Are You God’s Favorite?

This past weekend was like Christmas in July for me. Ever since I left last year’s She Speaks Conference I have counted down the days until it was time to go back.  God changed my heart and my life and I could not wait to see what He had in store this time around.

It was all that I hoped it would be and more.  Gone were the nerves and doubts of last year.  In their place was a confidence that God had called me to speak and write.  All weekend long I felt blessed.  Blessed with meaningful friendships, amazing worship and intimate prayer.

The pinnacle of the weekend was my appointments with publishers and agents.  I had spent 6 months working on a book proposal and more than ten years cultivating it in my heart.  I was so nervous to finally put it out there for others to see.  What if they didn’t like it?  All of my fears were for nothing, though.  My publisher appointments went better than I could have ever imagined and I am excited to see what God has up His sleeve next.

So why did it feel like something was wrong?

With everything going so well, I couldn’t figure out why I had this nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach.  I just couldn’t seem to accept all the goodness that God was showering down on me.

I felt guilty.

Have you ever received a really expensive gift from someone and you felt guilty accepting it?  Like you did not deserve it?  That is exactly how I felt about everything that God was giving me.

As I walked back from another great meeting, I continued to wrestle with how I should feel about it all.  It was then that God whispered to my heart, “It is okay to feel like my favorite – just as a little girl feels like her daddy’s favorite above all her other siblings.”

This realization hit me so hard that I literally took a step back.  All of this time I have been writing a book that addresses the fatherhood of God and it was like I was experiencing His love for me as a father for the first time.

Each one of us should feel like the “favorite daughter,” because we are favored by God.

No, God does not have favorites, but I think that it is okay for us to feel like we are.  Not because we are better than those around us, but because of His lavish love for us.

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1

We are His cherished daughters.  He gives us good gifts exactly when we need them and champions our cause.  When He looks at us He sees His beautiful and perfect little girl.

Like a little girl twirling in her dress before her daddy, I spent the rest of the weekend just basking in my Father’s love.

As you go about the routine of your everyday life, will you join your sisters in the dance and bask in His great love for you – His favorite daughter?

 

Have you ever felt guilty accepting the gifts of God?  Do you feel like His favorite little girl?  I would love to hear your stories in the comments below.

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  • http://www.wendyblight.com Wendy Blight

    Love this, Heather!! And it is such a blessing to hear how much She Speaks meant to you after so many months of praying for God to meet each woman in a very real and personal way. Your story shows He has been so faithful to do just that!!

    • http://www.heatherablondi.com Heather Ablondi

      Thank you, Wendy! I believe it is because of the P31 team’s sincere prayers that She Speaks is the most amazing conference I have ever been to. Already counting down the days until next year!

  • http://www.kelliwommack.com Kelli Wommack

    This is beautiful! I, too, experienced similar feelings after I shook the attacks of doubts and insecurity on Friday night. God has us all experience Him in different ways to love on each of us and to teach us more about Himself. So great to share in this journey with you!

    • http://www.heatherablondi.com Heather Ablondi

      Great to share this journey with you, too. Can’t wait to hear what happens next for you!

  • http://www.dawnwhitmorespeaks.org Dawn Whitmore

    God is going to be doing some amazing things through you, Heather.

    • http://www.heatherablondi.com Heather Ablondi

      Thank you, Dawn!

  • http://thesavvywahm.com Kendra | The Savvy WAHM

    God is such a great Father that He can make all of us feel like we are His favorite. He just kept surprising me with the way He answered the prayers I prayed leading up to the conference and since then. I pray much to success to you on your journey with Him!

    • http://www.heatherablondi.com Heather Ablondi

      It is amazing, isn’t it? How we can be at a conference of 650 women and God is so lavish with His love towards us – meeting us right where we are – that we feel like we must be His favorite 🙂 I will be praying for your journey, as well!

  • http://www.zoeelmore.com Zoe Elmore

    Happy Friday Lovely,
    LOVE your post here. It’s always a blessing to hear how the Lord speaks to us in the midst of the busy and bustling weekend of She Speaks. It will be exciting to see how He uses what you received.
    Thanks for posting on my blog.

    • http://www.heatherablondi.com Heather Ablondi

      Thanks, Zoe!

  • http://7daystime.com/ Sharita

    This is awesome, Heather! (And made me giggle, cuz I sort of wrote about this concept yesterday too…) You are so right, sister– we are all FAVORED by Him so let’s rejoice and accept the blessings He is pouring into our lives… I am so glad you had such a powerful time at SheSpeaks and am kind of bummed that we didn’t get to meet face to face. (I do, however, have your business card from the Thursday night supper.)

    Now if you will excuse me– I have to go dance in my daily routine with Daddy. Be blessed, Heather! 🙂

    • hablondi

      Wish we would have met up, as well! Looking forward to reading what you wrote. Have fun dancing today!

  • http://lisanotes.blogspot.com Lisa notes…

    Beautiful. Yes, it is okay for each of us to feel like God’s favorites because we are. Thanks for the analogy for me to carry with me today.

    • hablondi

      Thank you, Lisa. So glad that you could relate. Dance your day away!