GIVEAWAY: Hello Mornings

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Oh my word, friend, you’re going to love today’s GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY! My friend KAT LEE wrote a new book called HELLO MORNINGS, and this excerpt is about to bring you a word. No joke: a word! Whether you are an early bird or a night owl… no matter… this post is going to speak to your heart. And your mind. And your soul. Pretty much your whole being. Are you ready?? Good. Here’s Kat Lee. Enjoy. {And don’t forget to enter to WIN the book giveaway! Details following the post.}

 

But I’m not a morning person…


As the New Year approaches, maybe you’re considering revamping your mornings (or perhaps another core part of your life), but because of past attempts you’re not sure you can do it.

Maybe you’ve tried to do “all the things.” You pushed yourself and got out of bed at o’dark thirty and you were really proud of your self-discipline. Your friends told you how impressed they were. Everything was clicking.

But then something happened. You got sick, your alarm didn’t go off, you had to travel. So you stopped getting up early and started telling yourself that you’re just not a morning person.

You labeled yourself.

The labels we give ourselves and others are powerful. We tell our children, “If you don’t have something nice to stay, don’t say anything at all.” but do we choose the words we use to describe ourselves just as carefully?

We all have a tendency to live up to labels or expectations, whether they are positive or negative.

In a classic study by Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson, a group of elementary school teachers were told that a select number of their students had excelled on a test that identified them as students who would likely exceed expectations and “bloom” that year. In reality, those student scored exactly average as compared to their classmates.

However, in a followup review a year later, those exact students, out performed their peers by 10-15 IQ points. The sole indicator was that the teachers expected them to perform better, they mentally labeled them as superior and those students rose to that expectation.

Labels are powerful.

It’s important that we recognize what labels we give ourselves. When we say, “Well, I’d like to have a morning routine, but I’m just not a morning person,” we are allowing our perspective to hold us back. Sure, there are some people who have a tendency to prefer evenings to morning and others who have a hard time getting going in the morning. But those simple facts don’t eliminate the possibility of having a life-giving morning routine.

Not all parents are morning people, yet morning after morning they wake up to tend to the needs of their children.

Not all athletes are morning people, but they start their workouts early and get their reps in before the day starts.

Or maybe it’s not about mornings. Maybe you’ve labeled yourself as someone who isn’t organized or who can’t figure out how to have a quiet time or who simply doesn’t have what it takes to make healthy choices. Maybe you’ve labeled yourself as undisciplined or lazy, lacking self-control.

Only wear the labels God gives you. All others hold you back.

One day after church, my daughter came out of Sunday school covered in return address labels. I cried.

True, I do have a deep love of office supplies, but that’s not why I teared up. Apparently, the kids spent time praying that morning and asking God if there were any encouragements they could give one another. Each child got a sheet of labels and a Sharpie. They prayed and then walked around, placing labels on one another.

“Full of kindness”
“Child of God”
“A worshipper”
“Thoughtful”
“Loving”
“A leader”
“Good friend”
“Loved by Jesus”
“Courageous”

There was one child in particular who, by the world’s standards, had a severe disability. The label on his chest read, “God’s masterpiece. Nothing missing. Nothing broken.”

Friend, in Christ, there is nothing missing and nothing broken about you. Whatever labels hold you back, it’s time to replace them with God’s labels.

Will you take a few minutes right now to identify the labels that you’re wearing that might be holding you back? Pray and ask God what He says about you. What are the labels He’s given you or wants to give you, if you’ll just let go of the lesser ones? (See Romans 8:2, 2 Cor. 5:17)

As you embark on the New Year, remember that God is the God of the impossible and when we walk with Him day by day, those labels fall right off.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/alternative-truths/201005/why-its-dangerous-label-people


Congratulations to our giveaway winners: Lisa Long & Amanda Morton!

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Kat Lee is passionate about teaching others how to jumpstart each day with a grace-filled, life-giving morning routine. She is the author of the book, Hello Mornings, as well as a speaker, podcaster, and founder of HelloMornings.org. She and her husband, Jimmy, live in Waco, Texas with their three children.

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  1. Wow! I needed this today, I always label my self and always say I’m going to do better, but now I see what I was doing wrong. I never removed the label and replaced it with what I want to be. “I am a morning person and I’m always on time.” Awesome word for today, Thanks so much

  2. I had a recent break up with my boyfriend, just before New Year. I’ve lost all motivation, I have labeled myself for sure… Alone, Depressed, not good enough, lost. I’m a single mother of 3 teens and could definitely do with some encouragement to get out of bed in the mornings with energy, full of Gods grace. In fact I seem to be in bed quite a lot lately.
    Wondering if your book would help?

  3. Great book! Reading through this short post enlightened me so much! I’ve always labelled myself as a deep sleeper who can’t just get off my bed early in the morning! But that label has changed. Thanks for this!

  4. This is sooo true!!! I, personally, know of many labels I have given myself that I believe are me…. whether they are or not… I THINK they are….This makes me feel badly for my girls, in the world we live in today… to me, they are the most amazing, generous, caring, loving, intelligent young ladies, I hope others don’t ruin this by labeling them.
    Thank you for all you do and all you bring to our attention!!!
    I would love to win your book!!! 🙂

    Love, Pam

  5. Labels be gone. I am a child of God and made in his image. I can do all things I set my mind to do with the strength and love God has given me. Excuses be gone. Looking forward to a healthier 2018. I shall succeed. Thank you Lord for your love, strength and trust in me.

  6. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this post today, thank you so much. I will be sharing with my daughter who has been struggling lately with “labeling” herself. This may be the exact tool I was looking for to help guide her in a positive direction.

  7. This was wonderful to read. It just reminded me that I need to stop making excuses by labeling myself less that what the Father expects me to be. Thank You

  8. Thank you, Gwen, for sharing Kat’s message! What a powerful way to encourage those of us who label ourselves, our kids, our spouses – excellent lesson on how to turn it around. Blessings!

  9. I’m not a morning person for sure… need to “unlabel” myself! Thx for reminding me that God is the God of the impossible! Would love your book!

  10. Reading your excerpt about labels made me realize that I very often do that with myself. As a kindergarten teacher I try to look for the gifts each child has, but I also need to do that with myself.

  11. What a wonderful opportunity to win this book! I would enjoy winning a copy to give as a gift to my sister who is NOT a morning person!

  12. My morning time is very special. I would love to read this book. I share your devotionals with my GiGs often. Keep them coming. God bless you!

  13. Would love to read your book! If your initial post is an indication of your book content, I am already inspired 👏🏾🙌🏾

  14. I am going to step up to the plate..
    here goes. I need a jump start to a NEW YEAR😄 For way too long I have labeled myself not a morning person. Thank God it is never too late for a change. One way or another this label I have given myself will change for the better!!
    God is soo good!!!!!

