Be Thankful for The God Gift That Is You

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If we are honest we all have something about ourselves that we just don’t like.  Something that we wish was different.  Something that we feel makes us flawed.  We all have something.

God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand.

I’m an open book to you;  even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.

You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight.

You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence.

I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too—

your reassuring presence, coming and going.

This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in!

7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight?

If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there!

If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon,

You’d find me in a minute— you’re already there waiting!

Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!

At night I’m immersed in the light!”

It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.

13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb.

I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made!

I worship in adoration—what a creation!

You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body;

You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.

Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;

all the stages of my life were spread out before you,

The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.

17-22 Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful! God, I’ll never comprehend them!

I couldn’t even begin to count them— any more than I could count the sand of the sea.

Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!

Psalm 139:1-22 (MSG)

What if we stopped being so hard on ourselves?  What if we stop to consider that the very things we would change, God has put there for a purpose?  All our days were planned out before we lived one of them.  What if like Joseph, these things we are dealing with are for a greater purpose that we can’t see?

So instead of beating ourselves up about how God created us, what if we learned to be thankful instead.  Knowing that we were created and planned in love and that God has celebrated with us along every step of our lives.  Could we learn to hate our shortcomings less and learn to love ourselves as God loves us?  Don’t you think that it hurts our Father’s heart when we get so tangled in knots about all the ways we feel we are wrong?  If it were your child beating themselves up like that, doesn’t it hurt your heart?  Can we learn to embrace who we are and to love the way we were created to be?

Listen to this song as being sung to you from the Lord.


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