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Today’s Truth

Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?” he asked His disciples. “Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows”

Matthew 10:29-31

Friend to Friend

As a little girl, I never felt I was worth very much. I always felt that I wasn’t pretty enough, smart enough, or good enough. I sensed my parents tolerated me, but certainly didn’t delight in me. And if your own parents couldn’t love you, then who could?

Then there was the definitive day in the eleventh grade that took my self-worth to an all-time low. I can still remember what I was wearing: lavender bell bottom low rise jeans, a bubble knit short-sleeve top, Dr. Scholl’s wooden sandals, and a blue bandanna tied around my head of long oily hair I hadn’t had time to wash that morning. This was acceptable attire for teens when I was in high school, except for the days when a special awards or recognition assembly was held.

In homeroom that morning, the principal announced over the intercom that an unscheduled assembly would take place at eleven o’clock to recognize students being inducted into the National Honor Society. That’s when I understood why so many of my friends were dressed a notch above the norm. Their parents had received the secretive congratulatory call the night before and made sure their kids had washed their hair and left the frayed jeans in the drawer.

Four hundred teens found seats in the darkened auditorium. The principal made a speech of commendation from the podium and then said, “Will the following students come forward when your name is called to receive a certificate and a candle to be lit by last year’s inductees?”

The principal called each name, and I watched several of my friends walk across the immense stage. Then, to my horror and surprise, my name was called. Why didn’t my parents warn me, I thought. I look horrible—and I did.

When the houselights went up, I panned the back of the room where proud parents snapped pictures and pointed out their progeny to others standing on tiptoe to catch a glimpse. My parents were not among them—they never were.

I later discovered that my dad had received the call from the school the night before, but forgot to tell my mom. Even though they both worked across the street from the school, they didn’t come to the ceremony. In my mind, their absence confirmed what I’d suspected for the past 17 years. I’m just not worth the trouble.

I didn’t care about the certificate or the principal’s accolades. What I really wanted was to know I had value to the two people who mattered most.

Perhaps you had painful experiences in your past that left you feeling worthless, but Jesus wants you to know you have great value. He gave His life so that you would!

Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?” he asked His disciples. “Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31, emphasis added).

You are worth more than the money in your bank account.

You are worth more than the number of friends you have on Facebook.

You are worth more than the number of followers for your Twitter account.

You are worth more than the number of meetings and appointments on your calendar.

You are worth more than your successes or failures.

You are worth more than your level of education.

You are worth more than the price tags in your closet.

You are worth more than your accomplishments or lack of them.

You are worth more than many sparrows.

It took many years, but finally I took hold of Jesus’s words: You are worth more. That’s what he wants you to know today.

If you believe it, leave a comment and say, “I am worth more.”

Let’s Pray

Lord, thank You for caring about me and loving me. Sometimes I feel so worthless, but on those days, help me to remember my great worth to You. That’s all that really matters.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

On what do you tend to base your worth?

How does that line up with what God says about you and your worth?

Make your own list of “I am worth more than…”

More from the Girlfriends

Do the voices in your head tell you that you are not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, or just not enough, period? If so, it’s time to stop listening to the lies that sabotage your confidence and start embracing the truth of your true identity in Christ. In Enough: Silencing the Lies that Steal Your Confidence, Sharon Jaynes exposes the lies that keep you bogged down in guilt, shame, and insecurity. By recognizing the lies, rejecting the lies, and replacing the lies with truth, you’ll be able to

  • silence the voice inside that whispers you’re not good enough.
  • accept God’s grace and no longer allow past failures to define you or confine you
  • be preloaded with the truth to fight insecurities
  • walk in the surefooted confidence of God’s unconditional love

70 Responses to “You Are Worth More”

  1. May.02nd.tuesday.2k18.

    Dear Rev[DR],Pastress, & Sister In Christ ,

    PRAISE THE LORD ,O MY SOUL. PRAISE THE LORD.AMEN ! AMEN !

    At the very outset i,wish you a very good afternoon to you .I,thank you for your word of THEME FOR TODAY’S DEVOTION & TRUTH WORD & FOLLOWED BY WORDS OF BLESSINGS, YOUR WORD WORDS OF MESSAGE, THAT YOU’VE SENT TO ME SISTER .AMAZING WORDS OF MESSAGE Thank you again to you “YES ABSOLUTELY I’M WORTH MORE”, WHEN NOBODY CARES , LOVES ME, TENDER THEIR LOVE & AFFECTIONS TO ME TILL TODAY, ONLY OUR LORD & THE DARLING OF HEAVEN’S NAME I PRAY & I ASK AMEN ! AMEN ! YES AM WORTH MORE THAN THE MANY SPARROWS.WELL I ,TAKE A LEAVE FROM YOU SISTER SEE YOU NEXT BYE ! BYE ! AWAITING TO RECEIVE THE ANSWER,FROM GIG MINISTRIES OFFICE OR FROM YOU SISTER .
    THANKING YOU
    WITH WARM & BEST REGARDS
    Veerendhar Borra .Reddy

  2. Kelly Brown says:

    I am worth more!!

