Right now, in your own head…or in your own journal think of your own answer to this question.
“What 3 words best describe God’s love for you?”
No cheating! Once you read mine you won’t ever come up with your own. I know you…because that is exactly how I would be. Ha-ha! Please…just humor me. Type them to me as a comment. It will make my day! Really! It will!!! (It doesn’t take much.)
My three words are enough, unfathomable, and funny. (Of course, I can’t just leave it at that. You know me better than that by now! I have to explain my answers.) I will say, it was very hard for me to leave it at just three. How often do I say that I am amazed by God? I had to fight off the urge to put in four and hope no one notice. But, I imagine I am dealing with some intelligent people who can count just a bit higher than that. ;)
So let’s start right off with answer number one about God’s love. Enough. God’s love is enough. In that, if I never feel love from ‘man’ the way I desire or think I need…that is okay. God’s love will satisfy me. It will meet my every need and want. It will be sufficient for what I crave. When I doubt if I am loved by the people I am surrounded by, I will hold onto the complete love of God. It is enough for me.
If I can live this every day, I will require much less from people. It is impossible for them to meet my unspoken standards for loving me anyway. This releases the weight of that responsibility from my husband. My children. My parents. My siblings. My church. My friends. They were not designed to be my main source of love…so they will disappoint if that is my expectation.
Sometimes it is a daily reminding that is needed. Sometimes hourly. Sometimes I forget within minutes because I am too busy focusing on the lack of love here. The sooner I can grasp that God’s love is always enough…the more content my days will be!
Unfathomable. God’s love is unfathomable. We know that God loves us more than we can ever think or imagine. If you have children as I do, your agape love for them is probably as close as our brains can understand. We love our children without condition. Meaning, when they sin, or do something that is against the will of God…we still love them. We will discipline as needed (of course depending on their age)…to hopefully help them learn their lesson. God does the same with us…only there is no age limit.
Proverbs is full of discipline for me. A wise man does ________…and then it almost always lists what my most natural reaction is. Ugh! It is almost funny at times. Ya know..like a kick in the stomach funny. I will say though…that sometimes when I read through Proverbs that I read years ago…I have defeated many. I have adapted God’s natural reaction…and covered over the sinful one with the grace of God. How awesome it is to know that I am capable of learning from my mistakes. =)
I don’t think God’s love is difficult to understand. Just impossible to imagine. We must read about the ways of Jesus when He walked this earth. Sometimes you may feel disconnected from how it used to be in Bible days…and how life is now. The same God that sent His Son to live on the earth…also sent His Son to live in us. It is the same heart of God. We can not fathom that…but we should never stop trying.
Funny. God’s love is funny! I don’t know if you agree or not…but sometimes God’s perfect expression of love to me…makes me laugh! (And these are my words…you were supposed to come up with your own remember?) ;)
Some days I’m feel as though I am being suffocated by circumstance and God sends my littlest man over to head butt me (literally). His little smile makes me laugh out loud. That face could brighten any day! Don’t you think?
(My littlest man Levi…he is saying ‘Cheese’!)
Some days I am disappointed by lack of love from ‘man’…and God sends a random, written text or message from an unexpected person. Simple words…”I am praying for you” make all the difference.
Some days I wake up grouchy. And some days I stay that way until I decide to praise God and dance in my kitchen with my kids. It is effective in cheering me up 100% of the time. NEVER has it failed! I get angry at myself some days for waiting sooo long to turn the music on. No matter where they are in the house or what they are doing, all my kids always come running to join me. (They will grow up to be just like me. Ha-ha!)
(My daughter Ariel dancing with her cousin Eviana. They put on dresses and skirts just to look more beautiful while dancing for our King. And Titus…he is just watching them whirl around them. That is normal for him. Lol!)
Some days I walk around feeling sad and ineffective in my ministries…and then God reminds me who I am. He sends me a note of encouragement on my blog, or in my email, or on facebook. (The written word! We all know I am in love with it because you can read it over and over when you need a little boost!)
Or, sometimes He gives me a revelation for a dear friend who is struggling. A revelation simple and yet so powerful that it makes me laugh and cry all at the same time. (It is not a learned skill to laugh and cry simultaneously…it is natural baby! I wonder if God is doing the same when He sees me finally understand His revealed truth to me. You know…those light bulb moments in life. I like to imagine that He laughs and cries with excitement for me as well!)
I can’t help but laugh at how intelligent, and goofy, and random, and silly, and honest, and perfect God’s expression of love for me is. I LOVE that He is funny…and I love that I am like Him in that way. Always expressing His love to others however He leads. I want them to know my funny Father too! It is such a joy to be loved wholly by someone who wholly ‘gets’ me. Ha-ha! Go ahead…ask my husband…I am a complex person! ;)
Words have power. Written words provide proof. You can read them, and reread them whenever you want. They can speak life to someone who needs encouragement. They can speak death to someone who is being deceived. The choice lies within you. How is it that you want people to remember you? Encourager...that is the gift that God has laid on my heart. To use my written, spoken, and/or sung words to lift people up. To be one link in their road to healing, restoration, joy. I have been without those things, and I claim them to be mine again. If you want me to seek God on a prayer for a specific situation...that is why I am here. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to pray God's Word of Life over you.