I took my niece school shopping last week. It was so much fun shopping with an energetic 8-year old. We had a good time. New shoes were on the list and when we finally made it to the third store (we are both pretty picky) we had the most interesting conversation. As she picked out shoes and tried each one on, I asked her to run around and try them out – YES, I AM THAT AUNT!! She is super speedy and we needed to make sure the shoes were going to be fast enough for her. The pair she fell in LOVE with was a pair of high top – zip on the side – rainbow colored -sequins on the side- color changing shoes.  They really did fit her happy go-lucky personality! We looked and looked and couldn’t find her size on the shelves. She saw a pair next to them that were all black – no sequins – and to me they looked like something a really tough kid would wear. She picked them up and said she wanted to try a pair of the black ones on. She got a really sad look on her face and said the kids at school would really like those shoes. She said if she had those shoes the kids at school would like her. This broke my heart! She was determined to fit in this year at school with some really tough kids. She poured out her heart and told me about her friend that tells lies about her to other kids. It makes her sad and she doesn’t have many friends anymore. We had a talk about what true friends are and how we shouldn’t let other people influence us or make us feel bad. I so want her to be happy in her own skin. I want her to know the deep love that God has for her and feel secure in that.

I wonder, how many of us are buying the wrong shoes? Are we living a life that is caught up in what others think about us? Or are you happy in the skin you are in? Are you trying to be someone else? Have you found your strength in who God created you to be? Or are you still uncomfortable and trying your hardest to fit in or not be noticed. God has made each one of us unique. He has designed us and put His Spirit in us. We are his daughters and He loves us!! 

Growing up I had an amazing mentor in my mother-in-law. She showed me God’s love and that gave me confidence to be the person He created me to be. I have rough edges - that is not what this is about. God will work on those things and help us grow in those areas. But even before that - there is an acceptance of the love God has for us and it starts with us allowing Him in our hearts to love us. 

Don’t let the world dull your sparkle!! Buy the shoes that are right for you!!

Ephesians 3:14-21
14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,[e] 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.[f] 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. 20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.


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