I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get way from my God! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the morning winds to the farthest ocean, even there your hand will guide me, your strength will support me. If I try to hide in darkness, the night becomes light around me. For even darkness cannot hide from God; to you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are both alike to you.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous - and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your Book!
How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can't even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me. Psalm 139: 7-18 (TLB)
Perla Yaneth, from Texas, always had problems with her appearance. She compared herself to other girls and had thoughts like, Wow, if I had her hair, or her eyes, or her body.....This led to depression and suicidal thoughts. In the summer of 2018 Perla decided she didn't want to continue with this sadness anymore, and she grabbed some pills. She stood at the end of her bed completely heartbroken. That night a war was going on in her head. Thoughts swirled in her mind: Do it. You are worthless. No one is going to miss you. But she also heard, Your family loves you. It isn't your time; I brought you into the world for a purpose. Hang in there; it will get better. Perla knew God was with her as she struggled with these thoughts.
Psalm 139 reminds her that she is uniquely made by a God who gazes upon her with loving eyes. Song of Songs 4:7 says, "You are altogether beautiful, my darling, there is no flaw in you." Each of us is beautiful and loved, and we are perfect in God's eyes. When we stop comparing ourselves to others, we can value ourselves for who we are. We are the children of God, and God loves us all unconditionally. We are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Prayer: Dear God, teach us to value and love ourselves. Help us not to compare to others and instead to walk with confidence as the unique people you made us, in Jesus' name. Amen
This is my grandson, Andrew. He fought many battles in his mind, but God was always there watching over him. God knew him before he was born and scheduled every day of his life and took him home on 8/11/2021.