A Quinceañera Devotional
March 15, 2019 | Pastor Mike Colaw
I want to offer you three statements that will not only help you become truly beautiful, they will help you make everything you connect with more beautiful too. If you live into them, you will birth a powerful identity that will carry you far beyond this world. I have three scriptures that go along with each of them. Here are the statements.
- Be secure as a woman.
- Be courageous as a woman.
- Be loved as a woman.
Be secure as a woman:
It’s really easy to feel lost. There will be so many different things that will try to convince you that they can be your compass. I want to encourage you to lock into a time transcendent anchor.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
People often overly rate their spiritual health by their current emotional health. I want to challenge you to choose to trust God even on days where you may not feel good or feel like trusting Him. Put your anchor in God who is much stronger and more secure than your shifting emotions.
Philippians 4:6-7 ESV Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Continuing with the idea of emotions I want to challenge you to think about where you place them. When you are scared where do you go? When you are mad where will you turn? When you are lonely to whom will you turn? When you are anxious where will you look for direction? Turn to Christ, turn to God.
Proverbs 31:25-29 ESV Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”
As you practice making Christ the central driving force for making decisions and the place where you turn when you feel lost, you will gain a profound strength. You are only as strong and secure as the things you trust in and nothing is stronger or more secure than God.
Be courageous as a woman.
We need powerful leaders in men and women. Today I am calling out the courageous leader in you. This only works based on the security laid out above, but in that security you can change the world for good.
1 Timothy 4:12 ESV Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
With Christ as your compass and the place of your trust, set an example for not only your peers but the adults around you too.
Romans 5:1-3 ESV Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Do not walk in shame. Your worth is immeasurable. God gave His son to adopt you into His family. Be brave, be bold, daughter of the King.
Isaiah 41:10 ESV Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Let me say it again. Be brave, be bold, daughter of the King. How? With your family, the Family of God standing by you. As you fight temptation and distraction, as you fight to help others caught by temptation and distraction, be brave.
Be Loved as a woman:
Romans 8:28 ESV And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
You do not have the ability to understand as the Father does, but you do have His heart. When you are confused, remember: you are loved and in the end God will make all things right and fair. Trust your heavenly Father.
Psalm 139:14 ESV I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
You are not only the daughter of the King, you were made by him and for a purpose. You are wanted.
Ephesians 2:10 ESV For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
This is one of my favorite verses. You are still in process. You are still being formed. When this life feels like a workout it’s because it is. You are being formed right now. You are being made into something even more beautiful.
Your best is yet to come. I believe it, but even more important, God believes in you. Walk in His promises and you won’t only be truly beautiful, you will make everything you connect with more beautiful too.