Happy Valentine’s Day 2011

I was reminded at church on Sunday morning of I John 4:19, “We love because He first loved us.”  On a day that celebrates love, it is great to be reminded of God’s love for us.  I especially need to hear this right now-not because I don’t feel loved by man, but because I am made to crave something more.

It seemed like all day I was bombarded with the fact that God loves me.  I heard it at church in things people said and in the songs we sang.  “God loves you!  God loves you!  God loves you!” I heard it over and over again. And even though I’ve heard this a million times in my lifetime, I needed to hear it again.  And I’m guessing maybe you could be reminded of it too. 

When a friend of mine referenced the verse above I realized something amazing-something that brought freedom to my life, so I thought I’d share it with you.  Here it is:

God’s love for us is what gives us the ability to love God.

This is probably a bit elementary for some of you, but for me it was profound.  I don’t know about you, but I often feel like I’m doing a poor job of loving God.  I mean, when I compare how well God loves me to how well I love God, there is no competition. I always fall short.  And when I do, I begin to quantify my love for God with activites to try to boost my confidence.  I begin to track how many verses or chapters I read each day.  I worry about how many minutes I spent in prayer and whether or not I hit all four categories in the A.C.T.S. prayer model.  I criticize myself for not praying for the duration of my drive to work, and worse yet, listening to {don’t say it} SECULAR music in the car.  And the list goes on.

Have you ever felt like this?  Maybe you’ve convinced yourself that it is because of you inability to love God well that you are where you are in life.  Maybe you believe that if you could love God better, then…

…you’d be closer to fulfilling your dream than you are,

…you’d be more financially stable,

…you’d have a different past,

…you’d be married right now rather than spending another Valentine’s Day alone,

…you’d feel more loved,

…you fill in the blank.

But here’s the deal.  It is only because God loves us and through His love for us that we can love Him.  You can’t do enough activities to make God love you more, and He can never love you less. He loves you completely just as you are.  So today, stop worrying about completeing you to do list to love God more, and just bask in His love.  I promise, God doesn’t get out His holy stopwatch and time you when you pray.  He just listens and responds.  He is much more concerned with the quality of our time spent with Him, than He is about the quantity of time spent with Him.  Here’s the truth:




Happy Valentine’s Day, Loved One!

I've been a follower of Jesus for over 30 years, and have been teaching God's Word to students and women for nearly 20 years! God has brought me through some difficult chapters in my own life, and now my passion is equipping women like you with tools to embrace your own unexpected chapters in life with grace and truth.

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