I keep seeing it. All ages. All backgrounds.
It doesn’t belong to only one culture, one financial class, or one anything.
It’s common ground for all of us. Where our differences are immaterial.
It’s where we can look into the eyes of the sister next to us and recognize a place of longing coming from the depths of her soul.
A longing that says,
I want to feel loved for simply being me. I want to stop searching and have this settled once and for all. No more wavering. No more questioning. No more entertaining the whispers of the enemy. I want to feel loved beyond the shadow of a doubt so that I may step out in confidence
and setting boundaries.
I think in each of us, that longing presents itself differently. In some it is the walls built tall and wide around our hearts and in others the repetitive poor relationship choices. It is the roller coaster emotions and sadness that grip tightly like a vice around our hearts.
But in each of us it is the search. The search for the “someone” or “something” that will make us feel complete. And in each of us, it is the pain when that “someone” hurts us or when the thrill of that “something” wears away.
That’s when the whispers begin. They lurk around eventually finding their way in securing a foothold within our thoughts.
Where do we turn? Where do we look to validate our worth?
Our spouses? Our friends? Our careers? Our possessions?
And even …
Yes … even our children.
If we really examine much of why we become frustrated or angry with our children, it often is because they have behaved in a way that make us appear unable to control them or parent well. We somehow deduce our worth as a parent has become sub par due to their actions or choices.
Friends, I am there with you. I fall prey to those whispers. My heart has the same longing. I, too, hear the enemy whisper …
“You aren’t good enough”
“You can’t do this”
“You fell short … again”
“You are unlovable”
But I also know we have a weapon against that thinking. I know there is a truth bigger than any ugly whisper the enemy doles out. There is a fulfillment for that deep longing in our souls.
So, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I want us to join together, receive, and delight in the only love that will fully satisfy the longings of our hearts.
I want to go beyond the pretty red and pink we see in the stores. Beyond the chocolate and roses. Together, I want to tackle LOVE. A love beyond the surface and into the hearts of who we are. Into the heart of how very much we are loved.
Today, let’s challenge each other. Challenge each other to STOP trying to fill the longing in our hearts with people and things. But instead, let’s fill our hearts with God’s love – the only love big enough, pure enough, and perfect enough to reflect our tremendous worth. Let us find an unconditional delight in His love.
Here’s the plan.
- I’ve broken this into 4 posts covering today and my next three posts.
Week 1 – Fully knowing God. His majesty, His power, His perfection.
Week 2 – Grasping the depth of God’s love for us and how His love differs from all others.
Week 3 – Developing discipline in recognizing lies, praying against them, and replacing them with God’s unfailing words of truth and love.
Week 4 – 11 True Stories of Redeeming Love
- Each week, I will give you 7 Bible verses that correlate directly to the week’s truth. I am providing a printable card version of these verses so that you can print and keep them with you each day. You can print more than one and stick them around the house so you can be reminded at all times! (They are free, too! Click here, here, here, here, and here. You don’t even have to sign up or subscribe! Although, I’d love to have you stay for the long-term!)
- Extra. I learn best from using a variety of learning modalities so I like to hear it, read it, and write it. I’m not good at journals or organizers. I need something quick and at hand. So, if you are anything like me, you just might love this idea. I grab a dry erase marker and write verses on my bathroom mirror! It’s quick, easy, and in a place I can’t miss each day! It wipes away with a towel or tissue in a microsecond, too!
- Repeat the verses each day. Several times. The more the better.
- Pray. Here is an example to get you started.
Heavenly Father, You are love. Your love is a vastness beyond our comprehension, but yet I look away from it and to the people and things in my life to fulfill the deepest longings of my heart. To fulfill my worth. Lord, please forgive me. Make me aware of Your majesty. May my eyes be filled with the wonder of You and my heart be filled with the unconditional delight of Your love. Lord, I ask You to surround me with Your hedge of protection and fill me with wisdom and discernment so that I recognize lies and can replace them with truth. Lord, may Your Word be instilled within the deepest crevices of my mind, my heart, and my soul now and forever. In Your precious and holy Name I pray. The Name of Jesus. Amen
Are you with me? Let’s go!
Week 1 – Fully Knowing God
Our God is so powerful. So majestic. So mighty.
When we fully grasp this truth, our hearts will have no choice but to burst. And likewise, until we can fully fathom the depth and breadth of Him, we cannot possibly grasp the depth of His love and thus not delight in it.
The scriptures I chose this week are those that simply reveal the wonder of God. The wonder that can leave us weak-kneed, drop-jawed and speechless. Friends, our God is so great big and so powerful. Once we grasp that and then comprehend His love, we have no choice but to be moved and transformed!
O Sovereign LORD, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? –Deuteronomy 3:24 NIV
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. –Deuteronomy 10:17 NIV
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. -Hebrews 13:8 ESV
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. -Isaiah 40:28 ESV
But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. -Job 12:7-10 ESV
These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power? -Job 26:14 NLT
How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension! -Psalm 147:5 NLT
Friends, I pray God will use these words for His good. That He may walk you to a deeper into relationship with Him and give the joy and peace that comes from unconditionally delight in His love. If I can pray for you along the way, I would be honored. I always love to connect with you whether by comments, email, or social media. If this is your first visit, you may want to sign up to receive each new post with all the extra freebies via your email inbox 🙂 I’d love to get to know you!
I must ask for grace this week, as well. For those of you who have been alongside me on this journey, you know that I have been dealing with some medical issues. This past week they interfered significantly with my writing time which caused the delay in getting this post out. Instead of changing the titles and making the challenge shorter, I decided to let it go a couple of days past Valentine’s Day to hold onto the 21 days! Thanks so much for the prayers and loving me through this!
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See you next week for Part 2! – Grasping the depth of God’s love for us and how His love differs from all others.