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Day 3: The 30 Day Praise Challenge

by Becky Harling

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. ~ Psalm 139:13–14

The Invitation

You are My one-of-a-kind masterpiece! I designed you with intention. I deliberately crafted every part of your body, soul, and spirit for My glory. I know there are times when you feel frustrated with your weaknesses and limitations. But you are fearfully and wonderfully made in My image. You are a reflection of My beauty. Everything I make is good, including you. When you praise and thank Me for how I designed you, My Spirit quiets the voices of self-doubt. I knit you together in your mother's womb. Praise Me that I chose your eye color, hair color, body build, and intellect before the foundation of the world.

Others may tell you that you must look a certain way or attain a certain level of achievement to be worthwhile. Don't listen to them. Instead, thank Me that I am continually perfecting the work I started in you. Rather than tear yourself down, exalt Me for the beauty I am exhibiting through your life. As you praise Me, I will help you let go of the anxiety you feel over your limitations. (Eph.2:10; Phil. 1:6; Ps. 139:13–14)

God is not disappointed in the way you turned out. On the contrary, He delights over you! He is continuing to change you and empower you to become the person He created you to be. Dare to praise Him today for the way He designed you. Whether you're having a good body day or a bad body day, praise and worship Him that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Praise Him for your intellectual capacities and for His ongoing work in your life. Praise Him that He is able to bring beauty out of any mess in your life, even those messes created by your own mistakes.

For everything God created is good. (1 Tim. 4:4)

Listen
Listen to "Beautiful Things" performed by Gungor...

and "For Your Splendor" performed by Christy Nockels.

Pray

My Father, thank You that I have been made in Your image and bear a striking resemblance to You. I praise You, because You carefully and creatively knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made! You created me in perfect wisdom. You designed me to reflect Your beauty in a world that is often not very beautiful. Thank You for shining through my eyes, speaking through my voice, and loving through my heart. I praise You that You are shaping me into the image of Your Son, Jesus Christ. "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation." There is no one I would rather look like than Jesus! Thank You for continuing Your work, even when I complain. I praise You that I was created to do good works that You prepared for me to do long before I was even born. Please renew the image of Jesus Christ in me today. I praise You and worship You, my Creator! (Ps. 139:13–14; Ps. 104:24; Eph. 2:10; Col. 1:15)

Journal
Has it been difficult for you to say, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made"? Why? How have you seen God use your weaknesses for good? How has He used your strengths to demonstrate His love?

Copyright 2013 Becky Harling. The 30 Day Praise Challenge published by David C Cook. Publisher permission required to reproduce. All rights reserved.

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