Do you ever have thoughts like, “If anyone really knew all of me, they might not love me the same”? Me too—it’s such a human thing to do. But thankfully, it isn’t true.
I stand at the kitchen stove and stir butter around a warm pan with a spoon. My mind feels mixed up too. I close my eyes and whisper the prayer I’m learning to cling to in these moments, “God, what do You want to say to my heart today?”
Usually a Scripture comes to mind. Sometimes I remember encouraging words from a wise friend. But this time a new phrase comes instantly: I love you anyway. Tears fill my eyes because it’s exactly what I need to hear. My struggles sometimes make it seem as though God must be upset and far away. But He is still right there with me. And He is still for me.
When we battle depression, God loves us anyway.
When we fight anxiety, God loves us anyway.
When we mess up, God loves us anyway.
When we face doubts, God loves us anyway.
When we forget who we really are, God loves us anyway.
When we’re weary, God loves us anyway.
Whatever we’re struggling with today, God loves us anyway.
I carry my plate to the table and whisper, “God, help me truly believe I’m loved by You right now just as I am.” My prayer is the same for you. May we be confident we’re loved anyway. May we be certain we’re loved always. Especially on the hard days.
God, Your love is so far beyond our understanding. Even if we can’t fully comprehend it please help us to receive it, embrace it, believe it with all our hearts. You are the One who created us. You have a good plan for our lives. You alone have determined our identity and destiny. We are unconditionally, fully loved by You. Amen.
Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38
Cheering You On,
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- Today’s post is part of the free series, Summer for Your Soul: 10 Truths to Strengthen Your Heart and Brighten Your Day. You can read all the posts here.
- This week on More than Small Talk we’re having a conversation with author Ashley Abercrombie about learning to disagree, resolving the conflicts you’ve been avoiding, and creating real change. Listen here.
- Make this the summer you finally start writing the words God has put in your heart. My online course, Be a Kick-Butt Writer by Friday, will help (and there’s a summer special).