What happens in your family of origin can affect you for the rest of your life. Good or bad, your family can have an incredible influence on the way you view yourself and others, and in the way you think and act.
It was Mother’s Day. It had been years since he had talked to his mom. He decided to reach out to her on Facebook. Why not?
“I love you mom, wherever you are.”
One year later she responded, “I know you love me, always have always will, as I love you. Sometimes parents have to grow up like children do, especially if they were young parents. You have always made me proud. Never forget that.”
A friend added on her behalf, “I’m glad your mother knows Jesus. Sweet confirmation, that all of us who trust in Him for salvation have forgiveness and will be with Him one day. Thank you for your tender heart, Jess. I met you several years ago. You were a beautiful child. ‘Love never gives up’.” (1 Cor. 13:7)
The last time Jess talked with his mother he was struggling with life, church, and God. He was making wrong decisions and feeling guilty about it. He decided to reach out to his mom and give her a call. He was desperately in need of empathy and support. He called her and tried to explain that he was worried about his relationship with God.
She hung up on him.
“God, I can’t do this anymore!”
Jess’s inner voice was screaming, “No one loves me!”
Jess’s mom never felt loved either. The voice she heard was, “You should have been a boy.” She was a disappointment to her parents. What an awful voice to hear over and over in your mind.
But God is always on the move.
Recently, Jess heard from his mom. They had a phone conversation. It went well. She ended their conversation by saying, “God bless you, son.” Wow. This was an emotional moment for Jess. She had never called him “son” before. He remembers giving his mom over to God in his desperation.
Jess recognizes that God is at work, softening and changing his mother’s heart. He gives God all the glory.
He still longs to be back in his mother’s life and so he waits.
“Let all that I am wait quietly before God. For my hope is in him.” Psalm 62:5
If you are a child of God, He offers you a way to drown out that strong negative inner voice that has been speaking the loudest to you most of your life.
Here Are 5 Truths God Wants You To Know
-You have value because you are created in the image of God.
“Then God said, Let Us make human beings in Our image, to be like Us.” Genesis 1:26
-You are part of the family of God.
“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5
-God loved you before you had a chance to love Him.
“…he loved us first.” 1 John 4:19
-You belong. You are a part of a community. You have a place to connect with others.
“All of you together are Christ’s body [church], and each of you is part of it.” 2 Corinthians 12:27
-God hears you when you talk to Him.
“I love the Lord because he hears my voice…” Psalm 116:1
“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.”
No matter what you were told in your growing up years and beyond, the ruler of this world Satan, wants to keep you in bondage to these words, these thoughts, these feelings.
-Meditate on God’s Word every day. Fill your mind with God’s Word to replace those negative loud voices!
-Get counseling as needed
Pray without ceasing;
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I Thessalonians 5:16-18
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