word — and my favorite part is that you are learning to LOVE your melancholy! We need tender, detailed oriented, sensitive and kind Melancholies!! My heart is smiling thinking about your personality and dreams!!

    • Peggybythesea says:

      I so understand Carla…I am struggling with the same things…i like wehen we are “long winded” on here…it is a safe place where we can be…I am the same melancholy and have felt the same as yu…So, I guess we both need to embrace it and be who God created us to be…God bless you my sweet sister..

    • Carla, just wanted to say from one melancholy to another…I used to question my personality, too! I felt like there was something “wrong” with me. But God has been tenderly showing me that there isn’t anything wrong with me. He created “melancholies” for a reason. 🙂 He has plans for us just like He does for all of the other personalities. 🙂 So glad He has been showing you the same thing!

  8. Question 7, God has been guiding me through a situation that I never thought I would ever be in for the last 3 years. I am standing in the gap for my prodigal husband and my marriage to be restored. Even though it is a dead marriage in the eyes of the world, it is not dead in God’s eyes and He has called me to pray daily and stand on His word that he will move the mountain. Through out this time I have had many ups and downs but God always guides me through. Throughout this time God has placed other women who are going through the same thing in my path and I have been able to share with them what God has taught me. This book has given me the courage to look further into what God has planned for me down the road and how He can use me to help more women. If any of you feel led, prayer is always welcome for my situation, in one week my husband is planning on marrying the OW. Thank you all in advance.

    • Stacia-
      Bless you for listening to God and valuing sacred vows. May God restore you marriage and what Satan has stolen.

    • Praying for you Stacia. God is using you mightily – right where you are, with exactly what you are doing. Your faithfulness inspires me so much!

  9. Looks great Renee! And the post was beautiful! I look forward to sharing with my ladies group!

  10. Darlene says:

    The first thing of chapter 8 struck me and I haven’t been able to let it go. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. I’m trying to narrow down those things that light me up so that I can go out and accomplish what He wants me to do. I’ve had a rough year losing friendships (thought they were) but in the end through this study and another finding HIM, then Him leading others into my life that I never saw coming. I had to rewrite who I am, I am Loved, I am Treasured, and I am Beautiful. A year ago I could not have believed any of them but now I KNOW all of them. Thanks Renee. Many blessings to you and your family.

  11. nancys1128 says:

    I’ve heard that song many times, and it touches me each one. But watching the lyrics scroll with it, against the pictures chosen for the video brought a whole new, and much deeper, dimension to it for me. Thank you so much for sharing it as part of your post about all that we are in Christ.

  12. Christy H. says:

    I have learned so much from this book! The Lord has really been working on my heart and I”m so thankful that He led me to read this book just by a simple Proverbs 31 devotional Renee gives on my local radio station-Spirit FM. After hearing her devotionals, I looked up her blog and sure enough it was around the same time she was starting this book study. God’s timing is so perfect, isn’t it?

    All the chapters have been challenging and I’ve learned from all of them, but this one has been especially challenging for me because it hit me right between the eyes with my current struggle. I too often compare myself to my tall, blonde, beautiful, fun loving, talented roommate who has a “magnet” type personality. This really hit me this week, “Comparison causes us to compete with each other, but NO ONE wins. God never intended for us to compete with each other, He wants us to complete one another, celebrating and encouraging each other’s strengths while discovering who He created us to be.” This week I have been embracing Ephesians 2:10 and have been learning more about myself-about the talents God has given me and believing the truth that God made me as His child to fulfill a unique purpose. Another amazing song that relates to this lesson is: “More Beautiful You.” By Johnny Diaz. “You were made to fulfill a purpose that only you could do, there could never be a more beautiful you.”

  13. Christy H. says:
  14. Michelle says:

    I have not finished the chapter yet, but this song has been one of my favorites for quite a while!! This chapter has been so encouraging to me because I have been on quite a journey over the last several years and while it has been difficult, still is, I know that God has allowed these things into my life to make me let go of everything and cling to Him and what he says about me. This book has helped me in this journey so much. While I’m still unsure what the outcome of a particular situation will be, I know that I’m going to be ok and that with God, I can handle anything. I’m finding my confidence in Him and that is making all the difference! I’m so glad I came across this study on facebook and joined in. It is speaking wonders to me!

    We all are beautiful in His eyes!!

    • I LOVE that you found me and the online study through Spirit FM!! Thank you for sharing that Christy. You made my heart smile so big tonight!

      There truly could NEVER be a more beautiful YOU!!! Thank you for sharing your heart and your story. Praying you see the beauty He’s given you to share. Satan would love for you to miss it completely but trapping you in comparison. Let Jesus love you and radiate through you – you are so much more than you even know!! You are loved, chosen, cherished and treasured!! Shine friend, shine!!

  15. Brenda K says:

    I have finished the chapter but have not answered the questions. I must confess that the last three chapters have been very hard for me to walk thru. Thank you ladies for being real and posting.

    • Praying for you Brenda. This is a tender topic. Praying you feel God’s grace wrapping around you tonight and that You can read His words and hear Him whispering His love and affirmations to your heart. You are not alone. He is there with you – and we are here for you!!

      • Brenda K says:

        Wow it never ceases to amaze me that you take the time to answer. I really appreciate the prayers and kind words. Your book has been a huge step in the healing process that God has been taking me thru. The encouragement from everyone is so uplifting and spurs me on to a better relationship with our Savior. Thank you again for hearing from God and leading this study.

  16. I love that song. It is such a perfect reminder of how God sees us and how we sound see ourselves. I love this study.

  17. Annette Lashley says:

    Just wanted you to know that it has been such a good study and I hope to use it in my life — just knowing that God loves me — een singing and rejoicing over me — is mindbogging!

  18. Haven’t finished reading chapter 8 yet but I’m still thinking of what was in the previous chapter about us comparing our inside to someone else’s outside. Funny how something that is so obvious when I think about it never really occurred to me. A great reminder when I am comparing myself to others. Trying hard to break the bad habit of constant comparisons and just concentrate on being the best me I can be.

  19. Stephanie says:

    Ok, so I haven’t finished reading the chapter yet. In fact, I’ve just gotten started! So I am not sharing an answer to a question, but…. I did want to share that I LOVE the opening quote on the first page of chapt. 8!! That quote excites me! It stirs the passion in me! After I read that quote, my reading got interrupted and I never got back to it that day, but I had a whole day to just chew on that quote and it was cool. So now, I pick up the book to try to read more and I really wanted to share that the sentence on the second page of chapt. made me laugh out loud here in my car as I wait in the “car pick up line” for school. “Feeling like a third grader living in a grown woman’s body, I wondered…” Been there, felt like that!!
    Thanks for the laughter, Renee!
    And thanks again for this book! It’s awesome!

  20. Margaret says:

    After our life group meeting tonight, we’ll be starting week 6 and Isaiah 43:4 is actually taking root in my heart, not just my mind. After reading all the FB posts from chapter 8, I’m looking forward to reading that chapter. Thank you, Renee. You have made a world of difference in my life.

  21. Love this song, wish I had this to listen to when I was a teenager!

  22. Kelly Gilmore says:

    Got goosebumps! How timely for me…someone said something critical about my appearance yesterday. This video reminded me of who I am in Christ! I plan to read the book after I finish my “Made to Crave” discipleship group. Keep up the wonderful work for the Kingdom!

  23. THis chapter for me was very enjoyable. I loved finding my “gift”. I have always known I had a gift of teaching and helping children with learning disabilities. I learned that is actually a “gift” in God’s eyes. I always thought God had a plan for me but I have not totally figured it out but I am not suppose to, he will guide me and I should put my trust in him and he will let me know. This chapter made me smile and feel happy. I am loved unconditionally by God. Nothing could be better.

  24. Lydia Allen says:

    Thank you for reminding us, on International Women’s Day, how beautifu we are!

  25. I, like so many of my sisters out there in cyberland, have really struggled with the past few chapters. It’s humbling to realized just how worthy I am.

    My prayer while learning more and more about myself through these questions and Bible verses, etc. is that my daughter will be given this gift of confidence NOW at age 16, not when she’s 42, like me. Thank you, Renee, for showing me this message from God for my daughter. I know that I’ll be a better Mom because you used your gift of writing to share this message with all of us.

  26. I SO needed this right now. Struggling…..and watching the video reminded me how I need to lay my burdens at the cross and rest in His arms. Hearing “you are beautiful” over and over is a blessing. Thank you!

  27. Renee I do not have your book but it is on my list to purchase. This song spoke to my heart. Last February my life was a mess and I really did not know what I was going to do. I actually ran away from home at the age of 65 and did not return for 6 weeks. Once I returned I started attending Celebrate Recovery and God is putting my life back in order. I know that in God’s eyes I am beautiful and no matter what comes my way He will take care of it and the trials I have gone through will make my faith stronger. With God in my corner I have everything I need!!!

  28. (I am a little behind and have not finished Chapter 8, so I will not be answering any of the end-of-chapter questions.)

    WOW — what a wonderful message and video!!! Of all of the images, the ones where Jesus and a child are embracing grip my heart the most. I absolutely the love the feeling of my children’s embrace. Just think of how much my Heavenly Father delights in my embrace (and vice versa!).

    God has blessed me so many times today with his encouragement and his acceptance. This has been a GLORIOUS day in the Lord. Thank you for deliverying his message!

    • I want to add that today is a new beginning for me. Although I have been a Christian for a long time, God spoke to my heart so clearly this morning and made it clear to me that I needed to turn everything in my life (small and large) over to Him to take care of. I have heard that I should do this a thousand times, but my heart “got it” this morning. Looking forward to what God will do with my life now that I have completely turned it over to Him and His plan.

      • PRAYING FOR YOU MISTI – SO THANKFUL FOR YOUR RESPONSE TO GIVE HIM ALL OF YOU!! YOUR WHOLE HEART MIND AND SOUL!

  29. What did you read in this chapter that can help you break free from the comparison trap?
    Page 143 – “Am I doing what God may be calling others to do, while leaving undone what He is calling me to do?”

    Lord, please reveal to me who it is that You want me to be, not who I think I need to be…not my will but Your will Oh Lord! – In Jesus name, Amen

  30. Heather P says:

    With my 12 year old daughter having surgery in the morning, I have been having issues getting this week’s lesson done. I did complete it this morning. PTL!
    I love the song by Mercy Me! It fits with this chapter, because that is one of the truths that I have to keep telling myself! God loves me because he created me. I might have issues with other people, but I can rest in God, for He loves me no matter what!

  31. CYNTHIA SEWELL says:

    Rene PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, tell me the artist of that song You are Beautiful. It ministered to me at the Exact Time I needed it. All day long I have been feeling UGLY, FAT, UNLOVED and UNAPPRECIATED. This video gave me a BREATH of FRESH AIR and I will be able to complete the rest of this day HAPPY. Thank you and please let me know who did this song so I can go and buy it IMMEDIATELY. I also believe this song should be the THEME SONG for so many hurting teens in the world today; not just teens, but ALL CHRISTIANS/NONCHRISTIANS who are HURTING.

    • Michelle says:

      Cynthia, the artist is Mercyme! I so love the words to this song. I have listened to it many times and it never gets old. It’s a reminder to me how God feels about me. 🙂

    • As Michelle shared the song is by Mercy Me. They are an amazing group of worshippers/artists! LOVE so many of their songs!! So thankful Jesus knew it was just what you needed to hear – just WHEN you needed to hear it!!

  32. judy hoff says:

    i havent started reading chapter 8 yet,still on chpt 7. but i did see the video by MERCY ME on your beautiful. it was very good and has alot of truth in it. sometimes i dont feel beautiful or have any self-worth. but its a beautiful song and hits to the heart. thankyou for showing this video. i will continue reading chpt 7. but have been busy. i do ask for prayer for my brother,hes struggling with cancer. its hard right now. but will try to keep up in the book.
    sincerly
    judy.

    • Praying for you and your brother Judy. So sorry for all you are going through – but so glad you have a copy of the book and can read as time allows. Take your time and just let Jesus love you through each page!! I’ll be leading another study so you can go through it again if you want to if you need to take more time this time around.

      • Renee, am glad you will be leading another study. In a past devotion, there was a gentleman who had read through the Bible 17 times, and each time he said that there was something new he discovered. Your book, Renee, has touched so many lives. In reading the comments of those sharing their hearts, encouraging one another, praying for each other, one can see the changes and growth of the ‘sisters’; it’s exciting to see the Lord working in lives.

  33. OH Wow! The perfect reminder for me today! I’m behind on reading but your post & the video ministered to me just when I needed it. Thank You!

  34. Suzanne says:

    Out of all of the chapters, actually this is the one I’ve struggled with the most! I have done different personality tests over the years as well as different giftings tests to determine my giftings. I identified with you Renee when you said in the book that you felt like a split personality because that’s how I feel too! I always seem to come out even in these tests for all the types and it makes me feel like I really don’t know myself well at all or I’m not doing the test right!

    As a Christian this has been one of the biggest struggles I’ve gone through. I think because of my upbringing and trying more to survive in an abusive household that I didn’t really get the opportunity to discover who I was. Then as I got older and became a Christian I think I tried to be the person that I thought others would accept or that I wanted to be because I liked them better than me. So I never really discovered the me God created me to be. I feel like “she” is buried underneath the “she” I created to be accepted and loved through my life. Whenever my husband has asked me what my dreams/desires are, I’ve always come up with a blank. I always thought it was to be a wife and mom and would tell everyone before I got married that’s all I wanted. I think it was more because I didn’t have anything else to say. I am so thankful to be a wife and mom, and am so thankful to the Lord for fulfilling that desire in my life but I know there is more inside of me, and I think I know what a couple of them are, but it’s the struggle of wondering if they’re “my” dreams/desires because I want them to be or if they’re actually from the Lord!

    So as I said I’ve struggled with this chapter and really haven’t been looking forward to doing it, especially since I’m actually leading a group of women through the study! Renee, if you could give some direction as to books you may have read or what you did to uncover your talents, gifts, desires and passions, it would be so much appreciated. I so want to be content knowing who God created me to be with the talents and gifts He’s placed in me so that I can be that servant that doesn’t hide what He’s given me and not use it for His glory.

    Love and blessings!

    • Suzanne, the book I read that helped me most was “What You Do Best in the Body of Christ”by Bruce Bugbee and Personality Plus and Personality Puzzle by Florence Littauer.

      Instead of looking at the strengths and weaknesses – look at the emotional needs of each trait. Which two describe what you desire more than anything: FUN, PEACE, PERFECTION or POWER/CONTROL? What do you long for most to recharge? People, quietness, beauty or tasks? Those are some of the things that might help you if you can identify them first.

      Also, I wanted to share with you is that my husband scores pretty evenly on all of the personalities. I believe Florence Littauer says that is a sign of a Phlegmatic because they are like Chameleons and become what others need or what a situattion requires due to the laid back temperament of that personality. I know my husband is definitely phlegmatic based on his main desires and emotional needs – although he has a lot of the strengths of almost all of the personalities.

      And on a good note, I bet Jesus was a little of all four personalities so maybe it’s not a downfall afterall 🙂

      Keep seeking Him and simply be available each day to love and serve and rest and relax right where He calls you to!!

