When You Wonder How God Sees You

isaiah 61-10

Another dreary winter day swoops in and the sun can’t seem to break free from its shroud of clouds. My mood is a reflection of the weather. Before I even got out of bed, I feel defeat.

I make my way to the laundry room and fluff the clothes that have been in the dryer for the last two days. My six-year-old needs a clean pair of jeans to wear for school, and somehow they never wound up in his dresser.

Little one bursts into kitchen with a vengeance screaming, “Brakfa, brakfa” and after I list three different options for him to choose from, he finally decides on waffles. I find myself wishing for the quadrillionth time that I had his energy.

Insomnia shows under my eyes. The previous week’s round with strep and colds took its toll. The hubby gives me a quick kiss on his way out the door and I wrap my arms around him tight, drinking in his calm, his scent.

I want to stay there in the soft, lingering embrace, but he’s running late.

As I watch my kids wrestle each other to the ground while working feverishly to make my son’s lunch, I wonder if God’s disappointed in my shortcomings as a mom. I wonder why I always feel like I’m playing catch up. I wonder if he is disappointed that I haven’t met that writing deadline, that I can’t seem to balance it all.

I forget that disappointment negates the essence of who God is.

I forget that it is impossible for God to be disappointed because he already knows the beginning and the end of my story.

For a moment, I forget that God sees me through the perfect covering of his son, Jesus, and his love is far deeper and wider than anything I could imagine.

As I sit down to read that evening, these words from Isaiah penetrate deep into my soul:

He has clothed me with the garments of salvation;

he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,

and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.  Isaiah 61:10 NIV

When God looks at me he sees beautiful, plain and simple. How I feel about myself or my performance on that particular day is irrelevant.

Using my feelings to dictate how I think God sees me negates the essence of his character.

As I sat there, letting his Word shatter my illusions, I became deeply aware of my need for him. I realized it was only by the power of his Spirit that I could grasp the truth.

And the truth is this: His love is unchanging and constant. It knows no limits or boundaries, height or depth.

My friend, as you’re sitting there on the other side of the screen, can you remember the way your spouse looked at you on your wedding day? Or if you’re single, do you remember a date where that special person looked at you with awe, decked from head to toe in your evening wear?

Those examples don’t compare to the way God looks at you once you’re in Christ. He sees his radiant, beautiful bride shining with the light of his Son inside her.

So no matter what kind of day you’ve had or how many items you got checked off your to-do list, remember that to your Creator, you are a shining star that gleams brightly in the universe. You are his chosen child, pure and blameless because of the perfect blood of Jesus.

Let that truth sink deep into your weary bones today. And remember that no matter how many clouds shroud the sun, God is still there.

He sees you through the fog.

 

Linking up with Suzie Eller’s #LiveFreeThursday. Come join us and be inspired.

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54 thoughts on “When You Wonder How God Sees You

  1. Abby,
    So many great nuggets here…”I forger that disappointment negates the essence of who God is.” Regardless of what my feelings or thoughts tell me, God is never disappointed with me. This is something I struggle with and constantly have to remind myself of. I’m going to copy and save this post for future reference!! When I get to feeling like God is disappointed in me I claim Romans 8:1 : Therefore there is now no condemnation (disappointment) for those who are in Christ Jesus. Thanks for a beautifully written reminder this morning!!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

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  2. Abby, I really needed to hear this today. We’re coming off a week of strep and colds at our house too and in all the feeling yucky, I forgot to do something important for a family member. And when people are disappointed in me, it’s easy to spiral into feeling like God’s disappointed with me. I can’t thank you enough for this beautiful and perfectly timed reminder of His love.

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    • I am so happy to hear that in resonated with you and gave you the word you needed, Tarissa! God is so good. Glad your family is on the mend. Sickness is rough! Thanks so much for stopping here and sending a word of encouragement today.

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  3. Hi Abby, That’s a wonderful truth that we need to call to mind when we feel discouraged. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed that verse in Isaiah,but it’s a beautiful picture. In Hebrews He tells us to come to His throne of grace with confidence when we need help in time of need. Love, Mom

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  4. Abby what great and powerful words. God sees us even when we are tired and worn out and weary, especially when we don’t meet the deadlines or expectations that we set for our own selves, forgetting that God doesn’t care if we meet them or not. He loves us and His love is faithful. You are faithfully sharing the truth with your words, thank you. #raralinkup

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    • Yes, Kortney! The expectations we set for ourselves, not the ones he sets. How high my expectations can be sometimes. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your words of encouragement today.

