Early one Saturday morning I packed my car and drove over the bridge to the other side of the Mississippi River . . . ready to speak to a wonderful group of women, at a beautiful site, about one of my favorite subjects—prayer.
Driving and tapping my fingers on the steering wheel to the beat of one of my favorite tunes . . . I felt the nudge to ask the Lord a question, “What is the one thing You want me to tell these women today? What do you want them to hear?”
And my heart heard, “Tell them I love them.”
I thought, “Really, Lord, we know You love us. Isn’t there anything else?”
And my heart heard, “Someone in that room has been praying for a long time and is doubting my love, tell them I love them.”
Toward the end of my presentation I shared the conversation with the group.
Later as I talked with friends a woman approached me and said, “God told you that for me . . . I know He was speaking directly to me!”
That happened almost 8 years ago. This week, God reminded me with another nudge to my spirit saying, “Tell them I love them.”
So today I’m here to tell you…
- It doesn’t matter what you’re going through, waiting on, or praying about – God loves you.
- It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or what you’ve failed to do – God loves you.
- It doesn’t matter when you were last in a church, lifted your Bible, or fell to your knees in prayer – God loves you.
- It doesn’t matter what the people think about you – God loves you.
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Not because of who you are, but because of who He is and whose you are.
God’s perfect love for you is unconditional, faithful, holy, everlasting, and personal.
David said the following about God’s love:
Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! Psalm 63:3
Your unfailing love is wonderful. Psalm 69:16
Your unfailing love is higher than the heavens. Psalm 108:4
And Paul said:
May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:18–19
We have distorted the idea of love believing it has to do with feelings and approval. But perfect love does not always give warm fuzzies nor does it always approve.
Perfect Love Does…
Want what is best, what is true, what is caring and compassionate.
Perfect Love is…
Willing to wait. Willing to give freedom.
Perfect Love is grace and mercy.
Today, no matter how you feel . . . KNOW GOD LOVES YOU WITH PERFECT LOVE!
Feelings come and go – God’s perfect love never begins and it never ends. His love never changes.
You may not feel it, understand it, or explain it.
But believe it and trust it.
Dear one, He wants you to know, believe, and trust His promises:
I see you. I know you. Everything about you. Your hopes and dreams. Your failures and frustrations.
I know your first and your last breath and will be with you always.
I see your day. I see how hard you’re trying. I see you loving and caring for your family. I see you nurturing and encouraging your friends. I see what gives you joy and I see what hurts your heart. (Psalm 139)
My child, I love you. I always have and I always will. Nothing will ever change my love for you. I made you. You are mine. Forever and always.
For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100:5
4th Week in August 2015
I’m changing up Around the Blogosphere a little.
Going forward the 3 posts featured will be:
1. Post with the most traffic from last week’s link party.
2. My favorite post from last week’s link party.
3. An inspirational post found while exploring the blogging world.
Lauren English at Sobremesa Stories wrote
Six Reasons I Struggled to Find Friends After College
(and How I Overcame Them)
Winter Lawson at Me, Coffee, & Jesus
wrote a very thought-provoking post in
Michelle S. is the author of Grammie Time –
because we “Grammies” know the blessing of Grammie Time.
She talked about one of my favorite subjects in a post this week.
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