Reason for being.

Do you ever have days when you wonder if you have any of those?

I’ve gotta be honest: I do.

And then, my husband puts his arms around me.

My younger sister invites me to meet her for lunch.

My preteen daughter sneaks out of her bed late at night and asks if we can talk.

A friend texts me and asks if I can pick up her kid from school.

My son says, “Mom! Watch!” for the thousandth time.

One of the kiddos on Sunday morning asks a question totally unrelated to the Bible story I am teaching.

And, like sunlight on a cloudy day, I can see it. Purpose. Something for me to do. Something that says, “This is who you are.” I am needed. I am welcomed. I am loved.

Some days are just harder than others. But I have seen, and I am learning that:

When I feel invisible, my Father says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you..” Jeremiah 1:5.

When I feel overwhelmed, my Savior draws me, “Come to Me, all who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me. For I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29.

When I feel adrift, The Spirit reminds me, “For [you] are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that [you] should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.

Perhaps you are some like me. If so, I pray you can find a bit of encouragement here.
You are especially created.
You are deeply loved.
You are a beautiful example of amazing grace.

Do this: Put your hand on your chest.
Feel that?
Thump-bump, thump-bump, thump-bump…


jamie young
Jamie grew up in a big family, just down the road, in Cooper, where she met her husband, Matt. They’ve been married for 13 years and have four children. They stay joyfully busy with high school football, soccer games, and local children’s theater. Still, she’d welcome you over for some coffee, homemade cookies, and a good long chat. Jamie’s heart for young ones was molded from an early age — just ask about her siblings! She loves talking about Jesus with kids — and adults, too. Whether she’s lacing up her running shoes, or her Converse, Jamie’s always up for an adventure!