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IAM Rooted in God’s Love

IAM Rooted in Love
Ephesians 3:16-19 NLT I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Let the roots of your heart and life grow deep into God’s love. Transformation starts at the instant we choose to believe. The real growth happens on a daily basis. Ask God to reveal more of his love to you. Ask God to give you love for the difficult people in your life. Ask Jesus to make a home inside of your heart. A visitor stops over for maybe an hour or so, then leave. I need more than a visit from Jesus. I need Jesus to setup permanent residence in my heart and mind!

Can you trust in God’s perfect love? God’s love solves every problem, argument, pain, bondage and addiction. Every other love can’t compare to God’s love. When Jesus lives inside of you, there won’t be room for everything else unworthy.

God’s love makes us stable and strong. Make your home in God’s love. God’s love does not end. It takes serious mental power to even understand its size, depth and length! It’s my prayer for you that you experience God’s love. Experiencing love brings us to a depth of understanding. Reading or hearing about it does not compare to first hand experiencing the wonderful amazing love of our God.

Your new life started as an infant little sapling planted in good soil.

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Imagine yourself as a majestic sequoia tree.

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Your power and depth of roots allow you to withstand any storm or trial that life can throw at you. Imagine your life complete, then know that even in that moment your roots are still growing deeper into God’s love. Imagine your life in the place where you aren’t concerned with God’s love. Imagine all your energy spent on learning more love and experiencing more of it? God wants that life for you. It’s my prayer for you as well!

IAM Rooted in Love
IAM a home for Christ
IAM Empowered by Love
IAM Constantly Growing in Love
IAM Strong to withstand any storm

How High, How Wide, How Deep!  Celebrate it!

Matt Redman “The Cross Has Said It All”
The cross has said it all,
The cross has said it all.
I can’t deny what You have shown,
The cross speaks of a God of love;
There displayed for all to see,
Jesus Christ, our only hope,
A message of the Father’s heart:
“Come, my children, come on home.”–
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High as the heav’ns are above the earth,
So high is the measure of Your great love;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far have You taken our sins from us

The cross has said it all,
The cross has said it all.
I never recognized Your touch
Until I met You at the cross.
We are fallen, dust to dust;
How could You do this for us?
Son of God she’d precious blood;
Who can comprehend this love?

How high, how wide, how deep
How high, how wide, how deep,
How high!

IAM Given a Gift

EPH 2:8-10 NLT God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Friends, the wonderful gift of salvation and life is the greatest gift that we could ever receive.  It’s there waiting for all of us.  We are the recipients of the gift.  The greatness is in the gift and the gift giver.  We did not deserve it or earn it, but God graciously gives it to us.  Today, I want to encourage you to keep a proper perspective.  Not to lower ourselves and consider ourselves worthless.  Because God loves us so much, and that fact of being loved by God makes our idenity powerful.  There is no boasting in being given a gift by the skin of our teeth.  I hope there is a feeling of gratitude and thankfulness for the amazing grace we have received.

God saw something and planned something amazing for your life, long long ago.  That the amazing story of redemption is being written now as we speak.  That amazing story is resulting in a masterpiece that God is forming everyday.  The masterpiece that God is making out of your life is not meant to be sitting on the wall of a museum behind security glass.  God had a plan for you to do good things with that masterpiece.

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Let’s put down God’s Plan
1. He gave us the gift salvation because He loved us.
2. That gift of salvation working in us makes us an amazing masterpiece
3. The story and power of redemption of your life transformation into a masterpiece is a good good work for others to see.  For you to testify with your life, the amazing grace God offers to all man.

That’s the generic version:  allow God to form you, and mold you into the masterpiece he sees for your life.
Be a living testimony that God’s amazing grace is a gift that everyone is worthy to receive.
Encourage others to grow in their self worth because of the value of the gift and gift giver
Let God give you his heart for a specific purpose, passion or calling.
Keep on being awesome because our God is awesome!

 IAM Saved by Grace

IAM worthy because of the gift that I was given
IAM a Masterpiece
IAM a New Creation in Christ Jesus
IAM to do Good works according to God’s Plan

I can’t find a youtube video of this song, but it’s powerful
Listening to You Opened Up My Eyes by Martyn Layzell #nowplaying http://grooveshark.com/s/You+Opened+Up+My+Eyes/4zDpia?src=5

Let’s celebrate the fact that we we were once dead, but now we’re alive!

