The Bible in 365 Days: A Year with God {Living Outside the Stacks}


Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.


God was very deliberate throughout the creation of the Heavens and the Earth. So it stands to reason that when He created man and woman, He was even more purposeful. Especially when I read that man and woman were created in the image of God. This means that there are no accidents, no mistakes…our creation was a very deliberate act.


Last year, the opportunity for a promotion at work came up and I debated whether or not I should apply for it. It was a new position, but one that I had been filling for the year that I’d been working at the library. The hubs kept telling me to apply. He assured me that I could do it. And, although I’d been filling the role for a year, there was a part of me that kept saying I couldn’t do it. I told myself I wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t smart enough. It wasn’t until the very last minute that I agreed to apply.

But by that time, I’d already discounted myself.

I didn’t consider the source of my strength and my knowledge. I forgot in whose image I was created. By telling myself, I wasn’t smart enough or equipped to handle the responsibilities, I was essentially doubting God. Jeremiah 29:11 says:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

He has only good things for me, I need to have the faith in Him and the confidence in myself to step boldly into my blessing.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing me, my family, and friends into a New Year. Thank you for your grace and mercy that carried us through 2013. And as we enter into 2014, Lord, I ask that you give me faith and courage where I’m lacking. Give me the confidence to trust in the knowledge and skill that You have given to me. Allow me to grow wiser, kinder, and gentler, so that I more closely resemble the woman that you would have me to be. Amen.

Daenel T