A personal word from Mary: Many times over the years, I have served God with the wrong heart motive.  I have used the opportunity and privilege of ministry as a platform from which I fed my own sense of worth and serviced my narcissistic human goals.  I served to be valuable instead of serving because I am valuable.  Certainly my worth and value rest completely in Him and it is only because of the deposits He makes in my life that I am able to withdraw strength and power to live and minister.  On my own, I have nothing and am nothing. Through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I have everything and am valuable.  Live today in the power of the truth that in God's eyes - you are something else!

Mary Southerland is a pastor's wife, mother of two teenagers, director with Proverbs 31 Ministries, author of Coming Out of the Dark (Harvest House, 2004), and conference speaker. She is also the founder of Journey Ministry, a teaching ministry dedicated to equipping every woman for her unique journey. Visit Mary's new website at www.marysoutherland.com

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