Oh, sister, I want to tell you something so important.
You are Loved.
If you are overwhelmed, discouraged, frustrated, and feel like a failure… Right now, sit back and take a deep breath, and think on this.
You. Are. Loved.
So deeply, so fully, so… un-deservedly.
You aren’t measuring up to what you think you should be. I know.
You are loved.
You have those things hidden that you’re scared to admit.
You are loved.
You don’t really trust Him, I know.
You are loved.
You messed up really big.
I know. He knows. And yet… You are loved.
Sister, Honey, listen.
You are loved so much. So, so much. You, yes, you.
I don’t mean this in the broadest sense of the words… “For God so loved the world…” Because the truth is, It’s easy to slip into this weird attitude of “Well, he loves everyone… he has to.”
I mean it in a very personal, intimate… specific way.
He loves YOU.
He knows you, deep down inside… every bit of of you, from how you didn’t nurse well when you were born to how you stole that pack of gum from the Piggly Wiggly when you were eight, to how to were abused when you were 13 and how you rebelled when you were 20. He knows how you like your coffee and how you spent too much on amazon last night. He knows the dreams you have for your future and the guilt that weighs on you in the middle of the night.
He knows you better than you know yourself…
And he loves you. He loves your eye color and your off-key warbly singing. He loves the jokes you make and the dreams you have and your terrible attempts at knitting.
You are loved, sister.
I know you might be having a rough day. I know you have too long of a to-do list. I know.
I know you just yelled at your daughter instead of gently correcting her.
He loves you.
So right now, I want you to take a deep breath and read this. Really read it. And then close your eyes, count to ten, and think about it.
O my soul, come, praise the Eternal
with all that is in me—body, emotions, mind, and will—every part of who I am—
praise His holy name.
2 O my soul, come, praise the Eternal;
sing a song from a grateful heart;
sing and never forget all the good He has done.
3 Despite all your many offenses, He forgives and releases you.
More than any doctor, He heals your diseases.
4 He reaches deep into the pit to deliver you from death.
He crowns you with unfailing love and compassion like a king.
5 When your soul is famished and withering,
He fills you with good and beautiful things, satisfying you as long as you live.
He makes you strong like an eagle, restoring your youth.
6 When people are crushed, wronged, enslaved, raped, murdered,
the Eternal is just;
He makes the wrongs right.
7 He showed Moses His ways;
He allowed His people Israel to see His wonders and acts of power.
8 The Eternal is compassionate and merciful.
When we cross all the lines, He is patient with us.
When we struggle against Him, He lovingly stays with us—changing, convicting, prodding;
9 He will not constantly criticize,
nor will He hold a grudge forever.
10 Thankfully, God does not punish us for our sins and depravity as we deserve.
In His mercy, He tempers justice with peace.
11 Measure how high heaven is above the earth;
God’s wide, loving, kind heart is greater for those who revere Him.
12 You see, God takes all our crimes—our seemingly inexhaustible sins—and removes them.
As far as east is from the west, He removes them from us.
13 An earthly father expresses love for his children;
it is no different with our heavenly Father;
The Eternal shows His love for those who revere Him.
14 For He knows what we are made of;
He knows our frame is frail, and He remembers we came from dust.
15 The children of Adam are like grass;
their days are few;
they flourish for a time like flowers in a meadow.
16 As the wind blows over the field and the bloom is gone,
it doesn’t take much to blow us out of the memory of that place.
17 But the unfailing love of the Eternal is always and eternal
for those who reverently run after Him.
He extends His justice on and on to future generations,
18 To those who will keep His bond of love
and remember to walk in the guidance of His commands.
19 The Eternal has established His throne up in the heavens.
He rules over every seen and unseen realm and creature.
20 Adore Him! Give Him praise, you heavenly messengers,
you powerful creatures who listen to
and act on His every word.
21 Give praise to the Eternal, all armies of heaven—
you servants who stand ready to do His will.
22 Give praise to the Eternal, all that He has made
in all corners of His creation.
O my soul, come, praise the Eternal!
Scripture: Psalm 103, The Voice.
PS. If you need a friend to listen or pray with you, email me. firstname.lastname@example.org ❤