Our Significance

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So here I am, its 4:30am

And I am awake! I had all kinds of thoughts coursing through my head so I finally got up to write them down. They will be random – just warning. The thought that got me going was:

“I may have been physically able and ready to have babies when I did…However…I was not – let me repeat that NOTemotionally ready to have babies.”


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Yes, I knew how to care for them

Feed, clean diaper them but babies are people not pets or toys! I have discovered through tough life lessons that babies need – respect, honor, value. And above all these babies need love!

All children, even at baby stage, need respect, honor and value every bit as much as adults (maybe even more because so much foundation is established at this point in their lives). At 16 & 18 years old (when I had my babies) I had no concept of this. Desperately needing these things myself, how could I give what I didn’t have or understand to another? Especially a child. Oh I loved my children however, it was a defective love built on need not given out of fullness. A fullness I have only since found in Jesus.

As a teen I was more than looking for love in all the wrong places…I was looking for value and respect. Today I understand – how do I look for value from another when I was de-valuing myself in the process? I had struggled with the concept or reality of my own value. I felt valueless and didn’t even realize that this was a greater part of my struggle. All people the second they are conceived in their mother’s womb, are valuable! Extremely valuable.

First – because of who their Creator is. God.

Second – because of what God has put in them. His life.

Third – because of His – God’s – purpose for them.


Who your parents are
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Who you are married to
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Value does NOT depend on physical circumstance.

I am not valuable because of who I was born to, who my parents are.

I am not valuable because of where I was born, what country or city.

Value is not in education and/or opportunity. None of these things is my value .

Value is NOT based on who one is married to or what their job is. No!

Value –is based on God; on what God gave and did.

God does NOT value Moses or King David more than He does me.

God valued the blind man as much as He valued Moses or the apostle Paul or John or Peter!

Just because GOD created us gives us immense value.

It’s His stamp on us. (Think of an artist’s work)

Therefore…respect must follow.

All people should be respected because of their value in God’s eyes as His created! Honor and respect them because they have been formed and created by God Almighty! Each is a unique treasure. No two are the same. So each baby – right from birth has a right to value and respect.


Children are neither pets, toys or fads!
Children are neither pets, toys or fads! | Source
Invest in our children
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Created by God
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Consider them!

My biggest failing! I did NOT consider enough the valuable treasures God gave me! I did not respect them enough as people with valuable needs and desires! I see this now. My huge regret is that I did not see it then.

A close friend of mine has been a priceless teacher and example. She genuinely respects her children. She appreciates the tremendous responsibility she has been given as their mother. And it returns back to her – multiplied over.

Children are NOT – pets, toys or a novelty.

They are NOT the latest fads – they are people!

They are tomorrow’s adults!

Do I want to invest in the future?

Invest in children – invest in babies

Invest value into them

Not just ability

It’s not something a parent or caregiver can re-do

We only get one chance at this in each life

ONE

And children cannot raise themselves!

They NEED someone to invest in them

If you don’t – someone will…one way or another

That’s why God said – TEACH YOUR CHILDREN (Deut. 6)

And it has to start right away instilling in them their God given value.

They have to know -they are wanted!

-they are valued!

-they are worth it!

So babies need much more than diapering or feeding – they need, to be made aware of their value in God. Everything else is temporal and pales in significance


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Bryce Canyon - God's creative Work
God's Universe
God's Universe

We put so much value in doing…in what we can produce…

We are pushed and pushed

-to excel

-to exceed

-to achieve

Making this the epitome of our value

THAT IS WRONG

If we can DO nothing – and many people can’t – for one reason or the other –we still have value equal to that of the highest achiever!

We have searched for and tried to achieve value Not realizing we already have priceless value in that God made us. He had a purpose for us – an object of His love – an object of His salvation. We need nothing else.

Do we want to increase our value?

Know God

Then we am able to direct others to their value – God!

It does Not impress God that I can make a picture;

He made the world!

It does Not impress God that I can balance the books;

He balanced the earth in the universe!

Our achievements are miniscule to God’s.

He – God – wants us to do these things but we must see them in right perspective. If I ever have a book published or Not ; if I ever have a drawing that sells or Not – does Not make me more or less valuable.


The Fruit of the Spirit
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Our value is set and stable.