      • Suzanne says:

        Renee, thank you so much for your encouraging words! I really am encouraged with what you shared about your husband’s personality and how the evenness of the personalities indicates being adaptable to people/situations. I never thought of it that way before! I was encouraged too when you said you believe Jesus is a little of all four personalities! 🙂 I love that and will remember it too! So I’m on the hunt for the books you recommended and will continue to trust the Lord as I seek His will for my life that He has me where He wants me now and will continue to lead me to where He needs me/wants me to be, AND I’ll learn to relax and rest in Him! 🙂

        Blessings!

  35. This chapter has really hit home with me. I have been asking and praying for God to reveal my gifts and where I fit in at my church and what my strengths are. I have spent so much of my life worrying and caring about others that my dreams and desires have been buried. I am really doing some searching and talking to God and He is revealing and placing me in some ministries that I can help and make a difference. The best part is that they are things that I already enjoy!! My Tuesday night Bible Study has lessons on the same subject….Our Gifting…..so this must be something God wants for me to know. I am receiving this from several areas in my life. Thank you for helping me figure this out. I absolutely love this study and many truths from it are in my spirit!!

  36. This was just what I needed to hear today! Been a rough week & started feeling sick last night which made it even harder to sleep than usual. As a result, am struggling more than normally do with believing that “I am beautiful” and God really does have a purpose for my life. Thanks so much for allowing God to speak through you!

  37. I have never heard this song before. Thank you so much for sharing. It spoke right to my heart. Thank you so much for what you are doing for all the Women I know you are touching. Your emails that I receive weekly are always an encouragement, especially today’s email.

    be blessed in Jesus’ name!
    Amber

  38. Also being a little behind I did not answer any of the questions. However that didn’t stop me from jumping ahead to see what the chapter was about. Then to the answers, and I stopped. I was doing the very thing this chapter was about comparing myself to those who are so ahead of me in the study. So I stopped and will get to that chapter when I get there. But will share as much as I can

    But I did listen to the song and was also brought to tears. Just to know that Jesus is sitting up in heaven looking down -on me- was enough to make me look up and smile.

  39. I wish I could see myself more like how God sees me! This has been my struggle for quite sometime now. Thanks for sharing the music video – beautiful!

  40. Question #1- When we compare ourselves to others we compare ourselves on the inside to what we see in them on the outside. Very true. First time hearing that! Was able to share it in a leadership development class at work!!! 🙂

    PLEASE pray for my 10 year old grandson. Bullying, lying, stealing…HEART BREAKING. I am showing him today’s song tonight and telling him to picture a 10 year old little boy in every picture. That is who I saw in every frame and thought of through the entire song.

    Thanks!

  41. I have struggled for what seems like a lifetime with who I am. I always was doing what others thought I should do. I have been married for 28yrs. Taken care of 2 children. Who are now grown. I have 3 beautiful grandaughters. So, I have not really known what “I” enjoy doing for most of my life! I will be 52 in May!
    This study has been both hard and perfect for me! I have one too many fears and doubts that have caused me to run, burnout and crash! I am learning that I am a child of God! And He thinks I am all right! And even though I am now trying to figure out what my gifts and what His dreams are, I am trying to trust Him with my life & future. I have always been co-dependant. But, yet within my marriage, as someone has pointed out to me, I have been alone. But, with God’s help I will be okay! So, with the help of this study and my church and most importantly the help of God I CAN Do all things in Christ Jesus and I CAN be all that God wants me to be!!

    • Keep reaching, and walking like the poem that was posted last week! Right with ‘ya on the age, with 3 sons and 1 grand daughter and the realization of not being alone at times is overwhelming and I need to step back a bit. But glad to see/hear you are still here, as hard as it is..like for me looking in the mirror

  42. Melanie Zamora says:

    Thank you for all the comments. It’s so nice to hear that I’m not the only one who has these feelings and self doubt.
    I was reading the book and got away from it, but I know in my heart that I HAVE to continue reading it. I loved the picture of the 2 children. I posted it on my FB wall and printed it out for my boss.
    Thank you for your ministry.
    God Bless all you ladies with these struggles.

  43. I am at this moment writing a review on my blog of Holley’s book. Her words were given to me just at the moment I have needed them. Your words are a positive reminder and help to me as well. Thank you!

  44. You know I heard a speaker on the radio today say “God did not call you to look good (physically), He called you to bring Him glory” Then I read your post today…..Man I know that God sees nothing but beauty when He looks at me. I need to pray to see myself through His eyes….I pray for Him to show me others through His eyes all the time, now is the time to pray “Lord show me what you see when you look at me” WOW, thank you I needed today’s words.

  45. What a “Beautiful” song!! As I listened to the words, I started jotting them down…..”beautiful, loved, cherished, chosen, treasured, sacred…because you are HIS.” I started thinking about several Divine Appointments God had me on this past week….friends in crisis; God giving me the perfect words to share with them. At first I felt some intrusion on “my time” …. but I was obedience and gave my friends all that God laid on my heart. Oh, Precious Lord, HE blessed me ten-fold.

    I’m inspired — going to make some greeting cards with these affirming words on them….to send to these friends in need of lifting up! Thank you for touching my heart in such a BEAUTIFUL way!

  46. Angella Lewis says:

    I definitely struggle with what my hearts desire is and I’m making attempts to figure it out as you suggested in Chapter 8 by just pursuing God. I feel like I’m seeing conformation throughout the studies I’m doing in my pursuit to know Him more. Just finished a series with a womens study at church “Faithful Abundant True” (a workbook/video series)..one of the speakers was Beth Moore and not a few days after finishing it…I was reading the quote you placed regarding Beth Moore in your book.. Very cool… I feel like I’m doing what I’m suppossed to do as far as pursuing the Most High…and that in itself…makes me more Confident! Praise God! 🙂

  47. Hearing this song–along with seeing the lyrics and pictures–gave me goosebumps and tears. We are all beautiful, aren’t we!!

  48. Shannon says:

    Beautiful post today. It really reminded me of something Holley Gerth would write, so it’s fitting that you are doing a God’s Heart for You giveaway!

  49. Karen H. says:

    I have not gotten that far in Chapter 8, but I just love the music. Last time you had Mercy Me on your blog I downloaded You are Beautiful and two other songs. It just makes me cry. The Lord does love me.

  50. I have been trying to get away from the comparison trap forever. When I was young my mother would use comparing techniques to get me and my older sister (one year apart in age) to compete with each other and do more work, or do it better than the other. Unfortunately I still see us doing this. I love her so much and wish this wasn’t still present in our relationship. I once heard someone say that it is very hard to compete with one another but very rewarding to cooperate with one another. That is so true and I know that God would rather we did and then we all win! And, we can discover who He created us to be and complete each other while we celebrate and encourage one another. Thank you Renee for helping me to put that into words and to see from God’s perspective. It has troubled me for a long time.
    The video is sensational and a blessing for sure.

  51. Rebecca Greene says:

    The illustration of sitting down with the ingredients to bake a cake and some being sweet, bitter, etc. reminded me of Forest Gump “life is like a box of chocolates”. You never know what you are going to get. When I was a child I would poke my finger in the bottom of a chocolate to see what I was getting! As an adult, I still want that luxury with life experience;however,. God’s promise to be faithful to complete the work he began in me gives me the confidence to move forward even when I am afraid.

  52. It’s a hard concept for me to think God made me unique with my own gifts and abilities. I wasn’t raised that way. I know it with my heart that God loves me so much. I’ve been homebound for 5 months due to surgeries and recuperating. Please pray for me. The longer I stay in the house the less I want to go anywhere where there is people or even answer the phone. I know that’s not good and God wouldn’t want that. I was very active before. I just don’t know how to get going again.

    • Dawn Tuller says:

      I will be praying for you Sharon – I am sending a prayer up now. I know what “homebound” feels like. Can you walk? Or sit by the window? Praying for sunshine in your life.

    • Stopping and praying for you, too, Sharon! I am so sorry you are homebound right now. I know that the Lord works all things together for good for those who love Him…so I am praising Him that He WILL use this time of being homebound for good in your life. I pray that this will be a time of growing closer to Him. I pray that as the enemy would want to take this time and use it to make you feel totally isolated that the Lord would take this time and use it to cause your roots to go down deeper in Him. Praying the Lord strengthen and encourage your heart by His Word and His tender presence!

  53. I love the song, “Beautiful!” I have struggled my whole life with self esteem issues.
    I don’t think I’ve ever considered myself beautiful.
    Thank you for reminding me that God thinks I am beautiful.

  54. Mair Hodges says:

    Question #7…At this very moment I am in a situation that I know God will use for good but it is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to endure in my 54 yrs. of life. My daughter gave birth to our first granddaughter back in July and since then she has systematically cut us out of her life. She is about 2,100 miles away so I can’t go over there and fight it out with her and she won’t return my calls. The song reminded me of how God feels about me b/c most of the time I’m feeling very rejected and unloved. Like I said I know this is not permanent b/c I serve a God that is good and He WILL turn this around and I have learned a LOT about myself through all of this so that is good too. I just keep telling her through emails and texts that I love her no matter what!!!

  55. My son has been to Iraq 3 times and he has been struggling to fit back into society without all the adrenaline rush he’s used to. This last sunday I sent him a text that had these scriptures in them and he texted me back saying that I had stopped him from making a bad decision. He said he was laying in bed with his pistol asking God to forgive him for all the things he had done and was about to do and to take care of his family. These scriptures literally saved my son, bless his heart form putting that gun to his head and pulling the trigger! I had read them in the chapter and the Holy Spirit moved me to send them to my son and I am ever so thankful that I was obedient! This study has literally saved lives and I thank you and the Father above! Please keep Joshua in your prayers, I already lost my 21 year old daughter, dont think I can handle losing another of my kids.

    • Dawn Tuller says:

      wow – praying for you and your son – a heavy weight to bear for both of you.

    • Kari-
      May God’s presence be VERY near your son and you. Please God, help them continue to feel you, see you, know you, trust you. Bring him from despair to healing! Bless Joshua abundantly. Help him to find help and his purpose. Thank you, Father.

      I am SO sorry you have lost a daughter.

      • Thank you Karen so much for your prayers and I agree in prayer with you, that God will bring him from despair to healing, that both him and I will continue to feel Him. see Him, know Him and trust Him. Thank you Lord for blessing Joshua abundantly and upholding him with Your righteous right Hand! Continue to put Your hedge of protection around his mind and keep the whispering lies of the enemy out of his head, heart and ears! Let me continue to hear Your precious leading where it comes to encouraging and strengthening with Your words that will touch and penetrate His heart. Lord its not about my confidence in who I am as a person but my confidence in Who You are in and through me and my obedience that will give confidence to those who need You so much more than me. Oh I need You Lord but there are so many others out there hurting worse than me and I just lift them all to You. Let them know they are precious, they are loved, they are sacred and they are Yours! In Jesus Name Amen!

  56. I am sending Him the link to this song right now! Thank you for sharing it!

  57. Dawn Tuller says:

    I haven’t gotten to the questions yet. but I remember taking a class a few years ago about gifts and I started thinking – what was mine? I completely understand your memory of being in the class and “hoping to get some ideas from others” as they came around to you. What are my gifts? What would I do with my free time if I had some? I’m struggling to answer those questions. I know I can organize because I do that a lot and would love to have my house organized (it’s to small for us to have a spot for everything). I also know that I can lead others, from my Awana experience. I just don’t know what my dream is. What do I want to be when I grow up? I don’t know, I don’t know how to live completely happy or content in what I am doing. I’m looking forward to the questions and the rest of the chapter to discover gifts.

  58. michelle h says:

    oh, if we could only really grasp these truths!

  59. Thank You so much for posting the video…today has been really hard..and I sure don’t feel beautiful…but the video…made feel special and loved…thank you…It so nice to know that God loves me…
    God Bless

  60. I haven’t had time to do much with this lesson but working on what my gifts are and what God wants me to do with them. We are on vacation.

  61. Thinking about everything I’ve been through in the last 3 years….unemployment, estranged siblings, death of my mother, estate battles and now marital issues….I have to bury myself in good reading such as your book AND the word of God to remind me that I am His… I am worthy of love, I am worthy of God’s love. Bless you for all you do.

  62. Rachael says:

    “…for all the lies you’ve held inside so long…” I love that verse! “They are nothing in the shadow of the cross.” I am going through a prayer ministry right now, sort of like the looking back that you talked about earlier in the book. It is very painful but I know freedom will come. Thank you for your testimony throughout your book. You encourage me to press on through the pain of my past. God is good and I know I am not alone.

  63. Wow! What a video! Tears….. I absolutely love the words an pictures at the phrase ‘you are His.’
    So powerful! Even for a 38 yr old. God has laid it on my heart to share rhis with one of our youth whose own mother tells her differently. Thanks for sharing so that I may not only receive but pay it forward. To the Glory of God.

  64. Your words have touched my heart. I don’t see myself as being beautiful. I believe a lot of it stems from when I was in my teens and I used to sing, “Why am I so beautiful?” My Dad asked me why I always sing that and if I was trying to convince myself. I was so embarrassed and hurt to hear those words from my Dad and they did a lot to shape how I have seen myself even now in my 50’s. It is time for me to believe in my heart that I am beautiful.

  65. In my Tuesday night H.O.P.E. class we have been speaking these words to each other. Saying them outloud is powerful. I shared this verse “You have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes…” from Song of Songs 4:9 Your worship towards God makes His heart beat faster. His passion for you is all consuming.

    My dear sisters in Christ and I have shared tears as we speak Christ’s love into each other! Very powerful.

    Thank you for this affirmation and reminder (it helps to hear it everyday).

  66. Thank you for uplifting a tired lady. It has been one of those weeks and the song and video were just what I needed. But than God always knows what we need. Just an additional quick thanks Renee for all your time and effort. This bible study really is speaking to my heart.

  67. This book is wonderful and Chapter 8 is a “milestone” chapter. This is about my 4th trip through the book. Once on my own, Melissa’s study, my study with women at church and your study, Renee. Everytime I ready the book, I get something new out of it. Question 7 has a different answer this time around it than it did the first time. I have been through such a journey with God over the past year and a half and I am now starting to see through the clouds. I know that God has taken me through experiences that I will be able to use to help minister others. I have already seen that. I now know and understand how God uses our trials and hard times to turn around and help others. I hope and pray that God will continue to work through me and that I will be able to do things that honor and glorify Him. Renee you are a true blessing to so many women. I am thankful that God led me to Proverbs 31 Ministries back last August and then to your book. It has changed my life.

  68. Caroline McGinnis says:

    Thank you for sharing this song today Renee I have heard it many time and I absolutly love it. The first time I heard it I was in tears, I couldn’t believe that some one could love me so much but God surely does. And i am so grateful for His love and how much He has taught me about love, that I didn’t know before.

  69. Carrie swearingen says:

    I loved this blog post. It is comforting to know that god values me and that he formed me before I was born. To know I am chosen and His is so encouraging.

  70. I needed to hear that song today. Today was a rough day. I am in a job that i feel i m so inadequate. Hopeless and drained. Trying not to let the enemy destroy me. I have confidence in God. I am so grateful for his love and knowing that he sees me and will take care of me.

  71. Has God allowed you to walk through experiences through which you can see Him working for good in your life or in the lives of others? Do you, or will you, use these experiences to minister to others you meet along the way?

