ISABELLE MCCAULEY

 
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How have you seen God’s grace bring value in your life?
Growing up, I believed that every mistake I made chipped away at my worth little by little. I eventually found myself desperate for the cheap, fleeting attention of others — feeling that I was unworthy of even that. I didn’t fully understand what was happening when I was “born again” -- but soon God showed me that He was restoring every piece of my value that I thought was lost. He is making me new and gives me daily revelations of the way He sees me. He calls me gently towards my fully redeemed self.

How have you come to see yourself as HIS DAUGHTER?
I grew up with a father that clearly favored me. It broke his heart to see me hurting, and he constantly strived to provide for me. Whenever I find myself questioning what God is doing in my life, I cling to the image of His Fatherhood. Jesus’ sacrifice and the gift of His Spirit “brought about your adoption to sonship (daughtership). And by him we cry, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15). He is not only Holy, magnificent conqueror; but compassionate, intimate Abba. He is good to us because that is the character of a good father.

What does identity as a Daughter mean to you?
The daughter of a King needs no other titles. She can carry herself with pride, simply because of the royal blood in her bones. There is no striving in this grace. The battle with perfection was won with His blood. “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come” (Proverbs 31:25). A daughter of the King knows who she is and can leave room for others to discover their true identity, too.

How do you keep your value focused on what God says about you instead of what the world says about you?
Speak Truth. I want to paint these words on my bedroom ceiling. Even if the world isn’t attacking us directly, the words of the world will seep into our vocabulary if we’re not fighting them with “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). When I feel heavy and ugly, I speak truth. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am covered in the beautiful blood of Christ. When I feel lost and broken, I am found in Him. I am restored in the Lord’s sight. There is so much power in preaching to yourself! Speak — out loud—- the Truth that God has given you. The enemy can only whisper lies, but we can shout praises to our God. In Him, we find our value, eternal and unchanging.