  15. Hi
    I really enjoyed the post about labels! It is so true that we also need to apply that principal to ourselves, not just our children…made me think!
    Thank you

  16. This brought me to tears. You opened my eyes to who I am in the Lord and it’s not what I’ve labeled myself all my life, 63 years! Thank you for taking the time to share. God bless you!

  17. I once talked to a life coach who refused to allow ppl to use any labels of in any kinds in his sessons. It took away so much negativity. I need help in this area and this book sounds like it is full of useful information. I hope I am one of the winners. I feel I truly need it in my life right now. Thank you so much, this site is a blessing.

  18. I so enjoyed this devotional. It reminded me that I’m enough, God’s Masterpiece, NOTHING broken, NOTHING missing!

    Blessings to you sweet sisters. Thanks for encouging us in the things of God.

  19. To think about all the labels that we have carried through out our lives is truly a burden, and knowing that our Heavenly Father has much better labels for us is truly unbelievable. I would love to have the opportunity to read your book Kat. And thank you to both of you for this great devotional.

  20. Thank you for sharing this today. I have so often given myself labels that were not truth but I’ve also given other people labels. I am so sad about that. I want to be able to look at others as God looks at them. And also to look at myself as God sees me. I am thankful for how you have spoken into my heart today. God bless.

  21. Wow this devotion hit me right between the eyes!! I have struggled so much this week about what I think myself to be. I need to throw away all of my labels and put God’s labels on me! Thanks!!

  22. As usual this was just what I needed to hear at just the right time. God is so good in those ways. It wasn’t just that I’m labelling myself, I also label my children in my class. I want to put the right labels on them – that they are children of God; that can do all things through Christ to strengthen them.

  23. It was nice that the labels your daughter received were positive and Godly. However, the negative labels that I received from my father as a child are still stuck in my brain – I always felt like a disappointment to him because he only criticized me and never praised me. I tried to do things to gain his praise until three weeks before he died, at which time I was 46 years old. I never in all my life heard him tell me that he loved me. So one day I told him that no matter what happened in our lives past or present I wanted him to know that I loved him and he finally said that he loved me. The next time I called to say hi to my parents my mom was in the background and she asked my dad who was calling and he said it’s the daughter who loves me. I still cry when I think of that. Thank God our Heavenly Father loves us unconditionally and if He were to label us it would only be in a loving way.

  24. I am a morning person. I enjoy starting my day spending time with my Heavenmly Father while it’s still quiet.

    I’m still learning to allow God to label me as well as others.

  25. Oh my goodness, this spoke to me! It’s so easy to fall into the trap of “what does so and so say about me?” When we should be saying “what does God say about me!” I only need and want to please God. I would love to win a copy. Thank you.

  26. What a beautiful birthday present! Thank you for sharing a powerful message and reminder that we are as God created us.

  27. I love the label idea and can image what a special and memorable activity that must have been for those children. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book.

  28. I enjoyed reading this, especially about the kids and the labels they stuck on each other. I would enjoy reading your book.

  29. Thank you Kat Lee and Gwen Smith! I love this post! I pray God shows me how He sees me, so I can get rid of the labels I have for myself. Thank you for the new perspective!

    Love

    Marsha

  30. What an amazing lesson for all ages. I am going to use this with my girlfriends from church, and for a lesson with my children’s Sunday school class.

  31. This devotional made me cry. It truly hit my heart and my needs. I also look forward to sharing it with our Ladies Auxiliary as part of a devotional and with a young woman who is an elementary school teacher with many struggling children that she works with on a daily basis.

  32. A great way to enhance our ‘Weapons of Warfare’ to use against all the negativity that Satan throws at us!!!
    Also, a great way to start the day,,,on a positive note!!!
    What a shield against the fiery darts !!!
    I know several people, including myself, who could learn from this book.

    Thanks for your insight.

  33. I looooove this book! It is a fabulous book! I have order two more to give to my manager and assistant manager. They have asked me about devotionals they could do in the morning that would not take up a whole lot of time and first thing that came to mind was Hello Mornings Routine, and what better way to get them started than to give them a Hello Mornings book.

  34. This book is for me. I really am bad to label myself. What is interesting is I’ve been trying to change morning routine by getting up early but I fall back to bad habits sleeping late and telling myself “I am not a morning person”.

  35. Inspired by your message…feel encouraged that I can get a better start on God’s plan for my day. Also appreciate your wisdom about negative self labeling.

  36. Inspired by your message…one which I really needed when it comes to getting a better start on the day that God has planned for me. Also enlightened by your comments about negative labels.

  37. What a wonderful exercise to replace the negative labels we place on ourselves with positive words from friends and the Word of God.

  38. I really enjoyed this and realized I do limit myself by putting labels on myself and I want to strive to be the Christian that God wants me to be, Amen!

  39. A great day starts with surrender (the night before.). Although it’s hreat to linger in bed in the morning a more productive day begins with surrender to the Lord.

  40. This is perfect for me! It may be a label, but I am totally NOT a morning person! I am more of an ease into my day kind of person!

  41. I almost deleted this post and then read the part about the address labels – what a great idea! Children would blossom with such a project! I love it!! I then went back to the beginning of blog and love the whole post. I will definitely add this to my morning meditation (even if my mornings start later than early!!) Thank you for a wonderful site!!

  42. I am now in ministry but have lived all my life thinking certain things. Recently God showed me that those labels were things that I applied to myself because Satan was telling me those things. My parents showed me lots of love but I always felt unloved. Sometimes, it isn’t what others say, although I have had plenty of those labels too, but it is what the enemy tells us. We have to learn to live by the truth of God’s word.

  43. I love this! Kat Lee is amazing, and inspiring! I listen to her podcasts and follow her Bible studies. I am following the one for Psalms right now. I already have the book but what a treat to win and be able to bless someone else with a copy of this life-changing book!

    Be blessed!

  44. We will start the new year with a book club for our ladies at church. This might be our starter book. What a great reminder of how our thoughts get in the way.

  45. This was truly a blessing for me today! As I do every year around this time I ponder what changes I want to make in the way I live my life for the new year, and with those thoughts always comes the mental reprimand about all the things I didn’t do this year and instantly my good intentions leave me beating myself up, essentially “labeling” myself with words I would never use if I were speaking to a friend or loved one. So thank yo so much for helping me to be more aware of the thoughts and labels I tell myself when I feel I’m feeling discouraged. God bless you and Merry Christmas!

  46. I am a member of a women’s group that I know would benefit tremendously from a lesson like this! We are all so hard on ourselves as we fail to live up to everyone’s expectations and the expectations we put on ourselves! We are whole and perfect in God’s eyes! We need to stop living for this world and start preparing for the next!

    What an amazing gift this would be for these beautiful women and what a wonderful way for all of us to start a new year!