  3. LaTanya says:

    I am worth more!

  4. Annette says:

    I am worth more!

  5. Chris McKinley says:

    I am worth more!!!
    God is sooo good even in the valley🙏🙏✝️❤️

  6. Phyllis says:

    I am worth more!!

  7. Ngo says:

    I am worth more. Thank you Jesus

  8. Judy Bateman says:

    I am worth more.

  9. Debbie says:

    I am worth more
    Finally after taking a bible study to be free I was walking one day and Jesus said to me Debbie don’t u know I love you
    That day I was set free and my lord Jesus saved me

  10. Michele says:

    I AM worth more ❤️🙏🏻❤️

  11. Shannon says:

    I AM WORTH MORE!!!! Lord help me realize I am worth more then what other people think of me or what I feel they think of me.

  12. Joycelynn says:

    I am worth more! Jesus, let that be my mo

  13. Neme says:

    I am worth more

  14. Ashley says:

    I AM WORTH SO MUCH MORE!! Lord, help me this everyday in my life, no matter what anyone else says or believes about me!

  15. julia says:

    I am worth more

  16. Cindy says:

    I am worth more!!!

  17. Deborah says:

    I am worth more

  18. Carissa says:

    I am worth more. I was in an hormonal funk last night and was mentally describing my life as “uninspired mediocrity.” (I love hormones. They’re the best.) I was emotionally wearing corduroy bell-bottoms and greasy hair! THANK YOU for the very timely devotion that reminds me my worth is in my Savior and His love for me. He plans for me, forgives me, is patient with me, blesses me. He answers my prayers and died so I might feel forgiven, free, worthy, mighty and capable through Him.

  19. Suzanne says:

    I’m worth it!

  20. Tina says:

    I am worth more! Sometimes we all forget but it is great to acknowledge this truth! God is good all the time.

  21. Anne says:

    I AM WORTH MORE… I have a Father who loves me and sent His only Son to die for me.

  22. Dawna says:

    I AM WORTH MORE! THANK YOU LORD, AMEN!

  23. SherriLynn says:

    I am worth MORE! Thank you God for Your unconditional LOVE!

  24. Terry says:

    I am worth More! Rhank you for this beautiful devotion. I did not know others felt like me when i was growing up.

  25. Kelley says:

    I am worth more!!!

  26. Meg says:

    This one hits close to home. Ouch. Still hard to deal w after all this time. And then I married into the same neglectful treatment. Every day I go to God to get my self worth and He is faithful, but it still stings. Some people are just not capable of active love (the show up, support, encourage, and help kind of love).

  27. Kevia says:

    I am worth more. Jesus loves me for who I am and inspite of what I might have went thur as a child. Jesus still loves me!!!

  28. Peggy says:

    I am worth more! I needed this today. Thank you for the reminder, Sharon

  29. Elizabeth says:

    I am worth more than anything in God,s eyes after all we are His children .Believing and trusting in God make my life amazing even on my bad days .God loves us all,Amen.

  30. Debby says:

    Thank you Sharon. So wonderful to know even when your parents didn’t show up, Jesus did and you chose Him. So no matter what childhood we had, we still have a choice.
    We are worth more. Thank you Jesus!

  31. Nancy says:

    I am worth more!

  32. Sandy says:

    I am worth more ✝️

  33. Crystal says:

    I AM WORTH MORE!! Every time the enemy tries to get to me…especially since I have PTSD(recently I almost died from MRSA pneumonia..it’s a super nasty “bug” resistant to regular antibiotics…being in a rural village on the Bering Sea has its challenges..thanks be to God!.. I survived. In fact the ICU Dr at the hospital in Anchorage told 2 of my grown children at the ICU with me “he’d never had a patient get off the ventilator in such a short time (almost 4 days in a medically induced coma in order to give my body a fighting chance…I also was born with bronchial asthma).
    All this is to say that when the enemy tries to make me feel less than what I know in my heart is the truth..I am relearning to remind him that I AM A DAUGHTER OF THE MOST HIGH KING!!!

  34. Sharon says:

    Praise God! I am worth more!

  35. I am worth more!!

    I am worth more than the accomplishments I have and haven’t achieved.

    I am worth more than how my hair or make up looks.

    I am worth more than the clothes in my closet.

    I am worth more than my job title.

    I am worth more than the adventures I have or haven’t taken.

  36. Bekka says:

    I am worth more than all I possess or accomplish. Thank you Jesus!

  37. Lorie says:

    I am worth more!!!!

  38. Kristin says:

    I AM WORTH MORE!

