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“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”

Psalms 56:8

I remember when I was a young teen my grandparents brought me to church on a Sunday evening. I always weaselled my way out of evening services because I felt God and that frightened me, but this week was different.

I remember sitting off to the side, by myself and crying. Crying for no specific reason, but the tears were flowing. A lady in our church came up to me and gently put her arm around my shoulders and told me “did you know that God collects our tears in bottles?”

That’s all I remember. I was comforted by that thought but also confused. Why would God do that? I’ve always been a crier so He must have had millions of bottles stored up by then of my tears alone.

I realize now that God really, really loves me. I’ve always struggled with feeling “unlovable” but now I’ve come to realize that He just loves me.

I was standing on the platform of our church leading worship a few weeks ago and struggling with a situation. I felt broken and so hurt and thought to myself “what would God say to me right now, He would be so disappointed in me” Instantly God did speak to me, and simply said “He would tell you He loves you”

Why would He feel differently towards me than any of His other children? Where along the line did I lose sight of the big picture.. His perfect love for me?

Don’t be ashamed of your tears today, for He will simply store them up. He knows every single sorrow and records them, and that is a perfect, infinite, powerful love. 

God, help me to understand Your love for me today. Thank you for Calvary and the price You paid for my life. I’m thankful that You are a personal God and always so close.

“For the mountains may move

    and the hills disappear,

but even then my faithful love for you will remain.

    My covenant of blessing will never be broken,”

    says the Lord, who has mercy on you.”

Isaiah 54:10

Is there anyone in the world that actually enjoys change? Most of us are creatures of habit, so when anything changes in the slightest, we definitely take notice!

When I sense change coming, I fight it for as long as I can and then eventually surrender, realizing time and time again that I’ve made things so much harder for myself.

There is one thing that doesn’t change though, and that is God’s love for us. Through every season of life, no matter how exciting or how devastating – His faithful love remains. It does not change, falter or decrease.

When it seems like things are falling apart, we can always go back to the basics – we are His children, and we are so loved.

God, today I’m thankful that You stay the same through every season of life. Thank you for loving me.

“And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Zechariah 13:6, KJV.

I’m going to assume that every person reading this devotion has been internally scarred or wounded at some point in your life. Either you have experienced betrayal, broken promises, or maybe even abuse.

If you are the person who looks at themselves in the mirror and sees a reflection of a woman who is scarred and defective looking back at you, this post is for you. You are more than the sum your sin—you are more than those awful words someone spoke into your life—and you are more than that bad relationship. Please know that you are worth fighting for and you deserve the ardent love of God.

You Are A Warrior

You are a woman who is still standing and a woman who is called by God. I think you—yes you—are a warrior.

The pain you have endured is indicative of the dimension God desires to take you.

Our God has felt pain; His friends and family forsook Him, and He felt lonely… just like we have. The God we serve has gone through the things we have gone through. He loves you so much and wants you to know that you are not alone.

Prayer: Lord, show me who I am through Your word and transform the way I think. Show me that You have a purpose in everything I have experienced in my life. Heal me from the inside out.