for the days when you feel worthless

I love walking past this cathedral.

“Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you” (Isaiah 43:3)

Some days it is just plain difficult to believe you are worth anything at all. It is a battlefield right there, this seemingly never-ending war to fight, and all these years of fighting have left you scarred. You get tired before you even begin. You get weary just from knowing that today is going to be one more day of the same battle. And I know, there is a heart bleeding pain right there in you — this need to be and all the crushing shame and hurt from knowing that you are not.

But I want to tell you — of this love that stands forever and never ends. I want to tell you of this love that comes with bright shining glory, that washes clean and redeems, that sees you and says, “I love you.”

You see, you will never be good enough — and that is good news, because none of us is. So you can choose to let go now, of that need to earn your worth, and believe your Creator when He tells you that you are precious, that His love deems you worthy and whispers, “beloved one.” You can choose to let this glorious grace get really loud and drown the noise of doubt in your heart. You are loved.

“See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.” (Isaiah 49:16)

Do you see, precious one? Can you see His scarred hands, reaching for you — and yes, you are right there, inscribed on the palms of His hands in those scars? He carried you when those nails pierced His hands. He carried you with Him through the worst that there ever is, so that you can be forever washed white.

This beautiful grace washed away your sin and all your darkness. He is beckoning you to come to Him now, to let those scarred hands cup that hurting heart of yours — and know this. He knows your hurt. It is by His stripes that we are healed, that we are made whole. So let Him take hold of your hand; let Him bind that hurting heart, that wounded soul of yours. Those scarred hands, they carried pain and shame and sorrow. But He carried it all willingly.

Do you hear Him now, those whispers of His vast love for you? Can you feel Him, weaving His gentle grace into your soul? Do you see the bright shining glory of the cross, of His tender hands reaching out to carry you? It is for you. Never doubt that.

“The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

I know that it will still make you cry day after day, fighting this battle and struggling to make it through. But know that you are not alone. Know that you are loved. And see, I know your Creator and He is beautiful — so you must be too.

The light will come.

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  • Paige Givens

    Beautiful. It goes right with my post this week, but even if it didn't it's simply beautiful!

    • Ronja

      You are so right, Paige -- your post goes so well with this one! Thank you for your kind words!

  • Paige Givens

    Beautiful. It goes right with my post this week, but even if it didn't it's simply beautiful!

    • Ronja

      You are so right, Paige -- your post goes so well with this one! Thank you for your kind words!

  • lperkowski

    I see His bright shining glory and feel His love that has no boundaries...but I haven't always felt so content basking in His plans for me. It's been a long road, and it feels so good to finally be at a place where I can rest comfortably knowing that He has it all figured out! Whew. Now I don't have to figure it all out. :)

    • Ronja

      Isn't it such a grace that we can come to the Lord just as we are, without having to try to figure it all out ourselves! Thank you for your visit, Laura! :) Blessings!

  • lperkowski

    I see His bright shining glory and feel His love that has no boundaries...but I haven't always felt so content basking in His plans for me. It's been a long road, and it feels so good to finally be at a place where I can rest comfortably knowing that He has it all figured out! Whew. Now I don't have to figure it all out. :)

    • Ronja

      Isn't it such a grace that we can come to the Lord just as we are, without having to try to figure it all out ourselves! Thank you for your visit, Laura! :) Blessings!

  • Ginger

    Yes to this! The battle is the Lord's and He will fight for us. Thank you for sharing today!

    • Ronja

      How great is that, knowing that there is Someone to fight for us, to help us and to carry us through this life! Thank you for your visit and kind words, Ginger!

  • Ginger

    Yes to this! The battle is the Lord's and He will fight for us. Thank you for sharing today!

    • Ronja

      How great is that, knowing that there is Someone to fight for us, to help us and to carry us through this life! Thank you for your visit and kind words, Ginger!

  • Ronja, Love these encouraging words! Yes, when we listen for his whispers and when we look for him, we will find him. Visiting here from Holley Gerth's link-up!

    • Ronja

      I'm so glad you found encouragement here, Valerie! Thank you for your visit and your sweet words! Blessings!

  • Ronja, Love these encouraging words! Yes, when we listen for his whispers and when we look for him, we will find him. Visiting here from Holley Gerth's link-up!

    • Ronja

      I'm so glad you found encouragement here, Valerie! Thank you for your visit and your sweet words! Blessings!

  • letwhylead

    What a sweet reminder, Ronja. I haven't been the best at seeing this lately, so thanks for helping me refocus. Best wishes!

    • Ronja

      Thank you for your kind words, Erica! I certainly need to be reminded of this time and time again myself -- and I'm so thankful that God is faithful to keep reminding me! Blessings!

  • letwhylead

    What a sweet reminder, Ronja. I haven't been the best at seeing this lately, so thanks for helping me refocus. Best wishes!

    • Ronja

      Thank you for your kind words, Erica! I certainly need to be reminded of this time and time again myself -- and I'm so thankful that God is faithful to keep reminding me! Blessings!

  • Julie Sunne

    Such great encouragement, Ronja. Thank you.

