Fearfully Wonderfully Me

Growing in God and Inspiring Young Women Through Faith and Fashion

Tag: Identity

God’s Stitches

Do you ever look around and feel inadequate or unsure of your future? Do you compare yourself to others or question God’s plans for your life?

Don’t worry lovely reader, you’re in good company. A few weeks ago these exact feelings were swirling around my brain. I was cleaning out my purse when I found the old crumpled up newsletter from my friend Michelle, who is a school teacher in Senegal. Her words were arrows to my heart, a message from God I wanted to share with you:

We each represent one pixel of the greater purpose of God’s plan–which has always been and will always be about His glory and honor and renown. It is not for me to question, or compare, or look around me. My purpose is to gaze hard at Jesus and as a small pixel to be a part of displaying His glory. –Michelle

As I read Michelle’s letter, I found myself thinking about my hobby of knitting. Every stitch is so small in comparison to the final product, yet without each one, the piece would completely fall apart. If I drop a stitch by mistake, then the whole scarf or blanket will unravel into a large hole.

It’s the same with you and me lovely reader. We are all God’s stitches in this gigantic knit blanket we call earth. It can be easy to compare ourselves to one another or not feel like we’re making a difference, but these are all lies from the enemy.

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV)

As followers of Christ, we make up the collective church that is the Bride of Christ. Every single one of us is important, although our roles may be different. Just as every stitch of yarn depends on the ones connected to it, we lean on one another to glorify God.

The world needs Christians of all different skills, backgrounds, and callings in order to reach people for Christ. 

Although you may feel insignificant, just look at the widow in the Bible who gave only two small coins to the treasury.

So He [Jesus] said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” (Luke 21:3-4 NKJV)

Do you know why Jesus was so impressed by this woman’s offering? It’s not the amount that mattered. Jesus was pleased because she gave all that she had. This woman gave her whole heart and held nothing back from her Savior.

We all have something we can give God–whether it be time, money, prayers, talents, kindness, labor, or anything else He’s graced us with.

As a blogger, it’s easy for me to get wrapped up in comparing myself to other successful bloggers who have thousands of followers and posts that go viral. But instead of helping me, comparison only leads to distracting me from everyone I do influence. I can’t possibly see what God is doing in my life when I’m too busy looking at what others are doing. 

It does not matter whether you’re chasing after kids or running a whole church. God places the same value on every heart that is fully devoted to Him. After all, it’s about His glory anyway.

God has a plan for your life lovely one, even if it’s not yet clear to you. More importantly, He wants to lead you in the present moment. Jesus wants to  walk with you and watch you grow, stitch by stitch, into the beautiful piece of art He created you to be. 

 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)


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No Longer Captive, Only Captivated

I’m back! I’m so excited to share my experience at Winter Camp with you, my dear readers and followers. As many of you may know, I am a youth leader for the middle and high school youth group at my church. My journey with this youth group has been transformative and honorable, and I’ve learned so much from the students as well as the other leaders, our pastor, and his beautiful wife.

Between the two youth groups at Winter Camp there were over 200 students worshiping Jesus, giving their lives to God, and having a blast! On the third night, we worshiped for four hours and lives were changed. There were also amazing speakers and Bible studies that really cemented this year’s theme: Who I Am.

Of all the themes that could have been chosen, there is not one that could describe my life journey with God any better. This whole year has been about my struggle with identity and finding my worth in Jesus.

Of all the fun times bonding with my church family and the amazing things that happened, there are two things that really changed my life.

Number one was that I got to help lead three students to Christ! Could there ever be a more honorable task? This alone has brought me to tears several times, and I still can’t believe that I got to play such a pivotal role in these students’ journey with God.

Another moment that changed my life is when we were worshiping to No Longer Slaves by Bethel one night and God whispered the words “no longer captive, only captivated” to me.
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It took me a moment to understand this, but when I finally did I was overcome with emotion. For so long I have been held captive by anxiety and trying to be “good enough” for the world and for other people, and it has only hurt the way I see myself.

I now know that my identity is not in what I do or who the world wants me to be. Who I am is God’s daughter–this is my true identity. From now on I no longer want to live captive to this world, but captivated by the love, mercy, and freedom that only comes from Jesus.

 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9 NIV).

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Double Post– Who Are You?

Hey everyone…sorry I was not able to post on Friday. I had a lot of class work, and then an idea came to mind. I went to a masquerade party at my church, and since the student ministry is focusing on identity this month, I thought it would be awesome to do a double post on identity as well! So now you will get to see my dress and homemade mask that I wore to the party. Again, sorry I did not give warning about this double post. It was a spontaneous sort of thing, and I was busy getting ready for it. This week’s going to be another busy one, but spring break is right around the corner now!

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV).

We are new creatures in Christ! If you’ve given your heart to the Lord, then you have been cleansed of your old life and have been given a new heart! All of your past shame and guilt is now broken. You have been forgiven and redeemed. It’s now time to embrace the freedom of Jesus and start living for Him!

masquerade dress edit

This is my dress that I wore to the masquerade. It has a white tulle skirt and gold sequins. I wore white ballet tights for warmth and modesty. And better still? The shrug was thrifted!

mask unfinished edit

This was my mask before it was finished. I used a template and made the mask out of gold poster board. The design is made of silver glitter glue.

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And this is the finished mask! I went over the glitter glue and then added sequins and trim. It took a while, but I was quite happy with the results.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well (Psalm 139:14).

This quote is the inspiration for the name of my blog, and it’s where I am reminded of my confidence and definition of beauty. God made me and you, and trust me, He does not make mistakes. God created you with His own hands, knowing exactly how you would be before you were even born– before anyone even knew you existed. You matter to God, and that is enough. He loves you more than anyone else ever could; He gave Himself to die through His Son Jesus for you. Every child of God is loved and given a purpose, and no one else can fulfill you the way He can. 

So remember ladies, you are fearfully and wonderfully made, and your Creator couldn’t love you any more than He does right now. Isn’t that amazing? Feel free to share your experiences of God’s love for you in the comments below 🙂

Love, Emily <3

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