I pray you’ll join us and learn new and exciting things too from His Word.
This Week We're Looking at Beloved
Freed from her stroller, sturdily stomping past her brother and sister, she dodged the forest of legs in the hallway, pressing forward, seeking his face. Determined to get there as quickly as her toddler legs could run, she didn't care about the bevy of white coats surrounding the one whose shoes she knew. She wasn't concerned with decorum or manners, never thought about whispering or waiting for her turn. Instead, she burst forth, calling his name, "Daddy! Daddy!"
And his answer was always the same. A handclap followed by "come here, my girl!" Quickly, he scooped her up out of the hospital bustle's fracas, securing her in arms that juggled clipboards, phones, and a coffee cup. He welcomed her, listened carefully to her chirping, and then finished his orders for his team to carry out.
She was beloved. She never doubted, never wavered, never feared her reception. Intent on her goal, she sought the man who called her his daughter.
We are Beloved. But we often doubt. We hesitate at the beginning of the run, wondering if we're welcome, we fear His lack of attention, we may try running towards Him only to be distracted, we may fall down. We may be embarrassed by our desire in a place teeming with others with more significant needs or louder calls. We may hang back, wondering if we should wait for our turn.
But we are Beloved. And we need to hurtle towards our Heavenly Father who establishes our identity, pulls us out of the fray, listens intently to our words and hearts, and welcomes us into His presence.
We are Beloved. We are safe, surrounded, and covered when the world feels full of danger and uncertainty. God dwells with us (Deuteronomy 33:12), reminding us of His presence in moments of doubt and fear. He whispers His truth to our hearts when we wonder if we can persevere.
We can rest. The child of the Most High rests secure in His arms, knowing He never lets go, never struggles to hold her safe. When we anxiously work, worrying about the results and consumed with the outcome, we have lost sight of our status as His Beloved. In Psalm 127:2, He invites us into a place of rest, where the work we do depends on His hand for results.
We are Beloved, a set-apart saint. He securely determined our identity at the cross and welcomed us into His arms. As His child, grace and peace flow with abundance, coating our weary, fraying hearts and reminding us of His steadfast love (Romans 1:7).
Our stance changes. In I Corinthians 15:58, Paul contends we stand resolute and steadfast in a world where everything seems to rush by, differing opinions clamor for attention, and nothing feels consistent. We can serve our families and neighbors, encouraged by the knowledge that His eyes are always on us. His hand is always steadying us.
As His beloved, we can forgive. Colossians 3:13 shows us from the security of being fully forgiven, we can offer forgiveness. Compassion bursts forth. Our identity changes our response.
The gift of being His, fully claimed, wholly loved, impacts how we love others. He calls us Beloved.
The ABCs of God's Love Letter Scripture Memory Cards
The ABCs of God's Love Letter Bible Study is accompanied by a collection of 25 5 X 5 Scripture Memory Cards. We'll utilize this great tool to help us memorize a Scripture verse once a week that goes with the topic we're studying that week. Hiding God's Word in our heart is so important!
These square press prints are printed on thick, high-quality, matte art paper and include a small white border. They are available here in our Etsy shop. But WAIT, there's more! Just for you —> Use code SAVE50 at checkout for 50% OFF your entire order. FREE SHIPPING on orders $35 or more, otherwise, shipping is just $2.00, as always!
What does Beloved mean to you?
Hi friend, welcome to InstaEncouragements. I am so glad you are here. You’re among friends. You belong here.
How would you like access to our online library of helpful eBooks, devotionals, printables, lock screens, and more? You’re going to love this library, there is all kinds of exclusive content, just for you!
Join the movement by signing up below and I'll send you the link today. And no worries, We don’t spam. Promise! We don’t like spam either.
After you've joined the movement, hop on over to our about page to learn more about us and then to our contact form and introduce yourself so we can be on a first-name basis. I'd like that!