    I remember when I was in school, one day my psychology professor asked to talk to me after class, he took the time out to encourage me about my writing. No one had ever done that before, and all of this time later, I still remember it. Just this month I recalling those memories, I encouraged other women to pause and encourage someone else.
    I try to encourage young people when I can. This world is so different than the one I grew up in, and sometimes a positive encouraging word is all it takes to help someone’s spirit for the day or for years to come. I didn’t always understand why God chose me to go through some of the things that I do, why it is I cannot really relate to my peers on many levels, but I see now that God is fine tuning me and my unique characteristics to encourage other young people with health issues to stay strong, have hope, and not quit. To take a pause in a busy day to remind someone that God is always near. Maybe if I were able to keep up with my peers – maybe I’d be too busy to pause and remind someone of God’s faithfulness to us. God doesnt make mistakes. Never ever.

  72. Thank you for the video. I needed that reminder. I feel like such a slacker with this devotion study I am still on chapter 3. I am really struggling to continue but I love it posts and encouragement.

  73. I loved the music beautiful because it reminded me how God sees me. The love he has for us is so amazing and even overwhelming. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that he loves me that much.

  74. Comparison…wow, this has been a good chapter for me to revisit! Just yesterday I shared these thoughts on Kimberly’s blog – “Comparison is such a sin and I do it way too much and all it does is leave me feeling defeated! To add to it just yesterday my little Joy was doing the same thing!! Renee is so right…amazes me to see how many women relate to this chapter. Some are the very ones others are comparing themselves too…if we’d all choose to believe, we’d be so much better and God would get so much more glory!!”

    And this song it always takes me back to nearly a year ago when I read ACH for the first time, so good! But tonight I sat with my 7 year old daughter and had her listen to the lyrics as well. Pray they sink in a little more for both of us!!

    Thanks again Renee!! Love, Jill

  75. God’s Love is absolutely amazing to me! His love is unconditional and eternal and He is always there for me waiting – even if I’m not there yet. Life is hard and I remember that God is sovereign and faithful!

  76. Georgiana says:

    What a beautiful song and video Renee! Thank you so much for your inspiring posts and writings as God always seems to speak just to me in a miraculous way! Just what I needed tonight – a reminder that I am forever beautiful in God’s eyes!

  77. Tootsie says:

    It has taken God a long time to convince me, but I KNOW that I am beautiful to HIM because of what Jesus has chosen to do for me (die for my sins). Isaiah 43 has some verses that make me believe I am special. I know that I am living in His plan but I feel like there is more treasures to be opened. Praise Him!

  78. Vanessa says:

    I love Psalm 139 and it is so wonderful and comforting to know that God loves us so much. loved the masterpiece post too!

  79. Very inspirational video and message and it’s a great reminder to me that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. His love for us unending and powerful.

  80. John 3:16 – the core of Christian Godly Love – He loved me enough to die on my behalf – Thank you Jesus for always being there for me and for taking my place in true display of how beautiful your love is for me!

  81. Jennifer Klemple says:

    I loved the song Beatiful. I think all of us women struggle with not feeling pretty…but with God’s word we can be filled and renewed. Thank you for sharing!!

  82. Stephanie says:

    I am so grateful for God’s love for me.

  83. Who won the other giveaways? I wanted some of your books to give away at my up-coming brunch.
    oh, it is really awesome how God uses ordinary people to do extra-ordinary things sometimes. I think
    one reason I like Jeremiah so much is He never gave up and He was a success in God’s eyes because
    He obeyed Him.
    Thank you for all you do in the Lord. One day I hope we will meet, you are so special.
    I love all the Proverbs 31 women.

  84. There is no doubt HE is working HIS good in our lives and in the lives of those around us as we continue traveling this unemployment journey. Just when we think we cannot take another step, HIS faithfulness shines through. I am not the same as I was when this all began over a year ago, and I’m confident I will grow even more before this journey ends. HE is already using us in powerful ways to encourage those who are walking this same path. HE has a purpose in this that is far from ordinary. And as Reepicheep said to Eustace in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, “Extraordinary things happen to extraordinary people.”

    Another powerful chapter, Renee, that has spoken to my heart. This week’s verse is taped to my bathroom mirror and has been exactly what I’ve needed to read over and over and over. HIS truths are seeping down deep into my heart through this study : )

  85. Melissa Fordyce says:

    Thank you for this reminder !

  86. Jennifer says:

    Our worship series through Lent is Journey to Hope and our message last Sunday was a perfect fit with Chapter 8 and with this discussion we are having about who we are vs. who we let others, the world, the enemy tell us that we are. Comparison really is an ugly word and does so much to damage us. Listening to anything but who God says we are can be so damaging. We are all the things you share in this post…we are daughters of the King!
    We were purposefully created…the creation of the Almighty and that gives us power and authority, strength and the beautiful Godfidence that we are learning to embrace!

  87. Karin T. says:

    Last year I took my then 9 year old daughter to see Mercy Me in concert and the lead singer explained the inspiration for the song. I was so overcome with wanting to give my daughter the reassurance that she is BEAUTIFUL in God’s eyes all of the time. You see my daughter’s father died in 2008. She has a lot of life events to deal with. A lot of things in life telling her she doesn’t measure up…she’s broken. She sang along with the song during the concert…got a necklace that said “Beatutiful” and wore it every day until it turned her neck green. To know we are beautiful to our Heavenly Father is sooooo important. I don’t want my daughter to have to be 47 years old and read a book to come back to knowing this fact in her mind and in her heart.

    • And I showed it to my 10 year old grandson with very similar circumstances tonight. I think it’s powerful! May your daughter ALWAYS know she IS beautiful by the power of the holy spirit!

  88. Carrie swearingen says:

    Answers to chapter 7 questions

    1. 2
    2. At times.
    3. Comforted, reassured, hopeful
    4. Yes. Restvin god’s promised and trust HIm to lead me in the paths of righeteous. I will reach for god’s hand and rise again.
    5. Condemnation-generalized statement: usually judgmental, criticial. Conviction-reveal’s a specific attitude and how instructs you on how to change it.
    6. I felt condemned by a ex boyfriend who wasvjudgemental, abusive, and controlling. I would have gotten out of the relationship sooner instead of staying in and getting hurt.

    I love these statements in chapter 7. When I trust in His power and rely on His promises, I am a woman who is growing to become more like Jesus each day. Becoming a woman who is not perfect, but who is surrendering to God’s perfect power and love at work in her.

    A confident woman trusts this truth. Even when she falls, she doesn’t stay down. Instead she reaches for God’s hand and rises again.

    God reminds me that I am a work in progress, and as I rely on Christ in me, I am moving forward even when I have a setback.

    Failure produces wisdom when we ask for it and maturity when we learn from it, failure can be hurtful, but it can also be beneficial.

  89. I NEEDED to hear these words of encouragement today. Just had the joy of having our sweet baby but am feeling particularly frumpy and un-pretty. Thank you!

  90. I am beautiful and wonderfully made. I am one of a kind. I am finally beginning to believe all this and I am so thankful for your book and your study. This is probably the 1st time in a long time that I have followed through and kept up with something. I am so looking forward to meeting you this month. I have signed up for your conference in Fulton, MD @ Grace Community Church.
    Blessings, Elaine

  91. “You matter. You hear me? You matter and you are loved.” Those two babies are so precious…and it makes me think of my dear friend, who encouraged me to do this study. We’re doing it together….but we live far, far apart. She’s been ministering to me today through emails…and these two babies made me think of her. I’m struggling with chapter 8. I don’t know my gifts. I don’t see them. I don’t feel like a masterpiece of God’s.

    I’ve known her for about 13 years. We met online through a tiny “support” group. That’s how long we’ve been talking to each other. But we’ve never met, in person. Oh….the things we’ve laughed and cried through…together.

    So I’m struggling to find my worth…..but I’m blessed with an amazing friend. 🙂

    • Wow, you really are blessed to have such a sweet and special friendship!!! Praying those kinds of friendships might also form here in our little community online. I see the prayers and words of encouragement shared and know it’s such a gift even if some never meet. Thank you for sharing about your sweet friendship!

      Praying you will see the little things you do as valuable gifts you can offer to the King and to those all around you each day. Sometimes we wait for the bigger gifts, the “better” things we see others doing and wonder why we don’t have those gifts. Even me? I’m an author now but my writing started with a thank you note that someone commented on. What if I had never just written notes and been faithful with that? I may never had gotten the courage to write a devotion or an article which all led to a blog and then 10 years later a book. I pray that my small offerings will encourage each of you to offer yours. He is so worthy and so willing to use what ever we will offer HIM!!! Praying we won’t listen to Defeat or the lies of comparison and let them diminish the value of our gifts any more.

  92. God was trying to get the words from that video thru to me today as I heard it on the way to work, it was a cool down during my first Zumba class and now here. My husband and I are empty nesters and I have been telling friends here of late, I just don’t do anything for myself. That is what drove me to start this bible study.
    My dad was pretty verbally abusive and always called me dummy, and I grew up thinking I was dumb and fat – so this has been a great way to learn that my Heavenly Father – the big Daddy of them all – loves me as I am and has gifts bestowed upon me that I should be using to help others rather than wallering in my past.
    God put our eyes in the front of our head for a reason – to look forward, not backward!!
    Thank you all for blessing me with you!!

  93. So much to sift through and so many events during the day to question how what we are learning through this study fits with different events. Yesterday I had a run in with a colleague that I don’t really have a great relationship with and in this particular situation (definitely not all situations) have more training/knowledge but did my confidence sink in the aftermath! So it was very helpful to practice leaning on God (and I say practice because as usual I tend to give Him my problems/conflicts and then take them back) and just rest in his peace……once I truly let go which was actually hours later. But ultimately I had a good nights rest and woke up reassured that I did move in the best interest of another who was the source of the conflict. It is so nice to remember how much we are loved and treasured by God when it seems that there is no one else that feels remotely the same. Thank-you Renee for this study. Its really nice to read how others are also growing from this study. Thanks to all for sharing and blessings to all.

  94. Crystal says:

    Dear Renee,

    Thank you so much for yet another deeply insightful and sometimes difficult step on this journey that you are walking us all through, and thank you for doing so in such a tender reassuring fashion. “I surrender my personality, heart’s desires, abilities, spiritual gifts to Your purposes. I delight myself in You, Lord, trusting You to shape the desires of my heart to match Yours.” This is my prayer so that I can serve Jesus in all I do.

  95. I absolutely love that song! I just had to buy it and downloaded it on my phone and computer. For the past several months I have really been struggling with my self worth and believing that I’m ugly. I am slowly realizing that its nothing more than a lie. Its so easy for me to pick out the flaws and imperfections in myself and beating myself up for them. I love it when I hear from God telling me that He doesn’t expect perfectionism from me b/c its impossible from me. To be loved unconditionally is a truly amazing gift!

    Renee, you have been like a BFF to me although we have never meet and I hope that I may get the chance! You have lifted me up in ways you could have never imagined. THANK YOU!!

  96. I love this song. I hear it on the radio sometimes on my way to work. It is a great reminder of what God thinks of me. Thanks so much!
    Becky

  97. WOW! every word this week is your beautiful. My thoughts this week are will anyone love me like that. HE Already did and does. that is what is so neat about my Jesus… he loves me past present and future and I am so glad He is in my life. Its all because of HIM i am alive. He wants me around to Know and talk to? Lil ol me that tries to hide behind her job, her kids, her smile? He wants to be my everything and I look in the world and try to fill my Heart with ALL the distractions than CANNOT ever compare to his LOVE that fills my heart with HIM! JESUS LOVER OF MY SOUL!

  98. Sherri B says:

    Everytime I hear this song it reminds me of how God thinks of me regardless of what I think or what others think….I AM BEAUTIFUL to my heavenly Father. With my hands raised in praise to the only one that matters when it comes to my life, I give Him all the glory, honor, and praise for who I am in Him. God thank you for letting me know each and everyday how much you love me and desire for me to be all I can be for you, thru YOU. THANK YOU Renee for sharing this music video with us and God bless you for writing this book and leading us in this online study together. God never ceases to amaze me.

  99. This song has always been a favorite of mine. No matter what happens in my life, God is always there and loves me no matter what. I am beautiful to him, even when I don’t feel beautiful! Thank you for the reminder Renee.

  100. Renee- You’re blog and video really hit home for me today. I’m doing this bible study for the 2nd time, The first time was with Melissa. The truth of this bible study is starting to penetrate the thick walls I’ve put up around me for security and protection. This is such an emotional journey, and it has taken me to uncomfortable places, but it’s much needed. I need God’s truth every single day penetrating my mind and heart, and I’m starting to believe that “I’m His” and that He truly does love me and has created me for a unique purpose. Thank you for opening your heart to me and to woman across the country with your book. I’m forever thankful.

  101. Love this song! Thanks for sharing! I needed to hear this!

  102. So thankful for this book!!! It reminds me that I am not alone in my struggles. It encourages me to learn more about myself, figure out who God made me to be, and reminds me to stop constantly comparing myself to others (and wonder what is wrong with me?). There is so much I wish I could write, but the words are just not coming out clearly tonight. Blessings!

  103. Sometimes it’s so hard to believe. Sometimes people’s voices are so much louder than His. Sometimes religion frames it so that unless I jump through the hoops just right and look just right, then I’m not really acceptable let alone beautiful. And sometimes it seems like I’m the only one that isn’t good enough. Then I watched the video, and I listened to your words.
    Someday I’m going to learn deeply that I am beautiful and that I am good and that I do matter and that I was made for so much more than this. Someday I’m going to know it so well that I can pour it out into others who don’t know it. Someday I’m going to love others like He loves me because I’m going to get it. I’m going to understand that He loves me and how He loves me. Someday….and that someday is going to be soon, because He’s brought me into a sweet spot where there’s nobody to tell me what all I’m not. God is so good. He is so good to me. Thank you for knowing it for you so you could share it with me…and with so many others. God bless you more.

  104. I heard MercyMe’s “Beautiful” on the radio and immediately thought of a friend of mine who was going through hard times. I shared it with her and have been directing others to it, as discouragement is ALL over. I just read a post from a Facebook friend who is wondering what God’s plan is for her life, believing there is none. I think I will share this whole post with her! Thank you!

  105. I received this email from our friend Kay Parrish today:

    WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF TORNADO DISASTER . I AM SPENDING MOST OF MY TIME VOLUNTEERING AT OUR CHURCH. PLEASE PRAY FOR SOUTHERN IN IT WAS HIT VERY HARD. WE ARE NEAR HENRYVILLE, IN . I HAVE LITTLE TIME FOR BOOK STUDY BUT I WILL FINISH IT AS SOON AS I CAN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR OUR AREA.

    KAY

    Lord, we lift up our sweet friend Kay and her whole community. Jesus surround them with resources, help, courage, strength and hope to get through this horrible disaster. Thank you that although we can’t be there physically we can call on You and you will be. I pray she’d feel us lifting her up tonight and in the days to come. Speak to her heart and give her the words You’d want her to share with each person she meets. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  106. Jennifer says:

    That song is such a reminder to me to focus on how God sees me and not on how others see me or how I see myself.

    The world is so focused on what they see on the outside that sometimes it feels like the good on the inside of people isn’t given much of a chance.

  107. Melissa says:

    I haven’t read the chapter yet (I’m off work on Fridays, so that’s when I usually do this study), but, for some reason unknown to me, I had this song stuck in my head when I woke up a few days ago! Amazing how God works. 🙂

  108. A wonderful video and what an awesome reminder of how special God created each of us to be. Praying for my sisters as we continue our study.
    Thank you Renee for your heart felt love to us all.
    Blessings….

