Monthly Archives: February 2012

Beautifully Created One

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Beautifully Created One

How do you view yourself? Are you harsh on yourself? Are you constantly wishing and thinking of things you could change about yourself? Do you find yourself wanting to be in someone elses shoes?

God has created each person individually for a specific purpose. Maybe you are called to be a pastor, a musician, a health professional, a counselor….these things should not label who you are but what you do. So often people label us according to our occupation, social status or hobbies…but we are so much more!

We are a child of God! A conqueror, a friend in time of need, an encourager, a blessed one, a peacemaker, a delightful one, a disciple, a messenger, a worshiper…the list goes on.

Throughout my pregnancy all I could think about was how awesome God is! He formed each of us with purpose in our mothers womb. Seeing my son form from 5 weeks in utero to meeting him when he was born showed me how thoughtful God is of each of us. How the precious hands that start out looking like flappers grow into beautiful tiny hands with fingers that may lead others into worship by playing instruments one day, by a tiny mouth that forms that may spread the gospel one day, by beautiful feet that will allow you to go where God has called you to go.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV)

The main point I’m trying to get across is that God loves you & wants you to view yourself the way He does. He was so thoughtful when He created you. A challenge to you is when you look in the mirror call out things God calls you as: I am a child of God, I am beautiful because I was made in the image of God, I am a conqueror & fear has no hold on me, I am beloved, I am cheerful, I am a peacemaker, I am a loving person, I am kind, I am confident.

Proclaim these things over your life & very quickly your perspective will start to shift about yourself.

xoxo,

Jess

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Fear Not

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Overcoming fears and insecurities seem like a constant battle with the flesh. There are so many things we can be fearful of. Circumstances vary for each individual- fear of death, fear of public speaking, fear of heights, fear of not being accepted, fear of rejection, fears of about anything you can imagine. The enemy LOVES to distract us with fear, insecurity and doubt. (John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.) The enemy is never looking out for our best interest…only God because God is love. (1 John 4:18 KJV There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.)

In July of 2010 my husband & I found out that we were expecting our first child. This was definitely a surprise but we were thrilled! We spent several weeks in excitement sharing the news and trying to come up with names for this child. A few weeks later something devastating happened…I lost this beautiful baby. At the time I became angry and unsure of why this circumstance happened. I felt robbed and an experienced emptiness that I could not bare. I mourned for days that turned into weeks and weeks that turned into months. I kept a lot of things hidden to myself & on the outside seemed all put together. I tried to let the light (God) mend and heal my wounds but could not overcome the situation that had happened to me. (John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.)

In March of 2011 I found out that I was pregnant again! Instead of feelings of excitement & joy…I was filled with fear & doubt. Because of my previous experience I was so afraid! We delayed in sharing the news we were pregnant because I was so fearful. A man at our church prophesied that 2 sons & a daughter were going to be born in our church.(This was before we had told anyone) This brought some peace to my mind. I experienced some bleeding a few weeks after that & was so scared I was losing the baby. A man came to me & said, “Jessica, I have two words for you… Fear Not”. This was so comforting to hear–I knew it was God! My husband & I had been praying for a strong, meaningful name for our baby (we just knew we were having a boy). My husband came to me one evening & said, “I know what we are supposed to name our child–Gabriel”. Me being pregnant & contrary at the time instantly said, “No, I don’t care for that” rejecting the name. I kept having the words “Fear Not” spoken over me throughout the pregnancy & was praying about a name for our son. I was reading the bible in Luke one evening & came across verse where Gabriel says to Mary, “Fear not”. When I read that verse a peace came over me…not only knowing we had finally chosen a name for our son but that everything was going to be ok. (John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.)

November 27, 2011 our strong warrior messenger of God, Gabriel Hayden Fox was born! He was born healthy & perfect!

Through my miscarriage followed by a healthy pregnancy, God has used me to help other women through similar circumstances. At the time I was confused & fearful but He always has a way of bringing the good out of bad situations. He also taught me to crucify my fears and trust in Him.

I challenge each of you to give your fears, insecurities & doubts to God. This will be a daily process! Wake up each morning & say God, I am Yours & You are Love & Love casts out our Fears! They are so distracting to the point you could miss out on your blessings and destiny. I could have stayed down & depressed about my loss but instead (eventually) gave it to God & allowed Him to mend me & use me to minister to others. It’s not always going to be easy letting go but so worth it! Let go & let God.

xoxo,

Jess