I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand – when I awake, I am still with you.

Psalm 139:14-18

I have heard so many times the bible is God’s love letter to us, but sometimes it is hard to see that. But this verse looks like a love letter to me.

This month I am focusing on health and wellness. That can look different for different people but when we focus on the one who created our bodies it can help us put things into a better perspective. God saw your body before it was made. He knows the ins and outs of it and how well, or not, it works. He knows all the days of your life and he has even planned them out. All of God’s works are wonderful! And guess what, you are one of them, which means you are wonderful too! He doesn’t make mistakes. You are not a mistake. You were created by a loving father who thinks about you continuously.

Sometimes I find myself getting frustrated by the limitations of my body and health right now, and often I get frustrated with God. Thinking, “Why me? Why my body? This isn’t how things are supposed to be for me.” But then I remember that God made my body and knows how it works and despite my health concerns he still loves me and has plans for me. Also, this is not my home and someday there will be no more pain or tears and I will be dancing and singing with joy before my creator. But until that day comes, I have to push on knowing that God’s plans for me are better than my own, and if there is something God wants me to do, He will give me the strength and energy to get it done.

Now, go smile at yourself in the mirror and have grace for who you see!

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