  47. God bless you for you time and insight. This post was a blessing, and truly spoke to my spirit. I have been praying, and working on these very issues, allowing God to heal, and deliver me. I’m completely humbled at the reality of The one true living God who is so mindful of me. An unconditional love that is so relentless, Amen. A continued reminder of the power of the smallest member of our bodies, and how it produces life, and death.

  48. This is the second time I have your blog and am so encouraged to read it. It blessed my heart. Thank you so much for what God lays on your heart to pass on to others.
    God bess

  49. Wow ! What heartfelt truth and great reminder as we end this year and get ready to start the New Year !
    I know as women we tend to label and believe labels more than men but we must remind ourselves of the labels God gives us !
    As a kid I know I’ve struggled with labels and still do at times , I think it’s something that some of us have to work really hard to get over and get to the point that we do not believe all the labels from years ago and just settle and believe the labels God has for us …Beautiful, His perfectly imperfect masterpiece just as we are , strong, loving , caring , giving ..,, just a few to start off …
    Merry Christmas you strong beautiful women and Daughters of God !

  50. Oh my goodness yes you were so right…it was WORD! Actually confirmation, just this morning I was hearing the same thing….It’s not what people say or think about you, it’s what God says and thinks! That we should listen and be what God calls us..He has purpose for each of us..there is only one us and He created us individually!! I would so love to have this book for deeper understanding! Thank you – Dena Barnett

  51. This post touched my heart this morning! I was on my way to work, late as usual, beating myself up for not being more productive and on time in the morning. I’m 6 months pregnant with baby #3 and have a 2 & 4 year old already. I’ve labeled myself as a tired mom who just doesn’t have the energy to get up in the morning. This post reminded me to look for God’s labels and not my own. Thank you so much for sharing Gwen!

  52. This was so insightful!! Truly touched my soul. I once lived with many labels that I placed on myself: a failure as a wife, mother, daughter, woman. The enemy would also send toxic people in my direction to also repeat these labels to me. I removed them a couple of years ago and now live in the loving grace, comfort and peace of our Amazing God. He says that I am worthy. I am loved. I am wonderful. I am not a failure. I still struggle at times with “stinky thinking” with perfectionism and will not allow myself to relax and the self-disciple to make healthier food choices. All of this does not make me a bad person. I am a child of God, always and forever broken with His light coming through the cracks. Thank you for sharing your excerpt with me.

  53. I would love a copy of this book for myself and each of my three grown children. I am so sure that the words of our mouths bring life or death, blessing or cursing and have relayed to my daughter’s that is so, but never in this context and it is sooooooo powerful! I know that my own insecurities through the years need to be changed and this book could be so helpful to each of us. Thank you Kat and Gwen for making this giveaway possible. Praise God!

  54. I cried reading this excerpt. It turned my mind to the labels I’ve applied to myself and the labels my children have applied to themselves. This reminded me to take control of my stinkin’ thinkin’. I’m passing this along to my family too!

  55. This really spoke to mto as I’m a homeschooling mum of one daughter who already labels herself as dumb if she gets things wrong. She hates making mistakes. I tell her that making mistakes is how you learn! Yet she still doesn’t want to be wrong. Thank you for these encouraging words about labels that we all have and are dealing with. I would love to receive a copy of the book while I’m here living in china due to my husband’s job.

  56. This is so totally me. Being in an unhealthy “Christian” marriage I have had so many labels put on me and I’ve found that I’ve contributed to that list. So many times I’ve started changes for the positive only to realize I’ve lacked along the way. What I’ve read is really encouraging. I’m ready for my new mornings.

  57. I struggle with the labels from the childhood every day. Such a great reminder that I am not who I say I am, but who God says I am. And I would never talk to a friend or even a stranger the way I talk to myself!

  58. This is something I need. I always say I’m going take some time from my day to workout to read the bible to pray and I keep putting it off.

  59. This word from Kat today is so needed. We so often limit ourselves by our self-imposed labels. That is not how God sees us and we need to start telling ourselves how special and precious we are in His sight.

  60. I absolutely LOVE this message! I lead a small women’s group, and this is going to be my first lesson for the new year!!!! Thank you, thank you for inspiring me!

  61. Indeed what we tell ourselves or label ourselves can be very damaging. I love how the kids labeled one another…oh that we would do the same instead of negative find positive responses for all those we come in contact with knowing that we serve a God of the possible…nothing is impossible with Him

  62. I trust in His timing and rely on His promises everyday. Cheers to Friday and Gods best to all who read this. In Him we can overcome our challenges and become brand new.

  63. The Lord gives you what you need if you let your request be known. Have been in prayer for a family member who is has God clearly in her heart but beats up on what is happening to her right. Sent this to her after we talked this Am. But the truth is, I must look in the mirror and believe who God sees me to be too. Thank you and writing this on my mirror today, now. Blessed by your sharing.

  64. Spending my mornings with God is my priority. I’ve been doing it for the last 10 years.
    2 years ago I lost my husband to cancer. God in my mornings gives me the strength and passion to continue each day as a true gift of his Grace and Blessings.
    I’ve come across many labels during this journey.
    Read this and it made me realize we are all children of God.

  65. Thank you Kat for your words of encouragement. I love that we can focus on uplifting labels. Our God is an awesome God and one of my New Year goals is to rekindle my time with my Heavenly Father. Thank you!!!!

  66. Good morning and to say that I have truly been Blessed by reading about the Book. And to say Brenda, God wants you to stop putting labels on yourself. And a child shall lead. Children can teach us some important things in life when we listen to them. Very interested in your book. And may God continue to Richly bless you with many more ideas to write about. Peace and Blessings.

  67. I try to always talk to my children in ways so they won’t use negative self talk but find myself labeling me in such negative ways.
    Thank you for your insight. I’ve struggled with this my whole life

  68. What a thought provoking meditation. I have given myself labels, and also my family members. 🙁 I think I need to change up the ‘labels’ I have been using and give encouragement not criticism.

  69. Such truth!
    Thanks for the reminder that we all have the choice to believe what others say about us (labels), what we say &/or think about ourselves (labels) OR what our Heavenly Father says about who we are in Christ – His Word says that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!! Through the blood of Jesus, we are righteous & redeemed, Hallelujah!
    So I am relabeling myself today & believing by faith that I am Nothing missing & nothing broken! Amen & Amen
    Ps… winning the book would be wonderful 😀 thank you!

  70. Thank you for this post! I try so hard not to label other, I forget about the labels I put on myself! I would love to win this book to help me!!

  71. That was just what I needed to read this morning. We don’t realize how we label ourselves causing us to not live up to our full potential.

  72. Thank you so much for putting this in writing and sharing with everyone! I work with people who struggle daily with addictions and other issues that have started from when they were a child. I try to help them see the good in themselves.