  109. I love the words to this song. I could listen to it every morning. Maybe I will make it my theme song to get me pumped up for my day. 🙂

    Karen C.

  110. This post. That song.

    When will I believe those words from Christ? Those words that tell me I am beautiful, holy, chosen. adopted, redeemed, loved. Today has been a a long one … dealing with grief, guilt, and resentment following the death of my youth pastor from 25 years ago. There was a major hurt and I had plans to go talk to him, ask for forgiveness at the anger I harbored and now it is too late.

    I also struggle with depression and hearing the lies that are so loud in my head. So much louder than the truth. Then I read a post like this. Hear a song like ‘Beautiful’ and I wonder if I am. Really truly. As doors are closed and windows slammed shut, I ask God what am I to do? And wonder if he is listening or cares.

    How do you learn to believe the truth? How do you really know what the truth is?

  111. Janet Spates says:

    “wondering if you’ll ever be enough” that line fits my heart today. 3 marriages, (2 failures & 1 on the rocks) recovering addict, 4 children, only 2 of which I have a real relationship with, domestic violence, a husband who spent 5 years in jail after cheating, more sin than I care to admit, God still knows me and loves me. I am beautiful. Even after months of chemo and an upcoming surgery to remove a major portion of my digestive system, He loves me and carries me through. Even when I can’t forgive myself, He forgives me, in His eyes I am precious.

    I would love to win this package, I need to work through forgiving myself and seeing myself through His eyes, not the eyes of the world. He has a glorious plan for me and my life and I need to get into agreement with His will, not my view that I will never be good enough.

  112. Karen Halterman says:

    Hey everyone….I, too, have not had a chance this week to read Chapter 8, but I did take a peek at it. This music video about being so beautiful, treasured by, cherished, loved,etc. by Jesus was what my life needed to hear today. So many times we do go off comparing ourselves to someone or a bunch of someones else….Satan loves to whisper in our ears how we just are not worthy or good enough for….
    and sadly, we listen to him rather than running to Jesus to find our worth. The song was a great reminder of what we find and have in the Lord Jesus Christ…so much MORE than what the world is even remotely able to give us…and Jesus has GIFTED us with what we receive from Him. Not just “given” to us, but actually “gifted” us with. And the pictures in their video were so timely with the words and I am going to go listen to it again and be reminded again of whose I am and what I am in HIM!!

    I have done the spiritual gifts testing before (sometimes I want to do it just to see if my gift (s) have changed or altered any…usually not! I have found myself throughout my life comparing myself at church to someone else’s gift(s) and asking God “why didn’t I get that gift so that I could do….(whatever that gal is doing),etc. Always seem to want more from Him to satisfy our own desires or wants, don’t we? I need to stop that comparison and start doing the “cooperation with” others–them using their gifts and me using my gifts for His glory. I know that the gift of encouragement is one of my strong gifts and I use it, but I need to be using it even more–so many are so beaten down by the world, I need to reach out and help lift them up.

    You know what God has really been imparting on my heart here of late through this book and through another study I am doing? To impart and hold out GRACE to others…that undeserved merit that I have so freely been gifted with by Jesus, I need to be offering that to others…ALL others, not just the ones that I chose to bestow it to either. You know, if God were “fair” to us like we think everyone and life needs to be “fair” to us, we would be down in the dirt right now, still living in sin and darkness…but His fairness is what gives us His forgiveness and sent Jesus to the cross for us. How can I not impart, offer, bestow grace freely on everyone instead of judge and criticize them first? Something along the lines of removing that log out of my own eye rather than seeing the speck in theirs….

    Again, I am soooo thankful for the book and writing of our dear leader, Renee….A Confident Heart is a book to be read and reread and shared (as well as put into action in our lives..lived out daily!!).

    I say it again, “thank you so much, Father, for Christian authors!!:.

  113. I just used that song by Mercy Me in a ‘talk’ I presented to a group of Senior High Girls regrading dating relationships and purity within those relationships. If you let God be the one to tell you that you are beautiful and have worth, then you don’t have to look elsewhere…. I wish I had understood that more fully in my younger years, and I thank you Renee for this book that reminds me over and over as I read it that these truths are just as needed for me at this stage in my life as they were years ago. Even though I am now married to a wonderful godly man, we are at a crazy busy time- two children under 3, my husband finishing his Masters degree while in a job with monthly pressure deadlines… He doesn’t always think to tell me that I’m beautiful or appreciated… and it is good to be able to rely on God to meet those needs, which allows me to give my husband grace. I am beautiful, sacred, treasured and loved, by the One who matters most. So thankful!

  114. Chastity Ray says:

    Well I haven’t read as far as chapter 8 yet. Let me say WOW. That music video spoke right to my heart and what a wonderful song. I’m going to see if I can purchase that for my ipod. It’s a great message to share with those we love. Thank you for sharing this with me today! It’s exactly what I needed to hear today. THANK YOU

  115. First of all, I want to say how AWESOME this song is!!! Every time I hear it, it is like God is right there singing it to me!!! Really makes me stop the whole negative thinking of who I think I am and really focus on God’s thinking of me.
    Second, I just want to say that I love chapter 8! It has really opened my eyes to a lot…For so long and still from time to time I compare myself to others of this world, and I dont measure up. I am 30, have yet to finish my college education (really don’t know what to do) and I just recently lost my job because the owner shut down the business, no warning, just sent an email and said I no longer have a job. I am not married, not even dating….and to me, I look at my life and wonder what God has placed me in this world for….I get depressed because I dont have anything to offer….then I stop….God has me right where He wants me, and I can do great things for Him because it is THROUGH Him that I get my strength…
    Still a work in progress!
    Take Care, God Bless, and Stay Beautiful!!!

  116. This video is awesome. This study is awesome. Your book is awesome. You are awesome Renee! I have spent my entire life thinking I’m not good enough, 53 years. Lived in physical and verbal abuse most of my life. Conceived out of hate and an entire life of lies. No idea who I am or my “nationality” or who my blood relatives are, and only found this out a few years ago. All lies, my whole life a lie. But God is good! It took this study, this book, and God speaking through you Renee for me to finally get I am LOVED by the King of Kings. I am beautiful, His masterpiece, chosen, known and blessed. Jesus loves ME! How cool is that? I always thought he loved everyone else but not me. I’ve been saved since 2001 and it is now just sinking in. Jesus loves ME! I can’t tell you how freeing that is. Your constant posts to facebook, and the constant emails is what finally made me realize it. That’s what made it sink in. Thank you so very much! I am LOVED and I am FREE! How great is our God?! Blessings to you!

  117. I do wish I could see myself as God sees me, I pray that so much. The song is beautiful, I enjoyed listening to it so much. Thank you for all you are doing for us women, you are a special woman of God. I so enjoy reading your blog, and anything that you write….Thanks so much, Lisa

  118. I love the song and am so grateful for this book study, the blog and today’s discussion… I was able to share today’s blog with my mother and the video… I pray that she will be at the point where she will allow God to reveal to her how important she is and that she can break free from the bondage that has attacked her for so long. I am so grateful every day that we can go directly to God and he can work in our lives through his abundant grace if we seek him… He is always there…

  119. I don’t have the book but I love this post!

  120. Carrie P. says:

    It’s sooo easy to forget that there is someone who always thinks I’m beautiful and sees all there is that is good in me. And that someone is the most important someone of all – GOD! Thank you for the reminder. I wish I didn’t have to be reminded…but your book and this study are definitely helping!

  121. Love, love, love this video! What a beautiful message! So glad to be on here! Love you all on here who are on this journey with me! God Bless you all!

  122. i LOVE this song and the video! I love the thought that I’m beautiful, treasured and sacred to Jesus, enough to die for me! I love the pictures where He is hugging the girls! Beautiful thoughts. I haven’t quite got to the questions from chapter 8 yet, but I do thank you for sharing this video!

  123. Katherine Fager says:

    I absolutely love this song. Whenever I feel down or alone, this song helps to remind me that I am that perfect creation; loved and cared for by our Heavenly Father. Unfortunately, there are many of these times, so seeing the words on “paper” really help to remind me of these truths. I really am…

    Beautiful

    Loved

    Cherished

    Chosen

    Treasured

    Sacred

    You are His!

  124. Geri Dietz says:

    I know that the Lord directed me to the blog and to hear this song. I needed this so much tonight. These are words that I have never heard spoken to me, but tonight through this song, I feel loved. Thank You for this amazing bible study.

  125. Hi everyone,
    I’m behind on my studies but I do read the postings Renee. I’m leading a women’s bible study at my church about our wilderness and how we must trust god with everything.

    The video was perfect. When Satan tries to fill our head with lies and doubt, we need to remember god loves us, We’re beautiful!

  126. I have listened that song countless times but never really “heard” it until now. Thank you for that. I so needed to hear that blessing.

  127. Bernadette says:

    It’s still so hard to believe that I’m one IN a million, not one OF a million (or billion!) and that God actually cares about me personally. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around that one. I know that it’s true in my head, God has given me plenty of examples of his love, but I don’t think it’s made it all the way to my heart yet.

  128. Latrelle says:

    That song/video was EXACTLY what I needed to hear. Now I need to listen to it every, every, EVERY day till it sinks in !!! Thank you Renee & Mercy Me for allowing yourselves to be used by God to minister to me / us.

  129. This song is one of my favorites!!
    This past year has been by far one of the hardest years in my life.
    I was in an abusive relationship…and about a year ago this song came on and I could just hear God speaking to me through this song. All the times I heard I wasnt good enough or pretty enough God replace it with YOU ARE BEAUTIFULL. I realized that day how God sees me!! He let me now that, the situation I was in was not good for me, He let me know I was meant for something way more. That day I started to feel how much God values me and sees me. I belive HIm and I am glad He has saved my life in more than one way.

  130. I feel warm when I know you matter and love me, Jesus and Renee. I am also glad to learn the positive meaning of this word ‘matter’ today. I am encouraged to write a feedback and response here by seeing God’s giving you the gift of giving, Renee. Thank you for your lovely photo and ‘Give Away’ action. Praise the LORD’s awesome restoration within you and through you!

  131. I do want to feel beautiful and loved and confident. This song and this chapter especially is showing me that God has created me for a purpose. Since my husband died I feel at a loss as to what I am supposed to be doing with my life but from this study I am learning that God has a plan and he always has and I need to trust him with my life. I have always used my gift with children in service but I feel God has other assignments for me and I am anxious to discover what they are. Thank you for offering this study at a time when I was needing to grow in God confidence.

  132. I love the song. Thanks for sharing it and all the words of wisdom. I’m struggling with this chapter. We did a personality study in a Sunday School Teaching Workshop and I’m a problem solver, number crunching person who also loves to interact with my friends. I need to take a day to myself (away from kids and work) and pray about what “I” like to do. I like to volunteer and I get asked to do the treasurer tasks. I don’t mind doing it since it comes easy for me, I just have not figured out what my “passion” is.

  133. Oh my gosh! This post is for me!! I was going through the worst (was it?) time in my life around January 2011. I wanted to end my life. I thought there was no hope. My son’s diagnosis and subsequent treatment for cancer gave me the push to recall some horrendous childhood sexual abuse. I thought nobody could tolerate or love me.

    My son’s nurse practitioner was an avid Christian and she sent me the link to this song. It changed me. It made me feel that inside I WAS beautiful and truly more than my past.

    The day I heard that song made me want to persevere and go on. There have been many rough times but then I put my earphones in my ears and remember….

    I will answer my chapter 8 questions tomorrow. Today I want to revel in the fact that I am beautiful (I printed the lyrics and kept them with me).

    You, no matter what, are beautiful to God and that is all that matters!

    Thank you to all!

    Wendy

  134. I love the words of this song and loved the material of this chapter. It was fun to review the material and to do the spitiual gift inventory in my mini retreat. It was a real encouragement to see that God is using me and the gifts that He has given me. The photo of the potter with the clay was a beautiful picture for me. Thanks to all who share.

  135. Christina says:

    So glad I came out to the blog today as it was so on point with something that I’ve been struggling with but have questioned myself as to why…I know some of the reasons how I got caught into the comparison trap, but why, but this statement stood out the most from the blog: “May God’s sweet affirmations replace all those comparisons.”

    I wrote this in my journal today and after reading your blog just now, I see how it speaks to my heart. My journal entry was:

    “Why do we compare, instead of being ourselves?” Why do we allow the most insignificant things in life pertaining to another person’s character, ability, looks, voice, style, gift, relationship, etc affect us so much? Why do we want to look, sound, have, or be like any other person? When you really take the time out to stop and think how menial and insignificant it is to who you are, it really doesn’t make sense. Comparison/competition feeds into jealousy, envy or losing your authentic self which is not a good thing.

    We compare another woman’s hair, eyes, skin, smile, voice, size, personality, feet, clothes, house, car, shoes, relationship, family, friends, job, status and the list goes on and on and on. My question is this. What is the one thing about yourself that is unique? Better yet, of the things that we compare ourselves that others have (as listed above), ask yourself if you have something. Do you have hair, do you have eyes, clothes, a place to live, etc…it’s a yes or no question, not yes but I don’t look like this person or yes but I don’t have the smile she has….uuuuhhmmm, of coarse not…You are unique…but you can at least answer to the question that you have a smile, so smile. Even if you can say yes to one thing, you’re blessed. So in essence, look at what you have, not what you don’t and especially stop looking at what someone else has. It’s okay to admire or acknowledge, but move on…don’t compare. Be thankful for all things big or small. Be yourself and fin one thing about you that you like. Stay focused.”

    Now adding God’s affirmations to my life and focusing on them everyday, I know can and will heal me of the comparison trap. Most of the time, well in my life, I didn’t get the affirmations I needed as a young person which made me always look at someone else’s life and say I wasn’t good enough…but ENOUGH IS ENOUGH already. God’s affirmations in my life are enough.

  136. I don’t have the book yet, however I do want it. As for this music video it is beautiful. One of the many lies the devil tells us women is how we are ugly, inadequate, full of flaws. So when u hear that you are beautiful it’s hard to believe. I love the part that says you are you are chosen you are his. You’re beautiful. If we could just grasp this cocept. There would be alot of healing. Thank you.

  137. Renee,
    Thank you for reminding us all why we are so valuable — we are God’s children, God’s loves us beyond measure, and He will go to any length that we might be reconciled to Him. WOW!

    It is hard for me to listen to the song, Beautiful by Mercyme, without getting very emoitional. There are two reasons for my emotional response. First, God gave me this song last April, less than a week after losing a close friend to suicide. I had known this person for over 25 years. The one thing I know about my friend with absolute certainty was that he didn’t like himself and he hard time believing that anyone else could like him either.
    How did I know this about my friend? Because I suffered from the same condition. Notice that my last sentence is past-tense. I no longer doubt my value or the reason for my existence. About two years ago God brought me to a crossroads… either I accept his love and trust him fully, 100%, or I reject him. After many soul-searching sessions with God, I chose to trust him 100% and thus, by default, believe what he says in his word about his love for me. THIS HAS TRANSFORMED MY LIFE!! GOD HAS TRANSFORMED MY LIFE!!
    Every man, women, and child need to hear of God’s amazing love. More importantly, He needs every one who has experienced his love to share it with those around us. Words are cheap but actions tell the truth of where someone’s heart lies.
    I have experienced that deep, dark place of self-loathing. I know from personal experience that the only thing that can reach someone in that dark place is God’s love. Who will be God’s mouth to speak his truths? Who will be His arms to hug and hold those who cannot love themselves? These are the questions that fuel me. This, in short (hee hee) is what the song by Mercyme is all about.

