In this revolutionary book I ask the question “WHO ARE YOU REALLY.” In this perilous times one big land mind exploding in the individual human mind is that they are not happy and satisfied with who they are because they truly do not no the truth. They try to be like everyone else. Instead of know and believing that the book of wisdom says this about them in:

Psalm 139:14 Amplified Bible (AMP)

I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

“So, God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God, he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27).

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

Psalm 139 says that God made all the delicate, inner parts of my body. He knit me together within my mother’s womb. I was made wonderfully complex. God knew me as He was painstakingly designing me with much loving care.

I didn’t just evolve into what I am. I was created and designed with a purpose. And the blueprints of me are similar to other human beings but they’re not exactly the same. I am unique—and so are you there are no two individual alike.

The human body is a unique design of multiple systems that all work intricately together. The cardiovascular system gives you the energy to move. The muscular system gives you the ability to move, lift, and hold things. The digestive system processes food into energy and discards waste. The immune system keeps you healthy. The hormonal system determines your gender. The eyes cause you to see. The nose lets you smell. The tongue and mouth let you eat and taste. The ears enable you to hear. And your skin enables you to feel textures. You have the ability to encounter an incredibly diverse world with an equally amazing diverse body!

Then you were also blessed with a brain so you can think, process, and create. Isaac Asimov said the brain is “the most complex and orderly arrangement of matter in the universe.” Your emotions help you to relate to other people and feel compassion. All of these systems (plus many more) were uniquely designed to make you who you are.

God created you on purpose with love.

You have the innate ability to discern right from wrong. Although, that ability is hindered somewhat by the all the land mines of life until you connect with your Creator. He didn’t just design you to do your own thing. He created you so you would desire an ongoing relationship with Him.

You were made with a hole in the center of your soul that only one thing fits. Until you find that very specific something, you will never be fulfilled And that very specific something is God Himself. You were designed with an intense need of your Creator, God. Without a relationship with Him, you will always be searching for something to fill that void. 

Drugs, alcohol, food, money, sex, material goods, occupations, hobbies, travel, success, fame—these are some of the ways in which we try to fill that empty space inside. But none of those things will ever fill it. They are like round pegs in square holes. The vacant areas at the edges will still leave you desiring more of something else. Whatever you attempt to put in there will dissipate because it never completely fills the space. Those things were never meant to fill the space; they never can.

Sadly, many continue to shove mismatched pegs into that hole. A little of this, a little of that… hoping that one day they will feel complete. They surmise that this thing over here didn’t work but maybe this other thing will do it. They just haven’t found the right thing yet but one day they hope they will.

One day…

  • I’ll have enough money to feel safe and secure.
  • I’ll find the perfect spouse that will complete me.
  • I’ll get my dream sports car and life will be grand.
  • I’ll be on television and people will know my name.
  • I’ll be the best in my field and people will scout me out.

“One day” will never come. If you’re not happy with who you are today, right here and right now, you’ll never be. You’ll never be happy with who you are today unless you begin to praise God for creating you just as you are.

People want to look at everyone and everything else before they turn to God.

“Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins. And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.” (Isaiah 64:7-8).

Fortunately, God made a way for us to repent and turn to Him by sending His very own Son to make the way.

When you do finally realize that without God you are unable to make the most of yourself, that’s when things begin to change. The clay cannot mold itself no matter how hard it tries. However, God, the Potter, cannot only mold His clay but He also knows what His original design of you was. He is both a Potter and an Architect with a Master Plan.

Sometimes in this fallen world, people are born with birth defects that disrupt one or more of the intricate systems of the body. God foresaw even those defects and uses them for good when we look to Him. Even our weaknesses are fearfully and wonderfully made.

A blind person can develop hearing beyond the normal capacity. Conjoined twins can teach us about getting along with one another, for they have to do it 24/7. Someone born without arms develops the ability to use their feet in wondrous ways. Another born without legs develops the upper body strength to get around smoothly.

