You Were Created to Shine

Dear Mama,


You were created to shine.

We all are.


It’s not often in my graphic design job working with a signage company that I run across inspirational quotes. But today, my first assignment was to present drawings for wood engravings featuring poems and prayers. Here is an excerpt of the poem:


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…

…We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

- Marianne Williamson


I know that it’s my personal God-wink today. A small, joy and peace-filled moment where He is reminding me who I am and what He has created me for. A reminder that I am adored, chosen, blessed, called, and able.


I have been praying for new growth in all areas of life, and for God to guide me as He uses me to serve others. In my mind I sometimes disqualify myself for this work – who am I to lead, support, and give counsel? I feel as though if people knew my past struggles in the very areas that they are looking to me for help in, they’d run the other way. But the Spirit inside me calms those mind storms with the quiet assurance that it is those very experiences that qualify me all the more.


God lets nothing go to waste; He has a long history of doing great things through broken people, allowing His light to shine through the cracks.


Treasure in jars of clay.


I hope wherever you are today, you are encouraged and empowered with the reminder that you, too, have something amazing to contribute to this life - something that you were uniquely created for. Your particular path of highs and lows, triumphs and struggles are not markers of weakness or uselessness – they are your strength.


In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:15)


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)


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