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  5. I truly think God hand delivers certain posts to me when I need them most. I was thinking about this very thing in bed last night. I also suffer from insomnia, mainly because my brain just doesn’t shut off. I start thinking about the to-do list and how even though it is packed, I am not fitting everything I want to or “should” on it. Before I finally did fall asleep, I prayed about this and that God would help me find Rest and that He would provide guidance to help me juggle everything in a way that is pleasing to Him. Then I see this and He reminds me it isn’t about the juggling act. It is simply about Him and my relationship with Him. Thank you for your encouragement. ❤

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    • Kristi, that is so encouraging to hear. I’m glad that God used me to speak the word you needed to hear today. It truly is the reason I continue to write, that I may encourage others. Oh and yes, I have trouble shutting off my brain too. 😉 All. the. time. Thanks so much for your words today. ❤

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  6. This is a beautiful visual Abby. I love to think of the love of Christ radiating from me and the joy he sees in me when he looks upon me. Thank you for that. Way to go on exalting love and Christ in this.

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  7. I cannot wait to swap stories with you at Declare. Because we track on the same mental path SO OFTEN. And yes. The weather!!! I’m glad I’m not the only one. Because have mercy.

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  8. This is a wonderful post Abby. I fully remember chasing children and deadlines and dreams. You are doing better than you think. And where you fall short, God has you covered!
    ~From one mama who is a little further down the road! ❤

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  9. I love to read your words. Period. You have a way of writing that brings a calm to me as I read. My breathing slows. I relax into your words.

    He sees us through the fog…He sees me as beautiful although I have neverever seen myself that way…I will carry these thoughts today.

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    • Jessie, you are such an encouragement to me. Thank you so much for your kind words. I struggle with seeing the beauty in myself too, but I’m so thankful that my view makes no difference to him. He loves me just the same. Have a great rest of your week.

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  10. Abby, YOU”VE GOT IT, GIRL. Who doesn’t need this on our mirror: disappointment negates the essence of who God is! And feelings do not determine His love. Encouragement and strength to you for a great Wednesday!

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    • Yes, I was so grateful when I attended a Beth Moore simulcast over a year ago and she told us how nowhere in the Bible does it state that God is disappointed. Apparently, I am not the only person who sometimes thinks this. 😉 Thanks for sharing your words today, Ginger!

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  11. I am a recovering “doer” and “list checker-offer.” When these similar words were situated on my heart nearly four years ago, God brought healing and Truth. His love is truly beyond our performance…thank God! 🙂 Beautiful post, my friend. I’m in prayer for all who read it, myself included.

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    • So glad to hear you are recovering from that, Kristi. 😉 Lists are great, as long as we don’t let them define our self-worth. Thanks always for your encouragement, friend!

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your kind words here, Joanna! Yes, those words from Isaiah were so timely for me. Love it when God sends the Word we need at just the right time.

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  12. So did you read my own mind today, or what? 🙂 I hadn’t planned on having a talk with God about how often I rely more on the faulted approval of others than His, and all the ways I question my self-worth when the chips are down, but here is your lovely post, and I’m reminded of exactly how He sees each one of us and how precious we are.
    Thanks for that. So grateful for you!

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    • Too funny, Christine. 😉 I am so glad to hear that it spoke to you and encouraged you. It means the world to me when I hear that from my readers. Grateful for you too, friend.

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  13. What a beautiful reminder that God’s love is perfect, whole, and without conditions! I have always known intellectually that God loves me, but experiencing this love is something else completely. Learning to accept (on a heart level) that I am loved by Christ has changed everything. I have always struggled with self-image and worth, since I was abused as a young child. Experiencing His love for me is transforming my life day by day. I am sharing my story of healing at incrementalhealing.wordpress.com I’d love it if you’d stop by and share your thoughts.
    Blessings,
    Kamea

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  14. “He sees his radiant, beautiful bride shining with the light of his Son inside her.” I love this Abby. It is so easy when we get discouraged with ourselves to assume God is disappointed too. So many women, me included, need to be reminded of this CONSTANTLY. Such a battle. Thanks for your words.

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  15. Huge words here, Abby. Remembering that God sees us through eyes of love- righteous, complete, precious. Ways I dont often see myself. We girls are hard on ourselves – hard on each other. That needs to stop – thanks for speaking grace, friend. Hugs.

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  16. Your reminder of God’s perfect love is like that embrace you had with your husband–a soft, lingering embrace. Oh, to stay right there every moment of the day…soaking in His love. Simply beautiful, Abby!

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  17. Oh.my.goodness. How I needed this today, at this moment. I’ve been sick, after my kids have been sick for over a week. And I feel defeated and tired. And your blog reminds me that God’s love never ends for me, no matter what. No matter how much I feel like a failure. (It’s funny, because your blog reminds me that I read this recently in a book. Maybe God is trying to remind me over and over and over?) Thank you for sharing this.
    (I found you on the #raralinkup today)

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  18. I love how this ties in to today’s conversation at #livefreeThursday. We do need Him. I’m so grateful that scripture reveals His love and pursuit of His creation as well. This morning I turned everything off just so I could feel Him without distraction. Oh how I need Him, Abby. Oh, how He meets that need so well. Thank you for sharing this. Thank you for being a part of the conversation.

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  19. Abby, love your words today and your encouragement in our messy busy lives that God “sees us as radiant, beautiful brides shining with the light of his Son inside her.” BEAUTIFUL! Have a great day, Kim

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