daily devotional

If there’s ever been a clean slate and fresh start to life, here it is! The beginning of a brand new decade. You can step into 2020 with confidence.

CONFIDENCE. An area many women struggle with. A determining factor between success and failure. There’s a difference between confidence and self-righteousness. This isn’t arrogance. True confidence comes from four things:

1. Knowing who you are.
2. Knowing whose you are.
3. Knowing there’s a good plan.
4. Knowing you’ve got what it takes to fulfill that plan.

You are a miracle. We often forget that. It’s easy to look at a newborn baby and recognize the miracle in their sheer existence having just been formed and born into this world, but we forget we were once that baby. This is exactly how you were made too. Everything about you is absolutely miraculous. The odds of you even being born were 1 in 400 trillion. That’s a 4 with 14 zeros behind it! It took the exact egg from your mother and the exact sperm from your father to create you. No other 2 human beings could have formed you.

Honey, you are no mistake. You are by great design. Every detail of you has been meticulously chosen and crafted together to create life as only you can live it. You are a woman with purpose. A woman specially designed for this very space and time. Walk in confidence knowing you are exactly who you’re supposed to be.

You are a real life princess, you know? A daughter of the king of all kings. Girl, straighten your crown! Your Daddy is the owner of everything, the grand director of all, the man in charge and don’t forget, his eye is on you. He carefully watched every detail as you were knit in your mother’s womb. The eyes of God do not look at you with condemnation, they look at you with compassion. He proved his compassion by sacrificing his son to save you.

We know a car from Mercedes will cost more than a car from Toyota. A Coach purse will cost more than a Target purse, and a Louis Vuitton purse will cost more than a Coach purse. It’s a matter of the maker. Who designed this car? What label is on this purse? Who made these shoes? Tell me the name and I’ll tell you the value.

Girl, your label is above all labels. You have the fingerprints of God on your life. You are valuable beyond measure because of your maker.

And he’s not just your maker, he’s your Abba Father. The translation of many words used to describe God in the Bible are that of a Daddy. A sweet Papa. A good good father. And you are his beloved daughter. His chosen one.

Snuggle up to that truth. You should find great confidence in knowing you belong to the Almighty.

There is a good plan over your life. And while we all must admit in a moment of truth we’ve likely screwed up a few times and halted our own goodness, we are not nearly powerful enough to cancel out God’s good plan. There is absolutely NOTHING he can’t work with and through. There’s nothing he can’t use for good. When scripture says in Romans 8:28 that “ALL THINGS are used for good for those who who love him and are called according to his purpose”, understand that truly means ALL THINGS.

This week I witnessed a woman who had almost ruined her marriage with an affair, in turn helping a woman who was hurting from her own husband’s unfaithfulness. In that moment I witnessed God once again using ALL THINGS for good. One woman’s owned mistake became another woman’s guide through the darkness. THAT’S GOD. And it is his good plan.

What is “your thing”? Your hurt, your pain, your shame, your mistake, your struggle … will you surrender it to God’s good plan of now using it all for good? Remember, your “thing” was included in the cover of ALL THINGS that can now be used for good in the hands of God.

Be so confident about God’s plan that you don’t even get upset anymore when things don’t go your way. God invites us into creation to plan with him. He places deep within us core desires that serve as a guide to our purpose. If you have a passion for music, it’s because your creator gave you that passion to put you on a path of goodness. If you have a love of nature, it’s because your creator planted that desire within you to bring you deeper into his good plan. It’s all by design. God thought of everything and left absolutely nothing out.

He’s been behind the scenes in every stage of your life. Crafting, reworking, designing and aligning all things to bring you into the goodness he has planned for you. You can trust his plan. You can play within his plan and put your special touch on it. You were gifted by the creator to create too.

And things won’t always turn out the way you planned. You may not always see the plan or understand the plan. This is where faith comes in. Faith is about being okay no matter what. Faith is about trusting God when your plan failed.

Well, you have exactly what it takes. Remember yesterday’s episode #500 “GOT WHAT IT TAKES” … yip, girl you’ve still got it today. You step into this new year and new decade of life fully equipped. Don’t forget that! Within you is every single thing you need to fulfill your purpose and rock this year of life.

You are lacking nothing. You were designed with a purpose, and equipped with a plan. What you have right now is exactly what it will take. And anything you feel you don’t have, God will provide, he will develop, and he will equip you along the way.

Rise up from these ashes with confidence my sister. You’re still here, and right here is exactly where God wants to do his finest work!

If you’re looking for a scripture this year, here’s my suggestion: Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Own that! God began a good work in me, and I’m still a work in progress. He’s not done with me yet! I am confident he’s still working in me, on me and through me.

I am confident in who he created me to be. I was designed with purpose and my journey is simply about becoming more and more like the girl I was always created to be.

I am confident in who I belong to. He is a good good father and his eyes are always on me. He has called me his own. He will never leave me, nor forsake me. I am his and he is mine.

I am confident in his plan. I don’t have to understand it to trust it. I don’t have to see it all to follow it. My good father has a good plan for this daughter.

I am confident I’ve got what it takes to fulfill that plan. I am fully equipped and made capable through Christ. All things are possible now. His power flows through me and my life is limitless when I’m walking fully in the potential he has given me.

God sure started something good in you. Confidently step into this new year of life with it’s fresh new start and clean slate and know God’s good plan is at work for you!