    • Hi Andi~
      I simply want to say that I am so sorry to hear about your friend.
      Your story is similar to mine. Your feelings are not unlike mine.
      To have at one time lived in complete darkness, only to then come out into the Sonlight…what an amazing transformation that can take place, correct?
      My prayer is that both of us will be the hands and feet of Jesus for others in need.
      Bless you today. Judi.

  138. I’ve always been so insecure. I’ve never felt beautiful but I know that I’m loved by God. I recently had breast cancer and had to have a mastectomy and then I really felt bad. I was always so healthy and I exercised and watched my weight and did all the right things but God had other plans for me. At first I was devastated, it nearly crushed me. I know that God looks on the inside but my inside at times not very pretty. It is still hard when I look in the mirror but I know that I’m more than this shell of a body. I praise God that He let me live so I can have more time with my family and friends. I’m loving the book because it is helping me to face a lot of challenges in my life. I pray for all of the women who are doing this study and I want to say to them that they are beautiful.

  139. Crystal says:

    I am so thankful for this post! It was a much needed reminder of God’s love for me, just as I am. I can’t remember a time I didn’t doubt myself, how I look, how I act, who I am… But that has been changing since I have come to accept Christ as my Lord and Saviour. He has lead me down an amazing path with wisdom from amazing teachers like Renee. Thank you God for all of the reminders of how You love me. And thank you Renee for allowing Him to use you to touch our lives.

  140. I truly enjoyed the video. I have been very quite since the first week. I have been reading all of your blogs and weekly emails. This song has really hit a spot in my heart from the first time I heard it so I had to write. This was the first time I ever saw the music video. I have very low self esteem so knowing the God has made me and loves me no matter what gives me great comfort. I just wish that I could hold on to this thought daily.

  141. Hello Renee~
    I have come out of my shell long enough to say…Thank you so much for sharing this video. It made me cry. What a wonderful way to begin this day; to be reminded of how much I am loved. “I am treasured; I am His.” In His eyes…I am beautiful.
    Thank you for your obedience to Him in writing your book. You have made a difference in my life and in so many others. Bless you!

  142. We are truly beautiful to Him; how uplifting and what a great way to begin the day!

  143. Renee, thank you for sharing this. Last January I made a Cursillo weekend, and one of the ladies on team shared this song with us, and it has held such a special place in my heart since then. As someone who was abused as a child, by a parent, I suffer from very poor self-image issues. I can’t tell you how much I love this song, and what a blessing it is every time I hear it. I have loved our book story, and I pray for all of you ladies, and offer up one of the decades of my Friday rosary for you each week.

  144. Thank you for the reminder that our heart’s desires were placed there by God! We aren’t supposed to suppress our desires to fulfill others. We can’t do it.
    As I continue reading this book, I’m amazed at how God proves to me everyday his love and joy in me.
    I am beautiful.

  145. Talitha says:

    I have been so touched by this book and it has spoken to me right where I am. It is life changing stuff! I realize through this chapter that many times I go through my day doing what I do and not seeing that God has given me these special talents to point a lost world to Him, or to touch a life in some way that I may not even know. I am grateful that the Lord used this chapter to help me re align my heart and thoughts about my talents and abilities.

  146. Deborah says:

    Wow. I have never posted a comment before. I loved the affirmations for myself of course but I will share them with my sisters in Christ. We have to know who we are in Christ Jesus and so often we have this identity crisis. We read the words in the Bible and say “yes” that is what Jesus is saying to me and that is who I am but then we close the Bible and began to complain of “I can never get things right. I am just a loser so on and so on”. It is like we see our reflection in the mirror (God’s word) but as soon as we turn away from the mirror we forget what we look like. I struggle daily but when we let the old feelings come in again we need to turn right back to the mirror and see our reflection in Jesus.

  147. Donna Harvey says:

    How this song has ministered to me over the last several months. God has taken me in a season wehre I wasn’t sure if I would come through, but HE proved faithful and reminds me of His love for me. I needed this song again to day as a reminder that I am beautiful in his seyes.. Thank you for your faithfulnes.

  148. I LOVE this song. When my anxiety was at its worst, my husband whispered to me one night, “Do you believe that God loves you?” I could barely whisper, “yes”, because I knew it but my heart wasn’t believing it. “But I’m such a mess…” I cried. And he reminded me, “It doesn’t matter; He loves you no matter what.” Thank you for this!

  149. Carol H. says:

    That song video gave me so much peace this morning when I heard it. It put my heart in the right place, no more sadness.

    Thank You

  150. Heather Little says:

    This blog post is exactly what a friend of mine really needs to hear. I am going to forward her the link. Why is it so very hard for us as women to believe we are beautiful to Him? My prayer for all of us today is that we will live today knowing this is absolutely true. Thanks Renee! 🙂

  151. Erin Keel says:

    I woke up this morning to the rain. I hurried around getting myself ready for the day. Then I moved about getting everyone where they needed to be. Now sitting her at work, I opened your blog from yesterday. Yes, I am a day behind! I feel like I’m always behind. I’m always rushing around and doing things for everyone else. Then I sat quietly listening to the song “Beautiful” by MercyMe. I cried watching all the words come and go reminding me that this song was for ME! Sometimes I forget that I have value. Being a wife, mom, employee, etc … can be exhausting. I forget how to just be ME! This song reminded me that I do exist in God’s eyes as just “Erin” … not someone’s Mom, Wife or employee. Just “Erin”! Thank you so much for this. You are truly a blessing to me! Thank you for reminding me!

  152. I’m behind so I havent read Chapter 8 yet. I am still reflecting on 7! However, I did say to the Lord one day last week that I needed to be told that I am beautiful (reading Angela Thomas’s book, Do You Think I am Beautiful?), and He has obliged. This is about the 4th time I’ve heard it & how great to hear it here!! This is the first time I’ve heard the song since I asked, He’s obliged by people in my life saying it to me! My God is good to me!

  153. Loved your post & the song. I’m printing out your post & taping it to my daughter’s mirror in the bathroom. She’s 12 & stuggling. This is exactly what we try to tell her every day. Thank you.

  154. Great song! hearing those words again remind me how just when you need to hear encouraging words God provides. He loves us!!!

  155. Margaret says:

    I love that song by Mercy Me (I love all their songs), but this one especially. It’s so simple yet so profound. I love how much God loves me. And, amazingly enough, I’ve been reading so many other things this week and even heard a sermon series on being God’s beloved, that this just ties all in so beautifully. I feel very loved.

  156. Oh, how I needed this blog post! Thank you!!
    I continue to struggle through this book… each week bringing me more and more to tears as I confront my insecurities and my fears by turning to God and seeing His truth about me. God is doing a great work in my heart, and He is using you as His messenger. Thank you for being willing to be used by Him.

  157. Candice says:

    totally enjoyed the video reminds me of one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. and I was just reading this before I got on the computer (Psalm 139); It was very fitting for my day and reminding me I am His and God knows me inside out and since the beginning and He uses every part of our lives for his good. Yes I’m behind in the Study ,but working on catching -up,in chapter 7questions. this study has been encouraging . Please pray I remain faithful to this study and i’m not caught in the every-day busieness.
    blessings in Christ

  158. Peggybythesea says:

    Hello my sisters…I have seen these personality profiles so many times…Every time I see it i try to place myself in a different place than who I am..That’s why a couple things besides and with this I have read things that have been helpful to me..On page 137…I guess what it could be is “Comparison leaves us, insecure, confused, and discontent.” I loved the way your friend Gina “summed it up’…”Every time I complare myself with someone else, I can never measure up because I am comparing my insides with their outsides”. ” Renee, you said ” She is so right. We compare how we feel inadequate on the inside with someone who looks like they have have it all together on the outside. then we try to polish our outsides, hoping that will make us feel better on the inside, but it never does.”

    This is so true and must be what I have been doing, comparing, trying to be something I am not….My Counselor told me “just be Peggy” I have such a hard time with feeling I am good enough just as I am, just the way God made me…Sooo, i read on and you wrote “You do things the way you do because it is part of your unique, God-shaped purpose.” God made me, Peggy, this way…and then “God made us with a unique, personality, God-given passions, and abilities that can help others, as well as spiritual-giftedness and life experiences that prepare and equip me for His plan and purposes.” OK Peggy, this is where you have to focus, on yourself not on what others are or where your gifts will not be!!!

    Also, I love Beth Moore, she is my Spiritual Mother and her quote makes me feel special!!!
    You paraphrased what she said…”IF YOU WANT TO KNOW YOUR PURPOSE, PURSUE THE HEART OF GOD AND YOU’LL HAVE A HEAD ON COLLISION WITH YOUR CALLING” Wow…I feel like that is all I have been doing for 20 years!!! I have gone to the University of Life, never having college, I have learned over again through life and many times the choices I have made have set me back…I get weary…I am grateful today for the many things I am learning through this book and other sisters lives and struggles. We are not alone in our hearts and I have to remmber that…I want to make everyone else’s life good, it is what I have done most of my life, It’s Peggy’s turn and I pray I find out where I belong and have that “Head on collision” with God….God be with you all my sisters

  159. La.Tonya says:

    This video truly did touch my heart and soul. I can’t express enough how this song made me feel so BEAUTIFUL and LOVED. Just yesterday my husband said some harse words that made me feel so ugly, unloved, and worthless. I could go on but this song just lifted my heart and soul that made me feel so beautiful, loved, and worth more than all of this. As always thank you Renee for allowing my LORD and SAVIOR to work through you for so many women like me.

  160. Vanessa Wynn says:

    How can God use our experiences to encourage others? For years I dealt with a rebellious child who went through so very many things. I made some miserable mistakes in trying to mother her through it all, but as God walked me through that trial, He taught me so much. He taught me, more than anything else, how to love her without expectation and without exception – unconditionally – the way he loves us. Not that I am always able to practice that as I should, but I learned how not to condemn her, but love her and how not to fight with her, but love her and how not to be disappointed in her, but to lay her down at the feet of Jesus Christ. So, that said, those experiences I had with her for so many years were horrible. Not something you want to re-live when you deal frequently with police and probation officers and court dates. But, God walked me through that and taught me so very much and now one of my closest friends is walking through similar circumstances and I have been able to encourage her and tell her what I learned and she can be better armed to fight the battle because of the lessons I learned.

  161. Melody R says:

    I love hearing from God through music.
    I was tickled when I got to the part in the book that asked us to remember what we pretended to be when we were kids. The images were pretty vivid for me and made me smile. I do see remnants in my life now. I am excited to see how God will fulfill his purpose for me. I’m glad I’m his!

  162. Kristine says:

    As a little girl, I was taught that when we get to heaven, all our flaws will be “healed.” God would make us perfect. Well, to me, that meant I’d finally be thin and outgoing. I would finally have a tan and be rid of these freckles. Silly, yes, but that’s the world of a young girl who’s different.

    After hearing today’s song, I’m thinking maybe in heaven our bodies won’t change after all. Maybe we’ll just be given new eyesight. Maybe we’ll stay the same physically, but we’ll have that wisdom to know we are all beautiful. Just the way we are.

  163. LOVE this song and this video! Until now, it has honestly made me feel weird to listen to this song. I felt like I was being conceited or something. But through this study God has shown me that He would never talk to me the way I think about myself. I need to let my guard down and let Him encourage and love on me. So thankful for His love!

  164. Amazing, this song always brings me to tears. It is so moving and always makes me think about who I am.

  165. Thank you so much for sharing the video! It was just what I needed to hear today!! Your ministry is such a blessing to so many! Thank your for all that you do! 🙂

  166. Meyana Dummer says:

    I know its easy to forget this message when we feel misunderstood, unloved, unvalued, unappreciated. It doesnt help that we are so emotional as women…=)This message couldnt have come at a better time, for in the past couple days a darkness had been lingering around me telling me that i am not good enough, that i am too fat, that i am not pretty enough…So thank you for being an instrument of God, he is so very Amazing & Loves us so much…& thanks again for getiing me back on track.

  167. Belinda Dewey says:

    I am a new member of Renee’s web-site; watched the video today and it was truly beautiful. I recently went through a divorce, and my husband didn’t value me enough to commit to our marriage. This video tells me that the most important thing I need to hold on too, is what “GOD” thinks of me. I know, I am an image of him; and that makes me feel really beautiful in so many ways. Don’t let the enemy tear you down; “GOD” loves us regardless ! Even though it was a hurtful experience, I would not change it – because I am so much closer to “GOD”. He is beautiful too me !

  168. I love that song!! Thank you for sharing. I’ve been down on myself because I’ve been I don’t have a lot of friends. Yes there are people at church that I talk to and stuff but there is no one that my husband and I do things with. It’s like the only time we are invited to do anything is if it has to do with a ministry and then we’re not spending time with the people we are working in the ministry. How do you get to know people if you’re always busy doing ministry work? I know I shouldn’t feel this way because God loves me and I am His handiwork. I am set apart but it seems like I am set apart from everyone even people in the church. Please pray for me and God bless you in all you do.

  169. Isn’t it amazing that as soon as you think you are finding your place and are starting to accept who you are in Christ that Satan just starts whispering those old familiar lies in your ears. He reminds you of all your weakness at every turn and tries to convince you that you are still not good enough. This Bible study has been such a good help to remind me that it is an every day battle but not one that I have to loose. It is giving us a battle plan to face the enemy (Satan). when Satan starts to tell me I am not good enough or that I may as well give up, I can stand against him armed with Scripture that tells me that I am loved, I am known, I am created beautiful. I am created with purpose. I want to draw closer to God and farther away from Satan’s lies.

  170. 1) in what areas do you tend to compare yourself with others and feel like you do not measure up?
    2) what personality type describes you best?
    it is incredible how god gets our attention…. my husband and i have been taking a class at church which we have been learning the excat topics mention in ch.8 and just last week during class ( we are on class 5,its 8 wk ) i am sitting there thinking to myself ” i’m never going to get this god, we’re in our 5th class and i still do not understand the teachings” i felt like giving up, i was comparing myself to other student they were doing so much better than i, their answers sounded better than mine, i kept thinking to myself i never live up to that standard in chirst eyes. when talking about personalities i struggled, i was checking off all the things i felt i was good at or wanted to be. i thought to myself if i can be more socialable like so n’ so and more organized like mo n’ mo, i ‘d be a great christian too.
    then i realized something GOD made me me and them them and you you for his own reasons and own purposes. he loves me just as i am cause that is how he made me. i have other great ares of my life where i am useful and needed just as others are as well. so it is ok that i am a phlegmatic, contoled, fun, perfection, loving women of god who needs to add balance in her life, be reliable to others, think she can solve all problems, lead naturally, love my family, friendly and works well by myself, while trying to be a planner who is well organized and be creative and fair all at the same time. oh i feel so much better! ty;)

  171. WOW! As the tears roll down my face I’m overwhelmed by the words proclaiming my beauty to my Lord. I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH!!! IT SPEAKS TRUTH!!!

