Regular readers know I favor TA DA moments and Special Days. On a special day recently, I called my sister-in-law, Kathy, to wish her a happy birthday. Kat’s an encourager, always one to cheer you on and she’s been solidly in my corner for quite some time. So on her birthday, I reached out via phone and we had a marvelous conversation, which is the basis for this post. I’m not sure how the conversation started, but pretty soon we were on one of my favorite subjects – the uplifting and encouragement of women, these days especially younger women. We talked about my daughters and how I had determined early on that I was going to parent them in a way that they knew unconditionally that they were of immense value and loved, not for what they did, but for the sheer fact that God created them and put them on this earth and thankfully, into my arms.
Kat and I had been talking about their birthdays and how I posted a blog for each of them as a Special Day post. That led to many other things and we ended up talking about younger women in general, the choices they’re making and for what reasons. I firmly believe that if today’s generation had a better grasp of their personal worth and value, they would make far better choices. And not just the younger generation, though it’s much more in-your-face, if you will; this applies to women of all ages.
I ended up telling some stories from the days of facilitating women’s recovery groups. Those ladies heard my “speech” as they called it, regularly and every so often, one brought a woman whom she introduced by saying, “This is —-, she needs your speech.” We’d laugh together and at the appropriate moment I’d segue into the speech that usually begins with Do you know who you are? Do you really know? You’ve got some guy calling you names and disrespecting you? Do you know who you are? And better, does that guy know with whom he’s messing?
The answer and today’s lesson – you knew one was coming – is You Are the Daughter of a King – a princess, if you will. But not just any king, the almighty Creator King of the universe!! And do you know what? That means something!
That means that you have incredible worth and value, that you are most worthy of being respected, loved, treated well! Let that thought permeate your being, your mind, your heart and your soul. Disrespect yourself with bad choices? Not as likely if you have a solid sense of your value. Accept disrespect or worse from others in your life? Not as likely if you have a solid sense of your worth.
Do you know who you are? Head up high, friend, confident and comfortable, standing your ground on the Solid Rock, knowing that you are indeed unique, special, worthy and of incredible value to your loved ones and to a hurting world all around you. You have a legacy of grace, dignity, value and you have much to give.
Follow the Solid Rock link, turn up your speakers and sing as you dance around your kitchen with joy and peace in your heart. Do You Know Who You Are? You bet, no doubt about it: Worthy, Valuable and full of Grace – go on out and make a difference in the life of a woman, young or old, that you know!
In closing I’ll share a favorite verse that closed my Conversation with Kat, given to me by a woman in one of those aforementioned recovery groups. Zephaniah 3:17 says that not only does the Lord take great delight in me, He’s singing with joy about me!! Check it out for yourself then follow the Solid Rock link above; sing out loud as you dance around your kitchen reveling in the knowledge that you are most worthy!!!