Psalm 139:14 says, I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way (International Children's Bible).
Here is verse 14 in some different translations.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about (The Living Bible)
Body and soul, I am marvellously made! (The Message paraphrase).
I am fearfully and wonderfully made (New International Versions). Fearfully in this context means that you are in awe of something, not terrified of it.
No matter what version you read it in, the message is the same - God made you in an awesome, amazing, wonderful way. Have you ever thought about how incredible your body is? Here are some amazing facts from National Geographic Kids*:
CHALLENGE: Look up some other amazing facts about your body. Thank God for the amazing and wonderful way you are created.
God uses ordinary people
All of the great men and women of the Bible started their lives as ordinary people. God didn't look for the best looking, the most popular, the smartest, the best educated, the best public speakers, the best leaders, the best behaved. Instead he chose those who were rejected by the world, the young, the uneducated, the worst of sinners and he equipped them do what he called them to do. David was a shepherd, Peter and Andrew were fishermen, Paul was persecuting the church, Mary was just a regular Jewish chick.
In Exodus chapter three God called Moses to rescue the Israelites from Egypt but Moses said, "I am nobody. How can I go to the king and bring the Israelites out of Egypt? God answered, "I will be with you" (verses 11-12). When that voice in your head tells you you're not smart enough, good enough, popular enough, talented enough to be called by God remember that God will be with you. That is the key, God is with you and helping you to do what he called you to do. He might be calling you to teach Kid's church, to write Christian music, to join the worship team at church, to talk to your school friends about your faith, to raise money for the poor, to visit the lonely - whatever is, he is with you and will help you.
God loves you more...
Identity: I am made in God's image
God made us like him. When an artist makes a sculpture of someone, it looks like them but it is not them. When God made us in his image we look like him but we are not exactly the same (cause we are not God obviously). Unlike all the rest of God's creation, you have a spirit. How awesome is it that you are made like the creator of the universe. You are not pond scum or a bug, you are made like God. And God is love. He is fair, powerful, merciful, patient, forgiving, unchanging, generous, compassionate, fearless, eternal... I could go on all day. So, next time your inner mean girl tells you you are worthless, or stupid, or a failure... remember Genesis 1:27 - you are made in God's image.
Goin' up - P. Lo Jetson
Elevate Journey through Mark
I'm loving these studies in Mark with Elevate. There's a bonus game at the beginning.
One of the most beautiful verses in the Bible is John 11:35 "Jesus wept." He had just found out that his friend, Lazarus. Verse 38 says that he was "deeply moved." Just before Jesus died on the cross Luke 22:44 says, "And being in anguish, he began praying more fervently and his sweat became like drops of blood falling down to the ground."
These verses remind me that although Jesus was God's son, he was also fully human. He experienced big feelings of pain, frustration, anger, sorrow, love and joy - just like we do. Hebrews 4:15 says, "Jesus, our high priest, is able to understand our weaknesses. When Jesus lived on earth, he was tempted in every way. He was tempted in the same ways we are tempted, but he never sinned."
God is not an angry judge who sits on his throne in heaven wagging his finger at us. He is a compassionate God who sent his son to live with us and die for us. Jesus understands our pain, our anger, our frustration, our sadness. Talk to him about your big feelings - he understands because he walked a mile in our shoes.
Filled with joy
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.