First of all, I want to start today with a letter before my post to apologize for not writing on here for three weeks! I don't recall ever going that long in the four years I have been writing without posting something on here. Life has been busy and crazy and I just flat out have not had much time to write.
My dad had surgery a few weeks ago and then had to undergo the same surgery again due to complications. Much of my emotional energy has gone into what is happening with him. But I want you to know I haven't forgotten you and I love you all very much. The Lord continually shows me that I am in His will with writing and to continue no matter the results at this time. So with all that being said, I am happy to be back with you today and pray for the words the Lord gives me to bless you and encourage you to continually live free in Him.
I am currently leading the Bible study, Children of the Day by Beth Moore, and I wanted to share something the Lord showed me the other day.
"We have access to the Holy Spirit welling up in us like a spring. Tapping into Him requires deliberation and cooperation so God can love through us. Like me, you've probably asked Him to love through you, then fizzled out within the hour. Here's the catch: we cannot love when we perceive ourselves as unloved. We cannot offer to others what we don't possess."
Jude 21 says, 'Keep yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.' That means practicing the mindset of being profusely loved by God. We must invite our souls to plunge into His love like a dolphin romping in the sea. Actively engaging in His unending, extravagant, no strings - attached affection for you is not narcissism. It's necessary. It can mean our survival when we're faced with loving the loveless." -Beth Moore
I loved this! "We must invite our souls to plunge into His love like a dolphin romping into the sea."
We must plunge into the depths of His love!
The Lord said to me, "Sue, this is what you must understand, know, and believe...YOU ARE LOVED. You cannot love well unless you know YOU ARE LOVED."
It seems so elementary, but I think here in lies the mystery of why loving is sometimes hard. We forget how loved we are by the very Creator of the Universe!
At times, we may feel rejected, judged, unaccepted, overlooked, hurt or abandoned by others. However, when we are submerged in the depth of His love and know we are loved, it is a protective covering that deflects the darts of unlove.
He will never reject. He will never hurt. He will never abandon. He only loves.
YOU ARE LOVED.