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For her price is far above rubies As women it is imperative that we begin to see ourselves as God sees us instead of allowing society to define us according to its interests. The Bible says that a good woman is worth more than rubies. It is not the world that should define us, but the strength of our character and our relationship with God Understandably the trails of life can lead to feelings of failure and discontent, but it is at these times when God's greatest work can be done in our lives. When I was 16 years old I became pregnant. The father eventually disappeared from our lives and my primary means of support was my family. I felt like God had all but abandoned me. But, I remembered Psalms 34:17-18 the righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. God had never left me; I simply needed to turn to Him. I needed to remember the promises that He made in His word. 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 for all the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. You should always remember that you are God's creation and as such you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Matthew 11:28-30 come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light." You have value in God's eye's Matthew 10:24-31 29 are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. The God of heaven cares for you. After all, he created you in his own image. Gen 1:27 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. He loved you so much that he ultimately sacrificed his only Son for you. John 3:16 16 for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Knowing all of this should provide you with a healthy dose of God confidence and self worth. You can feel good about yourself because you are royalty. As a believer, you are a joint heir with Jesus Christ to the throne of God. Get your inheritance. Live in expectation that God will lift you from the situation that you are in right now because his thoughts for us are of good and not evil. Jeremiah 29:11 for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. God is true to His word if you just trust Him. Begin to replace your negative thoughts with positive ones. Proverbs 23:7 for as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. Believe in God's word Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Ask yourself "What would Jesus have me do today?" How can I witness to someone else and bring them closer to Christ? Your life will change because you won't have time for self doubt and pity because you will be about your Father's business. Let God through His word and the Holy Spirit minister to you. Cheryl Donovan is an internationally-acclaimed speaker,Award winning author of 5 books, and the mother of 3 children. She has spoken at conferences across the country for over 5 years. Cheryl is a former internet radio talk show host. She is currently the Chief VIsionary Officer of Worth More than Rubies Ministries, www.cheryllaceydonovan.org. Cheryl s mission is to strengthen women and families around the world