But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. John 1:12

As His children, we are the called, anointed, chosen, loved, adored, rescued, healed, included, encouraged, appointed, empowered, prepared, equipped, and gifted.

As a woman, this makes me His daughter. There is nothing I love more as a woman than being the daughter of the Most High King. Where heaven is His throne and earth is His footstool.

I am in awe that the God of the Universe would adopt us into His royal family. That He would send Jesus to die for us, so we could live and be a part of His family forever.

As someone who has experienced the pain and loss that comes from a broken family, I had lost my sense of belonging. I found the place of belonging again in Jesus. Knowing that I am in God’s family forever and I am His daughter means everything to me.

There is only one time in the gospels that Jesus calls someone daughter. He spoke this endearing word to a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years. “She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.” Mark 5:26

Because of her condition under the Law in Leviticus 15, she would have been unclean. She had to keep her distance from everyone. No one could touch her or they would be unclean. She could not go to worship in the temple. Along with her ever-weakening illness, she endured the pain of isolation, financial poverty, and personal humiliation for twelve long years.

When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”    Mark 5:27-28

Immediately she was healed. At that moment, Jesus felt power go out of Him. He asked who touched Him and out of the crowd the woman fell trembling at His feet.

Jesus spoke to her as if she were the only person in the crowd. He spoke to her with such compassion and tender care when He said,

“Daughter, your faith has healed you.” Mark 5:48

In this moment, there is no word that speaks to my heart more. When everything was against this woman and she had done all she could, Jesus was there to heal her but also to welcome her into His family by calling her daughter. She was no longer an outcast, she was made whole again by Jesus.

As I reflect on this woman and what Jesus did for her, I know He does the same for all of us and meets us right where we are. All that touches you touches Him. If you are in pain, He feels your pain. If it is rejection, then He feels the rejection. If it is loss, then He feels the loss.
For all the brokenness life can bring, there is nothing better for me as a woman than being called His daughter.

God loves you as if there were only one person in the world to love. He hears you as if you were the only one speaking to Him. What a good Father we have in Him.

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Cheryl Crawford is a daughter of the Most High King, saved by grace. Her degree and field of work are in accounting, but would trade it all to farm if she could. She enjoys reading, writing, gardening, SEC football, and playing cards with friends. Cheryl is a natural organizer with a heart that loves to serve. You can read more about Cheryl on her BoPbio

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