Martyn Layzell : You Opened Up My Eyes

Not by words and not by deeds. But by grace we have been saved
And it is the gift of God, the faith we need
Not by strength and not by might. But with power from on high
So that we can only boast, boast in You

For once I was dead, now I’m alive. For freedom I’m set free
And in Your great love, life do I find. You opened up my eyes
Not with eloquence or fame. But with weakness and in shame
For the power of Your strength. Is then revealed
And the message of Your cross. Seemed such foolishness to some
But the mercy of Your grace is hidden there

What mercy, what mercy, what mercy beneath Your cross
Your mercy, Your mercy, Your mercy beneath Your cross

IAM a God Imitator

EPH 5:1-2 NLT Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

I can tell you as a father of two wonderful amazing girls in their childhood, there have been distinct moments when I have observed them do something really amazing.  The thoughts that went through my mind was : “That’s my girls!  Yes! I am their Daddy!  Yes those little mini-me’s right there, those are my children!”  Their actions were a pleasing aroma to me and my wife.  And even more to God.  Yes, I have the wonderful privilege of raising my girls until they are adults, and I hope I can model Godly things for them everyday.
God does that in the heavens everyday when he sees you.  Do you know that?  Can you hear it?

Today, the word is encouraging us to the imitators of God.  Imitation not in a bad, knock off, poor copy sort of way, but a very very close representation of the true and living God.  Be imitators in everything we do.   Everything, leaves no room for a sliver of weakness.  When we play the part, and start living it out, it becomes very very difficult to compartmentalize my old life, and my new life.  I want to encourage you:  Go all in!  Don’t reserve 1% of your life, and say:”God, I trust you for 99% but I gotta keep this 1% for myself”  God wants it all, and he demands everything.  As your heart desires to be more like God, just say, Ok God, I trust you the good father, with everything in my life.  Buckle up, because it’s a wonderful ride!

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We imitate God, because it is his DNA that he has given to us.  We imitate God, because it is our new nature to live a life filled with love.  Ask God to fill you with love every morning.  Ask God to help you to be more and more like Jesus in all that you do.  Jesus came to this earth to serve and sacrfice his life for us.  Jesus loved and lived sacrifically.  That’s our perfect example for true wonderful aroma filled living.

There is nothing you can do or say that can take away your identity that God has placed on you.
It doesn’t matter if you were born into this world with awesome parents, or rotten parents, your DNA is the DNA of the Creator.
Their life and destiny is not your life and destiny.
God is a loving father that has an amazing unique plan for your life.
Remember the truth:  I am God’s dear child, He loved me and gave himself to purchase my life.

IAM a God Imitator
IAM a Child of God
IAM 100% God’s
IAM Loved by God
IAM a Pleasing Aroma to God

IAM Adopted

EPH 1:4-8 NLT Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.  He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

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It’s hard for me to fully understand the depth of God’s heart and mind.  It’s my limitation because my mind is just not developed enough to understand or even have the capacity to think back that far.  I am starting to forget things that happened to me as a child.  The mind of our God is so much greater.  Even before the world began, God loved you and me.  That’s a very very very long time ago.
Not only did God love us, but he chose us to be in relationship with him.  It was premeditated adoption, through Jesus Christ.

God chose you!  He picked you out!  Out of all the humans that have lived on this earth througout the history of man, God wanted you to be in relationship with him. That choice was based in God’s kindness and grace.

I think I know a purpose for genealogies in the bible.  So and so begat so and so.. etc.  And how they trace all the way back to Adam.  He had a purpose and plan for you and me, even in the Garden of Eden.  It was deliberate and thought out.  Moses was adopted for a special purpose by the daughter of the Pharaoh.  It may not matter how you were born into this life or the circumstances, it’s more important whose loving royal family you have been adopted into today.  All the history of the world has been waiting for you since before the world began.

I want to encourage you with the powerful truth in your identity.  You are a chosen member adopted into God’s family purchased through Jesus.  An adoption is not cheap, and our adoption into God’s family was very costly.  Jesus’ blood was the cost to free us from death.  That’s what God went through for us.  That’s how important you are!

If someone asked you today: “Who are you?”  Can you answer in confidence that question?
I am a Child of the King.

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Answering that question with confidence brings power and posture through wisdom and understanding.
Power to live with the full confidence in knowing who you are.
You don’t have to spend any mental time on the what if’s and questions about direction.
You are moving full steam ahead into your destiny

Posture is your stance and mojo. It affects your language and prayers.  When we pray, we know we are talking to our Daddy.  When we speak with others about who God is, we can speak with first hand knowledge of what we know deep down.  Not just what we heard from someone else.  It’s time to live boldly in our identity.

