MWI President

 

Deeply Loved and Accepted by God.

With all the talk about royal weddings what little girl does not want to be a princess, wear a tiara and fine clothes? Ladies we are daughters of the King. Stop and think on that!

When Isaiah began to understand this he praised God. In Isaiah 61:10-11 we read, “I will sing for joy in the Lord, explode in praise from deep in my soul. He dressed me in a suit of salvation; he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jewelled tiara. For as the earth bursts with wildflowers and as a garden cascades with blossoms, so the Master God, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations.”
Let us look at what it means to delight in God and for Him to delight in us. God tells us in many different ways the truth about who we really are. If we listen to others it is easy to finish up thinking too highly or too lowly of ourselves. I believe God wants us to have a Goldilocks character: meaning not too high or too low, just right. Where would you rate yourself?  I pray none of us are too self-absorbed that we think ‘look at me’ and talk constantly about ourselves, wondering why anyone would want to talk about anything else! Many of us find ourselves in the other end of the spectrum, tormented with a secret feeling of being worthless, hopeless and helpless and try to convince people that we are the opposite. If we do not believe our own worth how can we convince others? Again and again, God reminds us that we are dearly loved daughters of the King – Princesses. When God adopts us and knows our worth that should help us overcome our sense of worthlessness and helplessness.  

A ‘just right’ sense of character. What does that mean? We are confused people are referred to as a new creation in the Bible. As long as we are on this earth, we argue amongst ourselves, are prone to sin, yet still want to please God. We are wise to acknowledge the fact that we have both desires at the same time. The Goldilocks character is summarised in these few words by God’s grace “I am a wonderfully created person, prone to sin, deeply loved by God.” Accepting ourselves, I believe is difficult until we experience God’s acceptance of us by His grace. We do not earn grace by our deeds or looks, so we cannot lose it by actions so bad that God cannot forgive us. What do you require to believe and find the ‘just right you?’ Do not give up! “God is present among you, a strong warrior there to save you,” Zephaniah 3:17. Happy to have you back, He will calm you with His love. In Romans 12, Paul writes, “I am speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then as everyone does, in pure grace, it is important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God.  No, God brings it all to you. The only way to understand ourselves is by what God is and what He does for us, not by what we are and what we do for Him.”

So daughters of the King, are you ‘just right?’

July Engagements to date:
28th June – 2nd July European Moravian Women’s Conference – Zeist, The Netherlands.
5th July – 3rd August working with Methodist Church in Sri Lanka.   

August Engagements to date:
5th – Kilwarlin

September Engagements to date:
2nd – Kilwarlin
13th – Belfast District MWI Executive Committee meeting – Cairnshill Methodist Church
15th – MWI General Officers Meeting – Thomas Street Methodist Church, Portadown.
21st-23rd - MWI Fellowship Week-end – Glenada, Newcastle.
25th-  Belfast District Synod – Finaghy Methodist Church.

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