110 || You Have Great Value and Worth || Merritt Onsa

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This solo episode is tied directly to my last solo episode (#107, so go listen if you haven’t already). In this one I’m talking about our value and worth because we are Daughters of the Most High King.

You’ll hear a few more bits of my story prior to becoming a Christian, and then even after Jesus rescued me, about how I rested my value on something that was ultimately going to fail me. I also share the best response I ever got from a Christian man who knew he couldn’t bear the weight of my identity on his back.


If you have done this, I want to free you up before we go on. This is a judgement-free zone. Because we’ve all been there. By the grace of God maybe we have moments where we’re not struggling with placing our value and worth on something besides Him, but most of the time it’s the deepest reminder of why we need Jesus so much.

I am also sharing in this episode a bit about what’s going on my world right now that has revealed to me that I am, yet again, struggling to remember that my security is in Christ.

You will have a homework assignment after this one. It’s just a little journaling, so whether that practice is new to you or you have stacks of journals laying around, I hope you will plan for some alone time after listening. I provide a few journaling prompts below as well as tips (in the episode) on how to get started journaling if you’ve never done it before.

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Episode 107 – Solo Episode – You are a Daughter of the Most High King
Episode 109 with Cari Jenkins – Believing the God Who Sees You

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Looking for the printable scripture cards I mentioned again in this episode? You’ll find them in the Devoted Dreamers Insiders Group on Facebook. Click here to join and then, once you’re in, search for “verses” or “Daughter of the King Scripture Cards.”

And this is where you can find the Avery Printable Business Cards I used to print and make the scripture cards so I can post them all over my home, car, bathroom mirror, etc.


What is it that you are trying to rest your value and worth in besides Jesus?

What is it that, if you lost it, would make you feel sick to your stomach or cause you to forget that there’s any good thing in your life?

What would feel like the end for you if you lost it? Like death might seem sweeter than enduring the loss of this thing you treasure?



Parable of the Lost Sheep

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons
who do not need to repent.

~ Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)

The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”

~ Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

Come to me, all who labor and 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 (ESV)

2:30 – what I’m doing with my solo episodes this year
3:30 – a little about the last solo, ep 107 and the theme for this one
4:05 – about your value and worth in Christ
4:23 – my personal story, continued, about how I tried to find my identity in men
6:23 – what generally happened to me after a break up
6:54 – Luke 15:1-7 – the Parable of the Lost Sheep and how it relates to us
7:58 – why the parable is relevant to you, even if you are already saved
8:48 – even in my salvation there was lostness in my thinking
9:09 – Zephaniah 3:17 – and how He rejoices over you with singing
10:40 – He sees you in your struggle to believe you are valuable, and He grants you rest
11:10 – husband shopping in airports (I don’t recommend this!)
11:42 – the best response I ever got from a Christian man who saw right through me/my sin struggles
12:25 – when your security is tested, what do you do?
13:00 – a bit about the journaling homework
13:28 - how a current loss is revealing that I’m still struggling to find my value in Jesus
14:50 – confess, repent and turn back to Jesus
15:25 – in case you’ve never journaled before, here’s how to get started
18:40 – my prayer over you/us
21:31 – Cari Jenkins’ episode (109) is on our identity in Christ (and is sooooo good!)
22:07 – reminder about the free printable scripture cards
22:50 – what’s coming up for the rest of this month
24:00 – what’s coming up on the podcast in March


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