  73. Enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to reading the rest. I am my own worst critic and I need to start trying to see myself through God’s eyes. Thank you for this eye opener!

  74. This sounds like a great book! I’m not so much of ‘not a morning person’ as a really ‘slow morning person’;) Think this book would work for me too.

  75. Loved the “Labels” post. So true and truly something to be reminded of not only with ourselves but with our children everyday!

  76. What an awesome blog today from Kat Lee! Glad I read it whether I win her book or not. I already ‘won’.
    Merry Christmas everyone. God is so very good, isn’t He!!!

  77. Enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to reading the rest. As a teacher, I see my students reach the “potential” they are told they can achieve by parents, teachers, and other students. That is not always a positive. Sometimes “that class” or “that student” are only “that way” because we expect it.

  78. Thank you Kate for writing this just what I needed this morning. I was full of labels until this morning. I’m praying for God to help let go of those not good labels and to wear the labels he designed for me.

  79. I so needed to hear this. My house is cluttered and I don’t know where to start. I keep telling myself I am just not organized. There are so many labels I need to change. I will be sharing this devotion at our staff meeting.

    Thanks so much!

  80. Thank you for sharing this post to remind us we are Daughters of the King of Kings and He delights in us. One label I’ve struggled with over the years is being a singer who sings off pitch. My father told me years ago I whistled off key, so, ever since then I believe it. Next week I will join a group of ladies to sing Christmas songs to a home bound woman, and I will “sing a joyful noise unto the Lord!”

  81. I have many labels and thanks to God I am able to peel those away one by one and get to what matters, letting God show me who I really am. thanks for the much needed book excerpt. God bless

  82. Oh, how I needed this this morning! 66 years is a long time to wear the labels that hurt me! End of 2017 & beginning of 2018 is a great time to hear this message! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  83. God is so beautiful! I am at work peeling off labels on folders as I read this. Been doing so for a few days, to the point where my hands were hurting. Not only did God speak through this devotional, but also He spoke to me also, that, even though my hand hurt peeling off labels, God is saying that what seems meaningless, (like me peeling labels off folders), what may hurt, or be really repetitive, that He calls us to do, will ultimately have a great reward!

  84. Awesome Title, wish I’d read it years ago. I do tend ro sleep more than most and have always called myself “lazy” for it, but the truth is that my body just takes longer to wake up. Once I’m up I’m hard to stop because I have to do everything super fast to make up for the lost time!

  85. Oh my goodness, what a great devotion. I didn’t realize how many labels I have put on myself until reading this. It definitely opened my eyes. It made me see that my teenage daughter is already putting labels on herself also. Thank you so much for sharing this. My daughter and I have some work to do. 😀 We would LOVE to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  86. Loved reading this little snippet ! I so need this ! Gosh who doesn’t ? And it’s done in such an uplifting encouranging way… !! And Kat Lee is a fellow TEXAN. 🙂

  87. In reflecting on this post, three Scriptures come to mind:
    “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” (Proverbs 18:21, KJV).
    “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7, KJV).
    “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh” (Luke 6:45, KJV).
    We have to be VERY careful of the words we speak and even the thoughts that we think about ourselves and others.
    Lord, help us…create a clean heart in us, and renew a right spirit within us.

  88. After reading this I realize how many not so good labels I give myself. For the new year, I am going to make a list of new labels for myself. Heavenly Father, I ask that you give me the wisdom to know the labels you have for me. Give me the strength to live up to those labels. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

  89. As a special education teaching assistant for 18 years and a preschool teacher for 10…I have seen this philosophy in action. Students under perform or over perform depending on how it’s perceived they will do. They can be with one teacher who sees them as a problem kid and do terribly, but with another type of perception from a teacher they can excel. Perception of self and others plays a huge role in success and failure… Let’s strive for positivity and building others up with kindness and expecting the best from everyone!!! Would love to see what this book encourages us to do….blessings!!

  90. WOW! This resonated with me! The labels we wear as we are navigating this journey of life. We never really stop to think about how those labels add to our stress, depression, and pressure of self because we feel something is missing within us. I would LOVE to read the rest of the book because it would help tremendously with releasing the labels and knowing that I enough!

  91. Thank you so much for this. In some ways it makes me feel guilty that I may have given my children labels that have shaped their lives. I also know I am very bad about the labels I give myself especially as a guilty mom and issues with weight and the type of wife I am. I need to realize I am forgiven in Jesus and I am a child of God and I need to trust and rely on him for my labels

  92. Wow! I really need to read this. Just the little bit I read seemed to lift me up so very much. For some reason lately I’ve been in a sad place of worry and lacking self love/ confidence. I believe God brought me here to see this just to remind me of what is really important. Thank you so much for writing this. What a gift you have that he worked through you.

    Blessings

  93. Awesome message! Thank you for the encouragement and the reminder to label ourselves correctly. And to believe what God says.
    Merry Christmas.

  94. Would love to read this book. I am a morning person but sometimes I try to squeeze too much in my mornings & then label myself as a failure 😢

  95. Whatever a man thinks in his heart:(Proverbs 23:7) SO IS HE! I love this devotion which reminds me that we place labels on ourselves more than others do. “I’m not this, or I’m not that”. Many of these labels have been placed on us from childhood. Beliefs and expectations which are harsh and untruthful. Who God says we are is who we are!. I like the label on the “special needs child” {a masterpiece} yeah Praise God. In this world there will be much condemnation but God loves us and embraces us and all our messes. As we think of His thoughts toward us , (Jeremiah 29:11) we will change the labels as the children did in the Sunday school class.

    1. I am a school teacher and I see this daily! It’s hard enough for myself to not take on the extra labels, let alone a young child.

  96. Good Morning, thank you for the email. Yes we all have labels. I’m happiest about the one being called A child of God.

  97. Thank you for this word and perspective…it really did speak to me. I am so guilty of putting labels on myself, as well as the labels others put on me. I know God’s labels are what’s most important. But I struggle with remembering them on a daily basis. Thank you for sharing! Blessings to you

  98. Love this message this morning! I think we are all guilty of this! Thanks for the reminder and the encouragement! Merry Christmas!

  99. This is wonderful! I’ve “succumbed” to labels in the past and it was so refreshing to read the excerpt from this book. What encouragement. Anything I find I want to share and have an opportunity to do so when I lead our Sabbath School program. I can’t wait to be able to share just this small part of your book with others! I retired early to be a full-time caretaker for my father who is elderly as well as disabled (above the knee amputee). Because of his age and some other disabilities, it was inferred if not outright said that because of his age and other issues he wouldn’t qualify for a prosthetic leg – labels. He now has a prosthetic leg and even though he isn’t doing the greatest with it he has a goal, something to work for, something to help keep him going. He can’t dance yet (which he loves) but I waltz with him in the wheelchair and he so enjoys the music and his friends when we go (2x a week now!) Thank you for letting the Lord lead you in writing this book.

