Love

Hi friend.  Did you know your were created by love and for love?  That’s right.  God created you to love you.  After God created the world he said it was good.  In fact, after he created each thing in this world he said it was good.  But when he created man he said it was very good!

 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 (NIV) 
 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 (NIV)

God wants so much to have a relationship with you and to love you.

And I could write a whole bunch of words right here about how much God wants you, but he’s told you right in his word.  That’s right.  The Bible is full of his words, love letters just for you.

 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.                             1 John 4:9-11 (NIV)

He didn’t even wait for us to get our “act” straight either.  He loves you and me just as we are right now.  And, well, if you could see me right now……. lets just say it isn’t pretty today.  Today is one of those days, when life hurts, life is crazy and unexpected and uncertain.  And even though in these days I don’t feel very loveable, he still loves me.

And I know he loves you.

Although sin entered this world and separated us from him, he even took care of that by sending his son to pay the price for our ugliness.

So, today friend, know that you are loved and beautiful, in God’s eyes and in mine too.

And, if there was ever a chance to sit with you and share love together, God’s love and ours I’d be there.

I’ve join Holley Gerth for her Coffee for Your Heart.  Won’t you join my there?

http://holleygerth.com/coffee-for-your-heart-love/

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This Will Be Amazing!

I am joining Holley Gerth each Wednesday for a little encouragement.  You may join us over there today by clicking here,

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As you enter into 2014, I want you to know that God is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow.  He knows what will happen to you on January 1, 2014 and he will know what happens to you on December 31, 2014 and everything in between.  He knows your hopes and dreams, he knows your secret desires and your fears.  He knows.  And he will be here in the discoveries, the struggles, the fulfilled dreams, the disappointments and yes, even the gut wrenching and awesome surprises.  He will be here.

And He loves you.  He wants you. He wants your dreams to come true.  But what he most wants is you.  You have a purpose in this life.  His purpose.  His desires, his dreams, those are what is worth pursuing.  Those hopes, dreams, desires are what he has designed you for.

Are you ready?  Are you prepared?  This journey will be amazing.  This journey will be so very scary, but this journey will.

Be. Amazing. 

But there is a few things you will need to take on this journey.  First off, you will need to trust.  Trust him.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) 

 Then you will need to believe –him.  Believe he has the best for you, that he created you with a purpose.

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,

which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

You’ll need to accept he loves you.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1 (NIV) 

When you realize God loves you and wants the best for you remember to think good thoughts.  But those doubts (and Satan’s lies) away and think good.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.  Philippians 4:8 (NIV) 

My prayer for you today is that you will be amazed by his beautiful grace this year.