    • Ronja

      I'm so glad you were able to find encouragement here, Julie! Thank you for sharing this with me! :) Blessings!

  • Julie Sunne

    Such great encouragement, Ronja. Thank you.

    • Ronja

      I'm so glad you were able to find encouragement here, Julie! Thank you for sharing this with me! :) Blessings!

  • Kiersten

    I am visiting from the Hearts for Home linkup, and I am so glad I did!!!! Ronja, your post spoke so deeply to my heart today. How did you know I have been fighting feelings of worthlessness all my life, and even more lately?! God is so good, so faithful to send encouragement when we need it. Thank you for sharing these words from your heart. They have touched my heart and life today. May you be richly blessed in Christ!

    • Ronja

      Praise the Lord! God truly is so, so good, Kiersten! Isn't it amazing how He is always faithful to touch our hearts on the weary days, to answer our needs and to encourage us in such beautiful ways! Thank you so much for sharing this with me, for letting me know that there is a reason why I put these words out here. So thank you, Kiersten, for speaking this encouragement to my heart!

  • Kiersten

    I am visiting from the Hearts for Home linkup, and I am so glad I did!!!! Ronja, your post spoke so deeply to my heart today. How did you know I have been fighting feelings of worthlessness all my life, and even more lately?! God is so good, so faithful to send encouragement when we need it. Thank you for sharing these words from your heart. They have touched my heart and life today. May you be richly blessed in Christ!

    • Ronja

      Praise the Lord! God truly is so, so good, Kiersten! Isn't it amazing how He is always faithful to touch our hearts on the weary days, to answer our needs and to encourage us in such beautiful ways! Thank you so much for sharing this with me, for letting me know that there is a reason why I put these words out here. So thank you, Kiersten, for speaking this encouragement to my heart!

  • Alecia Simersky

    Even though I know these truths, it's ALWAYS nice to be reminded of them again. thank you!

    • Ronja

      These certainly are words that keep speaking to my heart time and time again, and make a difference every single time. :) Thank you for your visit, Alecia!

  • Alecia Simersky

    Even though I know these truths, it's ALWAYS nice to be reminded of them again. thank you!

    • Ronja

      These certainly are words that keep speaking to my heart time and time again, and make a difference every single time. :) Thank you for your visit, Alecia!

  • Cathy Z. Peek

    Very encouraging words! These words bring peace for the struggles we face. Stopping by from the Essential Devotions linkup.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Cathy! I'm so glad you stopped by here! Blessings!

  • Cathy Z. Peek

    Very encouraging words! These words bring peace for the struggles we face. Stopping by from the Essential Devotions linkup.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Cathy! I'm so glad you stopped by here! Blessings!

  • Sharita ~7DaysTime (@7DaysTime)

    So wonderfully encouraging!!! I always love stopping by each week and am so thankful you share these wonderful words with our community. Many blessings to you!

    • Ronja

      Sharita, you are way too sweet! Thank you so much for this wonderful encouragement, it really means so much to me! Thank you!

  • Sharita ~7DaysTime (@7DaysTime)

    So wonderfully encouraging!!! I always love stopping by each week and am so thankful you share these wonderful words with our community. Many blessings to you!

    • Ronja

      Sharita, you are way too sweet! Thank you so much for this wonderful encouragement, it really means so much to me! Thank you!

  • womenwithintention

    Wonderful encouragement! :) Visiting From Equipping Godly Women

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much!

  • womenwithintention

    Wonderful encouragement! :) Visiting From Equipping Godly Women

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much!

  • Erica@RaisingMunchies

    Beautiful words. Thank you for your encouragement. I know these kinds of words are not easily wrought. As much an encouragement for the writer as for the reader.

    • Ronja

      Praise the Lord! I'm so glad you were able to find encouragement here, Erica! Thank you so much for these sweet words, they are such an encouragement to me!

  • Erica@RaisingMunchies

    Beautiful words. Thank you for your encouragement. I know these kinds of words are not easily wrought. As much an encouragement for the writer as for the reader.

    • Ronja

      Praise the Lord! I'm so glad you were able to find encouragement here, Erica! Thank you so much for these sweet words, they are such an encouragement to me!

  • Abi Craig

    Let go of my need to earn my worth - good words for all of us. Thanks for spreading the good news.

    • Ronja

      I certainly need to be reminded to let go of trying to earn my worth time and time again. Thank you for stopping by, Abi! Blessings!

  • Abi Craig

    Let go of my need to earn my worth - good words for all of us. Thanks for spreading the good news.

    • Ronja

      I certainly need to be reminded to let go of trying to earn my worth time and time again. Thank you for stopping by, Abi! Blessings!

  • Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com

    What a sweet thought. We really are very valuable, but only when we remember the true reason why. Thanks for sharing on Equipping Godly Women Fellowship Fridays!

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for your kind words and visit, Brittany! Blessings!

  • Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com

    What a sweet thought. We really are very valuable, but only when we remember the true reason why. Thanks for sharing on Equipping Godly Women Fellowship Fridays!

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for your kind words and visit, Brittany! Blessings!