Saturday, February 13, 2021

Loved Beyond Measure

Loved. Accepted. Cherished. Pursued. Treasured. Enough.

For some, those words bring warmth and smiles. For some, they serve as a reminder of something lacking.  I listened quietly yesterday as a few dear friends oohed and ahhed (not sure how to articulate this adequately into correctly spelled words) over roses delivered. I smiled as some discussed their "knights in shining armor" who taxied them to work under seemingly treacherous road conditions. While others...shared they only wish they had such a knight. Shades of red, boxes of chocolates and balloons were in most every corner. Now, I do not downplay these gifts. I dearly love a timely, special gift. My red arrived in the form of a new beautiful casserole dish, which I might add, is the key to my heart. Dishes and books..two of my most favorite things. I love this time of the year. I always have. But..I am also most sensitive to sweet women of all ages who, through hurting hearts avoid every color of red or pink. You see, sometimes the heart is broken or maybe just covered by layers of protection to avoid any feeling or the vulnerability of putting it on the line to be bruised or wounded again. 

This morning, I carefully retreated to my little haven. My place tucked inside our shop to just "be" with Jesus. I listed to a few podcasts, played a few songs on my newly unpacked, keyboard. Combed through years of Bible Studies, books and notes. I am reminded of the steady love of my Heavenly Father. I am reminded again, I am Him. You, sweet friend are enough. You are treasured. You are sacred. You are His. His love never fades in time. It never wavers based on circumstances or performance. He is indeed enthralled with your beauty. After all He created you. Just as you are. He planted dreams and desires deep in your soul..on purpose. He knows what makes you smile. He knows what makes you cry. He knows how to delight you to a point of uncontrolled, hands in the air worship. He holds your hands and your delicate heart. He chases after you. And He never stops chasing until the day you meet Him face to face. You do not need to shield your heart from Him. He wants to fill every longing and empty place with His love and His spirit.... To give sparkle to your eyes and a glow to your face that out performs any beauty cream on the market! Enjoy a piece of chocolate today and spend a moment savoring in your Father's Love. ❤️💌

"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." -Jeremiah 31:3