    This book has been a HUGE challenge for me, but in the lowest of times some of the truths now pop into my head shortly after the lies and that’s not by chance but God’s design… I AM CHOSEN, I AM BEAUTIFUL, I AM HIS BELOVED, I AM VICTORIOUS IN CHRIST. My struggles recently have been with my worth to others as multiple struggles within my family are occuring. Tough worldly stuff, but OUR GOD IS BIGGER! PRAISE THE LORD!

    Thanks for listening to God’s heart for all of us and writing this book and taking the time to walk through it with us. Your insights are so valuable. May you be richly blessed today as well.

  172. Question 1…What really hit me is that I am God’s MASTERPIECE!! I was created by Him this way. This doesn’t give me an excuse to not strive to be better, but it does give me a resource to guide me in the direction I should go! I need to allow God to show me my heart’s desires (His desires for me) so that I don’t spend my whole life filling the desires of others or trying to live up to or be like them.

  173. I had a horrible day on Wednesday and was beating myself up am better today – but the timing of this song is great. My sweet husband says he thinks of me everytime he hears it.
    Thanks for the warm fuzzy’s.

  174. Judy Hescox says:

    I heard someone on TV say: women worry too much about the outside, and not enough about the inside.
    I love the song by Gunther: You make beautiful things, you’re making good things out of dust….
    I have this song in my car– and I play it a lot!! I need to hear this over and over and over again.

  175. What a truly beautiful and uplifting song. One of my most favorite. I keep it n my phone with a few others to play in those trying times. We are strong women and we need to embrace that everyday in all the things we do, small and large as they are all to HIS glory. Blessings to all my Sister.

  176. Lisa Hall says:

    What a beautiful song! I have four daughters & this is exactly how I want them to see themselves . . . strong & beautiful women of God.

  177. I SO needed the words of this song today. I’m usually one that loves to write my thoughts, but at the moment this song is just washing over me and reaching the needed places. So thankful that God is letting that happen. I’ve heard it many times before, but it just seems to be REALLY reaching today. Thank you SO much for posting it! (I’m currently behind a week and a half on the book study, but I’m committed to catching up. I’m leading a Bible in 90 days group and I got behind on this study in the process.)

  178. I am a little behind and just started reading Ch. 8 today. Thank you so much for this post…it is so refreshing to hear and read this–I am still struggling with actually believing it and applying it to my life each and every day, but I have made some progress since beginning this Bible study! I hope I will eventually reach the point where I can wake up each morning and confidently proclaim and walk in the promises God has for me!

  179. Wow, I have heard that song a hundred times and never realized exactly what it said. The pictures make it so much more meaningful. Blessings to everyone this Friday.

  180. You have searched me and known me

    You know when I sit down and when I rise up

    You understand my every thought

    You know the paths I will take

    and the way I will go.

    You know every word I say,

    And You put a hedge around me

    And cover me with Your love of protection

    You knew me before I was born

    You made me and formed me

    Your thoughts are precious toward me

    are for good and not evil

    You know my heart and You keep me near You

    I am the apple of your eye

    I can cry out to you and You will answer

    You know my voice, You lift up my soul

    You are a merciful, loving God. I love you, Lord.
    ~in Christ Joyce

  181. I’m a bit behind in the reading, too, but I loved the song’s reminder that we are beautiful, sacred, treasured. How often do we need to hear those words of truth, and yet much more often do we believe what the world tells us instead? I love your quote at the beginning of the chapter: “… what the world needs most is people who come alive.” Thanks for leading the way in helping us all come alive in Christ, Renee!

  182. For I will worship the Lord thy God
    He will lift me up and carry me.
    He will mold me and make me.
    He will mend my heart and take me from the wilderness into His presence.
    He will take me from captivity into His freedom.
    I offer my heart, mind and will to the Holy of Holies.
    He will establish my steps and lead my coming and going
    His words are precise and sketched as stone, written upon my heart
    he will be my stronghold and keep me from sin
    I will listen to His voice,
    His hands are stretched out to me
    He will delivery my soul
    He will make me a testimony of His faithfulness
    I will trust in the real and living God
    He will protect me from the wasted highways of life
    For I will fly on eagles wings
    I will not feel ashame,
    For I will cry out in His name
    My joy will overwhelm me
    For I know my God is great
    He tranforms the los, comforts the hurting
    He remembers me when I feel heartache
    and fear takes hold of me
    He satisfies my every need
    He takes away my sins
    And builds in me a sanctuary of blessing
    I love my Lord! I am His child!~joyce

  183. I have really been enjoying the book, even though I am behind in the weekly readings. It doesn’t matter when I am reading, it always gives me the words I need at the time I need them. God’s timing is always so good. The song is just wonderful and it moves me to tears everytime I hear it. It explains so much going on in my life right now. This study came at the right time and has followed in line with what I am hearing from sermons and church too. Again, God’s timing is so perfect. Thanks for the study and all you do.

  184. What a blessing this post is for me today! It seems a constant struggle in my heart, where I can teach and help others understand their value and beauty, yet doubt it myself. I have an incredible husband who is so patient and reassuring to me; he is my “Jesus with skin on”. I’m so thankful for God’s unending mercy and gentle love that never lets me go!

  185. So I read this chapter today – really good stuff! The amazing thing is that my husband and I got talking last night about our purpose in life and what we should be doing. Then when I opened the book this morning….the chapter spoke directly to that! I hope to work through it with him this weekend. 🙂

  186. I love the video and really needed that reassurance today. I am way behind in this study (chapter 2)and it’s really bothering me. Also, I struggle with self-esteem. I’m waiting for my husband to come back to the Lord. Sometimes when I sit at church and see all the other ‘pretty”, “slim”, “happy” women with their husbands sitting next to them with arms around them, I get jealous. Don’t get me wrong, I love my church and my church family very much. They are praying for my husband and me. It’s just that sometimes I allow my focus to slip off from the worship and the sermon and then “those thoughts” start creeping in. The they’re better than me, they have kids and I don’t, I bet their houses are spotless, ect. The video reminds me that God loves me just the way he made me and that just because of outside appearances, others lives aren’t perfect either. I need to be thankful for the life He has given me. We don’t need to be perfect, we need to allow Him to forgive us and to love us.

    Thanks for the reminder Renee!!!

  187. Linda Eaton says:

    This is what I got from Chapter 8 – probably the chapter that I appreciate most even though I love the whole book!

    “Up to that point in my life, I’d never taken time to ask or answer those kinds of questions. Instead, I had tried to be who others wanted, expected, or needed me to be. I was fairly good at it. But I also suffered symptoms common to those with the ‘disease to please’. I lived with an uneasy feeling of just not being happy, whether at home, at work or in ministry. I was also a constant candidate for burnout and never felt like I measured up to other women.”

    I couldn’t have written the above paragraph any better myself. When I read it (several times, actually) I was close to tears with the realization that this was me – just a few short weeks ago. God has been showing me this for a while and I just finally started seeing it.

    A lady at church told me just recently that she had always wanted to talk to me but I seemed unapproachable. Talk about a blow to the gut. I told her that I was sorry she had gotten that impression but it was actually not so much that I was unapproachable but rather that I slid in and out of the church and tried to stay under the radar. If I didn’t get too close to people they wouldn’t see my faults, failures and short falls.

    Just before Christmas, I realized that I was burning out. I couldn’t keep the smile on my face when it wasn’t coming from the inside. I had to do something but I didn’t know what to do.

    God knew….and He did it. He brought me to my knees with the startling realization that He was all I could truly depend on in this life and that He was more than able and willing to meet my needs and be all that I need. He made me see that I belong to Him and that it doesn’t really matter what others think about me or how they think I measure up. It’s God’s standards that I have to measure up to and He isn’t nearly as hard on me as I am on myself.

    So, today I stand with renewed strength and with a sense of feeling “good enough” because I know I’m more than good enough, I am truly loved and accepted by the One who made me. How could I not be good enough?!

  188. In my opinion, this is one of the most ‘beautiful songs ever written! On my way home one evening, after a lovely evening with a dear friend and her husband, a feeling of lonlyness hit me. Actually, it was much more than that. My heart was breaking. Mistakes made, failures, the consequences of sins committed by me and against me; coming at me full force from the enemy! My flesh wanted to turn to old ways. I literally prayed for Father God to keep me going straight (towards home), not turn left into town. Abba Daddy, in His goodness and mercy (and perfect timing) allowed me to hear this song for ‘the first time’ at this moment! It more than got me home, it helped me to continue with the healing of my heart I so long for.

  189. I absolutely LOVE this song…I had not seen the video till today and it gives the song a whole new meaning to me. I have always thought of my son when listneing to this song. He has learning disabilities and has been made fun of by his classmates since grade school. His father and I continuously tell him how beautiful he is in our eyes and in the eyes of God. We tell him that God gave his this disability to use for his good and that he needs to let it shine through to show his beauty. He is now 16 and doing just that. He is using his disability to help others with more severe disabilities. God shows me beauty everyday in my son and brings me to my knees with all he is showing me through my son.

  190. Thank you, Renee, for sharing this video. The Lord knew I needed to be reminded at this very moment that I am beautiful in His eyes, created by Him for His purposes. He loves me unconditionally. I am not my own. I am His. Thank you for encouraging my heart today. May God bless you and your family, as well as your ministry.

  191. Kathy Sturgis says:

    I am treasured, sacred, HIS. WOW! I am learning to fight more than letting the hurt live in me. Thank God for HIS TRUTH that fights for me. Thanks for posting and writing!!!

  192. Amy from Az says:

    I have always liked the song. It’s helped bring me up many times. The video was superb. I cried more actually seeing it. In one of the pictures was a little girl with blonde hair held by Jesus that could be me. It’s hard though to believe that I am beautiful sometimes. And not just in appearance though that’s what most women look at first. I’m 5 ft and 225 lbs. so I know I don’t fit appearance beautiful. I am accepting of how I look most days. It’s more I have trouble with feeling beautiful on the inside. It’s really about accepting ourselves faults and all, letting go of the that to see the beauty in us.

  193. This is a great song and one that a friend made me listen too. She knew that I had some really bad things in my past and that I needed to hear this.

  194. Kim Beasley says:

    I love reading that God MADE ME, everything about me – He knows me inside and out! What a life changing realization that was for me. And, I love sharing that message with all my friends and my daughter and her friends. We are EACH special and loved!!

  195. I was driving down the highway a few mornings ago listening to a Christian radio station and thinking about this study. As I was looking out over the praries and fields, with everything looking dead, and I know to many ugly, God spoke to me that not all can see the beauty in His creation. He sees the beauty in those dry prarie lands that are dormant. But He also sees the beauty that will be blooming in the next few weeks as the weather warms the ground. I felt His promise to me was that he sees the beauty in me now but perhaps more importantly He sees the beauty of what I am becoming through pursuing Him and trusting in Him more each day. I hope this is a promise others of you can hold onto as well. Have a great weekend!

  196. Authorine says March 9, 2012
    What a beautiful song . The words just melt your heart. While reading this book I am looking at myself in a different way,realizing that God want to use me in the unique way He made me. I surrender my pereonality, heart’s desires, abilities, spiritual grifts, and experiences to God’s purposes…I delight myself in God,trusting God to shape the desires of my heart to match His. I want to seek and serve Jesus in all I do, .Renee I am so glad that I am reading and studing this book and I am praying for all of my online Sisters.
    May God bless you.
    .

  197. I too am behind in my reading – still on chapter 6. I have a question. (And this is from the perfectionist in me).
    Is it okay to memorize Bible verses that are “altered”? By altered I mean like the following example..
    Eph 2:10 NLT is:
    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.

    An altered form of that would be:
    For I am God’s masterpiece. He has created me anew in Christ Jesus, so I can do the good things he planned for me long ago.

    The latter version is of course more personal. Which is correct? (Or is there no wrong way?)

    • Personally I’ve been told you can personalize them. make them yours, after all God is speaking to you. To me these help plant them in your mind and heart.

    • Kimberly Stiver says:

      Carol,

      I say there is no wrong way. God spoke to you in this way and you have made them yours, like Debi said.

  198. Cindy H.~King's Daughter says:

    I have a question for anybody who would like to answer. Is it possible to be Melancholy and Sanguine? I test high on both but they are complete opposites. Any input? Would appreciate it.

    • Peggybythesea says:

      Hi my sister Cindy…It was the same for me…I strive for that Sanguine personality to override the melancholy in me, even though it to has it’s good qualities…I want to be that outgoing Sanguine filled with life and vigor all the time but find myself quiet, pondering and to much!! So I feel and Renee stated we can have two different types but to me they are exact oppsite also. That is why it seems I guess, I never feel balanced…I tend to feel one way or the other and it makes me crazy. Someday I am happy and positive and outgoing ready to take on the world, other days I don’t want to go out of my house…

      I am not sure I helped but it is how I feel with these two personality traits…that is why i am not crazy about these “categories”…I am a child of the most High God and I strive to be like Jesus not go with a stigma of a personality type, I tend to analyze it to much…I guess that is the melancholy side…See…Thats what I do!!!
      Love you my sister….

    • Kimberly Stiver says:

      I tested high in both also. I even had some Phlegmatic points. Peggybythesea, I never thought about never feeling balanced, but now I can see that I have that tendency also.
      One thing for sure is that I know that God made me this way and that when I am one or the other He still wants us to trust in Him. He loves us all the same.

  199. Miranda says:

    Renee, I loved the video and The scriptures on your blog today. The video meant so much to me because I could see myself in all the ladies in the video. I am a sad person and I am so thankfull god choose you to write the confident heart to help me see me in a different way . Thanks Renee and thank you my King and the one who loves me.You are wonderfull

  200. I love being able to pure my heart out without the worry of being judged! While I am saddened to read about other women’s struggles, it is nice to know we are all in this together and are here to try to ease the burdens. I woke up the other morning feeling completely overwhelmed with life in general. Not being a morning person in general, getting out of bed was so difficult, especially with added burdens of anxiety. So, I took it one step at a time…got out of bed, trudged to the shower and just let the hot water soothe my aching, sleepy body. I then sat down in the shower, with the water at my back and prayed. I poured out my heart to God, telling him that I just can’t do “it” anymore…living with the anxiety, loneliness, depression and please help me! I try to stay “in control” while balancing it all, but I’d just had it! I stood up, a bit relieved after my little breakdown. Interestingly, I felt a fascinating sense of peace and contentment. Being a person who typically needs to be knocked in the head to realize when God is trying to each me, was overwhelmed with the subtleness that drastically changed my heart and mind. While I was not cured of my emotional stresses, and did not hop out of the shower a completely new person (I know I still have a lot of work ahead of me), I had a new sense of God right beside me, saying “Yes, life may be difficult, but I am right here” andI finally believed it! It’s amazing what can happen when we feel like we are at our lowest, and finally give it all to Him! While my day was quite ordinary, my changed attitude and outlook brought great joy and I had a fantastic day, enjoying the simple pleasures of everyday things! Thanks, my friends, for listening! I am truly blessed!

