I remember mine.
I still remember the first time he emailed me.
He. emailed. me.
My throat gasped in disbelief as my head swam off to sea. My heart was standing in front of cheering thousands, I was so nervously euphoric. I was the victor, having captured someone’s heart.
Were these words written about me?
I’d read and re-read. If the day got tedious, you would’ve never guessed it. I could recall how each sentence wrapped around, where a comma was placed, with photographic memory like never before.
All the Dear Jane letters that littered my past disappeared in that moment.
There are so many words that we consume in a day. The ones we speak as parents, co-worker, managers and workers. We wade through emails, entertainment news, tweets, Facebook messages, not to mention newsletters, bills and spam.
The year’s just started and our world floods us with sales, specials, diets, programs and resolutions.
But, just one word from God is all it takes.
To give us joy.
To give us rest.
If we really believed God wrote us love letters, we’d carry them like notes in a bobbing bottle in our desert island of stress.
I’m wanting joy this year and it’s the kind that can only be found in being loved. Without faith, it is impossible to believe what we’re craving is really what God is offering. Faith is the one choice we have for love.
Let’s take out that shoe box and start dusting off those love letters. Read them fresh and keep our eyes open. We’ve got some of God’s love letters coming our way.
God’s Love Notes (GLN)
When your days feel weary with words that overwhelm you about your worth, look for God’s Love Notes.
Here are some I’ve tucked away, that I’d like to share.
1. My Regrets.
I will make up for opportunities you think you’ve lost. You can trust I have something worth the trade of your heart.
“Then I will make up to you for the years that the locust has eaten.” Joel 2:25
2. My best efforts are nothing compared to my failures.
Don’t despise small beginnings. You are big in my eyes. Your heart is more valuable to me than the results of your efforts. Don’t be afraid. I will never give up on you. Don’t give up on me.
“Who despises the day of small things?” Zech 4:10
“My Spirit remains among you; do not fear. I will fill this temple with glory. .. The glory of this latter temple (our imperfect selves) shall be greater than the former (self-made lives).” Haggai 2:4,5, 8,9
3. My Negative Traits/Mistakes prove I’m not fruitful. I’m a failure.
You can’t do this. That’s why I’m here. You are not a failure. Growing takes time. One day, you’ll have no idea how it happened, but you’ll be surprised my words have an effect on you.
“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself , the soil produces grain.” Mark 1:26-29″
There’s nothing that feeds the soul than reading a love letter. God is intimate with the tender places inside us and the words we’re longing to hear. He’s writing one just for you.
“Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16
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