What we do – is Not who we are

What we do is only part of who we are – it’s what makes us individually unique – but it’s only a fragment. Who we are will be who we are at 93! It won’t matter then whether we could write, draw, cook or sew – but it will matter if we’re kind, loving, patient, joyful, peaceful…

Am I restful? Are the fruits of the God in me evident? This is where the greatest treasure lies. If I can draw – eventually my drawing will fail…BUT God’s kindness will Not . God’s peace will Not . Galatians 5:22 says, “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…” These fruits – because they are eternal will never fail.


Jesus Loved the Children...Matthew 10:14 & 16
Jesus Loved the Children...Matthew 10:14 & 16

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Comments 11 comments

Candice 5 years ago

Thank you so much Ulrike. Many things you shared triggered reminders in my spirit.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Excellent hub voted up and beautiful. This hub presents great and timeless truths to consider in living. I am greatly blessed. We are so significant because God created us. As christians much more we should see our value for the Son of God died for us. We are loved and precious in the eyes of the great and awesome God of the universe. This is sufficient reason to have confidence in this life. May you be blessed today and always. Best regards.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Voted-Up! And what stood out to me was: Am I restful? Are the fruits of the God in me evident? This is where the greatest treasure lies. AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

Candace! Thanks for taking a moment and reading my thoughts...and commenting, oh how I would love to sit and chat with you about your triggered reminders...love you and miss you...blessings to you and your delightful family!

Cristina...your thoughts and responses are always welcome and appreciated. I believe our value IN god is what is so often missing in hearts...I regret my valueless past especially for that of what my children missed out however, His mercy is great and He is always in the process of restoration! Blessings to you my dear.

drpastorcarlotta...Thanks for stopping in! and for the vote up! So much God has given us that we can rest, even now, in His eternal peace. Even when our past looms up to mock us. Mock away...God is not finished with us yet!!! Blessings to you...


Inge 5 years ago

This has brought back some memories in my life. To say that we have been down the same road is probably an understatement. And, although I never had any children, I agree with you totally. The lesson about having children and what our duty is to them, should be made available to all teenagers. It would certainly help them. I thank God that He doesn't judge me as some people do and that I am so very valuable in His eyes. Thanks cousin, love you always.


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

Inge...you are more than valuable...you are the apple of His eye...He died for you so that you would have life to the fullest and not just in heaven! But right here...he has and always has had a purpose for you and I for one thank Him that you are in my life! Blessings to you sweet one...love Ulrike Grace


rls4immanuel 5 years ago

Thankyou Ulrike for reminding us of our value to God. His value and love for us is confirmed and displayed for all the world to see that there may be no question as to God's love for us: John 3:16! "For God so loved the world (us) that He gave His only begotten Son that who so ever believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Eternal life, eternal love from God because obviously, He greatly values us. We are significant in the eyes of God. His Son died for our sin. Let us praise and worship Him forever.


shannon nadine barreau 5 years ago

Oh wow, I have MISSED this!

Love, love, LOVE your thoughts, your heart for the Lord and of the things that He loves.

I think that more than anything, He desires for us to to REALLY GET how much He loves us...to receive it.

Simple as that.

Miss you my prairie princess friend.

Prayers, love and hugs!

xox


Eddie-Perkins 5 years ago

I love this! Our God is an on time God. Such simple truths expressed in a different way. Thank you so much for this word. Vote up, useful and beautiful ~ eddie


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

rlsimmanuel...you are such a great encouragement to me, thank you for your thoughtful comments. You said in one small paragraph what I used a whole hub for. And I say Amen...thank you Jesus and Thank you Father for all you have donoe! Blessings to you, Love Ulrike Grace

Shannon...I have missed this as well...its been a while but I post as I have time and God moves me to do so...I am glad it beneficial. And Yes...He REALLY wants us to know how much He loves us jus because He loves...not because of what I can do to manipulate His love for me...Love you girl and I miss you...

Thank you Eddie, for the comments and for following me! Your enthusiasim for God's truth encouraged me. Blessings to you Ulrike Grace


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Kristeen 4 years ago from Michigan

Grace, This is an awesome hub! I hope that many young teen mothers read this. There are so many that don't realize that a baby is a little person, unique and precious, created by God. Many (teen mothers) have not been loved and nutured enough themselves to know how to give love. More often their thoughts are; "If I have a baby, I will always have someone to love and someone who loves me".

I think all young mothers (married or single) get a wake up call when they have their first child. Motherhood is a learning process. I often have told my oldest daughter that she was my practice child. I made many mistakes, but believe it or not she still loves me.

Thanks for sharing. I hope many young mothers read your hub and take it to heart and realize just how precious their babys/children are. Be blessed.

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