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{Guest Post} Because Sometimes We Forget …by Stacey

Today we have a special guest post from my friend, Stacey, who blogs at 29 Lincoln Avenue & MOD Squad. If you haven’t been to either of her blogs……then you need to visit them today! You’ll be glad you did! – Angela

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Do you ever forget who you are? I know I do. I get overwhelmed by life and the dailiness of it all. I barely have time to remember my name or where I put my coffee cup. You know what I’ve realized this past week while studying Ephesians 1? It is good for me to remember not only who I am, but Whose I am. He must have known we would forget, because He wrote it in black and white for us to see. He said…

chosen
forgiven
blameless
blessed
redeemed
lavished with grace

And the truth is, when you really want someone to remember something, you write it down. You send a note. You email. You say it with words because it matters and you don’t want them to forget.

I am witness to this power of writing it down. I’ve seen words wash over a girl of ten and soak in deep till she wore them like her Sunday best. This sweet girl of 10 (now 12) is my daughter. For her birthday that year I asked 30 women to write her a letter telling her what made her special. They wrote the most beautiful letters. They sent His Words. They told her she was amazing, sweet, a true God’s girl and how they loved her passion for worship. The night she opened her gift she came into my room and said, “Oh Mommy, I did not know I was so special.” I watched as day after day she read a different letter, and carefully placed it in her keepsake book. She added stickers and ribbon to the pages and read them again until she didn’t have to read them anymore, because they were written on her heart.

I’ll say it again….

chosen
forgiven
blameless
blessed
redeemed
lavished with grace

These are not my words. They are His. He want us to know how special we are, too. Do you believe it? Do you live like it is true? Can you pick up these words each day, and put them on like you would your favorite pair of cute red shoes? I have an idea: Let’s put them on cards, scribble them on our hands, and write them on our grocery lists. Let’s keep writing and reading them until we don’t have to read them anymore because they are written on our hearts.

Stacey is Mike’s wife and the mother of four vibrant girls. She loves God’s Word, connecting with women and drinks way too much coffee. You can find her blogging at 29lincolnavenue or follow her on Twitter as stacey29lincoln. Her Good Morning Girls group is made up of two other women she adores named Amy and Tracie. Together with a team of amazing women, they write a blog for Mothers of Daughters called the MODsquad.

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  1. Deanna Bowser says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for this wonderful , and uplifting lesson. We need to tell ourselves this everyday and thank God for it. But even more, we need to tell the young women in our lives..who 75% of them or more it seems, have no self esteem or feel important in life. I will be sure to try a lot harder to let the women in my life know this.. My heart swells with love.. Thanks again.. Deanna

  2. Thank you for this refreshing reminder!

  3. Thank you Stacey! Just today, I attended a Bible Study with another blogger who I just met. She asked us to write down how God sees us. It was so hard for me. I ended up with a bunch of roles (mom, wife, friend, painter, singer) and only a few other things, those words in black and white, that I am still trying to wrap my head around!

  4. Indeed a blessed reminder of what Salvation really is… simple words yet powerful… Thank you Stacey for being an instrument for our Lord… Enjoy His presence! :)

  5. Beautiful sentiments and reminders Stacey. I love your idea of others writing letters to your daughter. Such precious memories for her and a special way to let her know she is so very loved.

  6. What a sweet blessing to be here today! Thanks Angela for the invitation, and the for the gift that GMG is to my heart every day!

    May God increase your territory girl!

  7. Wow, this is great! I love the encouraging letters. What an impact it must have made on her self esteem. I hope I can remember this when my girls are older.

  8. love love love :)

  9. this is the post i needed to read….those were so many of the things that impacted me last week. even before i read your suggestion at the end, i was on my way to print those words out so that i could hang them on my refrigerator.

  10. Thank you for this much needed reminder today Stacey! You ladies are all so gifted and are great encouragers; I truly appreciate each of you!

  11. This brought me to to tears and only then did I realize I had been believing lies again about who I am. Thankyou.

  12. stacey … i love your heart and what God pours out of you. you are an encourager my friend and i’m beyond honored to have your continued encouragement wash over me!

  13. how utterly amazing to actually know 30 people who could write a letter to you child
    you are blessed

  14. Those words are so full of the life of God and his desire for us to know the truth about ourselves and Him.
    chosen – when we feel neglected or overlooked by other people
    forgiven – when we feel the weight of our own sin bearing down on us
    blameless – when we look into the face of Jesus and realize all he did for us so we could stand before God
    blessed – with every spiritual blessing (peace, hope, joy, love, faith, patience, kindness, strength)
    redeemed – by the blood of our precious Lamb who bought us back from the enemy so that we could walk in freedom
    lavished with grace – when we realize our own goodness is not enough, but God made a way for us to receive grace thru Jesus
    His words are spirit and they are life. Praise His holy name.

  15. What a beautiful reminder this morning that I needed to hear!! I love the idea of having the women write encouraging letters to your daughter. My daughter is almost 17 and is getting ready to graduate high school. She is experiencing so much bitterness and anger due to the many family issues we have experienced over the last 3 years. I think I will use this idea before she goes off to college… as a keepsake that she can take with her so no matter what happens she can look back at those letters and remember what a valuable, special, young woman she is. :)

  16. Wow. Thank you for this. What an awesome little tidbit and I agree. As I am working through Ephesians I am really heavy with the thoughts and feelings of being something uniqe and made for a reason, a purpose. God planted us here, and loves us more then anything or anyone in this world. To fully grasp that is…well surreal really. Thank you so much for sharing.
    In His Light
    Sarah

  17. Thank you soooo much Stacey for guest posting for us today!!! As you can tell, we ALL loved what you shared!!! Some days we just need a reminder of who we are in Christ and how much we are loved!!!

    Love God Greatly!
    -Angela

  18. Stacey – thank you for guest posting with us today – your words are so powerful – because they carry the power of God with them! Thank you for blessing us!
    Courtney

  19. Thanks for reminding us. The world reminds us daily how we fall short. In brains or looks or speed or some other preconceived notion of perfection. In Christ we are chosen, forgiven blameless blessed redeemed and lavished. With grace. Just sayin world,try to top that!!

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