1. You are His child

(Matthew 6:9)

In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus taught we are to start our prayers with, "Our Father which art in heaven." God is our Father in Heaven, and we are His children.

2. You are wonderfully and fearfully made

(Psalm 139:14)

God is like any loving parent. We are His greatest creation (wonderfully made). Also, another way to describe fearful is "feeling anxious." God knew before He made us the struggles we would have to face, and He was anxious, which is why He sent a Savior (fearfully made).

3. He loves you no matter what

(1 John 4:7-10)

Sometimes people believe the lie Satan whispers in their ears: if you have made mistakes, God doesn't love you. The truth is that God loves you no matter what you do. He wants you to feel His love.

4. He loves us all equally

(Acts 10:34)

"Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons." God doesn't care if you are a beauty queen, the smartest person in the world, rich, black, white, male, female or anything else. You are His child and He loves you.

5. He knows you

(2 Chronicles 6:30)

Sometimes we think no one understands us. We are wrong. God knows us - everything about us.

6. All of your experiences are to teach you something

(Proverbs 3:5-6)

Open up your ears, eyes and heart to find out what you need to learn right now. Look for the lessons and growth available in your experiences. Don't let them drag you down to misery. That is not what the Lord wants. Lean on the Lord. Let go of the control you think you need in your life. He knows everything and can see what you cannot.

7. Whatever struggles you are going through will eventually end

(Ecclesiastes 7:8)

Sometimes we can get lost in the here and now and forget that in the Heavenly scheme of things all our struggles have an end. Your struggle may not end until you leave this life, but it will eventually come to an end. Some trials are a matter of endurance and others are a short, heart-wrenching experience. No matter which you are going through, take heart it will not be like this forever.

8. He wants to talk to you

(Matthew 6)

Pray and listen for the answer to come. When we humble ourselves and seek the Lord's help, we are opening our ears and hearts to His guidance. The Lord cannot speak to us when we are not listening.

9. He does not talk to you like you talk to a friend

(1 Corinthians 2:11-13)

He does talk to us. It may not come the way you expect, but it will come. The answer may come from something you read in the scriptures, a conversation with a friend, words spoken at church, uplifting music, the beautiful nature around you or a thought that pops into your head. Learning to recognize how the Lord communicates to you through the Holy Spirit is vital to realizing how much He knows and loves you.

10. He has a wonderful plan for you

(Ephesians 1:11)

You need to be obedient and follow the path He has for you. He knows what you face. God has a plan for you. He also knows you need to figure out that plan one piece at a time like a puzzle. Be patient and persistent in seeking the Lord's plan for you.

11. He is using you to reach others

(Luke 22:26-27)

Along the path of life, God wants you to help others. That is a part of your plan and theirs. Find those He wants you to help, and it will bring great joy to your life.

12. When you do something for someone else, you are doing something for Him

(Matthew 25:40)

Every time you serve someone else in any way, you are serving God. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

13. He has blessed you with so much and wants to bless you with more

(Colossians 3:17)

Sometimes you may not feel like you have much to be grateful for. However, there is always, always something to be grateful for. The sunshine, a warm bed, food, friends, family, etc. The list is endless.

14. He wants to forgive you of your mistakes

(Acts 5:31)

He wants to free you from the weight of guilt and bring peace to your mind and heart. When we ask God to forgive us of the mistakes we make, we end up releasing ourselves from the heavy burden of guilt. Do not wait; do it now. Any mistake can be forgiven.

15. You are doing better than you think you are

(Romans 8:26-28)

Sometimes we judge ourselves based on other people's abilities and experiences. Everyone is so unique and has his or her own experiences. We don't always know the whole truth. Give yourself and those around you a break. You are doing your best, and we can only hope others are as well.

16. It is not time to quit

(James 5:11)

Sometimes when people are sick or become old, they don't feel very useful. They have to rely on others and can feel like giving up. Those who are homebound can still uplift and guide others. They can be a guiding light on social media sites or in conversations, texts, letters, etc. Simply letting others know you are thinking of them does more than you'd think. Also, allowing someone else to serve you leads you and that person closer to Jesus.

17. He wants you to return to Him

(John 3:16-17)

God wants to see you again. Jesus came and gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can see God again. Our Father wants us to return to Him and provided a way.

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