  100. I am a morning person! I love to just get whatever I need to do early so I have the rest of the day to myself. This is when I have my quiet time with just me & the Father.

  101. One of my not so hidden mental labels has been, “I’m not good at math.” I’m in my 60’s and struggle even now sometimes because I didn’t learn some basic math skills as a child. Yes, I’ve had and still have opportunity to learn and now as I read this book excerpt, I am encouraged to add this desire to morning prayers. I know even at this age God can teach me in a way man can’t. Calculators are great, but they can make the mind lazy. Thank you for helping me take that label off.

  102. What a blessing to be part a sincere group of Christian women to have the opportunity to read such a book tgat could be a blessing to 2 of us. Look forward to reading and implementing God Grace daily !

  103. Very guilty of labeling myself…..at 70 you would think I would know better but once again I needed to be reminded thst if God made me…..I AM FABULOUS !!!!
    Would love to win the book…..to read And share with my three daughters…….and friends ….Blessed Christmas to all
    Diana Blissmer

  104. Our God is the God of the impossible and I am so grateful to have Him walk beside me each and every day. He gives me HOPE!

  105. Thank you so much for sharing this morning
    I am a blessed daughter of the most high King and
    So greatful that I can come to him each day and that
    He loves me so much He has helped me become a
    Women who has given up many labels of her past

    Thank you Father for this great gift of your Love I would be lost without it

  106. Good Morning!! What a powerful message this morning that is needed by everyone. Everyday is a new day a different mindset. I try to start each day thinking positive, praying and trying to block out all negativity.
    God has a plan and purpose for my life and I Want It All with God’s labels for me every day.

    Thank You very much Gwen and Kat. May God continue to bless the both of you.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!🎁

  107. What an awesome read! After reading it I sat for a few minutes to think about the labels I place on myself. What an eye opener! I am praying that God will help me to see the labels he has placed on me! Thank you for this inspirational read and for the chance to win!

  108. Another label, another day…
    please, dear Lord, take it away.
    Strengthen me to choose another
    in order not to smother
    myself with such negativity.
    Instead, show me an ability
    that can glow outwards today.
    Shine Your light on this new way!
    In Jesus’ Precious Name I pray.

  109. Oh how I enjoyed this one, I have been labeling myself as OLD because I soon well be 70 yrs old, Thank you for opening my eyes & heart to know I am not old buy YOUNG in Heart and Spirit I still can do many things
    Thank you for your Heart of God and have a Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year

  110. Sounds just Ike what I need to read. Have been retired for 10 years. During that time took care of my mom and an aunt who both had cancer.. I stay busy now, but my routine has changed. Hard to go to bed at night and to get up early.. Wishing you much success with your new book, and I hope I win a copy. Have a blessed day.

  111. this was a great message, very timely for me. would love to win this book. I definitely need to remove some labels I have put on myself.

  112. Oh, to be Kept. Yes, I am what God says I am. I am fearfully and wonderfully made and I can do all things though Him!!!!!!

  113. Awesome! I can’t wait to read it!! The deceiver is a crafty spirit that can ever so subtly get us off track & believing so many lies about ourselves & others! We need a new way of thinking! Thank you for the chance to do that!!

  114. This was a great read this morning! It truly touched me, as we do label one another and ourselves and so many times it’s not the label that we should be using, it’s not God’s label for us.

    Thank you for this post!

    God bless you!

  115. Thank you for sharing! The labeling is something I have Been working on…when the “stinking thinking” sets in i tell myself I am a daughter of the King! It makes me smile and takes away all the other thoughts! ❤️😊

  116. Wow, this is so amazing, growing up, labels for me was just the opposite, I was told that I wouldn’t graduate from high school, “but I did” ,and was told that I didn’t belong, but “I belong to God” , your story is so familiar; and to give an update , I am now a college graduate on my way to graduate school to become a license Christian counselor, this is definitely an exercise I will use, when needed.

  117. Your book sounds so encouraging to me. Your story about the Sunday school is so sweet – a tear jerker as I just pictured that whole scene. Every classroom of children (and adults) would benefit from that exercise. I need to do that for myself using God’s labels for me not what I would write down.

  118. Although it takes me a while to “wake up” in the mornings, I do enjoy starting my day with my Girlfriends in God and in prayer. Makes my whole day go better. Thank you for sharing this important thought with me this morning.

  119. Such a wonderful and true story of how we and others “label” each other. I do try and encourage others versus belittling them and telling them that God has a bigger and better plan for their lives, I even tell myself the same thing, not that I always listen but I do try. I’ve been out of work because I quit a job that I was driving to for a total of 2 hours a day for not enough money to compensate. Since then, July, I’ve applied online at so many places and have tried my best to not get discouraged, I’m not used to being dependant on someone else to help pay my car insurance or such and being on Medicaid because I have medicine that I have to take daily has been one of the tougher decisions I made as well. But I’ve given it to God and am fully trusting Him for whatever He has in my future. CHRIST is what Christmas is all about so I will not be deterred by this bump.in the road. May God Bless you and yours, Merry Christmas!

  120. Only wear the labels God gives you. All others hold you back.
    So good. We all will be so blessed to read this book. Thank you. powerful.

  121. I love the idea defenitely a need… Starting the day in the right way. Sounds so good to sit at Jesus’s feet before the day get rushed off ,

  122. Awesome thought for the day! With all of the weakness that we see in ourselves thank you for reminding us that we are loved, accepted and complete in Christ and these are the labels we need to remember.

  123. On my goodness! God absolutely led me to this reading this morning!!! I read this on the morning of my 61st birthday. For many, many years I have labeled myself with many different labels … none of them positive. This is a new year and a new me is about to become a reality. The word God has impressed on my heart for 2018 is GROW (in His grace/love/ understanding). I can add GROW in self-love/positivity. Thank you for reminding me that I am WORTHY in God’s eyes and not WORTHLESS to Him or myself.

  124. Good morning,

    Thank you so much for sharing this post. It has been a year just like the others before, nothing special (or so I thought). This year, this post opened my eyes, my ears, my heart to all the beautiful, wonderful life lessons that I have received and given! Who knew-GOD. Merry Christmas to all and I am worthy, capable, kind, and most importantly, a product of the most wonderful father.

  125. The child with the labels is such a great visual. This spoke greatly to me and made me realize how much I do label myself. Now is the time to begin replacing my labels with God’s labels for me….His are so much better 😊 Thanks for sharing. God bless

  126. I think that we…I am harder on myself than I am others. But as I am whispering things in my head I don’t even realizes how they effect me for ever. Got stop the self talk and labeling!!