We all have weaknesses that sometimes make us feel like we are of no use. But God’s grace is sufficient to cover our weaknesses. More than that, God’s power is made perfect in our weaknesses. Weaknesses keep me humble and leaning on God’s strength which is much more sufficient than my own.

Should I always feel like I am “Fearfully and Wonderfully” made?

No. Sin and pride always want to drag me back into my own way of thinking. The same thinking that kept me reaching for those mismatched pegs. Those thoughts tell me that I can do whatever I want, by myself, without God. They lie and they don’t even make sense. They say I can do anything but then turn around and also say that I’m not good enough to do what I want to do. Feelings can’t be trusted unless they line up with the Word of God. And the Word of God tells me that I’m fearfully and wonderfully made for a specific purpose. Therefore, with God’s help, I will walk in that purpose as often as I can.

Whether I always feel it or not, I can trust God and His plans for my very life.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)

Jennifer Heeren loves to write and wants to live in such a way that people are encouraged by her writing and her attitude. She loves to write devotional articles and stories that bring people hope and encouragement. Her cup is always at least half-full, even when circumstances aren’t ideal. She regularly contributes to Crosswalk.com. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband. Visit her at www.jenniferheeren.com.

Hope Beyond Circumstances

Wouldn’t you like more hope in your life?

I write hopeful and encouraging copy that inspires people to improve their life and never give up.

I have a flair for positivity. Some of my favorite topics are: stress-free living, simplicity, growing daily, and God-confidence, as well as, truth, peace, contentment, love, optimism, and freedom. I also like to encourage people by writing things that are lovely and admirable, and may simply bring a smile to their face.

I want to live in such a way that people are encouraged by my writing and my attitude. My cup is always at least half-full, even when circumstances aren’t ideal.

Here is my testimony.

My Testimony

In my mid-twenties, I grew very disillusioned with normal life. It was fun to hang out with my friends and find ways to entertain myself but it seemed like life should contain something more. I didn’t know what that “something more” meant; I was just searching.

I began to read self-help books and learned a little bit from each one. I was seeking to live my life more purposefully. As time progressed, I moved on to more new age type of books. I really began to see God as a wonderful, loving being that I desired more of. The new age teachings gave me a little bit of that–but only a little bit. 

But God seemed to take hold of me. It was as if He was drawing me up a staircase and on each level I learned a little more. Luckily, or whether providentially, God didn’t let me find that “something more” completely in any of those books because if I had, I might have stopped my search.

One day, I felt in my spirit Jesus saying to me, “Okay, you’ve tried all of those other things, now how about trying Me?” 

I went to the store to get an Amy Grant greatest hits CD. I didn’t know a lot of Christian artists at the time but I knew her. I believed the words of every song as I joyfully sang along. My Spirit had changed and I was different in the best way possible!

I didn’t understand the Bible intellectually yet but my Spirit knew and held tightly to the Truth.

I thought about going to a church that my mother and brother attended but procrastination set in.

However, I was only able to procrastinate on it for about six months…

The Columbine high school shootings happened and I was a mess. I hadn’t known anyone personally that was murdered but the massacre got my attention. In my mind, the world had sunken to a new low and evil seemed to be winning. I knew that God was The Answer!

I went to church the next Sunday and haven’t missed many since. I began to learn more about what had already been stirring in my heart.

Is your heart stirring?

Are you looking for “something more”?

You can only find that “something more” in Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And He wants you to know Him better.  Come just as you are, right now. 

 

Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. ~ Psalm 66:16-19

I write books and articles from that perspective of always looking at the glass as half-full. Whether I’m writing fiction or non-fiction, there’s always something good about every circumstance and every circumstance is a chance to grow and improve. Everything that happens has a God-ordained purpose.

I regularly contribute to Crosswalk.com. I live near Atlanta, Georgia with my husband.

I hope this website is a source of inspiration and encouragement for you.

If you are encouraged by something I write, drop me a note. I’d love to hear from you! And come back any time and visit me at www.jenniferheeren.com.

Jennifer Heeren

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