  201. Heather says:

    Okay, the song…. I absolutely love it! It’s one of my favorites! 🙂 It means more to me than I can ever express in words, because I know that I am not what I thought I was since I was a young child – a stupid, gross, ugly, dirty, worthless nothing, but a beautiful creation of God, who is loved and treasured more than I can ever conceive! Amazing love! But I can’t give an explanation about that, because of the personal nature, so…..question 7 asks if God has allowed you to walk through experiences which allow you to see Him working for good in your life, and whether you’ll use these experiences to minister to others. I believe this has happened to me many times throughout my life, and it continues to happen over and over again. What a blessing to know that through a hardship, God uses you to bless others, and help others in their walk, as He brings you closer to Him. What love! There are countless examples of the Lord doing this throughout my life, but one way in particular that He’s done this is through the disease that I have. I have a disease called chronic inflammatory demylinating polyneuropathy. My body is killing it’s nerves, and as the nerves die, the muscles atrophy. It has progressively gotten worse over the years, to the point where it is now. It’s spread all over, and it’s in my organs as well. I use a cane, fall a lot, have a lot of pain, and wear leg braces. It took a turn for the worse, right as I graduated from college, and I was never able to use my degree in teaching. Thankfully, I have been able to use my teaching degree in ways that I hadn’t anticipated. I am able to teach Sunday school, and I tutor students at my son’s school. I know the Lord is using me there, because it’s a small Christian school, that can’t afford to hire tutors. It helps the kids to see that just because you are different, it doesn’t mean that you are weird. Almost every student I have tutored has walked behind me down the hall the first time, to get a better look at my braces. It always opens up the conversation about why I have them, and how God made us all different and beautiful, which every child needs to hear. I’ve also been asked more times than I can count how I handle it, how I stay positive, and many other things. This always opens the doorway to a conversation about God giving me the strength to carry on, and to do His will the best I can, in my sinfulness. It’s actually allowed me to share the Gospel as well. What a humbling experience and what a blessing this disease has been in my life. Yeah, I’d rather not have it, but I know through it, He uses me in ways I never even dreamed possible, and to do things I couldn’t do in and of myself! He is amazing! I love Him more than anything, and praise Him for all He has done and continues to do in my life, and I pray He continues to use me for His glory!

  202. Randi S says:

    I don’t have the book, but this post was wonderful. I love everything about it. New follower, how encouraging!

  203. I grew up in a non religious home with alot of abuse (to us kids and substance abuse we witnessed). I later grew up in the same pattern that was taught to me by my parents. I grew up not trusting anyone, meeting all the wrong men, drinking….I was so broken. I believed all the things I heard form people around me….that I was no good, that Id never change and no one would ever love someone like me. It wasnt until I was introduced to the Lord at the age of 33 that I finaly realized that someone did love me and I was worth something….I gave myself to the Lord and was baptized 3 months after I first attended the church. My life instantly changed for the better (it wasnt easy mind you…somedays up and some down), that was 8 years ago this September. I followed Gods path for me and went into Social Work to work with women who were from broken pasts such as mine and this past September I followed God again and started attending at seminary to go into Family Ministry. There are so many women out there like I was and its my hearts desire to show them that they too can be and feel beautiful….God loves us all even at our darkest and most broken times in life….we are all beautiful in His eyes and the one he loves the most. To God each and every one of us are His favorie. I cry everytime I hear the song in the this post because its a reminder of who I was…who I am now and what I am working towards.

  204. Thank you Renee!!! (and Dayspring too and Holley Gerth)

    First off, this is such a Godly appointed post and song not for me but for a very dear friend and I past it on to her. She had a stroke last September and today she shared a vlog that shows her honest struggle with this and not believing she’s beautiful nor valuable enough; so I know that this is meant for her from God. Thank you so much for hearing God and sharing this today so I can bless her with God’s love.

    The song makes me cry but so does so many truths that I am discovering about myself by doing your book. WOW! Through all my brokenness and past hurts, I am so thankful
    God sees me and knows me and I have the privilege to know Him and His Word, unlike the many humble women I encounter here in Mexico.

    I am NOT caught up to Chapter 8 with having finished the questions and all because your book is in my Kindle for PC (and currently my PC is not working so I try to do as much as I can via Mexican public cyber and Cloud Reader). Yet I have wanted this book
    from Holley for so long… but if I was fortunate enough to win, I’d want to send it to this cyber sister/friend in Christ. Chapter 8 is really packed with everything from our personalities to our spiritual gifts. I’m a sanguine… and I found out my spiritual gift because I was misusing it and I was so sure it must be “teaching” since I was a teacher.
    I couldn’t have been more wrong!

    Anyways, I have selected the final question of the chapter since I read it in the first comment by Deena, which got me thinking and to tell you the truth, I really needed to hear this message and this song today as I look at myself and aging (getting close to that 60 mark in a few years and let me tell ya’, it’s not easy)… but I have never been told or thought of myself as beautiful. I’ve generally accepted who and how I am and look, nothing special but not ugly… and looking a bit chunkier all the time. Or everything’s just dropping.

    “Has God allowed you to walk through experiences that you can see Him working for good in your life or in the life of others?” Most definitely, more than once!!!

    Because I shared this in a previous comment about having been raped twice in my life as a new budding teen and than 20 yrs. later in my home. I wondered how God would use this. Yet I clearly know that God brought people to me because of this experience.
    However, what I want to share is that as I worked in a 24 hr. Christian (crisis or not) Prayer phone line, I was sure that God would bring me young women who needed to talk to someone that knew what this violation is like… but instead He connected me with the ‘rapist’ and I had to pray with the love of Jesus, for this person. Than one day, our director wanted me to appear on a program as one of the counselor with 2 guests. I was not aware of the topic. Being in MN, it happened on a really blizzardy snowy night, the taping or broadcasting of this program. Well, the woman guest could not make it but the male guest and the director(male) were there along with me. The director casually informs me that the female could not make it in the inclement weather and he nonchalantly asks me, “I don’t suppose that you know anyone who has gone through a rape”… and I told him, “yeah, me, why? is that the topic?” And it was, and the other guest, a rapist… I never even thought about my husband, children or others that know me, seeing me on this television program (how many people tune into this?)… it so happened that a beautiful ‘Sandi Patty like’ singer from my church was singing this evening so, wouldn’t ya’ know it… many from my church were tuning in to hear her.
    Needless to say, that Sunday, I was not looking forward to finding out how many actually watched. Yet, my church family was very warm, receptive, loving and supporting; they even encouraged me by saying that the spirit of God was on me and forgiveness was such a key factor in whatever I said. I’m so thankful for this. There but for the grace of God… I only pray that someone struggling with this issue was touched by God’s healing power and whatever message they needed also. Very difficult to be in this position with a rapist (reformed) and covered by that same grace as I am. Only God! Only Our Lord!!!

    And with as ‘old’ as I am, I have oodles of more ways that our Great God has turned hard experiences into good to minister to others hurting with an understanding heart. God knows just what we need when we need it, if we turn to Him with our pain, struggles, issues, heartaches… He has not disappointed me yet. Always turns it around…

    Love and thanks,
    Peggy (not the same as the other ones above)

    • Like in others sngs you need clouds to see the silver lining..and you sound like you have taken the time to allow God to do some major healing in your life and share it!! You are a masterpiece Peggy, thank-you..

      • Bless you LOU O… The first time anyone has responded to me and you have done so with such encouragement and truth in how seeing the silver lining in the clouds. Thank you for taking the time to read and reply. Thank you so much for giving God the glory for healing and years of it. My broken pieces do come together to become a Masterpiece of His… and I’m so thankful He’s still working on me and with me. I love that verse from Ephesians 2:10. You too are a Masterpiece, and a beautiful vessel for God to shine through and touch me with Jesus’ light. You’ll never know how much your words touched me this day and I needed to hear. I pray that God send you an angel to do the same. (((hugs))) Peggy

  205. Kimberly Stiver says:

    And when God sees you, He sees someone He loves.

    In Isaiah 43:4, God says, “You are precious and honored in my sight …. and I love you.”

    He sees someone He knows.

    David said in Psalm 139:1, “You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.” God knows you, too.

    Since God knows you, has a purpose for you and loves you just the way He made you, I have no doubt He wants you to feel the same way.

    He made me this way, and He loves me! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
    As all of you know what has been going on lately. I have felt many times does God have a purpose for me? The answer is yes! As long as I am still here I have a purpose here.
    This past week I have been told by many people I am very strong and courageous to what I am going through with about to lose my only remaining kidney and being on dialysis until (and I say until) I get my kidney transplant. Every time I heard people tell me that I am strong and courageous I at first thought “Me strong and courageous?!” That is when I could hear God whisper to me “Yes, you are through Me!” My purpose at this time is to show people who I am through God and who they can be through God. God is my strength in all things. He uses the bad to give us good! I love how He is showing me this! I am His beloved child!

  206. Sherri B says:

    In regards to question 6 in the chapter, i read all the scriptures in my Life Application Bible and one of the notes at the bottom of the page seemed to sum it all up to me. 1 Corinthians 12:17-20 states “If the whole boy were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, everyone of them just as He wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts but one body.” Note: Each part has a specific function that is necessary to the body as a whole. the parts are different for a prupose, and in their differences they must work together. Instead of comparing ourselves to one aonther we should use our different gifts together, to spread the Good News of salvation. So as i understand us we all play a different part in God’s plan, each of us having different gifts, but all together we are the body…without all the different parts..we would not function for His purpose.

  207. I remember when you posted way back before you wrote this book on how good it is to find out more about who God made us to be by taking personality tests. How thankful I am I listened to you!!!

    For YEARS I felt like something was “wrong” with my personality. But I took the personality tests, and as I read over the results, I was actually kind of shocked at how spot on they were about me. It was like someone had been hanging out with me for years and written a brief essay on Kimberly. And it hit me…melancholic me…I am NOT the only one. I mean, for them to describe me so closely, that means there are other gals who are prone to some drama, who desire to be authentic, who can be heavy on the introspection, who long for purpose (and approval), and who can be a tad bit uptight and perfectionisty. Okay, that last words not a word. But you know what I mean! Yes, I am unique, BUT there are others out there who can also “get” me. And that is super nice. 🙂

    So thankful Ephesians 2:10 tells me that I am God’s workmanship, His masterpiece. And this masterpiece is melancholic, with all of the strengths and weaknesses that come with that temperament. And He wants to fill this melancholic masterpiece with all of His fullness and use her for His glory…even if she does get kind of uptight about it from time to time. Wooo-hoooooo! 🙂

    Holly Good shared something on Facebook at one time, and it blessed me so. Goes along with all of this…”When God changes a life, He does not take away personality characteristics, but puts them to effective use in His service.” Love it! He didn’t change my personality when I surrendered my life to Him…He just filled it with HIM!

    Love you!
    K

    • Kimberly Stiver says:

      To one Kimberly to another Kimberly,

      I too have the same tendencies and like you, I know that God made me this way. I like Eph. 2:10 also telling me that I am also God’s workmanship, His masterpiece. Mine is melancholic, sanguine, and phlegmatic.
      It still awes me when I see God at work in my life. Today my husband and I went to our Road to Recovery class. Before we went to our small groups we had a video testimony. The guy who was speaking of his recovery over and over that God was working on him to show him that he was God’s masterpiece! God was waiting on him to come to Him in everything and to heal him.
      I know this wasn’t an accident that I am behind on this class and just now working on chapter 8 questions this week even though I want to be on chapter 9 with the rest of you. God planned for me to be working on this one so I could see also that He wants me to come to Him in everything and to heal me of my hurts. He wants me to see His masterpiece in me and that I can truly see Him working in my life.
      Kimberly,
      Thank you for sharing this with all of us!

      Love,

      Kimberly Stiver.

  208. Renee,
    Thank you for this awesome study. Your transparency and teaching
    are amazing.
    You are loved and appreciated.
    Dianne

  209. A BEAUTIFUL REMINDER … I have health issues that keep me homebound alot. I have a beautiful 12 yr old son who is so sweet and patience when it comes to my illness. But for me it gets sooo frustrating because I feel I can’t be who I want to be, especially the mom I want to be. So I struggle with feeling inadequate compared to other moms that get to go and do freely with their kids. Well this morning, as I was canceling plans with my son due to my illness and apologizing to him for not being the kind of mom that can go and do. He came over to me, gave me a big hug and then told me ” mom you may not be the mom you want to be….. but you are the mom I need you to be….I know you love me so much, you take care of me and daddy, teach me, you love to help others and most of all I know you love and carry Christ in your heart. God will use all things bad for His good and even though we don’t understand how or why He will use this. ” I sat there motionless, and my heart overflowed with peace and joy…. I thanked him for reminding me of the TRUTH through his eyes and God’s. I told him I was grateful for my issues today because it allowed an opportunity for me to experience an even deeper look into his compassionate faithful heart……. God is good……I am learning so much from this study, Thank you Renee

    • Kimberly Stiver says:

      Karen,

      You and your husband have raised a wonderful boy! He is wise beyond his years! Yes, like he said remember the TRUTH through his eyes and God’s.
      I understand what you are going through. I am praying for you.

      Love in Christ,

      Kimberly Stiver

  210. I love this song and it makes me feel sooo good when I hear it-like a masterpiece!!
    Thanks Renee!!!

  211. thanks for this wonderful message.i am a mother aged 42 ,but literally thrown out of my husband’s house .i asked my Lord why i am alive for who ,and the answer is there as a mail from you .i pray for my family to be filled with the holy spirit .
    In Christ ,
    Preetha

    • Peggybythesea says:

      I am so sorry Preetha…I pray God will minister to your heart and that you will find that perfect place He has for you…Jesus will never throw you away…I won’t either…God Bless you my sister…i will pray for you…Your sister in Christ, Peggy

    • Kimberly Stiver says:

      Preetha,

      I too will be praying for you.

      Love,

      Kimberly Stiver

  212. Wendy Thrasher says:

    I haven’t finished reading ch 8, so I’ll comment on the video. I downloaded this song a few weeks ago on Amazon. I play it on the way to work or anytime I’m in a dark place and need to be told what I already know but let life make me forget. I love this song so much that I also bought the rest of the music on that cd from Casting Crowns. Now they are one of my favorite bands. Their music really gets me in the heart and soul. This video with lyrics was also beautiful. When I first heard this song, I really needed to hear it. I was in a dark place and had let life and other people get me completely down. It was exactly what I needed to hear and it was beautiful. It fits so well with our studies. I hope it makes everyone else in this study feel beautiful too.I know we all need to be reminded of it at times.

  213. Kathleen says:

    Beautiful song. I passed it on to many friends.

  214. Paula Andrews says:

    Thank you so much for this post Renee. My week isn’t going so well and it is an encouragement for me to know that God still thinks I am beautiful, even when friends fail and I fail.

  215. So… I have been doing this study and this week I along with the others I have been wondering how God could think I am beautiful or his masterpiece. I can read His words that you have placed on the website, in the Bible and so on. What I don’t understand is if not one person in my life thought I was enough not to hurt me, how can God look at me and not think I am disgusting and think I am just a waste of time and breath. I cannot wrap my head and heart around it. How am I worth it to God if no one in my life thought I was worth it?

