PICK ME!!! PICK ME!!! Giveaway

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If you found your way here by reading my Encouragement for Today devotion, welcome! The rest of you can click here to read it. Be sure to come back!

Today’s I am Loved giveaway. Details below.

Yes, you are loved. Just. The. Way. You. Are.

Could you relate to wanting to be chosen? Were there times in your past you too sat with fingers crossed hoping to be picked?

We all thought that if only they’d “Pick me!” then all would be right in the world.

We were wrong.

Even those times when we are chosen, we still might struggle with doubt and wonder. Even rejection from others who were not picked.

In my devotion I used the true examples of wanting to be picked for the team, on the homecoming court in high school and to become engaged at college. Those were all times of pain and longing for me.

But pssssst! You want to know a secret? Just getting all of those things doesn’t make a girl happy and complete.

I know.

Later, I would be chosen for a team. The dance team in college. Even picked as captain.

And I would wear the queen’s crown, not of my high school but of my Midwestern Christan college.

And the ring? I finally got the ring at nabbed a husband three weeks after college ended. And ya know what?

All three of those occurrences were laced with some sorrow. And rejection. And “I wish I’d never gotten this” feelings.

Yes, I was picked for the dance team. But, I was also told by the coach that I needed to lose 10 pounds if I was to stay on the squad. I had three weeks to do it.

Yes, I wore the crown. But some of my friendships were never quite the same afterwards. I would have rather kept the friendships.

Yes, I married my college sweetheart. But it hasn’t always been a walk in the park. It too came with a host of struggle and conflict and  tears. Oh and a boatload of in-laws. :-) (nuf said!)

And NONE of those things I so desired and final acquired has made me feel secure and loved. Only letting Jesus into my life did that.

Do you know Him? I don’t mean know about Him, but really have a relationship with Him? If not, find out how here.

My prayer is that today you will remember that you are loved and wanted by the God of the universe.

And you are wanted here too! One of you who comments will win the giveaway shown above. It includes:

~ Some P.S. I Love You lotion

~ A bag of Godiva dark chocolate covered almonds

~ A set of note cards

~ A travel mug with a little mirror on it. (So it shows you who God loves–YOU!)

To be entered, leave us a comment with a time when you also secretly whispered, “Pick me! Pick me!”. Then, type “I am Chosen”.

Winner announced Thursday.

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  • There are many times I wasn’t chosen but the most important time I was, I WAS CHOSEN BY THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS!!!!

  • There was a time when I felt I was not good enough to be here on earth. But GOD showed me that was not so. He has chosen me, because I have a purpose. “I am Chosen”.!!! Thank You JESUS
    Have a BLESSED DAY!

  • I just wanted to be popular. My dad was really strict growing up so my group of friends were very few. I wanted to be liked by everyone. I wanted to be loved when I got older by someone who would stick by me. It’s been many years but I’ve been chosen. Im married to a wonderful man who adores me. I go to church with my parents whom I love dearly. God chose me because He thinks I’m special. :)

  • Wow!! I was always wanted to be picked in school but I was the nerdy bookworm who studied all the time. I excelled in this —top of my class but still back in my head that voice wanting to be picked by this boy or that. That has been over 20 years ago and now I am comfortable in my own skin and I know that God has picked me so I don’t need to worry about others accepting me. I am chosen!

  • My problem was a little different as a child….did NOT want to be picked, or singled out. I always felt a tremendous pressure when being selected for something, because I had (have!) a horrible fear of failure, followed by embarassment. Through the years this improved (somewhat), but from time to time I can still feel that old familiar fear grip me in the pitt of my stomach.
    I am chosen!

  • I always secretly desired to be picked by people. As a child, it was school age friends. As a high schooler it was boys. As a college student it was teachers and by the time I became an adult it was people in the church. But glory to God, right now, I know, trust and believe that I am chosen by God!

  • I have always felt chosen and ‘sheltered’ by my Lord and Saviour. I am thankful everyday for where I am. If you knew my family history, you would totally see how He ‘sheltered’ me all my life.

    While there are days I have thought ‘pick me’. I can always look back and see why I wasn’t chosen for that ‘thing’. He truly knows what is best for me and I will always remind myself that while I may have wanted that path, it wasn’t what He had for me.

    People often tell me they are amazed by how I handle situations. I could not handle those moments without Christ in my life. I am thankful He chose me so many years ago :)

    I plan to share your devotion with our older youth who are waiting for that special someone. I think it will hit home with them. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • I am chosen. I was chosen 35 years ago when I married my husband, Chip. Now I am dealing with the grief of having lost him 5 weeks ago, wondering about all the choices I now have to make about my life. Not quite what you were looking for, but where I am right now.

    • I am praying for you Barbara. You ARE still chosen by our Heavenly Father. i pray He gives you strength, peace and comfort….

  • I wanted to be chosen anything but last for kickball and “Red Rover” in elementary school and for clubs in high school. It took me a lot of years to learn that I am popular with the only One who matters.

    I am chosen!

  • I spent most of my life wanting to be picked. Along the way I made some bad compromising thinking that i was chosen when all along God had chosen me and the sacrifice was his not mine. I still livw with regrets from the choices and lean on God to get me through the pain.

  • Wow, God’s timing is so crazy right now. I’m a college student and for the past 10 years, I’ve experienced the (false) notion that no one wanted me romantically. I believed that for years, and I thought I gave it to God, and maybe I did a little, but I was still holding on to the rejection. Its played a huge role in how I’d talk to guys, which would result in bringing up the lie that “no one likes me” to the forefront of my thoughts. I was actually convinced of this, sadly, but God is AWESOME and used your post today to really let me have it that I am SO wanted. I’d never really understood it before, but I’m loving that I’m finally able to see a little bit that he’s been crafting and restoring my heart and my head. Healing feels great, thanks Jesus. :)

    “I am loved by the King and it makes my heart want to sing.”

    I am chosen.

  • I could relate to all those times you shared, but even this morning as I was reading Colossians 3:12, I reminded myself that “I am chosen”

  • I’ve whispered “pick me” when I’m going about my days in college. Sometimes, I can’t see myself getting through it, because of the immense pressure I feel to perform well. But, God has chosen me, and He will bring me through. Praise Him!

  • I have craved to be the one picked more times then I care to remember but PRAISE GOD I no longer have to wait and feel the let down and disappointment of NOT being the one chosen because I am forever chosen by the KING of kings!!!

  • A lot of times I had whispered “Pick me, pick me!”. One was when I was waiting for Mr. Right to come. I whispered secretly over the wrong men… later learned to let go and let God choose for me. I am chosen! Praise the Lord! Now I’m blessed with a wonderful man and three adorable kids.

  • Wanting to be picked for a job. But I do know the Lord knows his plans for me and I trust Him in every step of the way. I am CHOSEN!

  • In my mid 20s ‘waiting’ for a husband . . .
    I am chosen
    God provided and I was married at 28, 7 years and 3 kids later life is better than it was 10 years ago! SO thankful for God’s blessings.