It’s mirror time again! Look at your beautiful face in the mirror or selfie camera and proclaim the truth with me today!
IAM Chosen
IAM Loved
IAM Adopted into God’s Family
IAM a Child of the King
IAM Purchased into Freedom
IAM Holy and Without Fault in God’s Eyes

Tim Hughes  Holding Nothing Back

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I am chosen, I am free
I am Living for eternity
Free now forever

You picked me up, turned me around
You set my feet on solid ground
Yours now forever

And nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back

My chains fell off
My heart was free
I’m alive to live for you
I’m alive to live for you
Amazing Love, how can it be?
You give everything for me
You give everything for me
Everything

You washed my sin and shame away
The slate is clean: a brand new day,
Free now forever

Now boldly I approach your throne
To claim this crown through Christ my own
Yours now forever

And nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back

My chains fell off
My heart was free
I’m alive to live for you
I’m alive to live for you
Amazing Love, how can it be?
You give everything for me
You give everything for me

I’m free to live
Free to give
Free to be

I’m free to love you

IAM God’s Prized Possession

James 1:18 NLT He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

 You are God’s prized possession.  When you read that, is it easy to believe? When I look at this world and whats going on in the news, social media and entertainment, I am pretty sure people have not fully grasped what it means.  It shows in their actions, expression, physical posture and words.  Even our words, thoughts and actions can betray us, and knock us off the truth.  Don’t let it steal any power away from flourishing in your God given identity.  You are a prized possession.

Own it!  Walk around in that confidence, strut in the powerful posture of who you are.  I give you permission to say to someone today “Don’t you know who I am?”  And say it with some moxie!  Then encourage your brother and sister around you to do the same.

When you get to work, make your entrance to the office just like Sherman Hemsley.  I hope with the double dutch part too!

 Our real life started when he chose us.  God’s word’s and true good news rang true in our ears, and we started a relationship with him.  It wasn’t a random thing.  God chose you!  God wants you, not as his third for fourth choice when he was looking around for someone.  He had a wonderful amazing destiny filled plan to give you new life.  Please know deep down inside, that God chose you.  From the day that you were born and given a beautiful name, God was weaving a wonderful plan for your life.  You are not a mistake.  Embrace that wonderful piece of truth as well, you are God’s possession.  He chose us, and he owns us.

 

There is no other master I would rather be a servant to.  No king is greater, wiser and compassionate that our God.  I have a comfort in knowing that I am a loyal subject to the true ruler and king of the universe.

Friend:  enjoy your identity.  Have fun in it, rejoice in it.
Strengthen your heart and mind against the lies that try and tell us otherwise. Let the words flow over you, all morning, noon and night.

 I want to encourage you, if you really struggle with negative inner thoughts, scripture memory is the only weapon for that battle.

Burn the words and truth into your heart and mind.

 Let’s proclaim the truth today!

IAM Chosen by God
IAM a New Life through God’s Word
IAM a Wonderfully Created by a Master Craftsman
IAM God’s Possession
IAM God’s Prized Possession

IAM a Cheerful Giver

IAM a Cheerful Giver
2 CORINTHIANS 9: 6-8 NLT Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”  And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

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Being a farmer takes faith and patience, but it also takes action.
The greatest investment into the Kingdom we can make is a generous cheerful gift.  God loves a person who gives cheerfully.
Ask God to fill you with joy and passion as you invest your time and energy for eternal good.  Smile when you give.  Smile, sing and dance when you donate of your time and energy in service.

 As we continue to transform our spirit and character for the better each day, I believe God wants to stretch our faith and generosity and investment mindset.

Ask for God’s heart for the poor.  Ask God to show you how even a little more financial resources would empower a ministry to minister to more people.  Also in our world today: Time is money.  Well how about making time investments into building the kingdom?  I know that when I spend time in ministry, that does alleviate financial pressures for our church.  There are ways that we can give freely of our time, that allows our ministries to save money, and put those resources elsewhere.  So even if you say, I don’t have enough money, then donate your time.  Your unique awesomeness is needed in the lives of others.

