Need a little encouragement today? Listen to what God says about you. (bold and parens are my emphasis)
"But now, this is what the LORD says -
He who created you, O Jacob,
He who formed you, O Israel:
'Fear not, for I have redeemed (bought back) you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine. (Did you know God knows your name and claims you?)
When (not IF - an easy life is not a promise Jesus makes to His followers) you pass through the waters,
I will be with you; (you are not alone.)
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; (do you need rescuing?)
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious (God calls you precious!) and honored in my sight,
and because I love you.
I will give men in exchange for you,
and people in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you. (Are you ever scared and feel alone? )
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, 'Give them up!'
and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.'
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth -
everyone who is called by my name, (God offers to give you His name)
whom I created for my glory, (He created you for His glory)
whom I formed and made." (He formed you. Made you. Took His time on the details.)
Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past. (Are you held captive by your past?)
See, I am doing a new thing! (Do you see the work God is doing? Are you letting Him transform you?)
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.
-Isaiah 43:1-7, 18-19
Now aren't you standing up a bit taller, chest puffed up and feeling pretty special?