“Jesus loves you, you know”
Those were the five simple words that pierced my heart and made me bawl my eyes out.
My neighbour had been inviting me to church for some time. She gave me leaflets and sermons to listen to, told me about the spiritual experience she was having at her church.
Although I was open to hear and privileged to see the change that was taking place in her, nothing arrested my heart and moved me like those words did at the kitchen table that day.
It felt like EVERY ONE OF THOSE FIVE WORDS contained their full meaning and were being transplanted into my heart with such authenticity; unprepared, their effects were overwhelming for me that morning. Instead of Cupid’s arrow it was like Jesus Himself was shooting an arrow straight to my heart from heaven with the message I LOVE YOU.
It was then that I made up my mind to give my life to Jesus. Looking back I can see that it’s not enough to have a one time encounter with Jesus but to BUILD A RELATIONSHIP that is rooted in truth.
By making His word, the bible – your truth.
By spending time with Him, in conversation, in prayer.
I say this because life will make you question what you really believe and I know that has been my story over the years.
What happens when you pray and you didn’t get the answer you wanted at the time you wanted it?
I should be able to say that when things are not going my way those words still hold true. I also have to say I didn’t do anything to earn those words – they were freely given.
“Jesus loves you, you know”
I hope those five words pierce your heart with the same force that it did to mine all those years ago and that they remain planted so deep inside of you, unable to be uprooted by any challenging circumstances that life can throw your way at times.
It’s the answer to every difficulty that you could ever face because if you know you’re loved then you trust that no matter what happens God has the very best in mind for you and you can move forward in hope rather than complain and remain in what didn’t go the way you wanted it to.
He is not the author of trouble but the solution for every hard thing that you will ever face.
As I thought about what I should share next month I wanted to touch on the subject of love especially as the month of February celebrates Valentine’s Day. I was going to release this blog the first day of February but after having a conversation with a friend I decided that I would release this blog now because it’s what is on my heart now and it’s ready to go. I want to have an organic approach to writing instead of a regimented approach.
And besides it’s just as important to know YOU ARE LOVED right where you sit now – today. Whether you are single, married, dating, divorced or widowed the fundamental truth is that you and I have a Heavenly Father that LOVES US and WILL NEVER STOP LOVING US.
He is the definition of love. He doesn’t have love. HE IS LOVE.
I’d like to share a piece I wrote for a friend’s blog some time ago now. It’s truth still relevant today and every day.
A Father’s Love Letter
Love Did This …
Your smile lights up a room.
Your eyes see beyond the parameters of the physical.
Your face houses expressions that are individual to you.
Your nose appreciates the faint smell of a flower, differentiating scent from scent.
Your mouth conveys your thoughts revealing and communicating a mind that can only be described as genius.
You are loved
Your hands are tools for comfort and hard work performing an array of tasks with skill and precision.
Your feet are designed to carry you where you want to go, walking through the valleys and mountain top experiences of life.
You are equipped to be more than a conqueror, loaded with wisdom and guided by love
Oh yes YOU ARE loved.
You are AMAZING and you are loved.
Born to excel and succeed – you a champion in a league of your own.
There is no one quite like you.
By design you are one of kind.
Moulded into the purpose you were created to fulfil, specialising in your own unique gifting and ability.
You have no choice but to get on the platform you were given and put excellence on display.
This all demonstrating all the thought that went into creating YOU…
You are loved. 💕🙏🏽💯