Because you are precious in My sight and honored, and I love you, I will give people in exchange for you and nations instead of your life.

Isaiah 43:4 (HCSB)5cd4d1108fa0dc4a220d8f48482c6ccc

Precious is not a word that we use often and it seems to be more suitable for some things rather than others. It also has regional connotations—just ask Mark and Beth Moore; Precious — This term is used by Southern ladies to pay a high compliment such as, “She looks just precious in her new rodeo outfit.” Precious is often used interchangeably with darlin’ and lovely, however beware when Southern ladies call someone or something “nice” or “cute” as these terms are usually only used to appear complimentary when they’re actually being tacky.

My grandgirlies are precious to me. Certain stones are called precious stones because of their value. Adorable animals often warrant such praise. Occasionally, a family heirloom might be considered precious due to its worth and age.

I had a stormy relationship with my father over the years. He was strict and had high expectations. He was not given to praise or verbal expressions of love, something I desired. My mother died several years ago and as only God could plan, Dad became dependent on me in his last days. I think it was a surprise to both of us as we came to appreciate each other.

Little did I know that he only had a couple of days left on this earth when we decided to make a quick trip home to check on things. As I leaned over his bed, he looked up at me and said, “You are so precious to me.” What a gift! Nothing else needed to be said.

God is saying the same thing about you and me every day of our lives. He will do whatever is necessary to show us His love. We are precious in His eyes. Unearned, freely given. What a gift!

When you look in your mirror, remember that you are a daughter of the Most High God, precious in His sight.