I am indeed God’s Favorite Daughter! Does that statement offend you? If it does, allow me to let you in on a little secret…YOU are God’s Favorite too! Each of us are His Favorite child. He created each of us and loves each of us more than we can possibly imagine. He sends us little reminders all the time. If you are not seeing God’s love notes to you, time to check your ears and heart then tune in to His message that YOU are His Favorite!

I was reminded this week of just how much my Abba Father loves me. I KNOW it all the time but He blessed my socks off this week and brought me to tears with the overwhelming feeling of His love for me. It was like He came and gave me the biggest fatherly bear hug and I am still feeling the positive effects. Let me share my hug story with you, in the hopes that your eyes, ears and heart will be renewed to experience your own hug from The King of Everything.

I have been in the process of studying to be a Personal Trainer. This has been a dedicated focus for the past three months. I do NOT know why I am doing it. That probably doesn’t make sense to you, as it doesn’t make sense to me either. However, last year, I felt God lay on my heart that He desired me to become a Personal Trainer. So, even though I did not understand His reasoning, I trusted Him and ordered the study materials.

I dedicated my study process to Him and asked that He would confirm it in my heart and tie the lessons I was learning to His Kingdom. He absolutely did that, the entire time. When I was studying about the skeletal structure, He led me to a verse in Psalm 139:15 in The Passion Translation that says, “You even formed every bone in my body when you created me in the secret place.” That touched my heart and renewed my spirit as I felt it was a confirmation from Him that I was right on track in my studies.

I was working with a prayer partner who was praying to heal my nerve connections, my synapses and my dendrites and, lo and behold, that was where I was at in my Personal Trainer studying the next time I opened my book. Yet another confirmation that I was on the right path and right where God was asking me to be.

I continued on my training, continually seeing these confirmations. I have completed my lessons and am approaching my certification test in a few days. This will not be an easy test, there is so much to know about Personal Training and our bodies, etc. But, I know that I know that this is what God has asked of me, so I am confident He will carry it through to completion.

I completed and passed, my first practice test (Thank You Lord!). The very next day, in case I had any lingering doubt I was not doing what He asked of me, He delivered a coup de grâce to any remaining reservations. A friend and I have been working our way, quite slowly, though a Bible Study Course called The Wilderness by John Bevere. We started in January and have only made it five lessons in, as of this week. We had the gift of some unplanned time together so we snuggled in to watch another lesson, lesson number six.

As the lesson began, John was talking about muscle overload in regards to training. I thought, “hmmm, I understand exactly what he is describing, that is fun.” Then, he launched into a lesson that was all about Training in the Spiritual Realm and talked about Personal Trainers and weightlifting, etc. My friend and I exchanged a knowing glance and I was completely overwhelmed with Love from Above. It felt as if God Himself had come down from Heaven and wrapped me in His arms. My heart and mind were blown, in a good way, and there was not a dry eye in the house. I was humbled and honored that my Abba Father saw fit to give me one last little confirmation that I was doing what He asked of me. This is how I KNOW I am His Favorite.

Knowing how He feels about me didn’t just “happen”. It was given to me in a fresh way because I chose to walk in obedience to His direction, even though it didn’t make sense to me. Let me explain. I have not the slightest clue what He wants me to do after I get my Personal Trainer Certification. But, because I was spending time with Him, I felt Him lay this task upon my heart. Then, because I didn’t understand why, I asked for confirmation, which He faithfully provided, even down to providing, to the penny, the money I needed to buy the training course. I knew that I knew that I knew this is what He wanted me to do, so I chose to trust Him, even though I didn’t understand.

Do you know that you are God’s Favorite? Do you sense His delight over you? If you don’t, I encourage you to lean into Him until you do. You won’t often sense His delight in you if you are not spending the time to listen to His heart for you and to listen to His plans for you. There is no condemnation in that statement, so if you heard condemnation, tell the enemy to Shut-Up in Jesus’ name, and lean in harder to your Heavenly Father.

I want YOU to hear His delight in you. I want you to sense His love for you. I want you to know that you know these Words are for you:

Zephaniah 3:17 (personalized) The Lord my God is with me, He is Mighty to save. He will take great delight in me, He will quiet me with His love, He will rejoice over me with singing.”

Your Heavenly Father loves you, more than you could EVER imagine. He delights in you and He sings over you. If you cannot accept this utter truth, STOP. Don’t do anything else until you can feel His presence in this way. Don’t add another “serving God duty” in the hopes that you can earn His delight. He desires you, and only you, not a list of duties for Him.

Be still and know (Psalm 46:10). Stop striving for His love and start soaking in it. When you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you (James 4:8). You will know His love, you will feel His delight over you. More than that, you will come to know who He has designed you to be and what amazing blessings He has prepared for you. He is a gentle God and will not force Himself into your heart. You must willingly present your heart to Him. When you do, you will be transformed in His presence, there is no other option.

If you don’t know how to Be Still, I encourage you to sit in silence in an undisturbed place for at least 5 minutes a day. That doesn’t seem like much, but God is amazing and He can use that small amount of time to speak His Love into your heart. For a personal story of a journey to God’s heart through quietness, check out True You but Michelle DeRusha. She walks you through her experience and offers detailed tips on how to quiet your soul.

I am excited for you, friend! I am excited for you to experience all that God has for you, starting with the knowledge of His love for you. May your heart, body and spirit be filled with His Presence and may it renew and transform you forever.

Blessings and love,