Today’s Truth

Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Romans 8:39b, NLT)

Friend to Friend

One major blessing of being in women’s ministry is the friendships I have with other women in ministry. We are our own little band of sisters. Sisters with a mission! We cheer for one another, cry with one another, laugh with one another, pray for one another, and rejoice with one another.

One sister I’ve had the opportunity to lock arms with for the journey is named Renee. Renee works for an international women’s ministry and is a talented God-fearing, Bible-teaching speaker and writer.

A few years back, Renee traveled across the country to speak at a women’s retreat. When she got there, a few unexpected circumstances caused her to send out an “SOS, pray-for-me-now” email to her ministry sisters.

I got the email and hit my knees.

Early the next week, Renee sent us an email thanking us for praying and telling us what God did in the hearts of women at that retreat. She told us that she spoke about the lies that we believe as women and told personal and biblical stories that illuminated God’s truth. Then, at the final session, Renee asked the women to consider what they believed to be true about themselves.

Her challenge went something like this: “When you settle your soul long enough to simply be still—when you pause to listen to your heart—what do you hear? Are there lies that linger in your heart knowingly or unknowingly?”

She encouraged them to write down on a note card the lies they had accepted as truth, whether lies spoken by a parent, kids in the schoolyard, a friend, a family member, a spouse, a child, a pastor, or a stranger. She told them that some of the lies might never have been spoken at all, just believed.

When they finished she invited them to bring the cards to a wooden cross at the front of the room. Next to the cross she had placed baskets filled with promises from God’s Word, and after each woman nailed her card to the cross, she picked up a truth that would replace her lies.

Tears ran down almost every cheek as the women brought their lies to the cross and embraced God’s life-changing Words. Guilt was forgiven, worthless became precious, and sorrows were traded for joy that day. Then a beautiful celebration went down. God, through his Holy Spirit, revealed His heart to those sweet women and shattered the lies of the enemy.

After the retreat was over, Renee looked through the cards that had been nailed to the cross. One card jumped out at her. Written over and over was one word: Worthless!

The woman who wrote that wasn’t the only one at that retreat who felt that way. That same word—worthless—was penned on many of the cards that weekend. It represents a lie that has been believed by most every woman at some point in her life. There have been days, weeks, and months that I’ve believed it myself.

It’s one of Satan’s favorite words to throw at us, and it is a big, fat, ugly lie.

The Bible clearly shows us that we are valued in the sight of the Lord. When we allow God’s Word to flood our lives with the truth we are changed by the height, the depth, and the width of His love for us. “Take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:18–19, MSG).

God loves you with a personal love.

He knows your name.

He considers you highly valuable.

He adores you.

No matter what you’ve believed in the past, choose by faith today to believe this one truth: you are perfectly loved by God.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Thank you for loving me, cherishing me, and for seeing me as valuable. Please help me to recognize any lies that my heart may perceive as truth, and strengthen me to trade in my sorrow for your joy.

In Jesus’ name,


Now It’s Your Turn

What does your heart hear when you are still?

What lies would you write on that card?

Meditate on the following Psalm (Read it silently; then out loud.)

“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:1-5)

Now, spend a few moments journaling or in prayerful response to God.

More from the Girlfriends

Today’s devotion is an excerpt from Broken into Beautiful. This book is filled with stories – real stories … gritty and honest, not cleaned up and phony… and with Scripture that will inspire you toward the life-changing grace of Jesus. To order the book, go to Amazon or, for a signed copy, visit Gwen’s web store.

Gwen Smith is a speaker, author, worship leader, and songwriter who wants to help you think big thoughts about God – and inspire you toward His grace and truth. Her website is filled with videos, posts, songs and resources that will be a deep well of encouragement to you. Click here to visit her site. (Get 3 FREE song downloads when you sign up for her blog!)

3 Responses to “One Truth That Will Change Your Life”

  1. Sue says:

    arent we all in ministry ? Each one of us is placed by our Lord to serve Him right where we are. When I know this to be His Truth , how can I feel worthless ? I am on assignment with Him in my daily life. Don’t miss out , He calls each one of us to minister with Him. And He is so very Worthy !

  2. Cindy says:

    My church’s women’s group had a similar exercise during a recent conference….it is always more “real” to do something tangible, like nailing the hurt to the cross. It seems to take it farther away from us. Women tend to soak in those hurtful words or actions and keep them close. I’ve recently tried
    to focus on how my grandsons see me! Kids are so adoring, and loving and can certainly burst your moral.
    Thanks for your blog. A small group of women I’m acquainted with have been slowly going through The Power of a Woman’s words. Links directly with this issue…how much impact our words have. Something I’m really struggling with daily, but God is alerting me just as the words escape my mouth, to repent, and purpose to stop the subtle little barbs we can utter daily, without thinking of the harm and uselessness that they are. God bless your ministry!

  3. Jessica says:

    Once again, God provided me with the message that I needed to read and hear with my heart. I have lies floating around in my head, caused by past experiences, worries, my own guilt over past sins, and so many other issues. It is difficult to see past the web of lies. God’s LOVE, GRACE, and FORGIVENESS shines so much brighter than any lie that man or the devil can create. PLEASE forgive me HEAVENLY FATHER for ever forgetting YOUR Strength. YOU died on the cross and rose again. YOU did that for us. We are precious in YOUR sight. That is the TRUTH.

Leave a Reply

"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well…" 1 Thessalonians 2:8