I’m 3rd of 4 in my family.
Definitely the middle child since the first two are only 14 months apart. I was the quiet one growing up, never as loud or fast as the others. They were capable, I was afraid to try. I was the “sensitive” one, easily hurt, always hiding. I knew early on God loved me, but I couldn’t figure out why. I had nothing to offer like the others did.
It’s taken a lifetime for me to understand God doesn’t want anything from me except to love Him back. I can’t earn His love, certainly don’t deserve it. But neither does anyone else! That was a revelation that totally changed my perspective.
The same is true of you. You are loved, not because you’re quiet or loud, fast or slow, the one onstage or the one in the audience.
Society gives subtle (and blatant) messages telling us who we should be, what we should want, how we should look/act/ dress, and what we should believe. But the only one we should ever listen to is our Creator.
Who are we in His eyes is what matters.
To Him we are the Beloved, a daughter of the King, perfect in Christ. Regardless of our size, shape, color, or how much is in our bank account, we matter so much to Him that He died for us. We should determine our steps, and think of ourselves, according to His truth.
Who does God say you are?
You are unique because God created you. You are loved because He chooses to love you. You are esteemed as a daughter of the Most High King. You are who He created you to be, so the best thing you can do, the best way to thank Him, is to live out that knowledge with gusto!
Let go of comparing yourself to other imperfect people and choose to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. Be who He created you to be.
Meet Stacy’s Characters
God says Peter is a man of talent, potential, and heart. Set free from his need for fame, accolades, and celebrity, Peter can focus on music that celebrates and worships God.
God says Kiera is a woman of great inner beauty, carrying a message of hope for teens. Set free from the expectations of others, Kiera learns to be who she wants to be, imperfections and all.
God says Kurt is forgiven, redeemed, restored, and free. Set free from his addiction, anger, and shame, Kurt becomes a light to youth who need a place to belong.
God says Vanessa is forgiven, loved, cherished. Set free from her guilt and anger, Vanessa becomes an encourager to those who don’t fit in, who are less than “perfect,” and returns to her love of dancing in a new way that makes her a witness to restoration.
God says Sam is forgiven, strong, capable, and talented. Set free from his perceived responsibility of others’ behavior, Sam lives out his faith by creating beauty through woodworking.
God says Marti is amazing, gifted, loved, and cherished. Set free from the words of others, Marti decides for herself who she wants to be and what she wants to do.
God says Jackson is loved, forgiven, and gifted to see the world differently. Set free from fear and failure, Jackson uses his gifts for God’s glory instead of his own.
God says Minnie is capable, smart, and loving. Set free from her need to control, Minnie learns to trust God for guidance and direction for her life, her seniors, and Em.