For those who fight the lie you are unloved, unwanted, and unworthy, know this: your Father has been excitedly anticipating your life since before time began. If for no other purpose than to learn to receive his love and give it away, you are here for a reason. A good reason. You are not invisible, not used up, not useless, and you haven’t missed your chance. No matter what anyone has done to you, not done for you, and no matter what the enemy has tried to steal, kill, and destroy and in your life, you are loved, you are wanted, you are valued, and you are celebrated.
You are always the apple of your Father’s eye, and you can’t afford to think differently about yourself than he thinks of you . . .
“When I pray, I know you will answer, O God. You will show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By your mighty power, you rescue those who trust you as their refuge from their enemies. You always guard me as the apple of your eye, and hide me in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 17:6-8).
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. Your love, O Lord, endures forever” (Psalm 138:8).
“You created my inmost being. You formed me in my mother’s womb. I know everything you do is wonderful, and so I praise and thank you because I know I also am astonishingly and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-14).
“I never think anything evil toward you! All the thoughts I have toward you are of wholeness, prosperity, and true peace. They’re plans that will give you hope, and a good future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
“Not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. So don’t worry. He even knows how many hairs are on your head. He cares deeply about even the smallest detail of your life” (Matthew 10:29-31).
“Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons and daughters of God. You didn’t receive a spirit that makes you a slave to fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of sonship. And by that Spirit we are able to be so close to him we can call him ‘Abba,’ which means ‘Daddy’ (Romans 8:14-15).
“Don’t conform your identity to what you see around you. Be transformed by renewing your mind in God’s presence, and your life will demonstrate the lovingkindness, goodness, and wholeness that are his will for you” (Romans 12:2).
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation—the old has gone, and the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).