In the most non pressure filled way possible, I want to encourage you. Give in faith of your time and resources. Because of this one question:  Can you put a dollar amount on a cost of one soul?  Can you put a value on the miraculous healing for the terminally ill? Can you put a dollar amount on the soul of a young child who has their life let on the path to following Jesus, because you shared God’s love with them every Sunday School?

 God’s promises are true: give cheerfully, invest into the kingdom with a joyful heart: God will provide all you need with leftovers to keep on sharing with others.  There are so many times in the bible where God comes through.  It’s a law of God’s nature and wonderful character to bless us with what we need and some leftovers.  You can take that promise to the bank!
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IAM Joyfully Generous
IAM a Cheerful Giver
IAM a Happy Volunteer
IAM an Exuberant Servant
IAM Making Kingdom Investments
Let’s give him our all

IAM Awesome

Hi, I had to get this down in words today.  It’s a creed, a manifesto, a war cry.   A summary, but not the end.

IAM Victorious
I have supreme confidence in the one who gave me life
IAM Beautiful and I love myself
I see beauty in all of God’s creation
IAM skillfully and wonderfully created

My DNA is the DNA of God and so is yours
IAM loved by God, and nothing I can do can take away his Love for me
I have received deep inner healing from the wounds and lies of the world
IAM uniquely called to deliver a message of Love and Hope to all
I live my life with faith, vision and passion, never regret or excuses
IAM a Conquering Warrior
I fight for justice for those who cannot fight for themselves
Friend, my creed isn’t just for me. It’s for you too.  You have an amazing contribution to give our world, and you are the only person who is uniquely gifted to do it.  Find and become the best version of yourself.  Proclaim the truth about who you are everyday and night.  When you wake up, and when you go to sleep, look into mirror and see your beautiful face.  Smile and speak the truth to yourself and your soul. Your whole life up until this point may have been a battleground of getting beat up.  Today start the healing process inside of you.  Develop a new habit of loving and healing yourself.
I love you. I see you.
You are talented in many ways!
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IAM to Praise the Lord

PSALMS 148:4-5 NLT Praise him, skies above! Praise him, vapors high above the clouds! Let every created thing give praise to the lord , for he issued his command, and they came into being.

Psalms 148 is one long run on sentence with one message:  PRAISE THE LORD!

Take the time to read the whole chapter and in your mind envision yourself in the grand scheme of the universe.
The heavens , skies, angels, sun, moon, stars, skies, earth, creatures, kings, rulers, men, women, Let them ALL Praise the Lord!

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Let’s zoom out of our own existence to understand we are one voice and one life that is willingly praising the Lord.
Why are we willing?  Because as we focus on the greatness that HE is! On the amazing power that is our God is, we can only fall onto our knees, raise our hands in surrender and give him the praise that is due.

Taking the time to zoom out and get perspective is a big help to get a proper understand of the power of our God, in relation to our issues.  Praising God brings our heart and minds back onto the most important thing that matters.  It creates proper perspective about the fact of who is really in charge in this big world.
Then with proper perspective, we pray for miracles with supreme faith in knowing God holds all the keys to Kingdom.  God created and designed the body, mind, liver, pancreas, vertabrae, blood and heart.  He knows how to put back in order, what is not right.  God knows how to control the minds of men, kings and governments.  Praising God, increases our faith in the only one who really matters.
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While you are out and about, driving to work, look up and see the sky and clouds.  Understand their beauty and uniqueness are all praising the Lord.  The trees, shift and sway, and they are dancing in God’s presence to point back to the wonderful creator.

Let every created thing, praise the Lord!  He spoke us into existence.

That life giving word!  Gave you life, brought you into relationship with the creator of the universe.
And our created response is to live our lives, and point everything back to him.

Let’s praise him
Let’s give him all the glory
Let’s have faith for all things, because we have a proper understanding of how this thing works

IAM created with an amazing purpose.
IAM created by an awesome creator
IAM the heartbeat of our God
IAM a beautiful reflection of our all powerful Lord.
IAM one voice in the wonderful chorus of singers that are all harmoniously praising the Creator
IAM to Praise the Lord

Join in the Chorus of all Creation Today

 

IAM a Lover

Romans 12:9-10 NLT Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

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Do you ever hug someone, and it’s pretty weak or empty?
And then you hug someone else, and they really squeeze you  Almost taking the breath out of you?
I can admit that in the area of hugging, I still need some work and I am improving.
It’s my prayer to become a world class hugger!
One of my daughters is less than 9 years old and she is truly full of love and a world class grade a hugger! I need to learn from her for sure!

