God's Handiwork in You

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When we start questioning how God created us to be, it can leave us with the small temptation to diminish our own importance and value. This dramatic illustration reminds us that God's design in how He made us has purpose and is important especially to those whose lives are influenced by who we are and what we do. 

Just like the illustration, most women seldom validate God's purpose and plan for their life, especially when they define themselves by anything other than God's design. In this video, Alexandra Kuykendall, regular contributor at MOPS International and author of The Artist’s Daughter, talks about her struggles in finding  her value and worth and shares insight on God's workmanship and design in every woman's identity formation.

Alexandra pointed out that through His Word, God tells us we are His masterpiece, created anew in Him (Ephesians 2:10) and He determined our value by Christ's work  at the cross. 

Do you identify yourself as God’s daughter? Why or why not? What defines you? And how does it differ from how God made you?
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Do you believe God sees you and intimately knows you? Why or why not? What is your relationship with God like today?
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God created women to be relational, therefore each of our relationships—whether good or bad—impacts us one way or another. In this video, Alexandra encourages  women to find their value in God instead of in their relationships. 

In what ways do you seek affirmation in your relationships? How does the knowledge that no relationship is perfect impact your understanding of your relationships and of yourself as a wife, mother and friend?
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1 John 4:7-10 (MSG)

God Is Love

7-10My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn't know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can't know him if you don't love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they've done to our relationship with God.

Alexandra said that the only way we are better able to love those around us it to go to the source of love. Read 1 John 4:7–10 again. The proof of God's love for people is that He sent His only Son to provide eternal life for us. How does this differ from what you know what love is?
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How can you love others the way God loves you? How about loving your difficult relatives, co-workers, or those who have hurt you deeply?
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When things go wrong in our lives or in our relationships it makes it hard to remember that God is still working in us and through us. His plans for us are not yet complete! In this video clip, Alexandra encourages women to trust that God created them to have purpose, value and influence in the world despite their circumstances.

Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Read the above scripture again. How would believing that God really created you exactly the way you are and loves you exactly the way He made you, change the way you view yourself?
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What is it about yourself that you've always wanted to change? How do you think God may have intended to use that very trait to bring glory to Himself? How can God use you for His kingdom?
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Alexandra talked about how we have influence in the world through all of our relationships. How can you nurture, protect, and build relationships so that God is more fully glorified in your life? If so, how?
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Alexandra said, "Being in relationships with other people—if you're a wife and you're married, if you're a mother and you have kids, if you're a friend, if you're a coworker—you have influence in the world and God has plans for you, but first you must know who you are in Him. And He tells you, you are His masterpiece. Believe it and go out into the world and do the good works He planned for you long ago." 

If you'd like to read more about Alexandra's search for her own identity development you can find, The Artist's Daughter HERE.