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You’re a Big Deal~No Foolin’

You may have never been asked to host the Oscars or to sing with the New York Philharmonic. You may have consistently been chosen last for the teams at recess, and the only thing you have ever won was a bunny rabbit from the hardware store that your mom wouldn’t let you take home. But you are a big deal, and I can prove it.

We just celebrated Easter when the Creator of the Universe, the one who spun the planets in their orbit, who set every sparkling star in the sky, the architect of every intricate system in your miraculously functioning body, died on the cross to prove to you how valuable you are. The words of the old gospel song ring in my head, “When He was on the cross, you were on His mind.”

It took a lot of years before I realized that Jesus could love me like that. My own mom couldn’t; how could God? I believe it now because He has come through for me over and over again, providing peace in the midst of problems, money from the craziest places when the bank account was empty, hope that He would be there to get me through anything that happened in my life.

Written below are verses all found in the Bible that describe how God feels about the person sitting in your seat. The personal pronouns are left out so that you can write your name in and internalize these verses. Let them speak directly to you. Knowing that He is crazy about you changes how you feel about yourself. It lets you know what a big deal you really are.

•    Psalm 40:1-3, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to _________  and heard ________’s cry.  He lifted ___________ out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set ________’s feet on a rock and gave ________ a firm place to stand. He put a new song in _________’s mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”

•    Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with_________; do not be dismayed, for I am _________’s God. I will strengthen__________ and help__________; I will uphold__________ with my righteous right hand.”

•    Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for_____________,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not calamity to give___________ a future and a hope’” NASB.

•    Isaiah 43:1-3,“Fear not, for I have redeemed__________ I have summoned  ___________by name; ___________is mine.  When_________ passes through the waters, I will be with___________; and when ____________passes through the rivers, they will not sweep over______________. When____________ walks through the fire, _____________ will not be burned; the flames will not set _____________ablaze.  For I am the Lord, ____________’s God, the Holy One of Israel, ___________’s Savior;
Christ’s love is life-changing. No foolin’


April 12, 2013 @11:15 am

I need to be reminded how much Christ loves me. Thanks.

April 12, 2013 @11:14 am

You had us personalize verses in your book. When I slowed down and soaked in each verse, it was so impacting. I felt like the words were personal messages from God.

April 12, 2013 @11:12 am

Love these verses!


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