To Know You Are Loved Deeply

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who are moms! I hope you experience a giant glimpse of how cherished you are by those you love!

Whether you’re a mom or not, it’s a blessing to have days when we taste the beautiful love that God has for us.

God knows how you and I wrestle with how we see ourselves. Some days our heart is peaceful, yet other days, the assault of worry, regret, comparison, or feeling inadequate overwhelms us. Often circumstances, or circumstances we imagine, dominate our perspective.

“‘For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace share not be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54.10)

Our every thought is seen and each unspoken experience and emotion in our heart is known. . . And God’s love for you and me never changes. Never.

You, my friend, are loved deeply by the Father. Savor this truth and let it soak in to your soul—

YOU are loved deeply.  Uniquely YOU. God designed you differently from every person who has lived before you, who walks the earth now, and who will one day take steps here. YOU, special you, are made by him with delight and for his delight.

“…my steadfast love shall not depart from you”

You ARE loved deeply.  This moment, as you slept last night, in your weaknesses, sadnesses, trials, and joys—God IS pouring perfect love over you. Be still; believe this; receive; and rest in his love for you.

“…my steadfast love shall not depart from you”

You are LOVED deeply.  Perfectly, not conditionally. This is hard to imagine, yet it’s true. Every detail of who you are right now today is covered with God’s grace and blanketed with his love. The part of you that feels unforgivable, ashamed, like a failure, or unworthy—God loves.

“…my steadfast love shall not depart from you”

You are loved DEEPLY.  God’s love heals, comforts, and restores. His love fills cracks and empty places in our heart that life experiences–or absence of these–have made. The power of his love transforms us. Our heavenly Father wants us to step closer to him, to open our heart to receive the fullness of his amazing love.

Dear God,
I want to know the truth of these words fully in the deepest part of my heart—that I am loved deeply by you. I open my heart to you right now. Heal, comfort, and restore me. Fill every crack and empty place with your love. Transform me that I live knowing how deeply I am loved by you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Passionate Pursuit {day 28}: Living in the Overflow

DSC02002I’m a morning person. The quiet of the early day washes my soul with peace, even if the night has been anything but restful. Nothing has begun. Much seems possible before the day starts moving.

Cereal finished and a hot cup of coffee in hand, spending time in the scriptures is next. You see, this is my first “fill up” of the day. Being filled with God’s Word, believing His Holy Spirit meets my heart in its current state and ministers to me. Pouring in love, healing, grace. Convincing me of issues and relationships I need to attend with Him. Comforting and encouraging. Inspiring wise perspective.

The effect? OVERFLOW.

God’s love floods our heart, cleansing as we pray and yield.

Never stingy, always generous, God’s love pours way over our line of need. More than enough for us, for our heart’s care.

Overflow. Beyond our heart’s brim to touch other hearts.

DSC02001Every day, our children experience the state of our heart. The question is – What is our heart overflowing with?

Some days, though I’ve spent time with the Lord in His Word, I haven’t released experiences leftover from prior days. All kinds of emotions and thoughts clog the passageway to my heart. Unreleased, these things take up space and influence.

In other words, if we attempt to love our children according to how we feel most days… well, it might not look very pretty. God intends that we love from His love. From the overflow.

God never stops giving. Is our heart yielded to receive?

Dear God,
I want Your love to be the overflow from my heart to my child’s heart. Teach me how to unload my heart to You and receive Your generous overflowing love. Thank you for loving me and loving my children so much. Amen.

Passionate Pursuit {day 24}: Loved Thoroughly

IMG_0368“…for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye…” (Zechariah 2.8b)

You and me. We’re the apple of God’s eye.

Really.

“…the LORD’s portion is his people,
Jacob his allotted heritage.

He found him in a desert land,
in the howling wast of the wilderness;
he encircled him, he cared for him,
he kept him as the apple of his eye.”

We are His.
HIS.

THE APPLE OF GOD’S EYE.

Cherished.
Precious.
Always in His gaze.
Held tightly.
Protected.
Forgiven.
Delightful.
Beautiful.
Loved thoroughly.

Dear God,
Thank you! Help me pursue You that I might grow to realize how thoroughly You love me. Help me live and love like I am the apple of Your eye. Amen.