  39. Lisa says:

    This was a wonderful devotional today. I AM WORTH MORE!

  40. Elaine says:

    I am worth more than what I think !

    I am an artist went to school for art but satan has kept me from believing that God gave me a gift to use.
    Right now I am reading an art book that is teaching this very thing! Let go of the past and take up self worth! And believe Jesus wants you to have His worth

  41. Yolanda B. says:

    I am worth more!

  42. Michelle says:

    I am worth more! This has been my new motto the last 3 weeks. Struggling with a broken marriage. I need to be the strong one, but no one on Earth is strong for me. My strength comes from God alone!

  43. Jamie says:

    I AM WORTH MORE!!!!!! THANK YOU JESUS.

  44. Iyantta says:

    I am worth more!!

  45. Victoria says:

    I Am Worth More!!!!!

  46. Gail says:

    Yes I am worth more! My past doesn’t identify me nor does the sin that I have committed, I am a child of God, a daughter of the King and I am loved more by my Savior than any human on earth. I have to remind myself of this daily and hold onto what He accomplished on the cross for me. I am accepted right where I am and it is learning to accept that fact alone that can and will set us free. Thank you Jesus and thank you for loving us all!

  47. Cindy says:

    I Am worth more. Thank you Lord for your Love.

  48. 1chiq says:

    I am worth more! And so are you!

  49. Tammy says:

    I am worth more!Thank you!

  50. MarQui says:

    I am worth moreeeeee!

  51. Amy says:

    I still don’t know that I’m worth more but you’ve given me a wonderful prayer and plenty to think about. My parents were worse than yours, Sharon. Thank you.

  52. Nancy says:

    I am worth it!

  53. Stacey says:

    I am worth more! Thanks Sharon! You are living to tell what He died to say. Hallelujah!

  54. Abby says:

    Thank you for the reminder that I am worth more. Right now it is hard to believe as I am not a priority to my husband, & my job no longer values me. My son thinks I am annoying. Clinging to God’s promises.

  55. Lisa says:

    I was molested as a child by my dad’s father, so had my older sister, before I was touched. My parents knew and did nothing. My mom continued to drop us off there for baby sitting when ever she didn’t want to MISS anything. When I finally approached my mom almost 50 years later she said, Well, I am sorry that happened to you. I nearly drank myself to death trying to forget every moment. God found me!! He told me regardless if your mother and your father forsook you, I will take you up!! My mom just in the last 6 months said to me, I didn’t really want kids, I just had them because everyone else was. To her and my dad I was a THEM. But not to God, I am redeemed, flawless, dressed in white, an overcomer, his bride bedecked in jewels, priceless and a WARRIOR!!!!!!!! Praise his Holy Name!!!!

  56. Natalie says:

    I’m worth more! ❤️😇

  57. Debbie says:

    I am worth more! This devotional made me feel the Lord was banging me on the head. My mother is a mean & cruel woman who made me feel unloved growing up, even telling me she wished I’d never been born when I was 12. I still do my duty as a daughter & visit her in the nursing home. After a visit over the weekend I came home in tears as she is still mean & cruel. Sadly I will never have her love but I know-I AM WORTH MORE❤️

  58. Kristen says:

    I AM worth MORE!!!!!! Thank You God!!!! None of these earthly things define me I love you Father!!!!!!

  59. Akan says:

    I am worth more Happy to know God sees me and knows me
    I may not be a priority to anyone and I don’t care what anyone thinks of me.
    I will keep doing my best and trusting God to make things better

  60. Marcia says:

    Praise God, I am worth more!!!

  61. Crystal says:

    I am worth more!!

  62. SYLVIA says:

    I AM WORTH MORE!

  63. Amanda says:

    I am worth MORE! Glory to God!
    I so appreciate your honesty and transparency. It helps others to see that no matter what we go through there are so many more who endure tougher and more difficult situations. But just a grape that is crushed to get the sweet juice, your past provides a testimony that can inspire and uplift others. Thank God for you and the GIG – I look forward to each devotional every morning! May God continue to bless you and keep you.

  64. Tammy says:

    I am Worthy. Didn’t read this until today. Guess I meant to see this the day after it was posted. I needed to hear this today. Thank You!

  65. I am worth more! Thank you for this important message and reminder 😉

  66. Bernadette says:

    I am worth more and am never too far away from God’s love & compassion. I’m never alone.

  67. Shannon says:

    I am worthless. Why am I even here?

    • GiGs says:

      Hi Shannon, Consider the following verses:
      “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
      “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
      Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:16
      “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.'” Jeremiah 31:3
      For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”Psalm 139:13-16
      “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

      God loves His children – You are of utmost worth to Him.

  68. WendyAnn says:

    I AM WORTH MORE!

  69. Shannon says:

    how do you know God

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