  127. Sitting here thinking about it, my whole life I have put some sort label on myself. It is very easy to do and often it was some circumstance that brought it along. It is also a hard habit to break! One of my biggest problems has always been seeing my self worth through the eyes of God and not the enemies. I seem to think i get it, then end up 10 steps behind where i started. Thank you for this post. It was right on time.
    Melissa

  128. I am so thankful for this morning’s surprise devotional reading! I am dealing with major labels that I’ve allowed myself to have for too long and that included for a while not being a morning person though that one has changed there are many others that I must pray about it and expect great things from God concerning. Thank you for the reading thank you for the opportunity to possibly win the book :-)! Be blessed everyone!

  129. Good morning!
    I have always felt to be a woman of faith but it wasn’t till our son was diagnosed with cancer did I make it vow to spend time with the Lord each and every morning. I have included Gwyn’s Email readings in many of my daily devotional readings.
    While my children were young while saying prayers at night we would always end with “goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite, think happy good and sweet”. Now I see my children saying the same with their children.
    Words are powerful and so are our actions. My grandmother use to teach us to count to ten before reacting to say respond because words can be truly damaging.
    I am sure your book too is extremely powerful.
    God Bless and Merry Christmas

  130. This is so eye-opening. I do give myself labels but I never even knew it. There not good labels either. Mostly that I’m worthless, not good enough, etc. This really shows me that God doesn’t see me the way I see me. I want to see myself through God’s eyes, through Jesus’ eyes.

    God bless you!
    Merry Christmas!

  131. Much to my dismay at times, in my body, mind and soul I am a morning person. I want to throw off the label of “undisciplined” and get back into my morning devotions of reading and studying. I pray non-stop throughout the day; well, it is more like constant conversation with my best friend, Jesus. But, I want to study the Word more too, like I used to. Thank you for your inspiration! Thank you for following your purpose for the Lord and for sharing with us!

  132. I so realize all the labels we not only give ourselves but others as well. We aren’t always kind. I enjoyed the illustration using return label tags. Visuals make it more of a learning experience for all.

  133. I have been an educator for 31 years and I have found that setting expectations is a key factor in the achievement of the children we teach.

  134. I once woke up at 5:00 AM each day to practice saxophone, but now, I wake up to spend those precious early mornings with Jesus. I am no longer wanting to be labeled a great saxophone player but rather, a great follower of Jesus Christ. I would love to read this great new book “Hello Morrnings” so add me to the drawing please.

  135. I have always believed that people live up to the expectations you place on them but I don’t apply that to myself very well . A childhood of never being good enough has left me with lots of names I call myself, and I see it more now that my children are older, how it’s affected them .

  136. What a wonderful read! I just had a conversation with my son (who called himself stupid because he was struggling with algebra) and I told him not to let that one thing define who he is!! When inside my head I was telling myself, Listen to what you are saying, that goes for you as well! Thank you for sharing that excerpt!!

  137. Good morning, I loved this devotional. I am always putting negative labels on me and situations. Would love to have this book to help me change!

  138. Labels are so powerful! What a good reminder to use them carefully. I’ve been getting up early (between 5-6) to spend some time with the Lord quietly before my 3 year old wakes up. It makes a huge difference in my day. I used to use early wake up things to do laundry or clean in an attempt to have more “free” time with my daughter later in the day, but it just made me feel like I should be even more “productive” during the day and stressed out. Starting my day in prayer and reading the Bible helps me have a better day all around. The chores still get done, but I have a better perspective and more patience so I can teach my daughter how to do things with me, which helps us both and is more fun!

  139. This really hit home. You are not aware of all the labels you put on yourself until you stop and think about it. Thank you for this sample and for the chance of entering the giveaway. Merry Christmas!

  140. Wow eye opening. I have given myself many labels and most aren’t good. I’d love to read more about how I can bring the positive back and look at myself like my creator sees me.

  141. GREAT message! I struggle with the labels I give myself (or have let others give me). Reading this message brought tears to my eyes for several reasons. The reminder to let go of the labels and reach for what God created us to be, believing the impossible is possible because we are loved by the almighty God of heaven is one I need daily. Thank you! My mornings have been…hard lately, but I am going to keep working on routines and attitudes to change that.

  142. This is an awesome reminder of who we are in the world of God. We do label ourselves negatively. We should get away from that. I don’t even think our parents know they are doing it and try to brush it off as a joke. Well its time we all stop joking and learning that our words are powerful. Our labels are powerful. Thank you for this word. You were correct Gwen. This is a powerful word!

  143. Oh how I love this idea of having the children write positive truths for the other children! I lead a group of 5th and 6th graders at Church. Some of these kids have been labeled “the neighborhood kids.” They come to Church without their parents because they live within walking distance, and most of them have much less than “desirable lives.” I am always trying to think of ways to encourage them and instill God’s truth into their hearts and minds, not to mention, showing the “Church kids” that God Loves us all the same, and each one of us is made uniquely by Him. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  144. Wonderful message for me today. Experiencing changes at work and needed to have some extra motivation. Thanks and God bless.

  145. How powerful! I do label myself…..this has set my goal for 2018 to change my labels. Also see it as being a powerful sermon with “labeling” taking place. Ours is a very interactive church during sermons……I’m picturing one crazy, blessed Sunday morning. Awesome.

  146. I so loved the children’s labels. We often forget how we can pour grace into others by the words we use to define them. As I write this, I am thinking of the words I use to define myself and how God defines me. Why do I believe the lies and not His truth? Having that preordained appointment or date with Him helps to dispel the lies and reveal His truth. Hello Mornings seems to be a perfect way to help change the labels.

  147. Love this. I have put labels on myself that I know are not good but also ones like not being a morning person not realizing those are just as bad. I’m going to stop putting any labels that are a negative on my self. Thank you.

  148. Oh my goodness! This was so thought provoking and convicting plus encouraging. Labels- I never considered the labels I have assigned myself. Thank you for this eye (and heart) opening post May God pour out His Blessings on you.
    Thank you!

  149. I am a morning person, but my daughter is just the opposite. I truly feel this book would be a great inspiration for her. Working full time and having a 2 year old makes life difficult when you are not a morning person.

  150. Your message is a great reminder for me that I am a child of God and need to let go of the negative labels I have placed on myself. Thank you for sharing.

  151. I so needed to hear this message this morning. I am always my children’s cheerleader and my worst critic. The labels brought tears tommy eyes! What a positive testament to Gods love for us! Wonderful!

  152. I loved this devotion. Sometimes I feel like the fifth wheel when being invited to a social in our community. My husband suffers from depression so I usually go out by myself. I thank God for sisters in Christ who always encourage me to be surrounded by love.

  153. What an awesome post about labels. I realized that I am guilty of labeling myself “not a morning” person. This post has encouraged me to try to have a more positive attitude.

  154. Good morning! What a wonderful short excerpt to read this morning! I look forward to reading this book! Win of lose the free book, it’ll be a win I’m sure once I have it. Thanks for the morning inspiration!

