Chosen and Loved
"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit- fruit that will last." John 15:16
Lately I have been so reminded of how I have been chosen, we each have. And as I reflect in the beauty and peace of this truth, I am reminded that deep down, we each so deeply long to be seen, to be heard, to not be forgotten in this world. We long to be loved and accepted and CHOSEN.
Chosen for goodness,
Chosen for grace,
Chosen for purpose,
Chosen for calling,
Chosen for mission,
Chosen for love,
Chosen for acceptance,
Chosen for success,
Chosen for victory,
Chosen for value,
Chosen for identity.
You, me, together we are by grace CHOSEN.
And there is no place I would rather be.
As we are chosen we are also held within the beautiful arms of Christ. With Him, we are enough. No need for crazy fame or perfect lives, for we are enough just as we are. And even through our mistakes and failures (Which believe me, I seem to run to), He still chooses us time and time again. We can rest secure that He is there and He sees the rejection around us, He hears the lonely cries we desperately weep through in the darkest hours of the night, He knows the despair and failure that runs through our veins. And yet, He still chooses us. We are still enough. We still have value and purpose. Because the fact of the matter is that as we surrender ourselves to Him, it is not really us working anymore, but rather Him through us. He is alone our source of strength and wisdom and satisfaction. And that for me is incredibly freeing. I may fail in my own strength, or my own plans, but the Lord has a purpose. And in that I can rest secure.
Truth over Feelings
So, looking practically into accepting that we are chosen in our lives each day, I try to remember the truths over my feelings. Feelings can be so misleading and can simply distract from the call at hand. Not to say they are not also good for leaning into intuition and seeking fellowship with others, but they can also lead into paths of deep deep destruction of our minds and thus our actions. So, here are some practical ways to continue to accept the that you are Chosen for such a time as this:
1. Repeat truths each morning in front of a mirror.
This may seem a little silly, but guys there is something about speaking truth, OUT LOUD to yourself, in front of a mirror. I am able to accept it better and hold onto it better throughout the day. (When I actually do it. Speaking to myself as well! )
2. Surround yourself with good people.
Good, genuine friends are so key. Friends that aren't afraid to go into the hard places with you as well as call out the lies you may be telling yourself and speak truth over you, Let's be honest that there are seasons where the darkness is so dark that we simply are blinded to the truth of the light and need others around us to lift us into the light. And that is ok. Keep good people around you and don't be afraid to approach them for help! (And friends, maybe you are like me and genuine friends are hard to come by, because you don't speak easily to people or put yourself out there enough. But let me say this. Pray. Pray that God will bring that person to you and I believe He will answer! Pray and be available for an answer.)
3. Write down the times that God has shown up in your life/ He has chosen you!
When I am feeling incredibly rejected or unwanted, I try to go back to the times when the Lord has shown up in my life. It reminds me of His faithfulness, His goodness, His truth and how He holds firm to His promises.
4. Advocate for Yourself!
Be on your knees before the Lord and ask Him to remind you of how you are chosen and what you are chosen for. Do not give up on yourself or the plans that the Lord has for you. For He is good, and although our ways are not His ways, He is so so good. Remember that He wants the best for us and advocate for yourself!
5. Cling to the Hope of Christ Always.
Even if you don't feel chosen, remember that Christ was chosen. He was chosen to come and rescue the world. He had an incredibly hard task, the hardest asked of any human, and yet His reward was the most beautiful of all; redemption for mankind. Just because the road is full of rejection and hurt of the world, cling to the hope of Christ. He just may have something far greater than you could ever imagine in store for you. You are CHOSEN.
Because of this idea: Chosen, my heart is drawn ever so closely to orphans around the world. My heart bleeds for them, as I feel every child deserves to be Chosen. Every child deserves a fighting chance to have the best life possible. I feel I am chosen to advocate these rich stories of hope and bring awareness to others so that it might spur forth change in the lives of others. There are so many beautiful ways to help orphans around the world. Maybe it is adoption, or maybe it is supporting an organization that aids in orphan care and family reconciliation. Maybe it is aiding in education around the world. And maybe your call is far beyond orphan care. But even so, would you partner with me to pray for these children around the world? Pray that hope might come, that each child in need might be Chosen, taken care of and given a fighting chance at life.
And even within your own space, how can you bring hope to those who feel forgotten, abandoned, or don't feel chosen? What is your part?
What is your Part?
Would you like to help be a part of reducing poverty around the world while also getting gorgeous images of you and your family? Would you like to come alongside me and celebrate the beginning of a new school year and education here, by also stepping in and helping a child in need receive education as well? Let's celebrate education together!! If this is you, keep a look out on my social media handles as I will be announcing all the details coming VERY soon!!! I cannot wait for you to be a part!!
Let's each do our one thing, our small part to change the world!
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Thank you so much for following along as I combine family and couples photography with humanitarian efforts around the world!! I am so grateful for this space and for each and every one of you!! So rooting for you friends!! Let me know how I can encourage you on your journey!