 It’s pretty obvious that people can tell when you care about them or not. And if it’s not inside of you, it takes a lot of energy to act as if you care. Ask God to fill you with his perfect love.  The real thing, unconditional love.  So you don’t have to fake it anymore.
When I take the time to meditate about how much God loves me despite my weaknesses and mistakes, how dare I think of myself better than anyone else?  God loved me, so I must love my brothers and sisters.
God forgives my sins, so I must forgive others.
It’s a natural overflow of my heart because, I have been set free.
I hope its not in the feeling of, well, God won’t forgive me of my sins, so I better forgive that other person. That’s begrudging and in all truth not genuine.

Hate what is wrong!  This is the only time I ever use this word. HATE. HATE Evil, Hate the sin that destroys, Hate the lies that hurt us and hold us back.

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You have wounds, I have wounds, and if we spend more time focus-sing on ourselves and thinking about what’s in it for me, then we have zero time or motivation to ever love one another.
We lash out, hurt, verbally or physically abuse each other, because we are hurting inside. That’s the way of the world.

The perfect opposite of hate is Love.  Hold tightly to God’s Love!
Ask God to fill your heart with his perfect Love!

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God’s love heals your wounds.  God’s love casts out all lies.
And God’s love is what allows us to truly love each other.

Take delight in honoring each other. When I think about taking delight, I see people standing up and clapping for each other.  Celebrating the win’s.  Taking the time to just verbally encourage and bless each other.   Not just the people we are supposed to love, but what about the strangers too?

 I boldly proclaim today, that I am not 100% there yet, but I am getting there. I say these statements as my heart’s cry and desire to grow into a lover of all men and women.  As God is healing me, and renewing my heart and mind, he is perfecting how I Iove others.

And it’s my wish and prayer for you as well!

 IAM A Lover

IAM A Genuine hugger
I honor my brothers and sisters
I take delight in blessing them

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IAM Marvelous

Psalms 139:14 NKJV I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

There are some people that might be a little too caught up with themselves.
But I truly believe many are not able to look in the mirror and proclaim these truths out loud.

Can you see the beauty that God has put inside of you?
Can you look into the mirror and smile?
Can you quiet the lies of the world?
Can you quiet the lies of an angry parent?
Can you shut out the lies of unsupportive family members?

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Too many people are not happy with that they see in the mirror. Achievers are not happy with the results in their lives. That’s not our identity!  It’s not what defines you!

When our self image is poor, and borderline self hatred, then we are left in our pity party. We aren’t loving others, because we can’t even love ourselves. We are hating on ourselves and hating on our creator. And we are just stuck in a place, doing nothing.  Exactly where the destroyer of lives wants you to be.

That’s why we must bulletproof our minds and spirit against any lies.

When our plans to do something don’t exactly work out the way we thought… we can’t let that define us. When someone is hateful or angry towards us, we have to learn how to understand it’s the hurt and anger inside of them that makes them lash out and want to bring me down.  But it’s not a reflection on the fearfully and wonderfully made person that stands before God!

I pray that your SOUL knows this very very very well. God is our creator, he has given us his DNA, he has given us his breath.

God made you fearfully and wonderfully
God’s work to create you, and his continuous work in you daily , is MARVELOUS!

What is our true identity, and who you say you are. In your proclamations of ‘IAM!” Are rooted in the beauty and masterpiece of God, then it’s not vain conceit.

Then after you have pumped yourself up in the mirror, and you can smile and stare at yourself.schermata-2014-05-05-a-11.36.39vd-9805_0x440

Then open your eyes to the beauty of God’s creation in your fellow man.

Humility is having a proper view of ourselves. Not boastful. But also not the pride of the worm.   Don’t put yourself down either.

And if that’s a bad habit for you, then it’s going to take over 21 days of mental conditioning and spiritual healing to fix it.  But it’s not impossible!

The healthy balance is right in the center of God’s truth today. Write it out, say it loud, but fill your heart and mind with the truth.

Really!  Get a journal, and write the truth about your greatness

 There’s no room for the lies of the enemy to freeze you and push you back

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IAM the Bomb!
IAM all that and a bag of chips!
IAM better than sliced bread
IAM a beautiful person
IAM the beloved
IAM a Good Father
IAM a Great Mother
IAM an awesome Son!
IAM an amazing friend
IAM God’s Creation

Own it!  Live it! Swim in it! Twirl around in it!

You are, because God says you are!