    • MH, I’m so sorry for your hurts. I totally understand where you’re coming from. I’ve had failed relationships, that left me wondering, what’s wrong with me? Why can’t I find someone who will cherish me? Or is there something wrong with me — my choices, I’m too independent, what? How can I ever trust someone again? Now that I am getting closer to God, and really just surrendering to Him despite my lack of trust and always feeling like getting hurt or disappointed again is just around the corner…well, God has not let me down. Yes I have had a couple of guys disappoint me since then, but since I had already had the conversation with God — is this guy right for me? God I will let you lead, I know that You know what is best — then I was not let down when I realized that the guys were in fact not that interested in pursuing me…and lo and behold, after that my eyes were opened and I realized each one’s flaws, and yes, God knew what he was doing by not letting the relationships move forward! So MH, I ask you, please BELIEVE that God really does love you and think you’re beautiful, and when you ACT like you believe it (despite any doubts — just do it!), you will see life start to change. Try it, even if just a week at a time…just keep walking with the Lord and you will be convinced! Keep watching the video over and over until the words finally sink in! They’re all true! :^)

    • Kimberly Stiver says:

      MH,

      God says and we say you are worth it! I understand all too well. God wants us to know that even when people do bad to us He will turn it around for good. You are beautiful in His eyes. In chapter 8 Renee says that God can use our brokenness to do something beautiful, because the cracks allow His light to shine through and His living water to pour out. Paul describes how this works: “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. (2 Corinthians 4:6-7),

      Joyce Meyers this week demonstrated this with two clay jars. One was cracked and the other was not. She then turned on the lights of both jars. The one cracked you could see the light but the other one you couldn’t. Shen then told everyone that God wants us to be the cracked jar and show others the light to God. When we don’t we don’t show others the light because they can’t see the light. I want others to see the light in me.

      God wants us to also come to Him to heal us of what has happened to us in the past. He uses these past hurts to show us that we are truly beautiful and beloved in His sight no matter what others say. He also wants us to show others the way to Him so that He can heal their hurts. I know that God has us all in this Bible study to help each other.

      In Christ love, Kimberly Stiver

      • Thank you Kimberly and Suzanne. I guess I just can’t believe that someone loved me so much to die fir me. That someone sees the beauty. That my mistakes are buried in a sea of forgetfulness. God is truly amazing.

  216. Dear Renee,
    Thank-you so much for sharing this music video. It made me think of the many ladies (both young ‘n old) in my life that I want to share this with.
    Personally for me it reaffirmed what I already know but never tire of hearing–that my God loves me and chose me. I am special in His sight so for me that means I don’t need to put so much stock in how others see me because I can tend to do that (people pleasing) and it’s not healthy.

    thanks again,
    Beth

  217. I think the most profound thing for me in doing the questions for Chap 8 was not feeling condemnation when I was reading over the personality types. I have completed these in the past and have always cringed when I realized where my strengths were. Isnt that ridiculous? But I allowed my eyes and heart to look to what I was not as more valuable that what I was created to be. Is God a liar? Did he make a mistake? I repent Lord for not believing in the beauty that you created in me, just for me!! This time I celebrated as I read through them. I was able to look at my personality types and say — yes Lord –this is who you created me to be. This is MY part of the body of Christ that no one else can contribute. Thank you Renee for sharing your walk. It is transforming lives. I am one of those you have impacted . . . thank you.

  218. What a beautiful reminder of how much God loves us and how beautiful He thinks of us… We are His masterpieces!!! It makes me feel very special and very loved. I loved the images of the children hugging tight to Jesus, and all the written words of affirmation across the screen.

  219. I love the video by Mercy Me. It is true,but hard to take to heart sometimes. We are beautiful in God’s eyes, but not in the world’s eyes. I think of the abused children I have worked with in the past and how long it takes for them to see they are beautiful in God’s eyes.

  220. Love this video! I recently shared it with a gal I met through this study, and it’s led her to start a study of her own, called “Do you think I’m beautiful?” (based on Angela Thomas’ book). Every woman wants to be considered beautiful, it’s just the way we’re built…and so we need to turn to God and we will discover the One that truly does think we’re beautiful. No wonder we get so frustrated when no one is noticing us, we’re looking in the wrong direction! But once we do realize that we are, indeed, beautiful, we gain confidence and that can make us more beautiful to the world, too.

  221. Caroline McGinnis says:

    #1 I tend to compare myself to others in my marriage and in my being a mom.
    God never intended for us to compete with each other; He wants us to complete one another.
    When we compare we are measuring our insides with someone elses outsides.the way to brake free from the comparison trap is to embrace the reason I am who I am I am the person God chose me to be.
    Am I doing what God may be calling someone else to do
    I am God’s MASTERPIECE!!

    #2 My personality types are betwwen two of the four: Sanguine and Melancholy these two stood out to me the most although the others have parts that can also apply. I feel I know why this is as well so I can do the works of God for many types of people and to understand many type of situations people tend to go through. It is a special gift from God to be able to relate to so many about so much

  222. Question #1 talks about breaking the comparison trap. I found two statements in the chapter that really helped me accept who God created me to be.

    You do things the way you do because it is part of your unique God-shaped purpose.

    God deliberately gave you the personality he wanted you to have so you can impact certain people through your life.

    It is freeing to know these things because I can accept the parts of me that I wish to change . . . who I am is a part of God’s plan. Knowing this truth allows me to accept all of who I am.

  223. This si Answers for QUESTIONS 6-7 In Chapter 8 Spiritual Gifts:Every Christian is given Spiritual gifts.Each gift is for the Edification of the Body of Christ.The moment we recieve Salvation others may be given when we get stonger in our walk with Christ.We have all been called to Witness and We have been called to be God’s Disciples.At least one of the Spiritual gifts are given to help build up others Faith in the Church.And If God gives you one or more of these Spiritual Gifts He will equip you in how to use them.[1 CORINTHIANS 12 ]Word of Wisdom through the Spirit.Word of knowledge through the same Spirit.Faith even the Faith of a Mustard seed shows our Faith. Gits of Healing.Working of Miracles Prophecy Discerning of Spirits diffrent kind of tongues Interpetation of tongues one and the same Spirit.God gives to each one Individually as He wills.Tongues are also known as Heavenly Language.We all have one body with many members we all have different gifts according to the grace given to us.God requires us to talk to him in the Holy Spirit if weve been given this gift when we Pray.There are Apostles,Prophets,Evangelist,Pastors which is the Shephered over the Body of Believers.Teachers.Service Ministry,Exhortation ability to motivate.Giving Leadership.Other God’s Messengers will come to us and say You have been called to be a Prayer Warrior.A Childrens church Teacher or they may say Are Spirits have a connection these have happen to me through God sending His Messengers to me I knew then that it was from God because I felt the Holy Spirit all over me.I even was told by a Mighty Warrior of Christ that I am Covered.My Husband will join me on my pew one day many other things God Confirmed to me.And He saids you will know them by the fruit they beare.Praise God for His Spiritual Gifts they help us to help others and help build His Kingdom.

  224. This is Answers for Questions 4-5 in chapter 8.I Believe my Abilities are in taking care of Children and the Elderly.I helped Raised four Grandbabies and also at one time was a Activity Cordinator for an adult daycare center.I just always Pray God never let me be A Slothful Servant.As the one that is talked about in The parable of the Talents.God gave each Servant a talentThe first one 5 went to work at once and doubled his to 10;Second one doubled his.But the trird one was given one talent with the Expectation he managd it well,But he was not capable of doubling his as the two before him.He was afraid and hid his and the accused his Master of beoing a hard man to work for.The Master called him a wicked slouthful servant.And his was given to the first Servant that had 10.God wants us Ladies to use those abilities we have been given and he will multiply them if we use them wisely.We are to Glorify Him in all we do.I Long to hear these Words as was told to the first Servant.Well done good and Faithful Servant.Ladies your treasures are stored in Heaven and it depends on what you been given by God if you will recieve them.I Pray Blessings on each and everyone of you.And I am Thankful and Bless to be a part of this eye opening Experience.

  225. KAY PARRISH says:

    I AM NOT CAUGHT UP WITH MY READING. WHEN THE TORNADOE WENT THRU SOUTHERN IN. OUR CHUCH OPENED OUR DOORS. I HAVE BEEN AT CHURCH FOR THE LAST WEEK UNTIL TODAY HUBBY HAS AN CASE OF FLU SO STAYED HOME TO TAKE CARE OF HIM.

    I LOVED THE SONG. I PRAISE GOD I DON’T FEEL BAD ABOUT MYSELF NOW. BUT FOR MANY YEARS I DIDN’T FEEL BEAUTIFUL. ANYTHING BUT. BUT GOD HAS DONE SUCH A GREAT WORK IN MY LIFE AT 67 YEARS YOUNG I FEEL GOOD ABOUT MY SELF. I WILL FINISH THE BIBLE STUDY. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS KAY

  226. Stephanie Olmsted says:

    You are made for so much more than all of this…. you are beautiful! I love that line.

  227. Tami Robinson says:

    “You are beautiful” – these are 3 words I pray my children never forget! That they are made for so much more – that they are truly God’s treasures!! Thank You!! I love hearing my kids sing along to this song and pray it never leaves their hearts!

  228. I’ve heard that song many times before but watching that video and really listening to what is really saids really touched my heart. Its the kind of reminder that I need everyday. BEAUTIFUL….

  229. Why is it so hard to believe that about myself sometimes, a lot of times?!?!

  230. Yes, I am beautiful! I finished reading the chapter and I read the first question……I believe I have really quit comparing myself to everyone else. Oh, I still have those moments that my mind wants to fall down in the pit but I have also found at that moment I can tell myself that I am just the way God wants me to be. He loves me just the way I am and he can’t even begin to make changes in me until I surrender my all to Him and let Him do His work in me. I am so thankful and it feels so good to just be content and know that God will complete me. I so want to serve Him and I just realized I can’t really be serving Him as He would want to use me when I am trying to work everything out through me instead of letting Him work in me. Gosh, no wonder we get so tired trying to work it all out ourselves so now I am resting and waiting in and on Him.

  231. I learned something this week. Its been a struggle for quite awhile now, this battle of trying to understand how God treasures me and thinks that I am special, beautiful, etc. It’s been quite the spiritual battle, thinking that other christians are better or that God loves them more and so on.
    This week I went on a cruise and my struggle with anxiety reared its ugly head. I have pretty bad travel anxiety, aka attacks from satan. But I learned something through this struggle while traveling to Miami. I don’t have control. I don’t need a security blanket in any form. I have the Lord and He is watching over me and protecting me every step of the way. The realization that God who truly and desperately loves me this way really hit me this week. To show me this and to teach me that I am so protected, when theres no one or nothing else, only comes from Him. And He would do this because He loves me and values me as His child, no matter what. Wow, what a realization! I truly believe that He has been opening my heart to this through this Bible study and it has helped me so much!

    • Isn’t it wonderful to find that freedom! God allows everything in our life for a reason, strengths and weakness. If the weakness or the hurts were not there, we would not grow into who he wants us to be. Everything has its reason and its season. Your sister in Christ, Linda

  232. Mary Ritchie says:

    I love the video ans also have learned alot from your book… The work Masterpiece for this week rally opened my eyes. I had just recently went on an Emmaus walk…which was amazing, but when I went to my church service this morning I was even more amazed at Gods work in my life.. Our Pastors opening statement was…”You are Gods Masterpiece” I was overwhelmed how the Holy Spirit knows when he needs to be present.

    God Bless,
    Mary

  233. Rebecca Martinez says:

    Love the song, love the posts, love the comments, love the word of the week!! Regarding question5, at 36 years old, not fulfilling my God given purpose has prevented me from not only experiencing the blessing that comes from serving a loving God, but has also prevented those around me from witnessing and or experiencing that same blessing. They miss out on seeing the Christ in me. What a shame. What an important chapter this is. Thank you Renee for your faithfulness and candor!

  234. Thank you Renee for sharing that great video! I really liked it because I have been struggling with questions of self-worth and wondering how He sees me because I don’t really see myself as beautiful. I’ve never been in a relationship, so sometimes I think, what is wrong with me, I’m not pretty, not good enough..etc. I especially liked the pictures of Jesus holding children and the hands holding the globe.

  235. ….and if the truly saw your heart they’d see too much.

    This line in the song really made me think. If people truly saw what is in our hearts could they even handle it? What a relief that we know God can!!!!

  236. Jodi grubb says:

    I had a rough night with my kids and felt like a failure. I went to turn on the tv and God prompted me to go to your blog instead. I cried through the videos but feel hope and know in my head I am loved. That knowledge is slowly working to my heart. Thank you

  237. I am running a bit behind in the study, but did just scan Chapter 8. I’m so looking forward to absorbing the discussion on spiritual gifts. We are preparing to start an American Heritage Girls troop for our daughters and hopefully you’ll have some inspiring words as we try to match our talents and gifts to the mission at hand. Thanks so much!

  238. LIke many have said here, I’m running a bit behind on Chapter 8 myself. I have finished reading it, but haven’t gotten the end of chapter questions answered yet. I did highlight the spiritual gifts section, and it is such a good reminder that God gives us each gifts he has in mind for us to use for HIS purposes.

    Love the video too. I don’t comment on the blog as often as most, but I am enjoying your book Renee, and this study. Trying to get caught up……maybe by the end of the book! lol

  239. This is the second time I am reading your book and I love Chapter 8 because it helps me to remember that God does have a plan for my life. Right now I am struggling with the decision to continue being my daughter’s troop leader with Girl Scouts. It’s a tough job and pretty much I’ve been on my own all year. My husband desperately wants me to relinquish my duties, but I just am not sure. So I prayed for God to show me His will regarding this part of my life and He worked it all out so now I have an awesome co-leader to help me. Praise God for answered prayers. Keep seeking God ladies. He’s always faithful!!!

  240. Praying for you, My Online Sisters! So blessed to be going on this Confident Heart journey with ya’ll!

    Chapter 8…I think I could spend 3 weeks or more on just this chapter! I have read and read this chapter. (Haven’t done the end of chapter questions yet.) I am still trying to unwrap my spiritual gifts as well as discover my abilities. Still trying to discover the God-Given desires of my heart… Identifying my personality traits has been a challenge too! I can’t say that I have ever done this much soul-searching on myself before.

    Gotta love Mercy Me! Thanks for posting “Beautiful”…What an awesome reminder it is that we ARE beautiful, loved, cherished, chosen, treasured, sacred, and are His!!!!!!!

  241. I truly love that song. And I think that it is important to remember that God always loves us even when we feel unlovable and His love is unconditional. We really are beautiful to Him! Thanks for sharing this!

  242. Kimberly Stiver says:

    Question 1: In what areas do you tend to compare yourself with others and feel like you don’t measure up? What did you read in this chapter that can help you break free from the comparison trap? In my health situations, in being the perfect daughter, wife and mom. Many times I feel everyone else has it so easy! But do they or does it seem that way?! The only way I can break free from the comparison trap is to embrace the reason I am who I am. I am God’s masterpiece! He has created me anew in Christ Jesus, so I can do the good things He planned for me long ago. (Eph. 2:10). I do the thing the way I do because it is part of my unique God-shaped purpose.

  243. Question 5 – The servant viewed his master as not worthy of his time and energy. Yes, at times I have felt like why does got not trust me with other gifts. I have the gift of serving and yet at times I feel that I am tired of serving and don’t give it my all. When I have pulled out of serving, I felt lost. Then God showed me there are many different ways to serve. He is preparing me for greater things.

  244. Questions 3 & 4 helped me to spend some time thinking about my desires and dreams and my abilities. Like many people, I am not very good at identifying and talking about my strengths. And like some others said in comments earlier this week, I don’t ever feel like I have the time to just stop and think about my dreams, about my desires and the longings of my heart. I am committing to spending more time exploring these things and also talking them over with my husband and others who can help me identify things I may not be able to see.

  245. Wow! I love, love, love this song and video. Thank you for sharing!!

    My favorite part:

    “Of all the earth and skies above
    You’re the one He madly loves
    Enough to die…”

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