  155. I would love to win a copy of Kay Lee’s book, Hello Mornings! I am very interested in developing a more grace-filled, life-giving morning routine!! I love my quiet morning time routine with my coffee and Jesus, and look forward to it getting even better! I thoroughly enjoyed reading my email this morning about labels. I believe I probably do have a few labels on myself that I need to recognize and let fall off, so that I am not held back. I need to work harder on only wearing the labels that God gives me. Thank you for your blog post. Yours in Christ~ Jess

  156. When I taught I used to tell the kids not only to be kind to others but to be kind to themselves. I need to remember that also. I love the idea of address labels speaking truth to us. I would love a copy of her book.

  157. Wonderful devotional to start the day! I am harder on myself with labels than the grace I extend to others. Thank you for the soul searching thoughts!

  158. I have alway been a morning person and consider it my favorite part if day since I share it with quiet devotional time with my Creator. I would feel privileged to receive further encouragement by Hello Mornings. Thank you!

  159. After reading this, I realized how we label ourselves. What a word indeed. Thank you so much for sharing this it was just what I needed and I would love to read more.

  160. I love mornings and the start of a new day before all the hassle of life starts.It’s here that I feel close to God and get the strength and encouragement I need for any battle that I might face this day.

  161. After reading this, I realized how we do label ourselves. Thank you so much for sharing this. It was a word and how I would love to read more. Thank you, thank you.

  162. Good Morning what a wonderful story about labeling ourselves. Teaching it and demonstrating it to children is a wonderful way to instill it in their young minds and a great reminder to us adults how we think does matter. God Bless You

  163. Good Morning what a wonderful story about labeling ourselves. Teaching it and demonstrating it to children is a wonderful way to instill it in their young minds and a great reminder to us adults how we think does matter. God Bless You

  164. While I am a morning person I find I do need to remove labels and re motivate myself towards the life God intends for me. Thank you for sharing this excerpt as it comes at a perfect time for me. I would love to read more!

  165. I love this today and always seem to need a reminder. As a victim of sexual child abuse from my father many labels were and sometimes still show themselves. Not good enough, unworthy, who would love me, and the list goes on. I know now I have a good good father! Who loves me and accepts me just for who he created me to be !

  166. Thanks for the reminder that I am what God says I am, beautifully and wonderfully made! Would love to have your book. I struggle with creating a morning routine with God. Merry Christmas!

  167. I would love to receive Hello Mornings! I am a morning person myself and want to help others start their day in happiness and peace, too.

  168. Good morning!! I am a morning person and I so needed this message today!! I would love to win this book!! Thank you for sharing this great message, God bless you!

  169. This message was a good incentive to realize only carry the label that God give you. Man creates negative labels enables you to reach your full potential. God has all the power we need to lean on him for strength

  170. Me too! I would love this book. I am a morning person and God is still working on/through me. My word is UNFINISHED. He is still working on me!

  171. I was injured at work early Oct, and have been off, trying to get back to normal. I am having a really rough time. I used to be a morning person, and I still wake up at my usual 4:30 AM time, but am struggling. I need help.

  172. As a SPED teacher I deeply relate to the notion of labels and I am reminded on a daily basis of the power of God’s word… Who he says we are. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  173. I have a son with special needs and over the years God has truly shown me that his label is definitely masterpiece! As I sit here in tears I think of the people I have labeled in my life as well as myself, it’s time to wear the labels that only God gives us. Thank you for these great words this morning! Looking forward to reading your book!

  174. I need to remind myself every day that God’s labels speak life and hope. I have been working hard at seeing myself how God see’s me.

  175. The world can be a cruel and unkind place. We place to many labels on ourselves based on society’s standards. How freeing it is to remember we are God’s workmanship, created to do amazing and beautiful things. I pray we all teach that to our children but most importantly remember it ourselves ❤️

  176. I loved this except from your new book. I even forwarded it to my daughter and daughter-in-law. I would love to have this book and then share it and its contents with others.

  177. A great reminder of how we use labels and those restrain us from being what Jesus wants us to be. As I begin my day, I pray that I hear the labels God has for me and I use them for Him so others hear too! ❤️

  178. Good morning! This message touched me so much. The other day my oldest daughter said she was told by her general manager she wasn’t a good fit for assistant manager. She called me upset and I was furious! I dare she label my child! I told her not to let anyone label her and to go back to work and prove that woman wrong! Reading this morning, do I tell myself those same words? I received an accounting degree 4 years ago to start a business and I keep telling myself that I need this and that before I start. I have labeled myself ” Not Ready”. But God tells me that I am more than ready, I am a conqueror! Thank you for this reminder and Good Morning!

  179. I am always accepting labels attached to me by others. I need to stop and say “What you think of me is not important only what God thinks of me is important” This post reminded me God made me who I am and that is what is important. Thank you for reminding me.

  180. Oh how good this devotion was! I have recently been battling with myself about remembering who I am in Christ. I had not ever thought of my negative thoughts as being a label that I’m slapping on myself. But what an incredible thought. And an even better one to know that it’s something that I can remove replace with God’s truth. Thank you for sharing this, I am praying to be more intentional about the labels I give myself and others – and I’m lifting up everyone who reads this – that they too would be intentional in the same way.

  181. if only our society knew what a “label” can do to a person. Each day, as my little ones in my classroom walk in, I greet them with a smile and hello. I do this because I want them to feel someone is happy to see them each and everyday. Their little faces light up each and everyday as we do this with each other. For 180 days I know in my heart I gave them a label “ You are important to me”♥️

  182. What beauty in these words! Powerful sentence “ we allow our perspectives to hold us back.” Thank you for sharing this post.

  183. Thank you, for these words this morning. As a parent I have been careful with the ‘labels” my children received. However I have not been as kind to myself. I am over weight and have multiply labels for myself around this issue. This morning prayers to our Lord as I work to remove these labels. May God bless you, Julie

  184. Thanks so much for this wonderful reminder! I desperately needed that message this morning. I’ve often labeled myself with the labels from my childhood: lazy, careless, inconsiderate, fat, ugly. I needed to remember that those labels are NOT the ones God has bestowed upon me. Have a WONDERFUL day!

  185. I label myself everyday. Its always negative labels. I am trying So hard to change that. I lived in abuse for 14 and 1/2 years of a marriage that turned out to be destroyed cause he beat me and abused me, that I struggle everyday to find my worth. It’s hard. But I make it on the fact Jesus loves me.

  186. Thank you, thank you. My label is that I am “plain Jane” not into style and fashion, and often compare myself that way. I have to remember that God loves me for who I am and that is all that really matters.

  187. Thank you for this post. My label is “nearly 70”. While it IS true and accounts for some lack of energy and focus, I am finding it useful where it may not really be applicable.

    Great wake up call, (pun intended).

