Today’s post is from a new journal I started inspired by Valerie Sjodin, an awesome artist and art journaller. She used a moleskine notebook to journal an ‘A to Z of me’. You can see all of her beautiful pages HERE. Please do go and have a look. You will see that I can only aspire to what she achieves.
However I offer my little attempt.
I took the same approach as Valerie in using an ordinary notebook and I’m using just pencil crayons, fine liner and the occasional felt-tip to highlight.
I was prompted to use the word Accepted for my ‘A’ page because of a conversation I had recently where someone clearly struggled with who I was and what I felt God was calling me to.
I reflected on my response and discovered to my delight that I’ve come a long way in being confident in myself and my calling.
I look back on my life and see how much I’ve been hurt by seeking the approval and acceptance of others and not finding it. Now I know its important to get along with others, to find ways of working together with mutual respect, even in disagreement. I wholeheartedly embrace this.
What I’m talking about here is when people do not accept you just because of who you are, regardless of how you do something. Perhaps it’s because of the colour of your skin, the family you were born into, your gender, your nationality, your faith, or any number of things that form our identity, who we are. Prejudices and narrow-mindedness are out there.
But there is good news. In God’s eyes, through Jesus, you and I are already fully accepted. We are God’s children, and God loves us unconditionally. When we live in that love, God calls us to his plans and purposes because of who we are. We don’t need to justify ourselves to others.
So today, rest assured that you are loved by God unconditionally. When you choose to embrace that love, you will know that you are accepted as a child of God, and what others think will pale beside your status and importance in God’s eyes.
See what love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God. 1 JOHN 3:1
8 thoughts on “I am Accepted”
Janelydia, your journal page is lovely! I really like your creative lettering and the message! Thank you for linking to my visual blessings blog.
Many blessings! Valerie
Beautiful pages and words, especially the heart flowers. I find it so comforting to know that I’m accepted no matter what other people might think of me.
Thanks Tracy, me too!
Great to hear this on a day when my skills were not sufficient for a new role….but to know that doesn’t matter to God is a lovely reminder of unconditional love! Thankyou all you lovely creative, thoughtful peeps xxc
So sorry to hear Clare. There is something out there that is right for you with who you are and all you have to offer and God will bring it at the right time x
Beautiful work:) I especially love this Chapter in Ephesians! I work with teenage girls, and I “speak” this to them every week…it is our small group mantra:) Bless you for sharing truth in love!
Thanks for your encouragement Sue