Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wonderfully Made

*I had scheduled to post this tomorrow, but after having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, I felt like letting it go live now rather than sitting on it. I just have to keep going back to this.*

One of my sweet friends was broken up with the other day. She is one of the most compassionate, tender hearted people I know. As things were starting to come to an end in her relationship, she commented to me that she was afraid she was too weird for this guy, but that she didn’t want to be thought of as the “weird girlfriend.” It hurt so much to hear her define herself in that way. She may do silly things, act strangely sometimes (all in delightful, entertaining ways), but to define herself as weird struck a cord in me.

So when she shared that the relationship had ended, and that she felt sad for him because she’s pretty sure she’s a good catch (which she is!), I remembered a prayer I copied from the book 31 Days of Prayer years ago. It’s a paraphrase of a few different Psalms put together. So I made a very rudimentary graphic to print for her (and found myself thankful for Publisher but dreaming of Photoshop).

fearfully and wonderfully made

And as I typed this all out and played with fonts, I was struck by how much I needed to read this myself. I’ve been having a hard month full of uneasiness and tension (not in my home… don’t worry!), and so much of it leads me to question who I am. Nolan and I were just talking this evening about the fact that I have a very strong personality and sometimes people don’t know what to do with it. The way things have been going lately has made me start to question if there’s something wrong with me and feel unsure in so many of my relationships. Then I read this. I loved the line, “It’s wonderful to know that You are not the least bit dissatisfied with my inborn talents, intelligence, aptitudes, appearance and personality.” I love how God works!

And, if you aren’t able to read the prayer clearly in the graphic above, it says:
I give thanks to You, O Lord, and I stand in awe of you for I am wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works! Thank You that You uniquely designed and created me with the same care You used in creating the universe. That you formed me in love exactly to Your specifications. That you embroidered me with great skill in my mother’s womb.

I’m grateful that my looks, my abilities and my personality are like a special picture frame in which You can portray Your grace and beauty, Your love, Your strength, Your faithfulness, to the praise of Your glory. I rejoice that You have gifted me for the special purposes You have in mind for my life. I thank You for Your loving wisdom in allowing the things that have influenced me throughout my life—things that have prepared my heart to respond to You and live for Your glory. I might not have turned to You had things been different!

It’s wonderful to know that you are not the least bit dissatisfied with my inborn talents, intelligence, aptitudes, appearance and personality. For Your hands have made and fashioned me. I am one of Your masterpieces!

I worship and bow down. I kneel before You my Master.

7 comments:

  1. I'm sorry you're not having a good day and that you've had a bad month. The good thing is, there's only a few more days left in the month, before a new one begins and you can put all the bad days behind you.

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  2. I too have been struggling a lot lately (I'm a youth pastor's wife with 3 young kids) thank you for sharing this and for your honesty.

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  3. thank you for sharing both the letter and about your trouble - I'll be praying for you

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  4. My favourite self affirming quote that I teach my kids comes from Dr Seuss and I think it says it all.
    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
    hth

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  5. oh, my goodness...i can relate to you 120%! love the prayer...i will read it over and over as I prepare for my big craft faire event on Saturday...i need all the encouragment i can get. thank you for sharing.

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