  188. I needed this reminder of God’s labels for us. My labels for myself are generally negative and self defeating. Thank you for the encouragement

  189. A great early start to my morning, but I would love this inspiration for my niece.
    She is going through a separation and divorce.

  190. This blessed my sincerely this morning. Sometimes I have a bad habit of comparing myself to other mom’s, ladies and I come short. I sometimes think, what is wrong with me. Beautiful way to start my day and by God’s grace my new year!

  191. Oh I would LOVE to read this book. I’ve always considered myself a morning person. You can wake up feeling good in the morning and by mid morning, the devil will have you wishing you had stayed in bed. I have always been a people pleaser…good trait and a curse at the same time. Being like this has made me call myself into question more times than I would like to think about. I think we need to learn to love ourselves as God does but this isn’t always an easy thing to do. I pray that you all have a wonderful morning!!! God bless you! 🙂

  192. Thank you for this I needed this this morning not only for myself but to also use it to lift my mom up! Thank you thank you!!!!!!

  193. YES THIS IS GOOD I NEED IT FOR MY HUSBAND AND CHILDREN AND A FEW FRIENDS WHO NEEDS GOD LABELS ON THEM AND NOT THE PAST THE NOW AND THE FUTURE SO I WOULD LOVE THIS BOOK TO BE MINE SO I CAN LET SO MANY MORE PEOPLE KNOW OF GOD’S LABELS FOR THEN AND IT REFRESHES ME ALSO THANK YOU

  194. Liked the label kids activity. It’s important to teach children that our identity or who we are is in Christ not in what the world tells us.

  195. Good morning 😉 first of all thanks for sharing your story. Somewhere along the life line as toddlers and tweens we start to compare ourselves and often enough put ourselves in a category or someone stamps us with a label which unfortunately most times couldn’t be farther from the truth of the titles we should be strutting. My own children and my students will tell me “I can’t do that” or “oh I’m no good at that” or “imy hair, face, clothes ECT are ugly” …..my response is always the same… “Who told you that”? And most of the time they respond with themselves as the answer. My next statement is simple, “well why would you lie to yourself, because that’s a lie. You are made perfect and exactly who and what your supposed to be. No one told you that so why in the world would you tell yourself that?” They always look to me with astonishment and start thinking about what I told them. I love it when they think about it since it makes total sense and I just blew them in for lying! 🙂 God bless you all.

  196. Labels can build up and that is what brings joy to the heart as we label our loved ones and family with uplifting labels! Then we anticipate rather than dread our interactions with them😊

  197. I’m a morning person and enjoyed reading this. We’ve been studying about “labels” in our women’s ministry events. “I am a saint”!

  198. Why do we let the label others give us and we give ourselves stick more than the labels God gives us? I’d love to read this book to help me get rid of all the mislabeling!

  199. I really needed this devotional this morning. I am my own worst critic and I need to start trying to see myself through God’s eyes. Thank you for this eye opener. 😊

  200. This was a great story, it made me reflect that how society does label people. As a retired educator we were always using labeling children.

  201. Labels, labels, labels. They are everywhere and as much as I teach others not to label, I do it to myself all the time. I could use this book!

  202. Good morning ☀️ .
    I loved the story about wearing address labels and how we address our self with labels every day.
    What a great idea to label ourselves and families with affirmations on our Christmas presents 🎁 .Thank you for sharing!

  203. These were such powerful words to read this morning and exactly what I needed. I can’t wait to read this book and share it with friends. As an elementary teacher, I can see myself using the mentioned stickers for my class to build each other up. Heck, the teachers can do this too! Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  204. These were such powerful words to read this morning and exactly what I needed. I can’t wait to read this book and share it with friends. As an elementary teacher, I can see myself using the mentioned stickers for my class to build each other up. Heck, the teachers can do this too! Thanks for the wonderful idea

  205. Great read and so very convicting. I am constantly labeling myself. I loved the label activity for the kids. That would be wonderful for my ladies bible study to do. Thank you for the words of wisdom. Gwen was right, we received the Word. 😊

  206. I needed to read this today…well, everyday. I labeled myself as broken, insignificant, invisible…life is really tough right now. Thank you so much for this post.

  207. Hi Gwen. I feel like I know you because I have read the “I Want It All” study so much! It is wonderful and it looks like this one by Kat will be another blessing. How much we girls all need to encourage each other in the Lord because we have ALL been labeled our entire lives as not thin enough, pretty enough, good enough, exciting enough….and on it goes! But when we find our true worth in God….my goodness, what He can do with us!

  208. Hi Gwen
    You are such inspiration!
    Thank you for sharing your heart and giving us the Word God lays on your heart.
    MANY BLESSINGS!

  209. I love this!! Working with disable children, I so loved the label “God’s masterpiece. Nothing missing. Nothing broken.” They think there is something wrong with them.

  210. OMGoodness! I just asked in prayer, who I was in God and before I’d even finished, the word ‘Beloved’ came to me! And you know, I actually started ‘running away’ from the word I’d ‘heard’, finishing my simple prayer quickly, ‘louder’ and realised I was running away from believing it, only to be rejected later! Wow! This is the girl; the woman always craving love but so hurt from past rejections that I didn’t trust the love and was trying to protect myself. And then I just stopped and surrendered to the word ‘Beloved’. And you know what…it felt so warm and Good…and I smiled. May we all open ourselves to His Love, today 🙂

  211. I needed to hear this. I tend to put lalels on myself that aren’t good and loved the example of her daughter, what a great lesson.

  212. Thanks for the timely encouragement. Lately I have felt far from God and definitely limited by how I see myself. I am good at loving others up but soooo disappointed in my self. I am going to try to relabel
    myself with Gods eyes. Thanks

  213. Wow!! My friend and I just finished a study and are itching to keep our gatherings going but neither of us could find a study that we felt called to do. This morning I decide to click on Gwen Smith’s and it leads me to this book. Did I say Wow! This excerpt is right in line to ALL that we’ve just started scratching the surface of our personal struggles. We both desire getting rid of the labels we’ve allowed to be placed on ourselves. 1st because it’s not who God created us to be and 2nd because we want to help our children prevent anything but God’s truths to take residence in their hearts.
    Also, as a Kids Diretor for our church I intend to “steal” the label idea. Genius! Love it!

  214. I listen to both of Kat’s podcasts and follow along with the Bible Studies! I was so excited when I learned she was writing a book! Mornings are my biggest struggle right now!

  215. I absolutely loved reading this! Brought tears to my eyes, hearing how the kids had put those labels on each other affirming who they are in Christ. I think I want to do something like that with my family, like include a “label” with their presents or something. Thank you for writing and sharing this!

  216. I am all the way from South Africa and I’d love to get a copy all the way from overseas.

    I pray Numbers 6:24-26 over you!

    In Jesus Name, Amen

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