So God created human beings in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27) God has made each of us beautiful even with our imperfections. Imperfections enhance our beauty when they are embraced. Seeing the beauty in your imperfections comes by seeing you as God sees you.

  • It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20).
  • I have been rescued from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13).
  • I have been washed in the blood and all of my sins have been forgiven (Ephesians 1:7).
  • I have been made right with God through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
  • I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
  • I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I do not belong to myself (1 Corinthians 6:19).
  • I am raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).
  • I receive the free gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
  • I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
  • I have the peace of God which transcend all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
  • He who lives in me is greater and mightier than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
  • I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
  • I have been chosen by God. I am holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4).
  • I have stripped of my old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. I put on my new nature and am renewed as I learn to know my creator and become like Him (Colossians 3:9-10).
  • I receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God and the eyes of my heart are flooded with light so that I can know and understand the hope to which He has called me (Ephesians 1:17-18).

This only briefly touches on the many wonderful words God speaks about you. Speak these words, believe them, and you will live them. There is power in agreeing with what God says about you.

Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.


When God places you in a role of leadership, it is not to be taken lightly. He wants to live through you and wants to make a life changing impact in the lives you come in contact with. To do this, you have got to be willing to lead by example so they will have someone to imitate. “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” (Hebrews 13:7)

Living in transparency
We all have short comings. It is important to allow others to see that in you. It is especially when you are in a role of leadership and all they ever see is the perfect side of you. I like to invite the children in my ministry into my world and allow them to live in my imperfect world if only for a moment. I show them it is okay to be imperfect and God can and will still use you anyway. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Love when it hurts
“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God–for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8) Love does not stop loving when it doesn’t feel good anymore. Love keeps on loving even when it hurts. It goes to enormous lengths to comfort, to guide, to protect and to lead. With God’s love, we can lead our youth to Jesus.

Speak life
Whether with your youth at church, at a concert or at home; you should watch the words you choose. Words have the power to either lift someone up or drag someone down. It is never okay to speak down on someone even if it is only meant for fun. We are raising up planet shakers and our words should reflect just that. Speak life into your youth group. Speak life to the kid who no one would give a second look. God has incredible plans for each of them. Speak life, see life.

Let’s take our leadership role seriously and choose to lead by example, allowing God to use us to positively impact the lives of the youth of tomorrow.

Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.


Josh Griffin —  April 23, 2012 — 3 Comments

No fear.  Do you remember when that brand that was popular like, years ago? I didn’t remember it either, until about 6 months ago.  6 months ago, my wife and I began the exciting journey to adopt our first child, a son, from Ethiopia. When we first started on this road, I had many fears. My fears were different than my wife’s though.  Although I was excited about becoming a dad and bringing a baby home, fear crept in.  While my wife was worrying about nursery plans, I was worried about where the $30,000+ was going to come from to get him home.  While my wife was talking about “attachment plans” with me, I was worrying about how I was going to connect with a child that not only didn’t have my DNA, but was born in an entirely different part of the world.  While my wife was dreaming of being a stay-at-home mom, I was worrying about how I would provide for my new family.

Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond excited to become a dad, and I know that I will love my son more than anything-but I allowed fear to get in my way.  I allowed the enemy to get in.  I began to think about my relationship with Christ, He didn’t worry about how much it would cost Him to save my life, so I was I worrying? I am not “biologically” Christ’s son, but He adopted me as His own, we don’t share DNA, we probably don’t look alike at all, but He loves me unconditionally, so why was I worrying? If I am calling myself a follower of Christ, why was I worrying about providing for my family when HE is the provider?  God was and IS bigger than all of my fears. Is God bigger than $30,000? YES! Is God bigger than a language and cultural barrier? HE IS! 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives our fear, because fear has to do with punishment.”

Why is it that we men have such a hard time talking about our fear? I know we all have it. Should we? No, but do we? Yes, we’re human.  But God is so much bigger than that. I had forgotten that, I was trying to do things on my own, without asking for help (yes, typical male…)

Ephesians 3:20 has become a daily reminder for my wife and I as we walk this road to our son, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

So, I’m going to be bold and ask you to be a part of our story and our journey.  My wife and I have the awesome opportunity to be the featured family on a great website called, Give1Save1.  Here’s the goal, if everyone gives a dollar, we can help to get one child home. Easy right? But that’s not all, because it’s not all about us, I’m asking that you pray about what part God wants you to play in adoption and orphan care.  Not everyone is called to adopt, but we as Christians are called to look after the orphan, so I ask you to be bold, have no fear and step out there in faith asking God what He might have you do.

Justin Nunes is the High School Director at Parkway Community Church in Fairfield, CA. Please head over to Give1Save1 and hear some more of their story, or check out their adoption blog and you can follow along as God writes the next chapter of the story.