God’s Devotion for Defining You Beyond Your Unique Mess!

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Devotion, that word can really pack a punch. Depending on what it is that has your devoted attention. Today, we’re going to look at it as the topic and focus for embracing our messy lives. And how all of it is and has always been part of God’s process.

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This process, His, is all pointing us to how HE defines us, His masterpiece in progress. And boy is he devoted to showing us how He sees us over how we see us!

I like to recognize this, and us, as His Beautiful MESSterpieces. If you don’t know by now…I wrote a book all about this discovery and process. (go here if you want to know more about that)

Your identity has nothing to do with your mess, mishaps, or mistakes. Those are circumstances and situations, not who you are.

Your mess (whatever that is or how you define yours) has no bearing on how God sees you or what He’s prepared for you.

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Your mess is all part of God’s devotion and process for revealing His master plan for you.

Despite whatever messes you feel have defined, derailed, or detoured your life to this point, remember this…

Wrap your head around this for a second. God’s love never ends, His mercies never cease, His faithfulness (to us) is so great, and every day is a fresh start!

Devotion rooted in growing you, despite what you’re going through, is God’s main objective.

Whatever it is that you’re going through, know that God is masterfully using it for growing you. Maturing you, so that you’ll bear fruit!

Devoted to growing you into the person you need to be. Why? So you’ll be able to handle what He’s already purposed for you and be good at it!

Moving past boo-hoo to woo-hoo isn’t always the perspective shift we want to work toward. Sometimes wallowing in what’s wrong makes us feel like we must be doing “something right” because why else would “this” be so hard?

Winning doesn’t mean easy, it just means we recognize what’s working. I know I love it when that recognition comes from outsiders. How about you? Ready to realize you were created as a winner from the inside out?

Give Psalm 139:13-18 a read!

Growing past old habits, limiting mindsets, and even toxic people are all part of the process. One that has you looking up (to and for Him) and out for others.



Defining who you are is both a devotion to knowing your Creator and discovering what you’ve been created for.

Easier said than done, right? Well, here are three things to consider when it comes to defining your own devotion to stepping into the real you.

Step 1: Devote to surrendering your way for His way.

Finding your way is often a pursuit we embrace and chase. But is it the best way? God already knows the way, has the way, and will show you the way…if you let Him.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

Step 2: Recognize the proper transaction needed for the desired transformation.

I want big transformations as much as the next VAL (Valued, Amazing Lady), but first I have to be willing to provide my share of the transaction.

Change doesn’t happen without some sort of exchange. There’s a transaction that needs to take place, and I not only need to know what it is, but be willing to take action.

Want transformation in your faith, life, or business? It all begins in the mind.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 NIV

Step 3: Step into your God-sized calling with confidence.

I’ve talked about God-sized callings before, you can read about that here. But know that to do it effectively, you need grit, grace, and gusto!

I’ve written, taught, and shared at length about our one purpose, and God-given dreams over the years. It’s become both my mission and MESSage.

Know that you have a mission and a MESSage too. It’s one that you were uniquely designed for and meant to pursue and share.

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Please know that no matter what messes have been thrown your way or in your way, it’s all part of God’s master plan! Let go and allow the Master to use your messes to refine you into the you He’s meant for you to be!

redefining my messes as His Beautiful MESSterpieces right there with ya,

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Need help seeing yourself as His Beautiful MESSterpiece? Well, here are 3 good places to start:

  1. Get the book!
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