‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11
“You don’t have to try to be somebody, because you are somebody.” Myles Munroe
- Remember to call your prayer partner. It is so important to pray with a friend!
- Come, and take a seat at the feet of your Savior, Mama. No matter what you might think about yourself, you have a good God who thinks very highly of you, loves you deeply, and has kind truth for you to hear today.
- Write Jeremiah 29:11 in your journal. Below it, write a quick prayer asking God to reveal His plans and purpose for Your life to you. Ask Him to give you hope for your future where you may not have it.
Dear Mama, what are your go-to “I am” statements lately? Recently, I found myself thinking, “I am a terrible mom!” “I am not capable of taking care of everybody.” “I am tired.”
It’s easy to focus on what I am not good at—gardening, helping my teenager with homework, finding the food my toddler has thrown across the kitchen, making sure the house is in good shape when my husband comes home… (Why do my kids turn into tornadoes at 5 p.m. every day!?!)
Jesus and Peter had a conversation at the Passover table that changed my perspective. It was a game-changer in my life when Scripture showed me that, when Jesus looks at me, He doesn’t see the scrambled eggs in my hair or wish I was a little better at this mom thing. He sees a dearly loved daughter, created for great purpose.
Jesus told Peter he would deny Him three times. Peter loved Jesus deeply and promised he never would, but we will read tomorrow that Peter did deny Jesus that night.
Today, I want us to focus on what Jesus said to Peter in the same moment He announced his denial. As The Passion Translation puts it, Jesus said, “Remember this: after you have turned back to me and have been restored, make it your life mission to strengthen the faith of your brothers” (Luke 22:32b).
Did you hear that, Mama!?! Jesus didn’t tell Peter to get his act together and not deny him. Jesus knew Peter’s mind and flesh would fail him even though he so badly wanted to stay faithful. The conversation went straight into hope for the future. Peter’s purpose did not depend on his perfection.
Jesus didn’t look at Peter and say, “You are the denier.” Instead, He said, “You are the rock on which I will build my church.” Jesus left no room at that table for Peter to look back on his life and say, “I am a failure.” Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” All Peter had to do was come back to Jesus. Every “I am” statement he might have thought about himself was crucified with Jesus.
Sweet daughter of the King, when Jesus looks at you, He does not see your shortcomings. He sees a woman worth dying for. Your transgressions have been wiped away. Replace the negative “I am” statements about yourself with the truth about who Jesus is and what He thinks of you. Let Jesus speak the same love into your life that He spoke into Peter’s.
Let’s pray: Jesus, You are the way, the truth, and the life. Help me take back the ground of my identity that I’ve given over to the enemy and reclaim it with the truth about who You are and what You say about me. Show me what you say about me today, Jesus. Amen.
Blessings and Love,
Luke 22:32-34 (The Passion Translation) – “But I have prayed for you, Peter, that you would stay faithful to me no matter what comes. Remember this: after you have turned back to me and have been restored, make it your life mission to strengthen the faith of your brothers. ‘But Lord,’ Peter replied, ‘I am ready to stand with you to the very end, even if it means prison or death!’ Jesus looked at him and prophesied, ‘Before the rooster crows in the morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.’”
John 14:6 – “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
Jeremiah 29:11 – “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Psalm 139:17 – “How precious to me are Your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!”
Questions to Ponder
- If you were describing who you are to someone, what would you say?
- If Jesus was describing who you are, what do you think He would say?
Look up the seven “I Am” statements Jesus used to describe who He is: John 6:35, John 8:12, John 10:9, John 10:11, John 11:25, John 14:6, and John 15:1. Write them down, and post them in the different areas of your home or workspace where you might typically feel a lot of pressure to measure up. You might put “I am the bread of life” in the kitchen or “I am the way, the truth, and the life” where you keep your computer for working or household administration. Jesus is more than enough for you—and He is with you!