Elohim, El Shaddai, El Elyon, Yahweh, Qanna, El Olam… the list of attributes given to the God of the Christian Bible appears to be endless.
In the Old Testament He shows up to be a fiery God of wrath who takes animal sacrifices and is Qanna, jealous, of any of the other gods.
In the New Testament, Elohim comes to earth as a baby, grows up in an incredibly humble village called Nazareth and dies a excruciating death to save all humanity from a life without Love.
What? Who the heck is this guy?
He is Love.
1 John 4:8 says,”anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
That means, sex is not love and neither is that flippy feeling in your chest or the involuntary tremors you feel in your knees when an uber attractive man walks past. What you are experiencing in those situations is not love because it’s not unconditional because Love never gives up. Love never stops pursuing you. This isn’t the case with men, not because they are deranged but because they are human…and sometimes deranged (I’m married… I know these things).
Let’s get to know Love, true Love. ❤
Regardless of the apparent paradox’s in character that are seen in passages of Scripture, God created the world and placed you in it, because of His love.
Here’s what blows my mind whenever I spend time with Him:
That God, wants SO badly for me to spend time in His presence. He desires a relationship with me. He wants to hear about the ins and outs of my day. He wants to know what I am scared of and or anxious for. He won’t judge me for what I have said or done. He just wants me, just the way that I am.
He loves you just the way that you are. This is REALLY, REALLY, REALLY TRUE.
I didn’t believe or see the need for spending time with this God until I almost died from anorexia and bulimia six years ago. When I had nothing left I felt the pages of my Bible whispering to me (not literally, that’s kind of creepy. Stupid, lyrical personification)…so I picked it up and started reading.
Do you want to know one of the key verses that helped pull me out of my depression and suicidal thoughts?
I’ll tell you anyway…because I like to talk to you and you’re worth the time.
Psalm 139: 14-“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.”
Please, think about this verse. Spend time sitting there with your journal, your thoughts and a pen. Begin to write, speak or draw (whatever works for you) and while you do, communicate to God. Talk to Him like He was a normal human being sitting in front of you. Tell Him your fears, your hurts and your anger.
Tell Him what seems hopeless to you and ask Him for answers.
I would also recommend grabbing yourself a Bible and reading it (try starting with Psalms. Psalms is found in the middle of the Bible and is a compilation of conversations with God. Some of them are written by a King!) I am certain the staff of Living Hope would be ecstatic to find you one ❤
Anyhow, I am sending blessings your way and wanting you to know how dang loved you are, even if you don’t feel it at times.
My prayer over you: Father of lights and all things good, I pray that your daughter would know her worth and her identity as your child, your adopted daughter. I ask that she would know how much you love her and how much she is worth to you. Please give her wisdom and peace, wherever she is at and despite what she is feeling. Father, please show her how good you are and how beautiful she is to You.
I pray she would grasp the height, depth and width of Your prevailing love for her.
In your precious name, amen ❤